Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 11

The Lodger

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.