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The Doctor's Wife
Doctor's-wife
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Amy, Rory
Featuring: Idris
Main enemy: House, Nephew
Main setting: Bubble universe
The Doctor's TARDIS
Key crew
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Director: Richard Clark
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg
Release details
Story number: 216
Season/series: 6
Premiere broadcast: 14 May 2011
Premiere network: BBC One
Format: 1x45 minute episode
Production code: 2.3
Confidential: Bigger on the Inside
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Memorable moment
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I just wanted to say Hello - Doctor Who - The Doctor's Wife - Series 6 - BBC

Behind the scenes video
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Charlie McDonnell interviews Neil Gaiman - Doctor Who Confidential - BBC Three

More behind the scenes stuff
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Neil Gaiman on his Doctor Who episode, "The Doctor's Wife."

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You may be looking for River Song, the Doctor's wife.

The Doctor's Wife was the fourth episode in the sixth series of Doctor Who. It was notable for being the first episode of the series to be written by famed fantasy and comic book writer, Neil Gaiman. Such was the notoriety of Gaiman writing an episode of Doctor Who that he was given some of the prerequisites of a head writer — he wrote the production diary section in Doctor Who Magazine and hosted on Doctor Who Confidential. The story received an exceptional amount of pre-broadcast hype in part because of the length of time it had to wait to be released. Originally scheduled as a part of series 5, it was not produced until the 2011 series, and rumours of Gaiman being recruited to write an episode for Steven Moffat dated back as early as 2008 when then-incoming showrunner was preparing to take over from Russell T Davies.

Like Love & Monsters and Utopia before it, The Doctor's Wife was significant for its connection to a Blue Peter competition. Teenager Susannah Leah's winning design for a TARDIS console was prominently featured in this episode, and subsequently turned into a Character Options action figure set.

Narratively, Wife was important because it depicted the Doctor's TARDIS in human form, and offered revelations about the relationship of the two time travellers. It was also the first episode of BBC Wales Doctor Who to extensively feature the corridors of the TARDIS — a setting common to several stories of the 1963 version of the show. It also contained the first appearance of the Ood in the Steven Moffat era, and was thus the first time that Russell T Davies was formally credited as their creator.

Wife would win the show's first Hugo award not won by a showrunner when it received the 2012 Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Award; this is the latest such victory for the show as 2013's award went to Game of Thrones.

The story was further remarkable for its unmistakable similarity to Nineveh, an obscure Seventh Doctor comic story from the pages of The Incredible Hulk Presents.

Synopsis Edit

The Eleventh Doctor receives a message from an old Time Lord friend. The message brings him, Rory Williams and Amy Pond to another universe where they meet an alien who eats TARDISes.

Plot Edit

In another universe, a woman named Idris is led down a corridor by Auntie, with Idris admitting that she is afraid of what's about to happen to her. Auntie tells her that she is right to be afraid, as it will hurt, but that her actions will serve a greater purpose. A green-eyed Ood brings her onto a platform and drains her mind and soul in preparation for the arrival of a Time Lord.

In the main universe, the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS is floating in deep space; regardless of this, however, there is a knock at the door, thoroughly puzzling Amy and Rory. The Doctor, confused and intrigued, opens the door to find a small white cube, which flies into the TARDIS and whizzes about wildly before he is finally able to catch it. When Amy and Rory wonder what it is, the Doctor excitedly responds that he has mail. He refers to the object as a hypercube — a form of communication for Time Lords. This one is from the Doctor's old friend, the Corsair, and comes from outside the universe. They follow the signal, deleting the TARDIS rooms for fuel, and succeed in breaking the barriers of their universe, landing on an unfamiliar planet in a bubble universe. Upon landing, the TARDIS loses total power; the Doctor worriedly explains that the matrix — the heart and soul of the TARDIS — has completely vanished. He then wonders where it could have gone. Elsewhere, Idris awakens with the sound of the TARDIS whooshing coming from her as golden light emanates from her mouth and hands. Auntie and Uncle watch as Idris looks at her glowing hands.

