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!