What’s Going on With ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’?

mummyThis weekend’s new episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Mummy on the Orient Express,” is supposed to be very scary — but it’s also something of a mystery: Is the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) traveling without Clara (Jenna Coleman)? The promotional images for the story notably include no shots of Clara on the train. And we all know she sent him packing at the end of last week’s “Kill the Moon,” so is he off sulking?

Hit the jump for a collection of photos from “Mummy on the Orient Express,” featuring guest turns by comedian Frank Skinner (as the engineer chap) and singer Foxes (as the… er, singer) — and some intriguing descriptions  of the storyline.

Here is the official BBC synopsis of the story:

The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future – but they are unaware that a deadly creature is stalking the passengers. Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock Clara sees him at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!

It’s worth noting that this synopsis might be a bit of a fib — it’s possible the Doctor is traveling alone in this story. Britain’s Radio Times describes the story thusly:

Aboard the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future, a legend is stalking the passengers. Once you see the Mummy, you have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As The Doctor races against the clock to defeat this mythical foe, Clara sees him at his most deadliest and most ruthless – and finally she realises she’s made the right decision. Because this is their last adventure: it’s time to say goodbye to the Time Lord.

We’ll find out what happens when “Mummy on the Orient Express” premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

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