Elsewhere, the time travellers step out of the TARDIS to find that they've landed on a planetoid junkyard. Optimistically, the Doctor observes that the yard is full of rift energy, and so the TARDIS should refuel. They are spotted by Idris, who kisses, then bites the Doctor, calling him her "thief" while speaking madly. She is closely followed by Auntie and Uncle; all make their apologies for Idris, explaining that she is insane. However, Idris says she is not insane and tries saying something, but then tries kissing the Doctor again. She is stopped from doing so. Idris tells the Doctor that "the little boxes will make you angry" and tells Amy what petrichor means. Auntie tells Idris to get some sleep and she agrees, saying she will look for an "off switch". She then faints. Uncle then says sadly that Idris has died, but Rory examines her and says she hasn't.

Nephew

Nephew, the Ood

Uncle then asks Nephew to take Idris somewhere she cannot bite others. The Doctor and his companions turn around to see the green-eyed Ood. Amy is shocked, but the Doctor calms her and explains what Nephew is. The Doctor tries talking with Nephew, but finds that his translation sphere is broken. As a gesture of goodwill, the Doctor fixes the device; upon activating, it plays a series of interwoven distress messages from various Time Lords. The Doctor demands Auntie and Uncle tell him who else is there, but they say it's just the four of them and the House. The travellers are confused; Auntie explains that the world that they're on is how. She then asks if they want to meet him. The Doctor agrees, taking Amy and Rory with him into a cavern, led by Auntie and Uncle while Nephew takes Idris away.

Inside the cavern, Auntie shows the travellers a vent cover that the Doctor immediately examines. He then tells his companions that the asteroid is sentient. Nephew joins them as Auntie explains that the four of them breathe House's air, eat his food, live on his "back" and "smell its armpits" as Amy points out by how the air smells. House then take control of the three natives, greeting the travellers — specifically the Doctor as a Time Lord. The Doctor then asks House if there are other Time Lords on him, but House says though there have been many TARDISes in the past, none are there now. The Doctor then tells House that he is the last Time Lord and his TARDIS is the last as well. House only says that's a pity as the Time Lords were kind. House offers the Doctor, Amy, and Rory free rein for as long as they'd like, giving them the opportunity to explore. As the travellers leave, Auntie, Uncle and Nephew look on with worried faces.

In the meantime, Idris has awoken and begins babbling random lines and gibberish. She then realises the Doctor isn't there and calls out for her "thief". Nearby, the Doctor hears her and tells his companions that he knows House is lying because of what he heard on Nephew's translator. However, Amy points out even if there are other Time Lords, the Doctor will have to explain his annihilation of the rest of their species to them; he wants to be forgiven. Wondering what the Doctor needs to help in his search, Amy is instructed to retrieve the sonic screwdriver from his spare coat. Amy gives him her phone to keep in touch and leaves Rory to look after him. However, Rory follows Amy on the Doctor's orders. He believes the Doctor will be okay, but Amy thinks different — the Doctor might get emotional and make mistakes. They enter the TARDIS as a green smoke begins swirling out of the ground and around it.

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The Doctor learns the truth

Amy calls the Doctor, asking him where he said the sonic screwdriver was and is told to have a long look for it; the Doctor actually has it with him and locks the TARDIS with it. He then traces the distress signals to a cupboard. He is dismissive of the idea of all the Time Lords being in a cupboard, but is soon prompted to open it when the voices calling for help continue. Inside the cupboard, the Doctor discovers the horrific truth: the Ood's translation sphere was picking up a series of hypercubes, all transmitting similar distress signals from Time Lords that are now long dead. Auntie and Nephew — at House's behest — released the hypercube as a means of luring the Doctor to the asteroid. Distraught, the Doctor turns on them and deduces that House has been "repairing" them with bits and pieces of the Time Lords who have landed here. Angered, he tells them to run.

