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doctor who time heist review

[Pardon the tardiness of this review, and instead enjoy an extra helping of Doctor Who critique and discussion this weekend!]

Switching gears – yet again, like only Doctor Who can – Series 8 transitions from a spooky inspection of fear to a bank heist, or in this case, a “Time Heist.” Written by Steven Moffat and Stephen Thompson, it’s a less profound episode than last week’s but that doesn’t it make it any less interesting. (more…)


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.


‘Doctor Who’ Returns March 30th!

Yup, it’s official! Doctor Who will return with the second half of Series 7 on March 30th, as confirmed by the BBC. Just in time for Easter! Like we all wanted? Oh who cares, new Who in about nine weeks! Let the agony of waiting begin.

As of now here’s the proposed episode line-up,

706. “Phantom of the Hex” Written by Steven Moffat – Saturday 30th March
707. Written by Neil Cross – Saturday 6th April
708. Written by Mark Gatiss – Saturday 13th April
709. Written by Neil Cross – Saturday 20th April
710. “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” Written by Stephen Thompson – Saturday 27th April
711. Written by Mark Gatiss – Saturday 4th May
712. Written by Neil Gaiman – Saturday 11th May
713. Written by Steven Moffat – Saturday 18th May

As you can see most of these episodes are still untitled, and the titles we do have aren’t 100% confirmed. Still, plenty to look forward to what with episodes from the likes of Neil Gaiman and Mark Gatiss. Which episode are you most excited for? I feel the Gaiman episode has already garnered a lot of buzz, but I’m also looking forward to Stephen Thompson‘s episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.” Who doesn’t love anything new involving the TARDIS?

And, I’m only putting this together now, but with Doctor Who returning on March 30th and Game of Thrones returning March 31st it’s turning into one epic weekend.

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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?

This title matches up with some rumors we heard earlier this year, like when Matt Smith almost let it slip we’d be seeing more of the TARDIS interior during a Q&A before producer Caro Skinner cut him off. And then there was guest star Ashley Walters getting busted for tweeting from the set – a big Doctor Who no-no – who recently told the Radio Times,

…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?

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