I LOVED this episode. the story line was decent and the execution was all very up to par ... What i loved most about this was all the things it showed inside the TARDIS, the Eye of Harmony and the library and the Biological metal self build circuits. I am a huge fan of the Lore of any show, book, or movie. this episode was unquestioningly a 10 for me.
This was another soild entry, it's one of those concepts I've been waiting for which is the exploration of the Tadis and it didn't disappoint. The Tardis is literally a world of it's own, every room can just have anything. Two of the rooms I really liked was one was a small one which had mementos from Seasons 5 and 6, one was Riversong's crib but the other was a toy Tardis from Amy. I'll admit seeing that toy Tardis made me miss Amy and Rory, though I wonder if this is hinting that both will return at some point after all there was that other book Amy written, where did she get the idea to write it. I don't know we'll have to just wait and see.
Another was a library, and we see Clara look at a book of the time lord history and she discovers the name of Doctor Who. It made me wonder if we've already heard his name, I'm thinking it could be John Smith; after all he does use that name as an alias a lot and it was on a key he turned. But it mainly brings up this question, why would the doctor not reveal or even say his real name. My theory is that he could of been one of the major historical figures in Earth's history. I don't know like I said we'll just have to wait but I get the feeling his name will be a key into something big somehow.
The suspense sequences were decent, I liked the designs of the heat creatures they looked like they could be creatures for the "Silent Hill" video games due to how distorted, dark, and creepy they are. And the back and forth between both the Doctor and Clara is good as usual. I liked this one scene which was slightly intense and with some emotion where the Doctor is puzzling over who Clara is and asks in a slight aggressive manner toward her. I felt it showed an example how the darkside of the Doctor is starting to show signs of surficing but also once again brings up the revolving mystery. The thing is what do we really know about Clara, so far I feel I'm only seeing the surface of a sports car but I have no idea what engine it's powered by, and that's Clara. After all the Tardis isn't getting along with her, is it because Clara is discovering too many secrets she shouldn't know about, Clara is getting mysteriously familiar with the Tardis's functions. I don't have the answer at this time.
But a few things really hold this episode back for me. I don't feel they went far enough with the concept, it's just I would of loved to of seen more rooms which would of given more depth on both the Tardis and the Doctor. Like a video arcade in space or a museum which is full of the Doctor's past adventures thouout the years, heck a portrait of his mom and dad (if he ever had any) I don't know but my point is so much more could of been done. I didn't care about the space junk yard brothers they were filler characters by their nature and useless. Plus the resolution was a bit of a cheat.
Overall a soild episode depite not blowing me away as a I wanted it too, it had more questions than answers. Yes, secrets do keep us safe for a while but they always find a way out and there's no hiding from the truth.
As much as seeing inside the Tardis should be interesting, it appeared to us like any other alien world - with the Doctor knowing little about what to expect. Surely this presented an opportunity to see the Doctor revisit past events or past objects, or something like this. Most of the time they could have been anywhere. I thought the episode was kind of a non-event, and a missed opportunity.
I get the sense that the writing is becoming too simple...... are they trying to turn it into just a kid's show?
every episode in this 2nd half has been awesome. I don't care what anyone says. the rings of akheten was brilliant. but this is even better. there was humour. there was danger, there was suspense and some brilliant looking rooms in the tardis. as long as next week is a good episode, then we're guaranteed that every episode this year is awesome. gaiman and moffat won't let us down, I'm sure. so overall I loved this episode
I was really excited for this episode! Probably because the other episode that played with the insides of the TARDIS (The Doctor's Wife) is one of my favourites of the whole series. This episode wasn't as good as it was but I still loved it.
I don't really want to talk too much about the events of the episode in detail. I just want to say that the acting was suberb. Coleman and Smith's chemistry just keeps getting better. Also as a person who loves adventure and fantasy and comedy, I don't know why but I love this series everytime it delves into the more dramatic material:
- When the Doctor admits to Clara that the zombies were actually her and the Van Baalen brothers after being burned by the engine core (exploding star in the act of becoming a black hole... That was so... "cool" hehehe).
- When the Doctor confronts Clara about the fact that he has seen her die twice.
Only issue I had with this episode was the slightly disappointing ending. Although I liked the reference to the fifth season's main storyline (TARDIS exploding, cracks in time). Everything before that was great or good. The Van Baalens were a bit pointless but they had their moments as well.
Wow. That was just wow. A little too simple to get out at the end, but a beautifully woven tale and a wonderful use of nods to the past. Easily the best episode of the season. We're suddenly feeling more like older/classic Who and it's something the show has desperately needed. Let's keep this going.