The Doctors Wife
14 May 2011
|Written by||Neil Gaiman|
|Directed by||Richard Clark|
|Produced by||Sanne Wohlenberg|
The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family. The Doctor, Amy and Rory are given the warmest of welcomes by Auntie, Uncle and Nephew.
But the beautiful and insane Idris greets them in a more unusual fashion – what is she trying to tell the Doctor? As the Doctor investigates, he unwittingly puts his friends in the gravest danger
- Idris reveals that the Doctor first took the TARDIS seven hundred years before.
- The Time Lord distress signal cubes are similar to the one used by the Doctor in Patrick Troughton’s last story, The War Games.
- The Doctor refers to another Time Lord, The Corsair, who changed gender via regeneration.
- The Doctor has transformed TARDIS matter to energy before in the Peter Davison story Castrovalva, by jettisoning parts of the TARDIS to escape the Big Bang.
- The Ood were last seen in the special The End of Time. Nephew displays green eyes to show he was under the control of House. The Ood’s eyes have been shown to change colour when possessed in the 2006 series two-parter “The Impossible Planet“/”The Satan Pit” and the 2008 series episode “Planet of the Ood“. As with the Ood controlled by the The Beast, the Doctor indicates that Nephew was another Ood he was unable to save.
- This is the first episode since “The Eleventh Hour” to show the control room used by the 9th and 10th Doctors, although it is implied that this room is then erased permanently.
- It is also stated that the TARDIS has all of the other control rooms saved in its archive, as well as many that have not been seen yet.
- The TARDIS corridors are seen for the first time in the revived series. They are show a similar design to that seen in the classic series, though they are now hexagonal in shape with updated roundels.
- The Doctor alludes to visiting the Eye of Orion, which was last seen in “The Five Doctors”.
- The Doctor and Idris operate a TARDIS control panel outside of an outer TARDIS shell, as the Third Doctor did in Inferno.
- The Doctor refers to reconfiguring or remodelling the control room as “changing the ‘desktop'”, to which the Fifth Doctor objected in “Time Crash”.
- The Doctor asserts that he killed all of the Time Lords, referring to the events of the Time War, or potentially The End Of Time.
- Idris asks the Doctor to describe the instruction on the TARDIS‘s door, to which he replies, “Pull to open” and contrasts this with the fact that the main doors push open, even though a real police box doors open outward.
- The TARDIS‘ secondary console room was first implied in the Fourth Doctor serial, The Masque of Mandragora.
- The TARDIS console that the Doctor and Idris piloted was designed by a girl in a Blue Peter competition..