Back in the TARDIS, Amy and Rory realise that the Doctor has lied to them and call him. The Doctor says that he lied and is sorry, but then wonders how Idris knew finding the hypercubes could have made him angry. He tells his companions to stay still and hangs up. Amy realises the Doctor is emotional, which is very bad. A green glow comes from outside the windows, prompting Rory to agree with her, at least with the part about their predicament being bad.

The Doctor confronts Idris; he wonders how she could have possibly known, leading her to reveal that she is, in fact, the TARDIS — on landing, House removed the TARDIS matrix and implanted it in her body. While the Doctor's reluctant to believe her, he comes to realise it's true when she explains that she "borrowed" him because she wanted to see the universe, and he was the only Time Lord that was mad enough. He releases her from the cage in which she has been imprisoned and, with her help, deduces that the House "eats TARDISes" by feeding on the Rift energy bursting from them; but because he can't "eat" a TARDIS without blowing a hole in the universe, the House removed the matrix and placed it inside Idris with the hope that it would die off on its own, far away from the console room.

Realising that Amy and Rory are in danger, the Doctor rushes outside. He calls them, telling them to "get the hell out of there!" Amy tells the Doctor that he locked the doors, but the Doctor has unlocked them with the sonic; House has begun possessing the TARDIS instead of eating it and is keeping it locked. The Doctor reaches the TARDIS and tries opening it manually and by snapping his fingers, but is unsuccessful.

Inside, the Cloister Bell rings as a green glow fills the console room; the TARDIS vanishes from the asteroid. The Doctor is left dumbstruck by these events; he has no idea what to do. He then slaps himself to get back on task of following after House to save his companions.

Inside the control room, the House reveals his presence and explains that he will kill Amy and Rory unless they can defend why they should live; Rory claims House needs entertainment, which is why Auntie and Uncle lived on his old home — he likes to make other suffer. Hearing this, House simply tells them to entertain him then, ordering them to run — which they do without much persuasion.

Back on the asteroid, the Doctor tells Idris that the TARDIS has been hijacked just as Auntie and Uncle walk up to them. Auntie explains it's time for them to "pop off", but Uncle is against it — without House around, they lack the source of their life. They then die, albeit comically. Idris tells the Doctor they have to go where she landed, but stops from a pain in her side, Idris only has a short time left to live. The Doctor then asks his TARDIS if it has a name of its own and Idris tells him he named her "Sexy", much to his embarrassment. Remembering that they are in a "TARDIS junkyard," the Doctor and Idris decide to construct a TARDIS control console from the remnants of other models, though Idris rebukes the Doctor briefly when she reminds him that the so-called "junkyard" is in fact filled with the corpses of her sisters.

Elsewhere, as they run through the TARDIS corridors, Amy and Rory must contend with House's mind games; first, he separates them, placing Rory in a faster time stream than Amy whereby he ages and dies in a matter of minutes, devastating her. However, the true Rory unites with her soon afterwards.

The Doctor and Idris bond while constructing the new console, though initially the Doctor is confrontational, accusing the TARDIS of acting like his mother and not being very reliable. Idris informs the Doctor although she has not always taken him where he's wanted to go, she's always taken him where he's needed. The Doctor expresses the desire to talk to her even when she's "inside the box," but she states that it's impossible. Moments later, she nearly collapses and informs the Doctor that her body is deteriorating rapidly.

They successfully launch the console and pursue the TARDIS through the vortex. Because House has raised the TARDIS' exterior shields, the Doctor orders Idris to send Amy a telepathic message, directing her to one of the old control rooms; she mistakes Rory for "the pretty one" and sends him the message instead.

Amy and Rory Discover the Old Console Room

Amy and Rory take refuge in the now-archived coral console room.

On their way to the console room, House continues to play with Amy's mind, turning off the lights so that she can't see. As Rory goes ahead, Amy is confronted by Nephew, who has been brought aboard to do House's bidding. The couple flees to the old control room only to find the doors locked; Idris sends Rory another telepathic message to give him the password. Amy, remembering the TARDIS interface is telepathic, mentally visualises all four of the words (remembering Idris' seemingly random reference to the definition for "petrichor"), and they succeed in entering the control room that was used by the Doctor's ninth and tenth incarnations. They manage to lower the shields just as the "invading matrix" materialises. House is able to enter the room.

