Dr Who Series 6 (2011):- My review of episode 4“The Doctor’s Wife”

Posted: May 17, 2011 in Gossip/News/Reviews - TV

Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 4 of the new series of Dr Who yet….Spoiler alert.

Here is my quick review of episode 4 of the new dr who series (The Doctor’s wife).  

After weeks of speculation from the teasing title of this episode, this week I finally realised who was the Doctor’s wife, it’s not River as I first thought but the old girl herself, the TARDIS.

After the Doctor picks up a signal from what might be a still living Time Lord he goes to a peculiar junkyard planet, located in a bubble universe, to investigate. But, sadly for him it isn’t. The doctor quickly learns that he has been lured to the “junkyard planet “ by an entity referred to as “House” and that the soul of the TARDIS has been transferred into a human called Idris by the entity. The entity then makes off with the TARDIS, with Rory and Amy caught onboard, to try and escape from the bubble universe. The doctor must find a way to get back to the TARDIS and save its soul, Rory and Amy.

It’s non-stop intrigue and carefully-controlled suspense all the way. At the centre of all it all is the magnificent Matt Smith. He flies and fizzes around the screen like a Technicolor firework. Then there’s Idris – a clever name that,  “I TARDIS”;  Who provides the doctor with a wonderful partner to bounce off. The pair have a fantastic relationship and spark with sexual chemistry and tension. What got me laughing me the most is Idris scolding the Doctor for pushing the TARDIS door open, when it says pull on the plaque. But my favourite line from Idris has to be “Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?”

The story is gripping and exciting and a fantastic acknowledgment to loyal Doctor Who fans. It’s not just in the sense that it takes us right back to the day the Doctor stole the TARDIS (or borrowed it… or it borrowed/stole him…) but in other small details in the episode. For example I think it’s the first ever questioning of the Doctor’s sleeping arrangements. And then there is the request for a double bed, and not bunk beds, by Rory and Amy which makes the TARDIS feel like a home. I wonder, is this where Amy gets pregnant? 

In addition, we also get to see a lot more inside the TARDIS not seen since Tom Baker days. Which gives us a hint to the real size of the TARDIS and that it is not just the one room with the control panel but actually a huge labyrinth of rooms and corridors.

I do have one small gripe and that’s we are not really told what/who the house is. Why did it come to bubble universe, where is it from? And are there any others?

However, overall I really liked this episode. I thought this was the best episode of the series so far and considerably better than last weeks effort. This is Neil Gaiman’s first dip into the waters of Doctor Who and it did not disappoint. I just hope it’s the start of things to come.  

What did you think, do you agree with me?

To wet your appetite here is a sneak preview at the next episode..

For those not familiar with doctor who then please read my blog “Dr who Exposed…. Whats it all about?”

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  1. noelypb says:

    It was great! Very funny, loads of clever references and lines. Not just a classic of new-Who but a classic for the whole series. One to rewatch.

  2. simone says:

    It was a great episode, very moving with the doc and the tardis, can’t wait for more lol

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