Written by: Steve Thompson
Directed by: Mat King
Produced by: Denise Paul and Marcus Wilson
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Broadcast date: Saturday 27th April 2013 at 6:30pm on BBC One.
Reviewed by Oliver Jenkins for The Gallifrey Times.
The Gallifrey Times have seen Series 7, Episode 10: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and have put our spoiler-free preview together:
|The TARDIS is captured.|
After doing some good old ghost busting in Hide, the Doctor, Clara and their magnificent Type 40 TARDIS are captured by the infamous Van Baalen Brothers in Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS.
It would be an understatement to say that this episode has been highly anticipated by Doctor Who fans. This episode promises to give the audience an in depth look inside the TARDIS, something they haven’t seen in nearly 50 years.
|The episode is set in the TARDIS.|
Steve Thompson puts the message of the episode across perfectly, and delivers the plot and resolution with excellent build up and finesse. The TARDIS interiors look absolutely sublime and the corridors, even though looking like they belong more in the submarine from Cold War than the TARDIS, are very atmospheric. As the episode is set inside the Doctor’s machine, the episode has a more claustrophobic feel at times, giving the TARDIS crew and guest actors Ashley Walters, Mark Oliver and Jahvel Hall a chance to show off their acting talents.
|The TARDIS library.|
When faced with the difficult task of showing something that has been well anticipated for nearly 50 years, it can be difficult to balance how much of it you show and how much of it you don’t, as you don’t want the reveal to detract from the impact of the plot of the story itself. Sadly, in my opinion, there just wasn’t enough of the TARDIS shown in the episode, which is more corridors than anything. Such an action would probably be excusable if the episode didn’t carry the weight that this one does, and I believe that the use of more rooms could have made the episode more interesting and gripping.
|The monsters aren’t what they seem.|
However, what is shown looks absolutely stunning, and the realistic nature of the special effects seen in Hide definitely carries on into this episode. There were parts of the episode where I had to pick my jaw up from the floor, such were the visuals that were being shown. The main monsters in the episode are guaranteed to scare the younger viewers, and are wonderfully designed.
Continuing his trend, Matt Smith is fantastic in the role of the Doctor, and really plays his part well in the episode. The episode is really an opportunity for Jenna-Louise Coleman to shine as Clara as well, which Coleman grasps with both hands and uses to deliver an amazing performance, especially given the situations that her character faces in the episode.
Overall, Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS was well written and was a great story to follow. I’m sure your eyes will be watering throughout and although we don’t actually get to see as much of the TARDIS that would seem fit for an episode that shares this title, we do get an episode full of suspense, drama and action. Steve Thompson has penned an entertaining episode, which contains some pivotal scenes and brilliant dialogue that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I can’t help but think that the episode would have been a lot better if it utilized the setting of the TARDIS interior a lot more than it did.
Pictures courtesy of BBC.