Writer: Neil Gaiman
Director: Richard Clark
Series: 6, episode 4
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)
Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are trapped on a planet outside of the known universe, and the TARDIS is dead. They meet strange people, including a woman who calls the Doctor her “thief”. The Doctor discovers that this woman actually has the TARDIS’s consciousness within her. They were all brought here by an entity called “House”, who feeds on TARDIS energy.
Review: When I heard that Neil Gaiman was going to write two stories for Doctor Who, I was ecstatic. Gaiman is one of my all time favorite writers, thanks to his book Coraline and his work on DC’s Sandman series. I thought he’d be an excellent fit for Doctor Who. I enjoyed this story a lot. The idea of the TARDIS actually being alive isn’t really all that new, as many old stories and Big Finish dramas have hinted at the concept. The story was a lot of fun.
Overall Review: 10/10
Continuity: The TARDIS’s swimming pool is mentioned again. The Doctor tells House that he killed all the Time Lords. The Doctor tells Rory “basically, run!”, which he told the Atraxi in “The Eleventh Hour”. The Doctor offers to take Amy to the Arm of Orion, which he went to in “The Arc of Infinity.” The TARDIS was capable of communication in the audio drama Zagreus.