Days left till the 50th: 4
Episodes watched: 99
Today’s Episode: Journey to the Center of the Tardis
Writer: Steve Thompson
One thing I love about this episode is that we get some camera angles that we couldn’t get before, due to how the Tardis was set up. Like the opening scene..
DOCTOR: You said…
CLARA: I know what I said. I was the one who said it.
DOCTOR: You said it was looking at you funny.
CLARA: I was tired. Overwrought. I didn’t mean it. It’s an appliance. It does a job.
DOCTOR: It’s a pretty cool appliance. (taps on console) We’re not talking cheese grater here!
CLARA: You’re not getting me to talk to your ship. That’s properly bonkers.
DOCTOR: (strokes console) It’s OK, it’s OK.
CLARA: You’re like one of those guys who can’t go out with a girl unless his mother approves.
DOCTOR: It’s important to me you get along. I could leave you alone together.
CLARA: Now you’re creeping me out.
During this dialogue, they are walking around the Tardis console, and we are following them, thus allowing the camera to track with them, as with Tennant, you only had certain angles, and the same issue with Eleven’s first Tardis interior.
So, since the Doctor then put the Tardis into “basic” thus shutting down the shields, making the Tardis vunderable to things like the MAGNA GRAB that these brothers had on their ship that they use to scrap things in deep space. They thought the Tardis was just scrap, and grabbed it and shoved it on board.
I swear when I saw them using a mallet and some cuttery thingy on the door to the Tardis, I was cringing and freaked out, as that thing is beloved! They are destroying it! Luckily the Doctor got out, and managed to convince the brothers, all three of them to join him for the salvage of a lifetime since poor Clara was still on board. So they all went in, even Tricky, the Android!
Thus the Doctor then, once inside, basically was like.. yeah, she’s big. Imagine the biggest ship in your mind’s eye, now forget that since this ship is infinite!
Then he launches into his madman speech..
GREGOR: It could take you hours to find the girl.
DOCTOR: Days! Plus the whole place is toxic. She could be dead by the time I reach her. So. Here’s the mission. We’re going to find her in one hour.
DOCTOR: You’re my guys for this.
GREGOR: That wasn’t the deal.
DOCTOR: ‘Tis now.
GREGOR: What makes you think we’ll help?
The DOCTOR flips two levers and a countdown starts on the screen.
DOCTOR: I just activated the TARDIS self-destruct system. One hour until this ship blows.
BRAM runs for the door but it slams shut.
DOCTOR: Don’t try to leave. The TARDIS is in lockdown. I’ll open those doors when Clara’s by my side.
BRAM: You crazy lunatic!
DOCTOR: (turns on BRAM) My ship, my rules!
You’ll kill us all. And the girl.
DOCTOR: She’s going to die if you don’t help me. Don’t get into a spaceship with a madman.
The men run to the door to try and force it open.
DOCTOR: Didn’t anyone ever teach you that? OK. A little gentle persuasion. Say 30 minutes.
The DOCTOR flicks some switches and presses a button. The countdown changes to 30 minutes.
BRAM: She’ll die even quicker now!
DOCTOR: We all perform better under pressure. Anybody want to go for 15 minutes? (his finger hovers over the button)
DOCTOR: It’s your own time you’re wasting. Salvage of a lifetime. You meant the ship. I meant Clara.
So, poor Clara is wandering around the Tardis, while being chased by these zombie things, and walks into this awesome room, and the first thing we see is the Doctor’s Cot from “A Good Man Goes to War”, then she picks up Amy’s Tardis, “Eleventh Hour” and then Donna’s magnifying glass, “Unicorn and the Wasp”, and of course Six’s umbrella. Before the time zombies come at her, where she escapes and passes the Observatory that reminds you of “Tooth and Claw”, and the Pool, which kinda looks like the Pool that Donna lounged around during “Midnight”. She finally ends up in the Library, where she spots a book. Not just any book…
Honestly, I’m curious to know who wrote it? The Doctor himself or River? She opens it and reads something, and makes a small remark about the Doctor’s name before she hears the time zombies and hides under the liquid Gallifreyian Encyclopedia that spills out!
The Doctor and gang split up, deciding that might be the best way to find Clara. Bram heads back to the console room and begins ripping apart the Tardis. By doing so, time is leaking out there and we hear some voices..
- The voice of Susan Foreman says, “I made up the name ‘TARDIS’ from the initials: Time and Relative Dimension In Space.” (TV: An Unearthly Child)
- The Third Doctor saying, “The TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental” and his companion, Jo, asking “What does that mean?” (TV: Colony in Space)
- The Eleventh Doctor saying, “You sexy thing!” then Idris (the TARDIS in human form) replying, “See, you do call me that! Is it my name?” followed by the Doctor’s exclamation of “You bet it’s your name!” (TV: The Doctor’s Wife)
- The Fourth Doctor saying, “That’s trans-dimensional engineering. A key Time Lord discovery.” (TV: The Robots of Death)
- The Ninth Doctor saying, “The assembled hordes of Genghis Khancouldn’t get through that door, and believe me they’ve tried.” (TV:Rose)
- Martha Jones saying, “It’s just a box with that room crammed in!”. (TV: Smith and Jones)
- Amy Pond saying, “We’re in space!” (TV: The Beast Below)
- Ian Chesterton asking, “A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space?” (TV: An Unearthly Child)
- The Fifth Doctor asking, “You’ve changed the desktop theme, haven’t you?” (TV: Time Crash)
Gregor is walking by a room and notices that his value detector says, ANYTHING YOU WANT IS IN THIS ROOM! Thus he goes in to find this..
