Wow, was this one hell of an episode! With a name like “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” expectations were, expectantly, high. And I’ll say not only did it deliver, but my expectations were exceeded! This is Doctor Who at its very best. Engaging, exciting, frightening, and occasionally frustrating with the tantalizing clues it’ll wave in your face only to stuff them back in its pockets. The TARDIS is given center stage as not only the episode’s entire setting but as an equally valuable character. “Journey” is gripping and horrific where “The Doctor’s Wife” was sad and sweet. And honestly, I’m not at all surprise I found this to be one of the best episodes since “The Doctor’s Wife” because if Doctor Who has another, often forgotten star alongside The Doctor, it is the TARDIS.
She has appeared in every episode and serial of the series since it began in 1963, and for as little as we know about The Doctor, we know even less of her. In this year of Doctor Who‘s golden anniversary it seems only right we get know the TARDIS, and The Doctor, a little better. She is a mass of corridors, which I find only too fitting, what with Doctor Who‘s penchant for a good corridor. She is quite literally infinite, able to create and destroy on whim. She is filled to the brim with memories and you hear several of them bleeding out when the console is being dismantled. She is powered by a dying star, held within The Eye of Harmony in a constant state of decay; Time Lord engineering (“Smart bunch, Time Lords, no dress sense, dreadful hats, but smart.“) Inside her library – and hey did you catch the swimming pool? – is the complete Encyclopedia Gallifreya as well as a large, ominous looking book containing the entire history of the Time War. It was at this point I realized, “Journey” was going to raise a lot more questions than it could answer.
We’re about half way through the second half of Doctor Who‘s seventh season, and this weekend we get one of the series’ most anticipated episodes, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.” There was one clip earlier this week of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) doing her best impression of an all too curious cat, and today there’s another clip, this one of The Doctor (Matt Smith), plus an episode introduction. Give ’em a watch,
Below the cut we’ve got a new poster and synopsis for Neil Gaiman‘s Cybermen story, “Nightmare in Silver“, a look at a new Doctor Who box set celebrating each Doctor’s regeneration, and some speculation about who John Hurt is playing in the 50th Anniversary special.
Come on, Clara. You must have heard “curiosity killed the cat” in at least one of your many lives!? When there’s a big, flashing red light, whatever you do, don’t press the button! Or in this case, open the door. Watch the very first clip from this week’s all new Doctor Who, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS,”
Jenna-Louise Coleman is going to have to be smarter than that if she expects to survive in the TARDIS long enough for The Doctor (Matt Smith) to save her. But a bigger questions is, who will save The Doctor? I know, you’re thinking, “What’s happening to The Doctor?” Well, it won’t be in this episode, but in the Season 7B finale, titled “The Name of The Doctor,” we may finally see the “Fall of the Eleventh.” Y’know, the ominous warning given to The Doctor by Dorium Maldovar in “The Wedding of River Song”? All that cryptic talk of “Silence will fall when the Question is asked.”
Speaking with Doctor Who Magazine, Grand Poobah Steven Moffat teased those answers may appear in the finale,
The TARDIS. We all know what it is, what it looks like, and could roughly explain it if needed to, but how much do we really know? Judging from the premise of this week’s Doctor Who episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS“, not much. When Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) is trapped within the TARDIS and The Doctor (Matt Smith) only has 30 minutes to save her before everything blows, we’ll learn just what goes on inside the vast and infinite time machine. And it doesn’t look like anything good. Check out these newly released stills and see more of the TARDIS than ever before!
But, before everyone gets their hopes up too high, it’s not in the 50th Anniversary episode and it’s not as if he’s coming back to provide new material. Yup, this season on Doctor Who we’ll get recycled-Eccelston dialogue. Umm, hooray? I guess when the guy decides not to join in for the 50th hoopla but fans still demand his inclusion someway, somehow, this what ya get.
The sort of Christopher Eccleston, audio only, cameo will come in next week’s episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.” What will he say? “The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn’t get through these doors, and believe me they’ve tried.” Yup, it’s from Eccelston’s very first episode, “Rose,” and it appears the TARDIS is cycling through past memories in order to express herself. The line’s heard when the salvage crew that captures the TARDIS, sending it into lock down with Clara trapped inside, try and break in.
It’s a nice gesture, and maybe it’ll make Nine’s fans smile, but really, too little too late. Unless hearing these past voices from the TARDIS prove to be important, which it very well could. What do you think of this development? Pandering or is there some significance?
Lately, all the buzz has been on the filming of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary – which they’ve been doing quite publicly – but there’s still plenty of Season 7B ahead of us! Only two episodes have aired thus far – our reviews: “The Bells of Saint John” & “The Rings of Akhaten” – and already the mystery behind Clara, the “impossible girl,” is building. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Jenna-Louise Coleman teases all those little coincidences surrounding Clara. Like the birthday on Victorian Clara’s tombstone being November 23rd, which also happens to be the date of Who‘s anniversary. Coincidence? Not likely,
In the Christmas episode, I didn’t know why that was the case. But again, we will find out by the end of this series. But it’s really exciting — [the season finale] is phenomenal. My spine was tingling when I read it. Again, I’m teasing your so badly here, but there’s the beginning opening sequence, which [is] kind of building up into the 50th. It’s just huge.
So clearly, Clara and her impossibility is somehow linked to Who‘s 50th. That’s an interesting twist. Coleman also commented on Clara’s relationship with the TARDIS, which if you’ll remember from “Akahaten” seems to be off to a rough start,
The TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don’t think we’ve talked about this in interviews before. It’s something that’s running through the series. Instead of it being like, “Does so-and-so like Clara?” The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new. I think we’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.
I definitely noticed the TARDIS was a little cold with Clara, not letting her inside without The Doctor for instance. I think the TARDIS senses something about her, recognizes that the same girl appearing in three separate times isn’t right. What do you think? Does the TARDIS know something’s wrong with Clara? Is that how she connects to whatever’s going down in the 50th?
Hit the jump for two clips from this week’s episode, “Cold War,” featuring our first footage of the new Ice Warriors, as well as the official synopsis for the fifth episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.”
The Doctor and the TARDIS. Their relationship is the beating heart – or is it hearts? – of Doctor Who. Rarely, is there ever one without the other, and for as much as we’ve learned about The Doctor over the show’s almost 50 years we know so little about the TARDIS. Sure, we got some of the best insight ever from Neil Gaiman’s Series 6 episode, “The Doctor’s Wife,” but we don’t really know what it’s like inside the TARDIS, beyond that console room. In the past there have been a few episodes that chose to explore more of the TARDIS. We’ve seen a couple corridors, a few companion bedrooms, and in the ’96 movie we saw the Eye of Harmony, which apparently plays some very important role in the TARDIS’ workings though I don’t think the movie ever made it all that clear.
I know I couldn’t give you a layout or draw you a map of the TARDIS and I don’t think you could either, we’ve just never seen enough of it. Looks like next season that’s all gonna change. The title of Stephen Thompson‘s episode for Series 7: Part 2 is “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.” Hmm…wonder where that could take place?
…in our episode it’ll be the first time people get to see so much of the TARDIS.
I’m excited for them to spend the majority of an episode inside the TARDIS, exploring. Though I wonder why they must in this episode since it’s clearly nothing something The Doctor and his companions do very often. What reason do you think they’ll be TARDIS-bound next season? What are you expecting to see inside the TARDIS? Have I typed TARDIS enough in this article?