House is annoyed that they lowered the shields, hoping they could have been his servants along with Nephew, but decides they are too much trouble; Nephew is ordered to kill them. The makeshift console then materialises, atomising the Ood. The Doctor reunites with Amy and Rory, introducing them to Idris, whose body is failing. Realising how little time they have left, the Doctor engages the House, explaining that he will need the Doctor's help re-entering the larger universe. He suggests that House delete 30% of the TARDIS rooms for extra fuel. The House agrees, firstly deleting the room in which they all stand.

However, instead of dying, they find themselves in the main control room, where the Doctor reveals the emergency failsafe the House failed to consider: all living things present in deleted rooms are automatically transported to the main control room. House sees no reason to delay killing the Doctor and his friends now that they have reached the main universe, leading the Doctor and Amy to enthusiastically congratulate him for defeating them; however, the Doctor is merely buying time, watching as Idris dies just after whispering something in Rory's ear. The Doctor reminds House of his plan — to trap the matrix in a mortal body, where it would die off safely far away from the control room; however, this plan has failed, and the matrix has been released into the console room. Upon entering the console, the matrix quickly overrides House and the entity screams in pain as it is consumed.

The matrix has one last conversation with the Doctor, projecting itself as Idris's form into the room. She remembers the sad word she'd forgotten all along — "alive" — which the Doctor insists isn't sad until it's over. She also tells him the one thing she never got to say to him: "Hello." The Doctor pleads that he doesn't want her to go, but she disappears in a burst of light, whispering, "I love you", before vanishing entirely. The heartbroken Doctor tearfully begins to work the console as Amy and Rory look on.

The Doctor works underneath the console platform, placing a firewall around the matrix to prevent it from being removed again. Rory admits to the Doctor that, before she died, Idris whispered, "The only water in the forest is the river," which she believed they'd need to know one day. Amy asks if the TARDIS will be able to speak again, but the Doctor says no due to "spacey-wacey" reasons. As their bedroom was one of the ones deleted, the Doctor constructs them another but is disappointed that the two go for a double bed instead of a bunk bed like they had before. As the two head off the Doctor, now with a new appreciation of the TARDIS and his relationship with her, speaks to the console and tells her they can head wherever she wants... the Eye of Orion for some peace and relaxation or to wherever the TARDIS thinks he needs to go. One of the levers moves of its accord making the Doctor gleeful as he goes heading into another adventure with his oldest companion leading the way as always.

Cast Edit

Crew Edit

General production staff

Script department

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Costume department

Make-up and prosthetics

Movement

Casting

General post-production staff

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Sound







Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.


References Edit

Literary references from the real world Edit

  • Rory asks the Doctor if the House is the "junkyard at the end of the universe", possibly a reference to Douglas Adams' Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
  • One of the code words to enter the archived control room is "Delight", referencing the character of that name in Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series, who (much like Idris/the TARDIS) speaks in odd but meaningful phrases.

Time Lords Edit

  • The Doctor mentions an old Time Lord friend, the Corsair. This character had never been mentioned before, and was presumably killed by House after being drawn into the bubble universe as Auntie and Uncle confess to having organs and other parts of the Corsair's body implanted in theirs.
  • The Corsair is the first Time Lord confirmed in dialogue to have changed genders through regeneration.
  • The voices of many other Time Lords, male and female, are heard coming from other hypercubes and Nephew's voicebox. One of the voices can be heard referencing the High Council.
  • When House tells the Doctor to fear him because he had killed hundreds of Time Lords, the Doctor retorts that he killed them all in the Time War.

