The TARDIS is a she

Idris the Tardis Doctor Who

Today we watched the latest Episode of Doctor Who titled “The Doctor’s Wife”. From the title alone I thought it was going to be about River Song, there has often been hints that there is a full-on relationship with those two. But nope, the Doctor’s “wife” is someone he has known for a whole lot longer.

The episode was written by Neil Gaiman. Known for his Sci Fi and Horror books. The guy is obviously a Doctor Who fan.

An episode of TV hasn’t had me gushing since they LANDED the Battlestar Galactica onto New Caprica to rescue the humans from Cylon occupation.

“The Doctor’s Wife” made me laugh and made me cry. Mr Gaiman really get’s the doctor’s character, which even though it change slightly with each incarnation remains true at the core. Gaiman has introduced us to the one character that we have forever known as “living” but never had opportunity to actually meet. The Doctor’s TARDIS. And he’s done it so very, very well.

Finally we got to see further into the TARDIS which has been mostly off limits in this stream of Doctor Who. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the library or the swimming pool (in the library). A bit of a missed opportunity, but then the way the interior of the TARDIS was used maybe it wouldn’t have been as menacing had it not appeared as it did.

There were awesome one liners and conversation throughout the piece. As River Song would say “Spoilers” follow. If you haven’t seen the episode don’t read any further as they may impact your viewing experience.

Idris (the TARDIS)
“Biting’s excellent! It’s like kissing, but there’s a winner.”

The Doctor
“Oh do you have a name?”
Idris
“700 years and finally he asks.”
The Doctor
“So what do I call you?”
Idris
“I think you call me… Sexy”
The Doctor (whispering with cupped hand)
“Only when we’re alone.”
Idris
“We ARE alone.”
The Doctor
“Well come on then Sexy.”

The Doctor
“I have rebuilt the TARDIS before”
Idris
“You’re like a nine year old trying to build 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 700 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, 700 years, Police Box doors open out the way.”

The Doctor
“You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go.”
Idris
“No, but I always took you where you NEEDED to go.”

Idris
“You talk, and run around and bring home strays.” (referring to the Doctor’s many companions)

It really has brought another dimension to the Doctor’s relationship with his spaceship. The TARDIS also comes right out and adds to the story about how they came to be together. Always we’ve been under the impression that the Doctor stole the TARDIS to escape Gallifrey. But rather the TARDIS would have us believe that SHE chose the doctor and SHE stole him so that she could escape her existence as a veritable museum piece and venture into the universe.

I love it, and I want to see more of Neil Gaiman’s writing on the show. He’s brought a show I already love to a new level.

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