The Doctor and Clara find themselves aboard a space freighter that has taken the TARDIS on-board as salvage. While the Doctor is ejected, Clara finds herself wandering through the vehicle ...
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The Doctor and Clara find themselves aboard a space freighter that has taken the TARDIS on-board as salvage. While the Doctor is ejected, Clara finds herself wandering through the vehicle exploring it's many - seemingly infinite - rooms. The Doctor re-enters the TARDIS accompanied by three workers from the salvage ship and they have but 30 minutes to find her. There are creatures in the depths of the TARDIS and the time travel machine will do whatever it takes to protect itself. There is a rupture in time however and the TARDIS is leaking recent history....which the Doctor can use to rectify their current predicament. Written by
Steven Moffat gave the concept of an episode discovering the centre of the TARDIS to Stephen Thompson. Thompson explained that this was because Moffat was "haunted" by Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time: Part Six (1978), which was set on the TARDIS but used hastily-constructed sets. Thompson was also interested in mathematics and remarked, "anything involving multi-dimensional geometry gets me excited". See more »
When Clara comes to inside the TARDIS, she is under a piece of debris. She makes a big show of how heavy it is as she moves it off her body and it clangs loudly as it falls against the wall. Seconds later, she inadvertently bumps it and it flutters away gently, revealing that it's probably made of Styrofoam. See more »
[Bram separates a section of the TARDIS console. Voices from the past start leaking out and overlapping each other]
[as said to Ian and Barbara]
Well, I made up the name TARDIS from the initials: Time And Relative Dimension In Space.
What's that mean?
You sexy thing!
See, you do call me that! Is it my name?
You bet it's your name!
[as said to Leela]
That's trans-dimensional engineering. A key Time Lord discovery.
[as said to Rose Tyler]
The assembled hordes of ...
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Oh what a great show this could have been, except it was an episode short!
Oh what a great show this could have been, except it was an episode short! The new format of one storyline to an episode is IMHO destructive to character development and ultimately to Dr Who. When capable, intelligent actors are turned into shadow puppets with no substance then interest can but wane.
Quite a few holes in the plot and continuity. Like when the youngest brother gets a pole right through his shoulder and he then picks a fight with his brother when freed only to remember he is hurt after the fact (no blood and no hole). Also if the engine was based on a nuclear rod principle then he'd have been melted anyway.
Dr Who has got a lot to offer but not as a fast food meal with no substance and not as a science fiction show without the basic science included. If these flaws were a one offs in a good season I'd forgive and forget but as the whole season has been flawed I think the buck stops with Stephen Moffat. Come back Russell T. we never had to forgive you anything.
On the plus side some good acting by Matt and Jenna-Louise. Poor Jenna hasn't been treated very well up to now with her character reverting from cool, assertive adult to a silhouette of a 14 year old looking for the Dr's approval. Not her fault just poor scripts. Lets hope this episode is indicative of the old Clara's return.
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