Review of Doctor Who ‘Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS’ – Series 7, episode 10
This week was essentially Tardis: Confidential where viewers got a behind-the-scenes, all access tour of the Doctor’s vessel. While the episode was nowhere near as strong as the previous two instalments, it was watchable enough and built upon Doctor Who mythology.
Rarely do we see the interior of the Tardis beyond the control room and usually these fleeting glimpses are few and far between. We saw Amy and Rory dashing through the corridors of the old girl when House took over the ship in The Doctor’s Wife. In William Hartnell’s era we discovered he had a room where companions could rest on sun loungers. In Peter Davison’s era the Doctor’s assistant Nyssa had her own bedroom. In the 1996 film viewers saw the Eye of Harmony. After this week though, we finally glimpsed the swimming pool and the library and some other rooms which gave an intriguing insight into the Doctor’s stolen ship. Although we saw some rooms, I would have liked to have seen some more given all the hype.
This was clearly more an episode for the fans than anything truly substantial. Saying this, I did love the audio clips from An Unearthly Child where Susan explained the name of the Tardis – an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It was a really lovely touch to include this despite the weakness of the story itself.
Overall I felt quite nonplussed by the end of this adventure and didn’t really give two monkeys about what happened to the crew of the outer space salvage ship. I didn’t care if one of them had developed a shred of decency or if another was or was not a robot. I was really disappointed by the subplot involving these characters. Clara seemed to share my thoughts and spent the whole episode ignoring their constant bickering. These characters felt totally redundant and added nothing to plot, and I kept wondering why they were there at all.
Sadly this adventure just felt like an excuse to explore the Tardis but that was about it. While it was an interesting idea the story was thin on the ground. On a more positive note, the show continues to look filmic and stunning and unlike Doctor Who. While the story quality is questionable, the aesthetics do add value to this adventure, in particular the Doctor’s library.
Something for viewers to mull over is what Clara has read in the book about the Time War? What has she discovered about the Doctor? And are we any closer to discovering the truth about soufflé girl?
Before I forget and if I am not mistaken, Clara died again several times this week and was even terorrised by charred zombie versions of herself. I think I have now lost count of how many times she has kicked the bucket.
Next time on ‘Doctor Who’… The dynamic trio Strax, Vastra and Jenny are back and on a journey to the north to investigate scary goings on in Sweetville in Victorian England. This is Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling’s episode and there are people getting dipped into a red liquid which may be ‘The Crimson Horror’ of the title. It certainly takes the notion of poor working conditions in the Victorian era to a whole level – David Copperfield eat your heart out.Tagged in: doctor who, Doctor Who series 33, Doctor Who series 7, Jenna Louise-Coleman, matt smith, steven moffat
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