Wow! So apparently, the doctor comes charging in, with Tricky, and we learn that those eggy things can make anything you want, a machine making a machine. The Doctor advises against taking one, but Gregor does anyway, and when she takes away the Door to the room, he tries to explode the room, so she gives them back the door, but sticks them in a maze instead with the time zombies.
Bram then gets killed by one of the time zombies underneath the console, and the Doctor and his gang realize that time zombies can kill
Clara ends up wandering around and finds the console room, but an echo of it. After Tricky forces Gregor to give up the egg, they all end up there too. Luckily using the device that Gregor has to detect stuff and the sonic, the Doctor pulls Clara into their version of the room.
Where Amy would have hugged the Doctor in thanks, Clara…
The DOCTOR puts the sonic into his other hand and pulls CLARA free. She screams as he holds her. She pulls away and spins around, taking deep breaths.
DOCTOR: It’s all right. Clara, I’m so, so sorry. Please, please forgive me…
CLARA punches him in the shoulder and walks away.
DOCTOR: Ow! (rubs shoulder) OK, so we’re not doing hugging, I get that now.
CLARA: What do you keep in here?! Why have you got zombie creatures? Good guys do not have zombie creatures. Rule one. (hits him again) Basic storytelling.
So the guys were like, yay! Turn off the self destruct, when the Doctor was like, it was never on, everythings fine, before he looked, and saw that in fact the Tardis is exploding, thus requiring them to go into the bowels of the Tardis.
Sadly the time zombies follow them, and lo, the fuel cells run out of fuel, thus making the rods warp and all of a sudden poles are flying everywhere. One hits Tricky and Gregor is forced to tell him he isn’t an android, thus can feel pain, ect, he just has artificial eyes and voice box and amnesia so he doesn’t remember his childhood at all. Thus his brothers played a joke on him that he’s an android. Poor dude.
So we then end up in the room where the eye of harmony, is held where we have an exploding star..
WOW. Then the zombies catch up, and kill off the brothers allowing Clara and the Doctor to escape to the engine room, where we see a cliff. So the Doctor realizes they are about to die, and asks her this..
CLARA: We’re outside.
DOCTOR: No, we’re still in the TARDIS.
CLARA: There’s no way across.
DOCTOR: No. OK, you’re right.
CLARA: So what do we do? Time for a plan. Do you have a plan?
DOCTOR: Well, no. No plan, sorry.
CLARA: If you don’t have a plan, we’re dead!
DOCTOR: Yes, we are. So just tell me.
CLARA: Tell you what?
DOCTOR: Well, there’s no point now, we’re about to die, so just tell me who you are.
CLARA: You know who I am.
DOCTOR: No, I don’t! I look at you every single day, and I don’t understand a thing about you. Why do I keep running into you? (heads for the door)
CLARA: Doctor, you invited me – you said…
DOCTOR: (walks back) Before that. I met you in the Dalek Asylum. There was a girl in a shipwreck, and she died saving my life. And she was you.
CLARA: She really wasn’t.
DOCTOR: Victorian London. There was a governess who was a barmaid, and we fought the Great Intelligence together, she died, and it was my fault – and she was you.
CLARA: You’re scaring me.
DOCTOR: What are you, eh? Are you a trick, a trap?
CLARA: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
CLARA backs away from the DOCTOR and almost falls off the ledge. The DOCTOR grips her in a huge hug. She grips him back and gasps.
DOCTOR: All right. All right. (ends the hug) You really don’t, do you?
CLARA: I think I’m more scared of you right now than anything else on that TARDIS.
DOCTOR: You’re just Clara, aren’t you?
So they jump and come upon this..
The poor Doctor is flummoxed. He has no idea what to do next. The Tardis has saved him, but at the moment he has no idea how to save her. He then feels the burns on her hands, and looks at it, as it spells out… “BIG FRIENDLY BUTTON”
He then realizes that there is a rip in time he can fix thus “resetting” the day, and tells Clara, even after she says that she knows his name due to the book, that she will have forgotten everything about this day, even all the info he told her about the times he met her before. Then he goes through the rift, and manages to do exactly what he said… and BAM, same day, but nothing big and explodey happened.
Now a few pictures of the stuff that Clara found…
Such a fun episode, as this is the first time we’ve seen a room in the console beyond the wardrobe in NuWho, and that was Season 2, the first episode!
Till Tomorrow folks, we go back to the Victorian Era with the Paternose Gang!