TARDIS Edit

  • The Doctor references rebuilding the TARDIS before. (TV: The Claws of Axos, The Horns of Nimon)
  • The Doctor also references using rift energy to refuel the TARDIS. (TV: Boom Town, Utopia)
  • The matrix, described as the "soul of the TARDIS" by the Doctor, is sentient, and has affection for the Doctor.
  • The TARDIS implies that her longstanding "unreliability" is intentional, taking the Doctor "where you needed to go."
  • The TARDIS has (or, at least, had) several squash courts, as well as a scullery. The scullery and Squash Court Seven are deleted.
  • The TARDIS' swimming pool is also referenced, though it is also deleted; the pool had earlier made its way to the TARDIS library after the ship was damaged by the Doctor's regenerative energy. (TV: The Eleventh Hour) It also saved River Song's life in TV: Day of the Moon. It will be restored by the time of TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.
  • Idris/The TARDIS states that police box doors are meant to open outwards, and the Doctor has been ignoring those instructions all along. The "Pull to Open" instructions referenced are on the phone compartment, however, and seem to only refer to its own small door as seen in The Empty Child. It's possible the TARDIS is simply mistaken; either way, the Doctor continually pushing the doors open has been a cause of annoyance to her for seven hundred years.
  • Amy and Rory's deleted bedroom had bunk beds. It is later replaced with another bedroom that, per their request, doesn't have bunk beds. It is not indicated whether this means the couple have lost all their property if stored within the old bedroom; the later TV: A Good Man Goes to War suggests at least some of their wardrobe (in that case, Rory's Roman costume obtained prior to TV: A Christmas Carol) survived.
  • House uses the TARDIS telepathic circuits (TV: The Edge of Destruction) to deceive Amy and Rory - making it dark for one while light for the other, causing Amy to hear Rory's voice, making it appear that Rory had aged and spent years apart from Amy, etc.
  • Assuming that it was not a hallucination, Time can be manipulated within the TARDIS itself, with two people near each other able to experience different time streams and alternate timelines (such as one in which Rory spends several hours alone).
  • Locked doors in the TARDIS may be unlocked telepathically by envisioning passwords.
  • The TARDIS has archived approximately thirty past and future control rooms, even though the Doctor recalls only changing the desktop a dozen times. The TARDIS is able to make these old control rooms available at will, including in this instance the control room used by the Ninth and Tenth Doctors. It is unclear however whether the deletion of that control room by House now renders that particular desktop lost.
  • The TARDIS says that her consciousness exists simultaneously across all time and space.
  • The current version of the TARDIS still has many corridors, and not all run horizontal, at least after House has disabled the artificial gravity. House comments on this, indicating that he had not had corridors in the asteroid.
  • The TARDIS states that "all of my sisters are dead" while looking over the junkyard of various old TARDISes.
  • The Cloister Bell rings as House takes control of the TARDIS.

Story notes Edit

  • This episode had the working title of Bigger on the Inside. [1][2] Another working title was The House of Nothing. [3][2]
  • This episode was originally planned as the eleventh episode of Series 5, but because of budget limitations was delayed until Series 6.[4]
  • In an interview with Neil Gaiman on BBC breakfast, he revealed that his episode is "very spooky" and that fans "are likely to be biting their nails off by the end".
  • Michael Sheen is credited as 'Voice of House' on-screen, and as 'House' in Radio Times.
  • On his blog, writer Neil Gaiman released a short conversation between Amy and the Doctor that did not make the final cut in the episode he wrote.[5]
  • While it has been hinted at before a few times in the franchise, most directly in the ending of TV: The End of Time, this episode offers the first concrete confirmation that Time Lords can change genders when they regenerate. This was a deliberate addition to the mythos on Gaiman's part.[6]
  • Gaiman had wanted to use a classic-series-era console room for the sequences in the archived control room, but a set could not be reconstructed due to budgetary constraints. Instead the Tenth Doctor's console was left standing in the studio at Gaiman's request, secretly waiting to be used in this episode.[7]
  • Early drafts of the script featured more of Idris before having her soul removed[8], more backstory about the Corsair's relationship with the Doctor[9], more TARDIS rooms[10], burial of Idris' corpse and clear indication that House survived its defeat[11].
  • Neil Gaiman read the written text of his script in a video short posted on the BBC. The last lines of the script indicated that the TARDIS took the Doctor and his friends "somewhere that is almost certainly not the Eye of Orion".
  • The TARDIS corridors built for this story are now standing sets, available for use in future stories.[12]
  • Since the series was revived in 2005, any episode to feature classic alien species would include a tribute in the end credits (with the exception of the Silurians for unknown reasons, until they were ultimately credited in TV: A Good Man Goes to War), crediting the aliens' original creator - e.g., "Daleks created by Terry Nation". This is the first episode to utilise this credit with an alien created in the revived series - specifically, "Ood created by Russell T Davies". The complete change in the production team before Series 5 could be in part the reason behind this.
Susannah Leah TARDIS console design

