Last week’s episode was a bit of a disappointment, but this week’s was written by Neil Gaiman.

And no matter what the title makes you think, this story doesn’t have River in it.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as The Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Suranne Jones as Idris
Michael Sheena as the voice of House
Paul Kasey as Nephew
Adrian Schiller as Uncle
Elizabeth Berrington as Auntie

Written by Neil Gaiman

Produced by Sanne Wohlenberg

Directed by Richard Clark

Originally shown on the 14th of May 2011

Premise

“I’ve got mail!” exclaims the Doctor – a Time Lord distress beacon which leads them to a strange place outside the universe.

High Points

  • “Sometimes I hate being right.”
  • “Don’t get emotional. Hmm. That’s what the orange girl says.”
  • TARDIS interior corridors! At last.
  • “No, but I always took you where you needed to go.”

Low Points

From a production standpoint one can understand it, but I’d have liked to see an older control room.

Scores

Originality: So we’ve seen some of these elements in other things, but Gaiman glues them together kind of sideways. Five out of six.

Effects: Some lovely in-flight CGI this week. Five out of six.

Story: I was initially uncertain about the backstory here, but the more I think about it the more it does fit with the series canon (as far as Doctor Who has any canon, that is). The Doctor is a highly unusual Time Lord, and his relationship with his TARDIS is extremely strange. Five out of six.

Acting: I really enjoyed Suranne Jones’ performance, and Michael Sheen’s voice work was spot on. The regulars gave us their usual performance, perhaps slightly too insane from Matt Smith. Five out of six.

Emotional Response: It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for the characters, but it didn’t carry me with it as strongly as I might have liked. Four out of six.

Production: TARDIS corridors! I was disappointed to find them so plain and samey. Couldn’t the mad running around have gone through a few random rooms as well? Oh yes, I know, budget. Four out of six.

Overall: It’s a great deal better than last week’s episode, and really a lot of fun all round. Five out of six.

In total, The Doctor’s Wife receives 33 out of 42.