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. Bobin
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.18pm | #1

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!! Is Idris River Song?! That would explain alot and the outrageous flirting…

  2. vaguely
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.20pm | #2

    “The only water in the forest is the River.”

    As someone on Twitter put it: “Strange, but lovely”.

  3. George
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.22pm | #3

    Very good twist having the TARDIS as his “wife”

  4. shawn
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.22pm | #4

    it was bloody brilliant idris is the TARDIS that was a genuis idea

  5. L.
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.25pm | #5

    I wish I could forget I’ve ever watched that.

    Aren’t they telepathic? Couldn’t he talk with Tardis earlier? Or at least share something?

    “Fear me” – yeah, great line for the series trailer, sadly it’s got nothing to do with the actual episode.

    The Doctor getting angry? Remember “The Family of Blood”. Or Waters of Mars. Or the finale of s01.

    Why, why did they use the previous main room…? It’s just not right. And what have poor Ood done to them to deserve this?

    Idris was good, but not enough to help.
    I was expecting a great episode. And that just wasn’t it.

  6. JC
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.26pm | #6

    Here’s a pretty unique opinion, I was disappointed. It was flashy, I’ll give them that, corridors of the Tardis, the old Tardis console room, Ood, a Time Lord killer and the Tardis living in a humanoid body. I knew about these beforehand, of course, apart from Idris apparently being the Tardis.

    I don’t feel comfortable elaborating anymore right now, will watch what others say

  7. TWWL
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.30pm | #7

    LOVED IT. The word ‘beautiful’ seems to fit this episode best for me, it was just so wonderful.

    A massive jump back up after last weeks underwhelming episode.

  8. TWWL
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.31pm | #8

    @L.
    What on earth is wrong with showing an old console room?!

  9. shawn
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.32pm | #9

    t5hat scene every one seen amy and rory in the 9/10 doctors TARDIS during a regeneration has been solved as it was not a regeneration at all but the doctor and idris coming into the TARDIS using the hand made TARDIS surrounded in the yelloe regeneration energy light so thats one problem solved everyone saying the other doctor david would be in it but it turned out to be something totaly different the only thing i didnt like about it was that the evil monster for want of a better word called house did not show himself in a visical form

  10. JC
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.35pm | #10

    I’m just writing a rant on another forum about what was wrong with it

  11. TWWL
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.36pm | #11

    @JC
    What was wrong with it then? That was just superb Doctor Who, wonderful.

  12. L.
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.39pm | #12

    @TWWL – well, nothing at all, apart that it to me it served not purpose apart from putting it in trailer. I wished they paid more attention to it. Yeah, I know, new series and so on, but they seem to forget about the past – and now, when they finally gave a nod to the previous series, it seemed so… Dull.

  13. shawn
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.39pm | #13

    @TWWL
    i agree my heart did a double skip beat when i seen the 9th and 10th doctors TARDIS again

  14. JC
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.40pm | #14

    @TWWL
    I can’t say unfortunately, lol, the feeling of good will towards this episode is too much to compete against, but it doesn’t change my disappointment. My opinion is in the minority and isn’t welcome, I respect that.

  15. L.
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.42pm | #15

    Well, JC, I do agree with you, about the disappointment part.

  16. Katie
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.44pm | #16

    Very disappointed! The Ood had no real purpose, the use of the Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS wasnt really necessary, and we werent shown that much of Idris/Tardis’ character at all :L Was expecting a great episode if written by Neil Gaiman but I felt really underwhelmed :L

  17. Patrick
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.46pm | #17

    In my opinion I found it average at best. I dunno why I didn’t seem to enjoy it as I thought I would. The big moments like the big ball of orange light went a bit too quick and the epic moment of fear me i’ve killed hundreds of time lords was used out of place and by the wrong enemy. The only fun moment was Amy and Rory running in the corridors from the House and it messing with Amy’s and Rory’s but mainly Amy’s head. So I gave it a 3.

  18. shots1
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.52pm | #18

    I to was underwhelmed. A very good idea not born to an ideal fruition. The Tardis corridors/run around were rather a waste of time, I would like to have seen some sort of emotion by the Dr in the old console room, Idris was underused..it could have done with a 2 parter to develop her/Tardis character. After the hype I just expected so much more. Perhaps havinf such an awesome start to the series after the first 2 episodes, it has seemed an anti climax for the last 2 weeks, a 6/10 from me.

  19. TWWL
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.53pm | #19

    @L.
    They didn’t do it for the trailer! The very idea is silly.

  20. L.
    May 14th, 2011 at 7.57pm | #20

    @TWWL – look up “irony”…

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