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Cast and Crew Information

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara
Jahvel Hall as Tricky
Mark Oliver as Bram Van Baalen
Ashley Walters as Gregor Van Baalen

Written by Steve Thompson
Directed by Mat King

Premise

The TARDIS is crippled while its shields are down, forcing the Doctor to recruit strangers in a desperate search for Clara.

High Point

“And all the other times.”

Low Point

A secret that closely guarded and she finds it that quickly? We’d better learn that there is some higher power that pointed her in the right direction.

The Review

We’ve been lost in the TARDIS before, and even seen the Eye of Harmony before, although they clearly have a much larger budget for the set this time. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects are getting a lot more funding this year. The “lost in the TARDIS” bit has never been this impressive. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story is a “monster around the corner” bit. That worked well in “Cold War” and other episodes, but doing it again so quickly left me feeling a little flat. They also need to motivate the behaviour of these monsters a bit more, given the ultimate reveal as to their nature. I see pieces of the Clara puzzle around, but they need to start either putting things together or distracting us with another long term story like the Great Intelligence plot. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting is as strong as ever from our leads, with decent work from the guests. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is very well handled, with some clearly upgraded budgets here, too, and some great music to boot. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is not as strong as I’ve come to expect from the series. It felt like there was too much time spent setting up later stories and not enough time telling this story. I give it 3 out of 6.

Overall, it’s decent, and has bits that are probably important for the series, but it’s not one of the episodes I’d use to indoctrinate new viewers. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS receives 30 out of 42.