While traveling in the TARDIS with Rory and Amy, the Doctor hears a knock on the TARDIS doors. Bewildered and no doubt curious, he answers, only to be presented with a mysterious box which carries a distress signal. Believing it to be from a fellow Time Lord, the cosmic nomad whisks himself and his companions outside the boundaries of the universe on what should be a rescue mission. But what everyone finds is a dark Junk-yard planet populated by the bizarre Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. Last and not least among the strange inhabitants is a mentally unstable woman that goes by the name of Idris who may or may not be "The Doctor's Wife".Written by
"The Doctor's Wife" was also a fake title attached to the 1984 serial The Caves of Androzani. Then-producer John Nathan-Turner had changed the title to that on his planning board in an attempt to weed out a suspected leak in his office. See more »
When the Doctor and friends are being deposited into the main control room of the TARDIS, there's a rotating instrument oscillating on the right side of the screen. Just as the characters appear, that instrument snaps back a little then continues to rotate. Starts at about 38:24 in the episode. See more »
I should put you in a new bedroom; you'd like that, wouldn't you?
OK, Doctor, this time can we lose the bunk beds?
No, bunk beds are cool. A bed with a ladder, you can't beat that!
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When my daughter caught the repeat of this episode several years after its initial broadcast. She turned around to me in astonishment when the story title came up.
Is that THE Neil Gaiman?
I confirmed it was. He is a fan and always wanted to write for the show, I told her.
Gaiman won the Hugo award for The Doctor's Wife. Credit has to go to the director Richard Clark who has realised Gaiman's story in a startling visual manner given that he would had less money than a US sci fi production.
The kernel of the story is what if the TARDIS could talk. A sentient asteroid had been luring Time Lords and Tardis's for centuries and using up its energy. The Doctor is the latest victim. The essence of the Tardis has been transferred to the body of a young lady called Idris.
We get playful exchanges between Idris and the Doctor once he realises who she is. The Doctor did not steal the Tardis, she chose him because she wanted to see the universe.
The story is just so well written, even Amy and Rory have their own adventure when they are locked up in the Tardis as the House plays mind games with them. There is even a call back to Christopher Eccleston's and David Tennant's doctors as their console room makes an appearance.
It is a terrific offbeat story and would never had worked without Suranne Jones. Her performance is fantastic.
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