Doctor Who

Season 6 Episode 4

The Doctor's Wife

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 14, 2011 on BBC America
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A distress signal from an old friend brings the Doctor to a junkyard planet in a bubble universe. A family consisting of Auntie, Uncle Nephew greet the Doctor and their companions, but it is the fourth resident, the seemingly insane Idris, who tries to warn them anyway.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The Doctor comments that he had a patchwork umbrella, referring to the multi-colored umbrella that his sixth incarnation used.

    • The concept of deleting TARDIS rooms to generate thrust was first shown in the classic episodes Logopolis and Castrovalva.

    • The old control room that Idris sends Rory and Amy to is the one used by the Ninth and Tenth Doctors (Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, respectively).

    • The Doctor receives a cube with a Time Lord message in it. A similar cube was seen in the classic serial The War Games when the Doctor sent a message to Gallifrey requesting help.

    • This marks the first time that the TARDIS internal corridors are seen in the new series.

    • When Uncle and Auntie die and the Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver, it has a green light as normal. But when the Doctor and Idris run through the junkyard in the next scene (approximately 22:56), it is giving off a blue light.

    • Idris states the Doctor stole the TARDIS 700 years ago. She later says there are instructions on the TARDIS door which he has been walking past and ignoring for 700 years, but the Doctor had already had the TARDIS for a long time before the chameleon circuit broke (in the original series serial An Unearthly Child) and the instructions became a permanent feature.

    • The Doctor offers to take Amy and Rory to the Eye of Orion. In the twentieth season of the original series, the Fifth Doctor made several attempts to travel to that location, finally succeeding in the special The Five Doctors.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • House: But you haven't answered my question, children.
      Rory: Uh, question?
      House: You remember. Tell me why I shouldn't just kill you both now.
      Amy: Well, because... Rory, why?
      Rory: Because... killing us quickly wouldn't be any fun. And you need fun, don't you? That's what Auntie and Uncle were for, wasn't it? Someone to make suffer. Had a PE teacher just like you.

    • Idris: Are all people like this?
      The Doctor: Like what?
      Idris: So much bigger on the inside.

    • The Doctor: Oh, it's the warning lights! I'm getting rid of those, they never stop.

    • Rory: What is happening?
      The Doctor: We are leaving the universe!
      Amy: How can you leave the universe?
      The Doctor: With enormous difficulty.

    • Rory: What is this place, the scrapyard at the end of the universe?
      The Doctor: Not end of. Outside of.
      Rory: How can we be outside the universe? The universe is everything.
      The Doctor: Imagine a great big soap bubble with one of those tiny little bubbles on the outside.
      Rory: Okay.
      The Doctor: Well, it's nothing like that.

    • Idris: Biting's excellent. It's like kissing, only there's a winner

    • The Doctor: I see. This asteroid is sentient.
      Auntie: We walk on its back, breathe its air, eat its food...
      Amy: Smell its armpits.
      House: And do my will.

    • Amy: What do you need from me?
      The Doctor: My screwdriver, I left it in the TARDIS. It's in my jacket.
      Rory: You're wearing your jacket.
      The Doctor: My other jacket.
      Rory: You have two of those?

    • Amy: I told you to look after him.
      Rory: He'll be fine. He's a Time Lord.
      Amy: It's just what they're called. Doesn't mean he actually knows what he's doing.

    • The Doctor: You gave me hope and then you took it way. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. God knows what it will do to me.

    • Idris: I'm the... oh, what do you call me? We travel. I go... (makes dematerialization noise)
      The Doctor: The TARDIS?
      Idris: Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Yes, that's it. Names are funny. It's me. I'm the TARDIS.
      The Doctor: No, you're not. You're a bitey mad lady. The TARDIS is... up-and-downy stuff in a big blue box.
      Idris: Yes, that's me. A Type 40 TARDIS. I was already a museum piece when you were young. And the first time you touched my console, you said...
      The Doctor: I said you were the most beautiful thing I'd ever known.
      Idris: Then you stole me. And I stole you.
      The Doctor: I borrowed you.
      Idris: "Borrowing" implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?
      The Doctor: You're the TARDIS.
      Idris: Yes.
      The Doctor: My TARDIS.
      Idris: My Doctor. Oh, we have now reached the point in the conversation where you open the lock.

