I write a review of the tenth episode of Doctor Who‘s seventh season, entitled Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. There are Spoilers Within.
Doctor Who S7x10 “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS”
This episode had a lot of anticipation building towards it, I mean – as I mentioned in last week’s review of Hide, the last TARDIS-centric episode that we got was Neil Gaiman’s The Doctor’s Wife. And that has to be one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes of the current series to date, and this means that I am really looking forward to Gaiman’s next outing for the series, Nightmare in Silver. Why couldn’t they have stuck with the title The Last Cyberman? That would have been an awesome title.
However, I’m not talking about upcoming episodes or past episodes in this review, instead I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Yesterday’s tenth episode of Series 7, which so far in my book, has been a fairly mixed season, not helped at all by the blockbuster format and the split which has plagued both this season and the previous one. Starting off with an interesting premise, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS has an instant appeal to Whovians. I mean, we’ve rarely seen more than the console room in the Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat eras of Doctor Who and this episode promised a whole lot of goodness. I loved the library scene in particular, and the many chase scenes through the TARDIS interior, among other things.
Those other things were the monsters of the week, the zombies were very sci-fi and very fun, and the chase sequences were great as well, and the ending was also a highlight of the episode, with Clara & The Doctor surrounded by the zombies, but then it was unfortunately ruined by a deus ex machina ending, which made the whole episode seem rather pointless as everything was re-written to back the way it was before the episode began.
And the flaws of this episode don’t stop there. As much as I liked Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and view it as one of the highlights of the season to date, I can’t help but feel like it just had so much more potential to throw at us, and I know the writer, Stephen Thompson, can do better – after all he’s behind the fantastic The Rechinbach Fall episode of Sherlock‘s Second Season. He just didn’t deliver on that level of awesomness this time around, and the supporting cast also lacked depth and are probably the poorest supporting cast actors that this show has given us this season. However, despite all of that, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS does manage to provide an entertaining 45-minute episode.
It’s fun, fast-paced and entertaining. And at the end of the day, it’s Doctor Who. Whilst some hate Moffat and the direction he’s taken the series, I don’t exactly share the same view. Whilst I don’t think he should have made some of the changes he’s done to the series since he became showrunner, most of the changes that he’s made have been more enjoyable. I’ve enjoyed Matt Smith as the Doctor so far and Jenna Louise-Coleman has certainly impressed. The New TARDIS looks awesome, and the more complex plots are mostly entertaining when they work well.
So overall, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS was an enjoyable episode, but had a few flaws that prevented it from becoming a masterpiece. I think that’s pretty much the standard for Season 7 so far, we haven’t seen any classic episodes yet (each season of New Who has given us at least one really impressive episode – Season 1: Dalek, Season 2: The Girl in the Fireplace, Season 3: Blink, Season 4: Midnight, Season 5: The Eleventh Hour, and Season 6 had The Doctor’s Wife. At the moment it looks like Gaiman is going to give us another winner, but we’ll have to wait and see. For now though, that will have to wait. It’s The Crimson Horror next, and it’ll be interesting to see where that goes.
DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7 EPISODE GUIDE – Part 1: S7x01: Asylum of the Daleks, S7x02: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, S7x03: A Town Called Mercy, S7x04: The Power of Three, S7x05: The Angels Take Manhattan CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: The Snowmen PART 2: S7x06: The Bells of Saint John, S7x07: The Rings of Akhaten, S7x08: Cold War, S7x09: Hide, S7x10: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, S7x11: The Crimson Horror, S7x12: Nightmare In Silver, S7x13: The Name of The Doctor