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. JTudd1995
    May 15th, 2011 at 9.23pm | #1

    @Jay

    Now you mention it, It does sound rather familiar, although Im not sure where from – Ill have to check the preveious series soundtracks, although I daresay it will end up on the series 5 soundtrack

  2. vaguely
    May 15th, 2011 at 10.06pm | #2

    @Jay
    It is the same music as used when Amelia first saw the Tardis and when Amy first went inside it. It will be on the S5 soundtrack (is on iTunes). It is called A Mad Man In A Box, I think

  3. Jay
    May 15th, 2011 at 11.45pm | #3

    @vaguely

    Found it on Amazon downloads! Thank you so much for this… much appreciated.

  4. e.p
    May 15th, 2011 at 11.59pm | #4

    @JC
    Ok, fair points. You’re right about it being hard to hear tone of voice on the internet :P. But I understand your point of view now. I really am glad you share your views on Whoviannet, so don’t stop on account of us!
    Right, now that we’re sorted… back to the show! :)

  5. The 13th Doctor
    May 16th, 2011 at 2.11am | #5

    Ill say one thing, the whole Rory dying every episode is getting a bit much now, I mean its getting to the stage in Doctor Who where death has no meaning. Some might say thats a good thing, I would have to disagree.

  6. Calli Arcale
    May 16th, 2011 at 4.38am | #6

    To be fair, Rory didn’t really die at all in this one. House just made Amy think he had in order to get some fun out of toying with her mind. And he didn’t really wait until his death either — none of that ever actually happened. I wouldn’t say it means death has no meaning — on the contrary, Amy was crushed by it, and then the death of Idris, releasing the TARDIS’s mind back into it, was very emotional. In that case, the “old girl” wasn’t really dying at all, she was just going back into her proper body, but it was treated as a death by the others, quite clearly, even though they knew she wasn’t exactly dead.

    Death has no meaning? Nonsense; death is clearly quite real on Doctor Who. It’s just that there are a lot of last-minute saves and miracles and things. ;-) Sometimes that makes it more poignant, not less.

    I absolutely loved “The Doctor’s Wife”. I normally knit through each week’s episode, but I couldn’t even pick up my needles — I was too rapt. This was really, really good, and though the writing is very very good, the production values are excellent, and the direction is fabulous, the real strength of it is in the performances. It made me laugh, it made me cry. Excellent.

  7. Calli Arcale
    May 16th, 2011 at 4.45am | #7

    @JC

    About the “pull to open” thing — yes, obviously the instruction on a real police box is referring to the phone box set into the door, but it’s also a nod to a very old fanboy annoyance: real police box doors really do open outward, not inward. This is mostly because, well, they’re smaller on the inside, and usually contained a stool and a small desk where a police officer could sit and work on reports. Some also included a propane stove. So Gaiman explained something that had annoyed fanboys since 1963 — that the doors open the wrong way.

    Unaddressed is another factual error pertaining to the police box: they were never made of wood. They were typically made of concrete. The original prop (built for a different show originally and recycled for this new sci-fi educational program) was made of wood for the sake of practicality, since nobody would want to haul a concrete police box around the studio. Doctor Who ended up outliving police boxes (though they are now enjoying a renaissance) and the production staff years later didn’t know that the prop wasn’t meant to actually represent wood. But now the wooden TARDIS is pretty well stuck in everyone’s mind. ;-)

  8. vaguely
    May 16th, 2011 at 10.47am | #8

    @The 13th Doctor
    If The Many Deaths of Rory do not turn out to be a major plot point I will be very surprised. All the fake ones will, I suspect, make the real one all the more shocking.

  9. Mike Humphreys
    May 16th, 2011 at 11.43am | #9

    Two comments….

    Firstly “The Doctor’s Wife” or more specifically “Her indoors”… adequately describes the inside of the TARDIS.

    Secondly, although I thought it was cool for Michael Sheen to be the voice of House… (it would have been cooler if we’d actually seen him as David Frost, with Milligan’s Nixon)… how cool would it have been to have gotten Hugh Laurie?

    No? Just me then.

  10. Patrick
    May 16th, 2011 at 12.08pm | #10

    I just want to say (and hope everyoen agrees with me) that everyone has their own opinion about the episode or series so far and should be respected. Just wanted to point that out :)

  11. PRB
    May 16th, 2011 at 12.41pm | #11

    @Patrick
    As Russell T would say: Absolutely!

  12. Patrick
    May 16th, 2011 at 12.54pm | #12

    @PRB
    Glad you agree :) cause some were arguing with JC not arguing but debating for want of a better word whichever you want though. This is for a discussion based on what YOU think and not to be bullied by others saying you enjoyed such and such when actually you didn’t if you get my drift but glad you agree :)

  13. Patrick
    May 16th, 2011 at 1.28pm | #13

    @PRB
    Sorry for the second comment but for example I enjoyed the running scene in the corridors whereas some didn’t enjoy it but I’m not going to be bullied into changing my mind and then end up saying I didn’t enjoy that scene at all when actually enfact I did. And I actually did enjoy that scene and the House messing with both their minds but mianly Amy’s.

  14. Marcus
    May 16th, 2011 at 2.07pm | #14

    What a SEXY episode! There’s always one every series with which I can never find fault and I think this is the one! ‘No, but I always took you where you needed to go’ and ‘The only water in the forest is the river’ are some of the best lines in the series so far…counting the seconds for the next 3 episodes!

  15. JC
    May 16th, 2011 at 4.30pm | #15

    @Patrick
    Appreciate what you said Patrick. Whoviannet is a friendly place, I’m a moderator and admin on another website and this place surprises me by how much everyone gets along. Those that disagree with me don’t offend me, it’s always gonna be more complicated to voice an opinion that’s negative than it is an opinion that’s positive, especially on a fan site, which by definition is for people who love and support the show.

    As you said, I think the key is to respect everyone’s opinion on the show if it’s voiced in the right way, whatever it is, and I certainly try and do that the best I can.

  16. Patrick
    May 16th, 2011 at 6.17pm | #16

    I’ve a question. Did the TARDIS have to be Idris or could it just have easily been someone else like the Auntie or Uncle for instance?

  17. vaguely
    May 16th, 2011 at 6.41pm | #17

    Probably the latter, but since it was Idris, that’s what counts (as far as we can see, the body was a shell – or casing as Idris put it)

  18. e.p
    May 16th, 2011 at 6.48pm | #18

    @Patrick
    If I understand your question correctly the body of Idris was of no significance really and the TARDIS could have been put inside any other body. From what I gathered Idris was the most recent person to be stranded and so Auntie and Uncle were instructed by House to help put the TARDIS matrix in her head. So as far as we know the “real” Idris (her without the TARDIS) was unimportant.

  19. Rassilon’s Rod
    May 16th, 2011 at 7.15pm | #19

    @The 13th Doctor
    Absolutely agree. Like all those pirates getting killed last week and then turning up safe and well later in the episode. What happened to all the casual slaughter we knew and loved in Doctor Who of old?

  20. vaguely
    May 16th, 2011 at 8.22pm | #20

    @Rassilon’s Rod
    The writers realised that the “Red Shirt” is quite an offensive and – more to the point – lazy idea?

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