Rate & Discuss: The Doctor’s Wife

May 14th, 2011
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting  a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family. As the Doctor investigates, he puts his friends in the gravest danger.

In one of the most anticipated episodes of the new series so far, the Doctor, Amy and Rory faced shocks, scares and Ood – and we were with them for every step of the way!

As the first Doctor Who episode to be penned by acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman, it was always going to be one to go down in history. Of course, the fact that it’s called ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ adds to the overall intrigue factor, and ever since the title was revealed back in March, our brains have been racing with all kinds of outlandish theories and questions. The answers were finally revealed tonight, along with some surprises…

As well as the mysteries surrounding the beautiful and insane Idris, we were also given an all access pass to the TARDIS, which came hand in hand with its very own array of secrets. Along the way, there were blasts from the past and insights into the future, but was the episode worth all the hype that preceded it? Did it exceed your expectations?

The Doctor’s Wife has been described as “a real love letter” to the fans, but was it a love letter worth reading? Were you left delighted or disappointed? You can let us know what you thought about tonight’s epic adventure in the comments section. Happy discussing!

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159 comments on this article
  1. shawn
    May 18th, 2011 at 11.50am | #1

    i cant wait to see how all these story trades all come together at the end for the good story arch closer for the fanile but then again steven moffatt wil leave more questions than those answered to take us into the next series

  2. mike
    May 18th, 2011 at 5.50pm | #2

    in “drs wife” i was happy to see the old tardisconsole room and was excited to see corridors too. hope we see more of the insides of the tardis more often…

  3. Professor Zed
    May 18th, 2011 at 6.17pm | #3

    Mike, I was hoping to see more TARDIS rooms. At least the boot cupboard again. Haven’t seen that in, oh… about 35 years or so.

  4. JC
    May 18th, 2011 at 6.22pm | #4

    Yeah, the Last Great Time War was fought by the 8th Doctor and only spoken about in the Revived Series, so it was the creation of RTD.

    For me and a couple of friends, we thought it was a shame that the 9th/10th Doctor’s console room was destroyed, meaning it probably won’t be seen again.

  5. shawn
    May 18th, 2011 at 6.56pm | #5

    i thought the time war was a russle t davis creation too i also heard a rumor about 2 years back that russle t davis was going to do a movie telling the story of the time war but ive heard nothing more about it than that

  6. TWWL
    May 18th, 2011 at 7.29pm | #6

    Why would they need to show the old console room again beyond this story? We have a console room.

  7. TWWL
    May 18th, 2011 at 7.30pm | #7

    @Professor Zed
    We were supposed to see more rooms; lack of cash meant Gaiman had to cut and keep to the basic corridors we saw.

  8. Calli Arcale
    May 18th, 2011 at 9.35pm | #8


    ema, shawn is correct that the Time War is not in the Classic series — it happened sometime between the 1996 Fox/Universal/BBC coproduction starring Paul McGann and the 2005 revival. In fact, it’s widely suspected (though never said on the series yet) that the Time War was what did the Eighth Doctor in.

    I think the more that Russell T Davies was going to do with the Time War was what we saw in David Tennant’s swansong, where we got to actually see Gallifrey again and it actually wasn’t a good thing.

  9. JC
    May 18th, 2011 at 10.39pm | #9

    It’s not that it’s needed, it’s that it’s significant. That console room is “my Doctor”’s Tardis console room, in the episode the Tardis said it had archived it, which was good but then they convieniently get rid of it permanently. As a 10th Doctor fan, speaking personally, that was a little insulting, but it’s done now and isn’t worth arguing about.

    I can always rely on TWWL to pick me up on my comments, lol…….Still, it was the view of me and a few of my friends that they shouldn’t have deleted the late 8(possibly)/9/10 console room, but they did and that’s that.

  10. Glenn
    May 18th, 2011 at 10.42pm | #10

    You should feel lucky you seen it again at all, considering everyone thought it was destroyed to begin with.

  11. JC
    May 18th, 2011 at 10.49pm | #11

    Exactly, they brought it back and destroyed it yet again.

    But look, it isn’t important, it’s just what we thought

  12. shawn
    May 18th, 2011 at 11.08pm | #12

    i do hope the do a big speacial film edition of the time war that i heard rumored 2 years back though it would be hard to created but brill to watch if it was done in the right way

  13. shawn
    May 18th, 2011 at 11.10pm | #13

    @Calli Arcale
    thats what i thought thanks for verifying it for me

  14. vaguely
    May 19th, 2011 at 12.06am | #14

    Please be careful about posting spoilers for future episodes.

  15. The 13th Doctor
    May 19th, 2011 at 3.11am | #15

    I honestly dont think they would show anything about the time war, although fair enough The End Of Time went and showed a tiny snippet… but to actually tell the WHOLE story would take away alot of mystery, bit like the elephant in the room, no one wants to say anything… sort of haha

  16. shawn
    May 20th, 2011 at 1.55pm | #16

    i will i didnt mean to do it i cant even remember what i wrote

  17. vaguely
    May 20th, 2011 at 2.29pm | #17

    Details of a photographic still from a future episode (I realise was not deliberate. but some people are pretty careful to avoid such images and whoviannet usually puts them behind links, with spoiler warnings).

  18. bob
    May 23rd, 2011 at 9.37pm | #18

    loved it. 2nd best yet! sososo sad.

  19. amy
    July 4th, 2011 at 4.24pm | #19

    I too was glad to see the old console again. I wish there were some really old consoles. (I guess newbies- sorry to offend anyone- wouldn’t recognize them).

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