Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 11

The Lodger

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 12, 2010 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


An unidentified force traps the Doctor on Earth and strands Amy inside the TARDIS. The Doctor traces the force to a seemingly ordinary apartment and the mysterious second-floor tenant, and tries to pose as a human to board with Craig Owens, the downstairs tenant.

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  • About time!

    I have to be honest, the Matt Smith run on as the Dr has been less than stellar and I have only periodically watched episodes, especially after ravenously devouring The Eccleston & Tennant years. (Though the last season of Tennant's run had a similar boring vibe to Matt Smith's) The Lodger has semi restored my faith with a fun quirky story, excellent pacing and story progression. Finally a glimmer of hope for a show which had become a bore to watch, and lets Matt's star shine.moreless
  • I officially cannot understand you.

    When the dialogue gets so fast, the actors' UK accents blur their words for me and I can't understand what they're saying. My theory is that since Moffat took over, the storylines have become more complicated, requiring rushed explanations--and probably Moffat favors snappy, blink-and-you-miss-it wit to begin with.

    Because the words blur, I miss a good chunk of the character development and ultimately can't make sense of the plot. So I sit here with Wernicke's aphasia, either zoning out or trying to ignore the fact that I can't understand. And it makes me feel frustrated and guilty, like my lazy, American, couch-based mind is getting less and less flexible as I age. I kind of associate that guilt with Doctor Who.

    Anyway, I haven't tested my Moffat-dialogue theory by watching older episodes; I'm pretty disincentivized to watch the show right now. Sorry, Doctor. You seem as cool as ever. I just can't hack it.moreless
  • The Lodger

    The Lodger was a fantastic and very awesome episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written, the characters were intriguing and there was a lot of mystery. It was fun watching The Doctor act as a new flat mate and give Craig a real good run around. I liked the dynamic between Craig and Sophie and it was awesome watching them come together. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Separated from the Tardis and stranded in modern day UK the Doctor finds himself a place to stay and a mystery to solve while he waits for the Tardis to finally land.moreless

    What a wonderfully brilliant epsidoe.

    This story was a complete change of pace for the DW series. There was no imminent sense of danger to our travellers, in fact this was sort of an undercover holiday for the Doc while he remained incognito; gathering information on the sinister presence upstairs.

    Amy meanwhile is onbaoard the Tradis, learning the nuances of the tempermental time travelling conundrum in a box. I quite enjoyed the scene where amy has to take two small steps to the right to get a control to work. It's reinforcing the new direction of the show which is definately quirky.

    An obvious high-light was the Doc in shorts, playing soccer and i can't forget to mention the scene where a semi-naked Doc tries to fight evil with a toothbrush.

    I think i'm starting to understand where they are taking us - we're meant to remember that that these guys are mystery solvers and they are going to do it in the most unusual ways - Amy's character has been written that she is more a co-conspirator than a companion - and this allows for a 'team' feeling that is often missing in DW due to the nature of the main character.

    Yes, the crack was back. Please dont let this become Davies in its proportions and have this crack follow us for another 12 months. I'm pretty much over the crack already.

    However, i'm loving the plots. This sort of zany sci-fi doesn't really have an equal on TV and that's what keeps me watching.

    Of note is the Van Gogh post-card on the fridge.moreless
  • It really isn't that good...

    ...but I still enjoyed it a lot. Does that make sense?

    Here's the thing, the episode's plot is either completely irrelevant or merely setting up something for the finale. Either way, as far as the single episode is concerned, it's a thin excuse to get the Doctor playing a weird mix of ET and The Odd Couple for largely sitcom laughs.

    But pretty good sitcom laughs, really. James Corden and Daisy Haggard are incredibly cute in their parody of TV unresolved sexual tension. Matt Smith proves once more that the comedic side of the Doctor is his strong suit and even the largely absent Amy (her convenient disappearance reeks of scheduling conflicts) manages to snatch the highlight of the episode when she sneaks in an "eew!" face in the middle of the climactic kiss scene. So yeah, I was amused and entertained, despite the potential of the premise for blandness. But why do I feel bad about that, then?

    I guess because this season has this ongoing plot thing. The previous years had some leeway to do things like this because the overarching story was limited to a scribble in a wall or a poster. This season, time travel runs thick, foreshadowing includes major points and a few reveals and events that only relate to the finale have already taken place. The whole season is a single story and, because of that, dealing with the funny ha-ha episode just before the finale feels like wheel spinning.

