Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 11

The Lodger (10 Jul. 2010)

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No sooner does the TARDIS land on Earth that it leaves again - but without the Doctor who had just stepped outside. The Doctor soon finds himself at the home of Craig Owens, who has been ... See full summary »

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No sooner does the TARDIS land on Earth that it leaves again - but without the Doctor who had just stepped outside. The Doctor soon finds himself at the home of Craig Owens, who has been advertising for a lodger. There's clearly something odd in the house with people being lured to the upstairs room, but never reappearing. The Doctor is having a good time of it and is having a bit of fun; he proves to be a rather good football player. Craig the landlord is very much in love with Sophie but can't quite bring himself to tell her. The Doctor tries to help them out. But then there's always the problem of that upstairs room. Written by garykmcd

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The football jerseys change color between blue and purple with the changes of camera angle, revealing a mistake in color balance between the shots. See more »

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Sean: You are so on the team! Next week we've got the Crown & Anchor. We're going to annihilate them!
The Doctor: [suddenly in Sean's face] Annihilate? No! No violence, do you understand me? Not while I'm around, not today, not ever. I'm the Doctor. The Oncoming Storm. And you basically meant beat them in a football match, didn't you?
Sean: Yeah.
The Doctor: Lovely. What sort of time?
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I'm still not sure about this Doctor
12 June 2010 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

Not a bad episode, as such things go, but i'm still not sure about this version of the Doctor.

I have a problem with the Doctor not knowing at least a *little* about Earth, since he has the memories of all his previous incarnations.

Also, he's just a touch too "eccentric" - plain raving crackers is more the way i'd put it.

That said, i did like Amy's part, small though it was - rather more proactive than a lot of other companions, if still a touch screamy. Of course, i might be screamy in the same situation - actually, i'm fairly sure that i *would* be.

Like the not-quite-the-end episodes of previous series ("Blink" and "Turn Left", for instance) it did feel as if Amy's part was deliberately kept fairly small to free her up to work on the upcoming series-ending two-parter.

In fact, i felt as if one particular aspect of this story echoed "Blink" a bit, one of several resonance with past episodes that i felt (rightly or wrongly) - particularly with "The Eleventh Hour", though it turned out that that was all in my mind.

Enjoyable, but not, i think, one of the real high points of the program's history...


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