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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Skaro's Spoiler Review - Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, what can I say - brilliant! Stephen Thompson, is the name of a writer you do near hear of often, but I feel now it is a name we will surely become a lot more familiar with, Stephen Thompson...remember the name. The episode itself was rather slowly paced at times, but picked itself up with several sub-plots that included even learning the Doctor's name, and then shortly forgetting it.

The story of going on a "journey" to the centre of the TARDIS is one which the classic series failed to achieve, with the 1978 Tom Baker story, The Invasion of Time, which involved a lot of badly built sets, mis-matching buildings and a Sontaran chase. This story certainly achieved greatness, with wonderfully built sets, a dramatic countdown (which was faked, and then turned out to be real) and a crack in time. On the subject of the crack in time, we know that the cracks was probably "work of the Doctor", could this event be what really started the TARDIS exploding, wrapping up a whole story arc, for me it would be a nice way to do it, either way, we saw a time-field in this episode and it brought back fond memories of Series 5 with Amelia Pond.

The acting itself was great, everyone played a unique and vital part of the team, as much as I feel the sub-plot with the brother not really been an android wasn't needed, the guest-acting was great, not the best we've seen in Doctor Who, but certainly not the worst. Again, Matt and Jenna were on top-form performing such a wonderful job of flirting and talking to a machine yet also running down corridors.

We also got quite a few on new pieces of music from Murray Gold, which is something we haven't seen in the past 2 episodes, but we'll certainly see in next weeks episode too. Murray Gold manages to produce music to brilliant standards almost every week. The Mill also did a good CGI job with the TARDIS effects, although I'd have liked to have seen more of the swimming-pool.

Overall I'd give this episode 8/10, with a great story, some un-needed sub-plots and some fantastic visual effects, again hats off to Stephen Thompson for making such a wonderful script!


das haku said...

loved the running =)

doug said...

I haven't seen it but what I read from tweets I have seen a vast number people loath it .I think you need to look at twitter a n face book to see what others are saying before posting

Cult_Of_The_Mechonoid said...

What, he has to agree with everyone?

Patty said...

Some people hate everything. I wouldn't call that 'vast'.

Farsighted said...

I liked the story a lot; the "android" brother story was a bit meh (how could someone not know they weren't an android? Now really...). I wish they had spent more time in the library and the other room, and Clara had picked up a a few more things everyone would recognize... The episode was a lot better than I thought it would be though.

TVWriter™ said...

Could someone please tell me what this sentence means so I can go on reading the next paragraph?

"On the subject of the crack in time, we know that the cracks where the probably "work of the Doctor...."

Proofreading is boring, I know. But important.


pcjonathan said...

I've taken a look and taken a guess at what he means and edited it.

I've told the other guys this over and over and offered to proof-read it myself as well. In fact, I did proof-read this after it was posted and I picked up on 7 other things. Looks like I missed one :(

frglee said...

Thoroughly enjoyed it,if yet again I am straining to hear dialog over music and FX sounds. Visually stunning in places,and nice to see all the loops and timey wimey stuff - using the Tardis wierdness to the full. Certainly give it a 9 as it was a whonerdian treat that will be long remembered.

Lucille7777 Lucille7777 said...

The best part of the episode was the exploration of the Tardis, but after watching the episode for the second time (I didn't know what was going on the first time), the story was more or less just like any other regarding "the crack in the wall", "leaking time", etc., so that was somewhat disappointing (and I'm kind of sick of the subject).

On a scale from 1 to 10 I'd give this episode a 5.5.

Ann Rtist said...

There are a very very small group of people that basically hate everything anyone has done to this series since 1966 and they constantly post all over the internet about writers, producers, cast members, etc. I certainly would not check what negative posts are out there before I wrote a review of any program, this or or any other. Only thing that proves is that you have no mind of your own and are pandering negative posters. Not really understanding where you are coming from with that advice. Personally I enjoy every episode, some more than others, but they are all watchable and wonderful.