The Doctor’s Wife…Well Done, Neil!

Oh, Neil Gaiman, I love you. I have loved his books and graphic novels for a very long time now, so I was counting the days until the Doctor Who episode that was going to be epic and fabulous, and he did not disappoint. This is by far one of the greatest episodes I have ever seen, and I want to watch it over and over again. The Doctor’s Wife brought a character to life that we have all been dying to meet…the TARDIS. 

Going out of our universe, after being beckoned by “mail” from another Time Lord, The Doctor, Amy and Rory end up on a junk yard planet, which is actually some sort of sea urchin asteroid, where Time Lords have been gobbled up and their TARDIS’ laid to rest. Upon entry this new universe, the consciousness of the TARDIS went into a female, Idris, who welcomes The Doctor with a kiss and a bite, and he sees nothing notable but a crazed woman, played by Suranne Jones. I have found bloggers across the net calling her a “Helena Bonham Carter Lite”. I don’t really think she is anything like HBC, but I suppose any quirky British gal can be deemed the same. The idea of The Doctor landing here is at first sad, because once again he is reminded he is the very last remaining Time Lord, and he has a range of emotions behind that. (Side Note: I am not surprised that we have such an emotional Doctor this time around, as we have been heading down this path for years really. Eccleston was such a hard ass, and then David was turning cynical every day for years. Matt has embraced the emotional Doctor, and this episode we got ecstatic, romantic and sad.) 

Amy and Rory had been coerced by The Doctor to go back to the TARDIS box, so he could discover more about what happened to the Time Lords, and they are transported into space by the Sea Urchin. They are set to their danger by a HAL type ordeal, voiced by Michael Sheen. I didn’t know it was Michael Sheen, because they lowered and computerized his voice, which makes no sense. Why hire Michael Sheen if you don’t want it to sound like Michael Sheen? He’s an A-List actor. Wierd. Once again, I thought they were going to kill my Rory, and thankfully they did not. Why do you people keep messing with Rory my Roman?

Meanwhile, The Doctor has his meeting with the now incarcerated incarnation of his lifelong companion. She was incarcerated for being a bitey mad woman, and after some quotable quotes he finds her to be the TARDIS – (see quotes below)- She tells him that she has been with him forever and makes this noise…making the noise of the TARDIS taking off. Flirtation ensues, she wants to be called by her name…”Sexy”, and love blossoms. They have an adventure together, building a new TARDIS to go save Amy and Rory, and only sadness can come at the end when we know this cannot go on forever.

Questions! Oh, you knew I was going to have questions, because, though this is a remarkable episode, some of the story has left me baffled.
  • How can Idris  absorb the energy of the TARDIS without immediate issues? Rose got electrified and ruined Capt. Jack for eternity, and Donna took on the Doctor Donna role, until she was so overloaded she was about to meltdown. Idris was able to keep the consciousness without problems, well other than those of the diminishing body she had.
  • The ending lever switch…At the very end, when The Doctor is fiddling with the TARDIS, we assume he is trying to make sure she is all repaired after her brush with the the sea urchin. I assumed he was double checking he couldn’t make her talk again. Why did he speak out loud to her, and then she moved the lever? Have we seen the TARDIS make a conscious movement like that before? How can she do that?
  • Why did Amy’s first encounter with the Ood have to be a negative one? and why didn’t The Doctor make sure she knew that the Ood are peaceful? He did say, “It’s an Ood. Oods are good. Love an Ood.” Obviously this one had been overtaken and was not of it’s own gentle spirit. We have seen possessed Ood before, but will Amy get to meet one that is the Ood that we love, or will she be freaked out next time we see them?
Great Quotes: This episode had some of the best quotes, of any episode in Doctor Who time.
Idris to The Doctor: Hey! Hey! You’re my thief!  Look at you! Goodbye! No. Not goodbye. What’s the other one? {she kisses him } 
Uncle: Just keep back from this one. She bites!
Idris: Do I? Excellent! {and proceeds to bite The Doctor} Biting’s excellent! It’s like kissing. Only there’s a winner.

The Doctor: ”What have I stolen?” 
Idris: “Me. Are you going to steal me? You have stolen me. You are stealing me. Oh. Tenses are difficult, aren’t they?”

The Doctor: I don’t understand. Who are you?
Idris: Do you really not know me? Just because they put me in here?
The Doctor: They said you were dangerous.
Idris: Not the cage, stupid. In here. They put me in here. I’m the… Oh, what do you call me? We travel. I go {she makes the TARDIS sound}.
The Doctor: The TARDIS?
Idris: Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Yes that’s it. Names are funny. It’s me. I’m the TARDIS.
The Doctor: No you’re not! You’re a bitey mad lady. The TARDIS is up-and-downy stuff in a big blue box.
Idris: Yes, that’s me. A type 40 TARDIS. I was already a museum piece when you were young. And the first time you touched my console, you said—
The Doctor: I said you were the most beautiful thing I’d ever known.
Idris: Then you stole me. And I stole you.
The Doctor: I borrowed you.
Idris: Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?

The Doctor: ”Since we’re talking with mouths – not really an opportunity that comes along very often – I’d just like to say that YOU have never been very reliable.”

The Doctor: Oo. Sorry. Do you have a name?
Idris: Seven hundred years, finally he asks.
The Doctor: And what do I call you?
Idris: I think you call me… Sexy.
The Doctor: Only when we’re alone.

The Doctor: Yes. Yes, I have actually rebuilt a TARDIS before, you know. I know what I’m doing.
Idris: You’re like a nine-year-old trying to rebuild a motorbike in his bedroom. And you never read the instructions.
The Doctor: I always read the instructions.
Idris: There’s a sign on my front door. You have been walking past it for seven hundred years. What does it say?
The Doctor: That’s not instructions!
Idris: There’s an instruction at the bottom. What does it say?
The Doctor: “Pull to open.”
Idris: Yes, and what do you do?
The Doctor: I push!
Idris: Every single time. Seven hundred years. Police box doors open out the way.

The Doctor: ”She’s a woman and she’s the TARDIS.” Amy: ”Did you wish really hard?”
We will see what the rest of the season brings us, but once again I am so perfectly surprised that my favorite episode is a Matt Smith one. My love for David is everlasting, but boy this writing is phenomenal. Please, Neil, give us more. You are welcome back anytime. 

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