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The Lodger 

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 »


Catherine Morshead


Gareth Roberts




Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
James Corden ... Craig
Daisy Haggard ... Sophie
Owen Donovan Owen Donovan ... Steven
Babatunde Aleshe Babatunde Aleshe ... Sean
Jem Wall ... Michael
Karen Seacombe Karen Seacombe ... Sandra
Kamara Bacchus Kamara Bacchus ... Clubber


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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Release Date:

10 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Craig Owens. See more »


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 »


The Doctor: [to Amy on earpiece] To anyone else hearing this conversation, we're talking absolute gibberish.
The Doctor: [Craig hearing through the wall with the same inflection] Practical eruption in chicken, Descartes Lombardy spiral.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Extra Time (2010) See more »


La donna è mobile
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Matt Smith
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5 years on and I still don't know
1 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Doctor is split from Amy and forced to lodge with Craig, where he shows of his footballing skills and discovers an alien presence upstairs which is luring in victims with calls for help.

I still honestly cannot make my mind up about this episode. It's definitely only Matt Smith that could have pulled this one off, would have been difficult to imagine Eccleston as a lodger.

I love the idea of the voice in the house calling out for help and bringing in unsuspecting victims, talk about a creepy idea, it's a real nasty one. Whilst I love James Corden, I never thought I'd see him in Who, but he is good, he's fun. I like Craig's romance with Sophie. The set of the ship upstairs is a goody.

Amy had been at her best in Vincent and the Doctor, and was hidden away for the most of this one, it felt a bit unfair, but it was clear she was going to feature in the finale. I think the best bit had to be her finding the ring, a real mood changer.

I think I struggle with the idea of the Doctor being a lodger, and playing football, fun, but it's to me not really what the show's about. Naked Doctor, no thanks!! The only Doctor's chest that should remain in history is Pertwee's.

Series 4 had Turn left to set up the finale, having watched that my heart was racing, after watching this my heart kind of limped towards the finale.

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