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 ...
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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
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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