    The finale can change this, I guess, but I still feel that this season has been a downgrade since the Davies days. For everything it does well, and there are many things, it doesn't nail the classic feeling of dread and hard sci-fi of the classic series and it doesn't channel the simultaneously self-conscious and dead-serious take on it the previous seasons had. Oh, well, you can't argue with results. Like I said, I had a good time with this one.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The Doctor fills a teapot with teabags to cure Craig. However, when he tips the teapot to Craig's mouth, only clear water comes out of the teapot.

    • The images seen among the Doctor's transferred memories include in order: the Ninth Doctor, Cybermen, the Tenth Doctor (from The Family of Blood), the Empress of the Racnoss, the Eighth Doctor, Rose, the Fourth Doctor, Ood, the Third Doctor, the Second Doctor, the First Doctor, and the Doctor holding Amy in space (from The Beast Below).

    • There is a postcard for the Van Gogh exhibition on the fridge door just next to the photograph, the same one the Doctor and Amy visited in the previous episode.

    • This incarnation of the Doctor seems to have gotten over the dislike of cats his previous incarnation displayed (as in Fear Her), using one as a spy and even conversing with it.

    • The last time the Doctor played a sport (and proved to be quite good at it) was in the Fifth Doctor story Black Orchid.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • The Doctor: Dry rot?
      Craig: Or damp, or mildew.
      The Doctor: Or none of the above.
      Craig: I'll get someone to fix it.
      The Doctor: No, I'll fix it. I'm good at fixing rot. Call me the Rotmeister. No, I'm the Doctor, don't call me the Rotmeister.

    • Craig: Listen, Mike and I had an arrangement where if you ever need me out of your hair, just give me a shout, (winks) okay?.
      The Doctor: (winks back) ...Why would I want that?
      Craig: Well in case you want to bring someone round, a girlfriend or a... (glances at the Doctor up and down) boyfriend...
      The Doctor: Oh, I will. I'll shout... If that happens. Something like... I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS!!

    • The Doctor: I thought you might be in trouble.
      Craig: Thanks. Oh, if I ever am, you can come and save me with my toothbrush.

    • Craig: Why am I telling you this? I don't even know you.
      The Doctor: Well, I've got one of those faces. People never stop blurting out their plans while I'm around.

    • Sean: You are so on the team! Next week, we've got The Crown and Anchor. We're gonna annihilate them!
      The Doctor: Annihilate? No, no violence, do you understand me, not while I'm around? Not today, not ever. I'm the Doctor, the Oncoming Storm... and you basically meant beat them in a football match, didn't you?
      Sean: Yeah.
      The Doctor: Lovely. What sort of time?

    • Amy: Football. Okay, well done, that is normal.
      The Doctor: Yeah, football, all outdoorsy. Now, football's the one with the sticks, isn't it?

    • The Doctor: All I've got to is pass as an ordinary human being. Simple. What could possibly go wrong?
      Amy: Have you seen you?
      The Doctor: So you're just going to be snide? No helpful hints?
      Amy: Hmm. Well, here's one... Bow tie, get rid!
      The Doctor: Bow ties are cool. Come on, Amy. I'm a normal bloke. Tell me what normal blokes do.
      Amy: They watch telly, they play football, they go down the pub.
      The Doctor: I could do those things. I don't, but I could.

    • Craig: Where did you learn to cook?
      The Doctor: Paris, in the... 18th century. No, hang on, that's not recent, is it? 17th. No, no, no, no. 20th. Sorry, I'm not used to doing them in the right order.
      Craig: Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?
      The Doctor: They never really stop.

    • The Doctor: I'm the Doctor. Well, they call me the Doctor; don't know why. I call me the Doctor, too. I still don't know why...

    • The Doctor: Hello, I'm Captain Troy Handsome of International Rescue, please state the nature of your emergency.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Doctor plays football in this episode. Matt Smith once had a promising football career, until he suffered a serious back injury, which caused him to focus on acting instead.

    • This episode shares a title (and a writer) with a comic story featured in Doctor Who Magazine #368. The comic featured the Tenth Doctor being seperated from the TARDIS and Rose, and being forced to live with Mickey Smith.


    • The Doctor: ...Please state the nature of your emergency.

      This is similar to what the Emergency Medical Hologram (Who is also known as "The Doctor") says whenever he is activated in Star Trek Voyager; The only difference is that the EMH places the word "medical" before "emergency".

    • The Doctor: Hello, I'm Captain Troy Handsome of International Rescue, please state the nature of your emergency.

      International Rescue is a technologically advanced secret rescue organization featured on the classic British adventure series Thunderbirds. Produced by Gerry Anderson and using his signature Supermarionation techniques (ie. sophisticated marionette actors), the show was an international sensation originally running from 1965 to 1966 and it continues to live on in syndication.