I must admit, when I first heard about Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, I wasn’t entirely excited. The bits we saw in the trailer were nothing special, and this was from the writer of The Curse of the Black Spot. However, it exceeded my expectations more than I would’ve thought possible.
It was nice that we had a fantastic, unique soundtrack for once, instead of I am the Doctor on repeat. Murray Gold couldn’t have improved.
Also, unlike other episodes this series, (namely The Rings of Akhaten and Hide) this one’s resolution wasn’t rushed. Everything seemed paced properly, and the ending seemed well rounded, with the Van Haalen brothers being at least somewhat redeemed.
Fans of all eras will be pleased to know that this is filled with familiar sights (and sounds), which are done perfectly, especially two references for the two first episodes of the series.
The only complaint I had was the Doctor’s somewhat quick changes of mood, but as the Doctor is a somewhat volatile character, this is easily pardoned.
This is the episode that is closest to perfect in this series, and despite the aforementioned quibble, it’s an easy 9.5/10.