If anyone watched that trailer proceeding this weeks Doctor Who episode, “Journey to the Centre of the Tardis,” it seemed to promise loads of insight and maybe even answer a question or two about our mysterious main characters.
At the start of things, we find the Tardis has been magnetically sucked aboard a scavenger ship. While the Doctor (Matt Smith) has managed to be ejected, Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) remains trapped inside the cantankerous blue box. After somewhat forcibly enlisting the scavenger ship crew for help, the Doctor opens up the large and complicated link to the past, present, and future. This, alone, is enough to make any Doctor Who geek jump for joy.
As Clara becomes more and more lost in the depths of the Tardis, we are able to explore new rooms and passages through her eyes. One of which is a giant Library containing a brilliant amount of Galifrey history! Upon studying a volume, Clara discovers the Timelord’s real name which is...oh wait, that’s right, we never find out. It seems that the entire time Clara is lost, she is being followed by icky lava monsters who seem to inhabit the Tardis. Those pesky demons always seem to show up and frighten her off at the most potentially ground breaking of moments. Nothing new, though. As Doctor Who fans, we are used to the drawn out suspense.
Meanwhile, the Doctor and his scavenger crew are having lava monster issues of their own. By the time they finally catch up with Clara, they discover that there is a tiny crack in the space/time continuum and the Tardis is leaking out spurts of recent history. This bit of insight eventually answers the enigma of the lava monsters and why they happen to be aboard.
Despite the fanboy pleasing journey through the magical corridors and heart of their favorite time/spacecraft, there is no end in sight to the famous Doctor Who tease. Well at least this time, he outright demands that Clara reveal to him who she is and what her significance is. She responds over and over that she has no idea. The doctor seems pleased with this answer. The audience is not.
“Journey to the centre of the Tardies” is definitely a better episode for writer, Steve Thomson than his last Doctor Who attempt, “ The Curse of the Black Spot.” Perhaps he should stick to space instead of pirates. However, this is a first from director, Matt King (Law & Order: UK).
So, we get nothing more on the Doctor/Clara relationship. Actually, the most character development we receive is for the Tardis, itself. And it’s not much. We are only given a tease of the most interesting rooms and the rest is nothing but dark hallways. Still, it is the closest we’ve gotten to exploring the Doctor’s world. A fun ride, as always.