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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 »

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Catherine Morshead

Writer:

Gareth Roberts
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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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The working titles for the episode were Mrs Meglos, Something at the Top of the Stairs and Don't Go Up The Stairs. See more »

Goofs

Despite the doctor filling the teapot with a whole box full of teabags, when he tips the liquid into Craig's mouth we can see into the teapot to see it's clearly only filled with water. See more »

Quotes

Craig Owens: Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?
The Doctor: They never really stop.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Extra Time (2010) See more »

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La donna è mobile
(uncredited)
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Matt Smith
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Situation Comedy Instead Of Science Fiction
17 March 2018 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

Very light adventure set on on earth, where the Doctor lives in an oddball house with a Twilight Zone-ish feel to it.

Back in 2010 I had issues Matt Smith's too light hearted approach to playing the Doctor and I think this episode was the final straw and I simply refused to watch the show until Matt was replaced. However, now in 2018 old Matt episodes are being replayed on TV and I have come to understand that I was too quick to judge back then.

Away from this episode, Matt is sometimes funny, but The Lodger goes way over-the-top with the light hearted stuff and the episode can be called situation comedy instead of science fiction...almost a modern take on I Dream Of Jeannie or something.

Granted, some will welcome this episode with open arms but I personally only enjoyed the brief Twilight Zone-ish moments and wanted the rest of it to be sucked down a black hole.

Thankfully, the next Doctor Who tale gets back on track again.


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