Thursday, 19 May 2011

Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Wife (spoilers)

Behind Every Great Man, there stands a Bitey Mad Lady…

What an improvement on last week’s fluff; pirates are always great for the kids but it seems Doctor Who can’t get the two tier audience balance right every time. In contrast, ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ under the expertise of Neil Gaiman, had something for everyone; the old fans jumping for ‘spacey wasey’ joy at seeing more of the interior of the Tardis and the older control rooms. All that traditional running down corridors and confusion in time, the episode was full of humour, warmth, horror and brilliant observation of the relationship between the Doctor and his oldest companion.

All starting with a door knocking in deep space, and the Doctor’s teasing ‘come here you scrumptious little beauty’, so apt as this episode was led by the ladies.

Lots of interesting ideas pouring forth from Neil Gaiman’s free reign with an episode that’s icing was the vanishing soul of the Tardis entering a woman. The chemistry between Matt Smith and Suranne Jones ( Idris) was affectionate and intriguing and served as a reminder of the lack between Matt and Karen but...

Amy did have some great, observational lines, particularly when she points out the doctor’s need for forgiveness and her motherly concern;

Don’t get emotional, that’s when you make mistakes’ Later repeated by Idris.

There seemed to be many interesting gender related dialogue, a little tussle of who is really at the helm as she quips back at the Doctor’s claim My Tardis with ‘My Doctor’, her insistence ‘she stole him’ and his childish retorts about her unreliability with the final word being;

‘No but I always took you where you needed to go’.

 The Tardis personified by all female facets, she’s Sexy’, she’s Old Girl’.

A brilliant idea and  all wrapped up in some sexual innuendo with the banter of  ‘The first time you touched my console to Amy’s Did you wish really hard?’ when he reveals the Tardis’ new but short lived identity.

It was a ball game of emotional responses between the Tardis and the Doctor, as if they both had a lot to get off their chest. Regarding the Tardis Junk Yard, Idris sadly points out;

‘I’m thinking all of my sisters are dead and I’m looking at their corpses’

The Doctor can only see the opportunity to make a patchwork Tardis, which reminds me, patchwork people, what a gloriously Frankenstein creepy concept, good one Gaiman.

And on the chilling stakes, the ‘Kill Amy’ graffiti added more spice to the little hint of Amy’s significance in all this when Auntie grabs her face with a rather yucky arm of long expired Time Lord The Corsair and says ‘House loves you.

Don’t shoot me ‘experts’ but I’m sure the Doctor points out The Corsair regenerated as a lady ‘woohoo, she was a bad girl’, wouldn’t that be equally fun and cause a big old row for the next regeneration?

Idris had some of my favourite lines this week, the one about the Doctor ‘pushing’ her doors, not reading instructions, nicknaming Rory ‘the pretty one’ and Amy ‘the orangey girl’, their ‘marriage’ confirmed by his inability to start his junk yard Tardis with her blowing him a kiss with vroopy light and saying;

‘Oh my beautiful idiot, you have what you’ve always had, you’ve got me’ revealing that actually Time Travel needs its yin and yang, they are dependent on each other, the Tardis is the lover, mother, sister and ultimate companion to the Doctor’s dithering genius.

The teasing line ‘The only water in the forest is the River’ must hint at the return of another super lady character River Song in coming episodes.

The emotion of the Doctor is evident in the last scenes as he realises his Tardis will no longer converse with the death of Idris, the human shell,  and this is peppered with his realisation that House should now feel the fear of a wronged woman;

You took her from her home, and now she’s back in her box again, and she’s free. Finish him off girl’.

More please from Gaiman…this was the best stand alone episode so far and 'Run' mmm what a lovely voice you have House thanks to Michael Sheen.

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Biggup to Orac who grabbed these images for me x x

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