No, You're a Tardis! The Doctor and Idris

Published on May 15th, 2011 | by Shane Morris


Review: Doctor Who – The Doctor’s Wife

Welcome back to DOOM’s weekly Doctor Who column, “No, YOU’RE a TARDIS!”. I was really looking forward to this week’s episode beforehand. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Neil Gaiman so I couldn’t wait to see what he did with The Doctor. And the result is probably one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes ever.


First off… Wow. I don’t even know where to begin! That episode was just so packed full of awesome moments. I think I’m going to take a bit of a different approach this week and just comment on things as they come to me.

The TARDIS has always sort of been a character in and of itself, but this week it was literally a walking, speaking person with a personality. It was great learning she sees the Doctor as ‘hers’ and the companions as ‘strays’ and learning that back on Gallifrey she chose The Doctor just as much as he chose that particular TARDIS. You see that she really has always been the one constant companion and that they were brought together by a mutual desire to see the universe.

It was really cool to finally see more of the TARDIS than just the control room. Granted, it all looked like that same corridor over and over again. But that really made the scenes where Amy and Rory were running through the corridors feel like they were in a veritable labyrinth and really weren’t getting anywhere. This coupled with the mind games being played on them by House made this sequence quite tense.

Building and then piloting the makeshift scrapyard TARDIS (geez, this episode was TARDIS heavy) was great. I kept wondering if maybe he would find a replacement chameleon circuit laying around somewhere. Though, I didn’t know a TARDIS could land inside of another TARDIS. The implications of that make my head hurt. Could say, TARDIS A land inside of TARDIS B and then TARDIS B land itself inside TARDIS A? Could there be a huge chain of TARDISes inside one another like matryoshka dolls?

And finally, we got to see the old TARDIS control room again! There was a lot of speculation about it when it showed up for about two seconds in the series trailer. It was great to see why it made an appearance in the trailer and to find out that it had actually been there in the TARDIS all along.

In closing, TARDIS, TARDIS, TARDIS. It doesn’t even sound like a word anymore. It’s lost all meaning. But anyway, I quite loved this episode. Mr. Gaiman did not disappoint. Hopefully he returns for more episodes in the future. As always, be sure to leave your thoughts and theories in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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  • Sharp-O

    More Neil Gaiman and more Sexy! Great review :)

    • Shane Morris

      Thanks! :)

  • Aaron


    There, now we’ve written 20 of them.

    • Shane Morris

      YOU’RE a TARDIS, Aaron!

  • John

    I loved this episode. It left me with an impression that, regardless of which assistants come and go, he will always be just a lonely, mad old man, travelling through time, with Sexy, forever. Wonderfully done story.

    *** SPOILERS ***

    And Rory died… AGAIN.

    Aaand, what Sexy whispered to Rory. Interereresting.

    Oh, and Shane, a Tardis landing inside another? I’m guessing you never saw this: :)

    • Shane Morris

      I completely agree and wish I had said that in the article.


      Yeah, Tuffley from NeedCoffee pointed out on Twitter that Rory is becoming Kenny from South Park. Which I think is a fair assessment. XD

      I had seen that actually but the possibility of one TARDIS landing inside another still makes my head hurt.

      • John

        If he ‘dies’ again next week, then I’ll take that as a hint. For what, I don’t know. But he’s dying a lot. Must be a sign!

  • Kari

    I really did love this episode and your review gives me many happy feels.
    I really loved Idris/TARDIS’ character. She felt so “in-character” and was pretty much how I thought the TARDIS would sound if given a voice
    Actually there was an episode during the 4th Doctor’s run (Logopolis part 1-2) where the Master landed his TARDIS inside of the Doctor’s TARDIS and then there was a very long sequence of the Doctor and his companion Adric running through the same console room over and over and over trying to find a way out and being trapped in a weird space loop. I’m still not sure how they managed to escape. Then the Master proceeded to dematerialize and materialize again this time time in the Cloister Room instead of the Console Room, scaring the crap out of new companion Tegan who had gotten herself very very lost.
    This was sort of repeated in the recent short “Time” and “Space” where the TARDIS landed inside of itself. Things like TARDIS’ landing inside of each other isn’t really supposed to happen because of dimensional issues and stuff.
    The Doctor landing a console inside of the TARDIS isn’t really all that hard to believe because a console doesn’t have as much dimensional “weight” or “space” that an entire one does. It involves something called “Block Transfer Computations” and other really big Time Lordy Logopolitan type words that I don’t really understand. It’s not the first time the Doctor has flown just a console without a shell either. See the first few storyarcs of the Third Doctor and just how close he came to killing himself. Like Eleven said. “Not safe.”
    As for seeing more of the inside, a few Classic Who episodes feature more of the different areas of the TARDIS. I’ve only seen storyarcs “Logopolis” and “Castrovalva” in their entirety (I’m still working my way through episodes. Still in the First Doctor era.). But in those we see the Cloister Room, lots and lots of twisting and turning hallway, a storage room, Romana’s room, the Zero Room, a locker room where Five gets his cricketing outfit. And there’s also a storyarc where we see a secondary control room. There is also mention of a place called the Butterfly Room which is apparently an endless butterfly garden with specimens from all over the universe. If they brought back some classic who ideas for the TARDIS I would totally love to see a new Butterfly Room. So cool. There’s also a novel where the Doctor gets lost inside the TARDIS and finds that in the deepest, innermost room is a giant forest with HUGE trees and a mysterious creature tending said forest that was, apparently, one of the TARDIS’ original occupants that got lost thousands of years ago.
    It’s just fun the way Gaiman wrote the TARDIS personality and speech pattern. Considering just how many times they’ve jettisoned rooms to keep the TARDIS flying over the years and how painful it was for the Doctor to jettison Romana’s room it’s nice to know that the TARDIS keeps backups of everything.
    I saw a picture of the new console room layout a few days ago and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with this next! ~<3

    Sorry for the text block… XD

    • Sharp-O

      Don’t worry about it, we like it when commentors feel as passionate as we do about the stuff we cover! Thanks for posting, be sure to check out our other DW and other articles!

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