Doctor Who 33.04 The Doctor’s Wife (2011) – 7/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg
Director: Richard Clark
Suranne Jones: Idris
Michael Sheen: Voice of House

Doctor Who 33.04 Doctor’s Wife, The (2011)

The Doctor takes Amy, Rory and the Tardis out of the universe in response to a distress signal from another Time Lord. Surely he’s dead, but it must be followed up. Very soon, with Amy and Rory in great danger, the Doctor will wish he hadn’t responded but a woman in a cage proves to be a priceless, never-to-be-repeated encounter.


Toying with expectations that we would learn more about SPOILER River Song, this is an interesting episode with a surfeit of cool, thinking-out-the-universe ideas. Some of the acting is a bit amateur-hour though. Early on we have insane ramblings (which is never, ever convincing on-screen; it should be unsettling, but it just looks like a school play) and, for the climax, all our lead actors jarringly turn on their waterworks like a switch. Fortunately, this episode has connected better emotionally than the last one and we’ll let them off this time. To end on a high note, there is a monstrously good gag regarding the bedroom the Doctor made in the Tardis for Amy and Rory: SPOILER he’d installed a bunk bed! “Bunk beds are cool.”

This Doctor Who episode contains mild adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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