    • Idris: You're the Doctor. Focus.
      The Doctor: On what? How? I'm a madman with a box, without a box. I'm stuck down the plughole at the end of the universe in a stupid old junkyard! Oh.
      Idris: Oh what?
      The Doctor: I'm not.
      Idris: Not what?
      The Doctor: Cause it's not a junkyard. Don't you see, it's not a junkyard.
      Idris: What is it, then?
      The Doctor: It's a TARDIS junkyard. Come on. Oh, sorry. Do you have a name?
      Idris: Seven hundred years, finally he asks.
      The Doctor: What do I call you?
      Idris: I think you call me.. Sexy.
      The Doctor: Only when we're alone.
      Idris: We are alone.
      The Doctor: Oh. Come on then, Sexy.

    • The Doctor: Burial field of half-eaten TARDISes. You thinking what I'm thinking?
      Idris: I'm thinking all of my sisters are dead, they were devoured, and that we are looking at their corpses.
      The Doctor: Ah, sorry, no, I wasn't thinking that.
      Idris: No. 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.
      The Doctor: It's not impossible as long as we're alive. Rory and Amy need me, so yeah, we're going to build a TARDIS.

    • The Doctor: Yes, I have actually rebuilt the TARDIS before, you know. I know what I'm doing.
      Idris: You're like a nine-year-old trying to rebuild a motorbike in his bedroom. And you never read the instructions.
      The Doctor: I always read the instructions!
      Idris: There's a sign on my front door. You have been walking past it for seven hundred years. What does it say?
      The Doctor: That's not instructions.
      Idris: There's an instruction at the bottom. What does it say?
      The Doctor: "Pull to open."
      Idris: Yes, and what do you do?
      The Doctor: I push!
      Idris: Every single time. Seven hundred years, police box doors open out the way.
      The Doctor: I think I have earned the right to open my front doors any way I want.
      Idris: Your front doors? Do you have any idea how childish that sounds?
      The Doctor: You are not my mother.
      Idris: You are not my child.

    • Idris: You ever wonder why I chose you all those years ago?
      The Doctor: I chose you. You were unlocked.
      Idris: Of course I was. I wanted to see the universe so I stole a Time Lord and I ran away. And you were the only one mad enough.

    • The Doctor: You're doing it, you sexy thing.
      Idris: So you do call me that! Is it my name?
      The Doctor: You bet it's your name!

    • The Doctor: Uh, Amy, this is, well, she's my TARDIS. Except she's a woman. She's a woman and she's my TARDIS.
      Amy: She's the TARDIS?
      The Doctor: And she's a woman. She's a woman and she's the TARDIS.
      Amy: Did you wish really hard?
      The Doctor: Shut up, not like that.
      Idris: Hello. I'm... Sexy.
      The Doctor: Oh, still shut up.

    • House: Doctor. I did not expect you.
      The Doctor: Well, that's me all over, isn't it? The lovely old unexpected me.

    • House: We are in your universe now, Doctor. Why should it matter to me which room you die? I can kill you just as easily here as anywhere. Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords.
      The Doctor: Fear me. I've killed all of them.

    • Idris: Doctor, are you there? It's so very dark in here.
      The Doctor: I'm here.
      Idris: I've been looking for a word. A big, complicated word but so sad. I found it now.
      The Doctor: What word?
      Idris: "Alive." I'm alive.
      The Doctor: Alive isn't sad.
      Idris: It's sad when it's over. I'll always be here, but this is when we talked. And even that has come to an end. There's something I didn't get to say to you.
      The Doctor: "Goodbye."
      Idris: No. I just wanted to say... Hello, Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you.

    • Amy: Are you going to make her talk again?
      The Doctor: Can't.
      Rory: Why not?
      Amy: It's spacey-wacey, isn't it?
      The Doctor: Well, actually, it's because the Time Lords discovered that if you take an eleventh-dimensional matrix and fold it into a mechanical... (Rory shorts out two wires) Yes, it's spacey-wacey!

    • The Doctor: Nearly finished. Two more minutes, then we're off. The Eye of Orion's restful, if you like restful. I could never really get the hang of "restful." (to the TARDIS) What do you think, dear, huh? Where should we take the kids this time?
      Amy: Look at you pair. It's always you and her, isn't it, long after the rest of us are gone. A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
      The Doctor: Well, you say that if it's a bad thing. But honestly, it's the best thing there is.

    • The Doctor: The House deleted all the bedrooms. I should probably make you two a bedroom. You'd like that, won't you?
      Amy: Okay, um, Doctor, this time could we lose the bunk bed?
      The Doctor: No, bunk beds are cool. A bed with a ladder. You can't beat that.

  • NOTES (5)