Moffat Era Rewatch: The Doctor’s Wife
Neil Gaiman writes Doctor Who and this viewer couldn’t be happier…
Warning: Spoilers Sweetie
- I love this episode so much. It is one of those episodes that you want to wrap your arms around and snuggle and keep it safe from all the bad things this world has to offer.
- When this episode first aired Suranne Jones was probably still best known for being in Corrie. Now she’s probably the biggest actress on British television. And deservedly so.
This episode is very… green.
- I really like Auntie and Uncle. They’re a fun little pair of evil minions.
- I wonder who Idris was before all this or how she ended up down the plughole of the universe.
- Amy is still rockin’ the plaid.
- What’s great about this episode is that it is clearly written by a fan, but one who understands that fan service is no substitute for a good story. So all the little references to the show’s past (such as those psychic messaging containers) are all used in service of the narrative.
- “Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times.” The road to Jodie Whittaker started here.
- I hope that one day Gaiman finds time in his busy schedule to write a novelisation of this episode.
- “So we’re in a tiny bubble universe, sticking to the side of the bigger bubble universe?” "Yeah. No. But if it helps, yes.”
- The Doctor can now cross “Making out with the TARDIS” off his bucket list.
“Biting’s excellent. It’s like kissing, only there’s a winner.”
- I love an Ood too, but i wish we’d got to see Gaiman original, more horrific, idea for Nephew
- House (brilliantly voiced by Michael Sheen) is such a great villain, one of my favourites from this era and probably the best one off villain of Matt’s tenure, which is all the more impressive considering because he is just a voice.
- “You want to be forgiven.” “Don’t we all.”
- Rule 1. The Doctor lies.
- “It’s just what they’re called. It doesn’t mean he actually knows what he’s doing.” Amy has got the Doctor all figure out by this point.
- The little boxes have made him angry.
- Matt and Suranne is one of those pairings you wish you could see more off, but known that is probably better than you don’t because it makes their scenes together in this episode all the more special.
- “Are all people like this?” “Like what?” "So much bigger on the inside.”
- “You were thinking you could build a working Tardis console out of broken remnants of a hundred different models. And you don’t care that it’s impossible.” It’s not impossible, Sexy. I can tell because ‘I Am the Doctor’ is playing.
- This is the second time in NuWho where we see other parts of the TARDIS. Sadly, budget limitations mean we only get to see the same bland corridors over and over again.
- “No, but I always took you where you needed to go.”
- It’s great that the TARDIS thinks of the companions as strays. Sahme there wasn’t time to hear her personal opinion of each and every one.
- Why didn’t Amy and Rory just stay close together so House couldn’t separate them?
- This makeshift TARDIS was design by a young fan who won a Blue Peter competition to design their own TARDIS. You just gotta love that Doctor Who is the kind of show that does stuff like that.
- Love how she just randomly adds a coat hanger, like the whole thing won’t work without it.
- House’s torture of Amy is really difficult to watch. Amy just did not have a good time this season.
- Of course Rory is the pretty one. Was there really any doubt?
- No, don’t split up again. Dammit. Amy and Rory are basically trapped in a haunted house and are making all the classic mistakes.
- Delight for Amy is her wedding day. *shipper joy*
- Hello, RTD era console room.
- RIP Nephew. Another Ood the Doctor failed to save.
- “She’s the TARDIS and she’s a woman.” “Did you wish really hard?” Like I said, Amy knows him so well at this point.
- “Always liked it when you called me old girl.” Me too.
- Farewell, RTD era console room.
- He may not have read the manual, but no one knows his TARDIS like the Doctor.
- “Fear me. I’ve killed hundreds of Time Lords.” "Fear me. I’ve killed all of them.” There’s a boast he can’t make again
- Rather appropriate that the TARDIS is the one who gets to kick the bad guy’s arse in this episode.
- This is so sad. I mean, the TARDIS doesn’t really die, but this will be the only time they will ever talk. I’m assuming. Who knows.
- “I just wanted to say hello. Hello, Doctor. It’s so very, very nice to meet you.” *gross sobbing*
- “The only water in the forest is the river” As foreshadowing goes, that is a little on the obvious side.
- Aww, Rory. You are too adorable.
- “No, bunkbeds are cool. A bed! With a ladder!”
- The Doctor doesn’t need a room, the entire TARDIS is his room.
- ‘The Madman with a Box’ is one of Murray Gold’s best themes and a big reason why he will be so deeply missed if he does indeed leave after ‘Twice Upon a Time’ .
- Eleven excitedly running around the console and doing his little twirl never fails to put a smile on my face. This is pretty much the perfect Eleventh Doctor story. I’m sure it could’ve been made to fit any Doctor, but I don’t think it would’v worked quite as well as it does with this Doctor.
Next Time: The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People