Susannah Leah's TARDIS console design, used as the Junk TARDIS.

  • The Junk TARDIS console was the subject of a 2009 design competition on Blue Peter. The winning design was by then-12-year-old Susannah Leah, whose subsequent visits to the BBC Art Department and location filming for this story were featured in the 10 May 2011 episode of Blue Peter.
  • The junkyard of TARDISes references the first appearance of the TARDIS in An Unearthly Child, when it was sitting in a junkyard.
  • According to The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 3, the gibberish Idris is heard speaking in her cell (prior to asking about fish fingers and referencing the motorbike) was supposed to be "The only water in the forest is the river" backwards.
  • Also according to The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 3, Gaiman originally created a new alien for Nephew, but was asked to choose a previously established race when the budget didn't allow for the creation of a new monster.
  • According to Gaiman, writing in The Brilliant Book 2012, up until the day shooting began the episode was to have begun with a shot-on-location sequence showing the hypercube inadvertently saving the Doctor, Rory and Amy from being sacrificed by a group of aliens. Later dubbed the "Planet of the Rain Gods" sequence, Gaiman writes it was rewritten as a TARDIS control room scene when the production schedule changed leaving insufficient time to film the planned opening. The Brilliant Book 2012 includes a comic strip adaptation of the aborted opening entitled Planet of the Rain Gods.
  • The Seventh Doctor comic story, Nineveh, contains the same narrative backdrop of this story. In the comic, the Doctor is drawn to a world outside normal space which is a junkyard for old TARDISes. There, a figure called the Watcher of Nineveh has been luring Time Lords to their deaths. The Doctor himself is nearly killed because the Watcher has the ability to penetrate and inhabit the Doctor's TARDIS, just as he did all the others. That said, the earlier story doesn't even hint at the personification of the TARDIS, beyond the fact that the Doctor calls the TARDIS "old girl". Nor does Nineveh feature any companions or people on the "junkyard planet".
  • The Eleventh Doctor Companion mentions additional script elements that were cut before broadcast, including the fact the TARDIS indicates that the chameleon circuit is not broken - she simply stays as a police box because the Doctor likes it; and, during their farewell conversation, the TARDIS was to tell the Doctor he was forgiven for his actions in the Time War (providing narrative bookending to the earlier discussion about the Doctor wanting to be forgiven).
  • As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a "NEXT TIME" trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode.
  • This is the second televised story in which every character, except for the Doctor and his companions, dies (the first was Horror of Fang Rock).

Ratings Edit

  • 7.97 million (34.7% market share)

Myths Edit

  • There were rumours this story would be set in a giant doll's house[13] this also seems more likely due to the working title of his story being "The House of Nothing". Incorrect, House was an asteroid. However, the episode Night Terrors was set in a giant doll's house.
  • Suranne Jones' Idris is the Doctor's wife.[14]Whilst Idris was not the Doctor's marital wife, she was his TARDIS in human form, and had many attributes of a wife. Promotion for the episode, and its trailer, did lead to some speculation that Idris was a previously unknown spouse of the Doctor's.
  • Paul McGann's voice can be heard among the other Time Lord distress calls. There is a male voice that dominates over the others in the sequence, calling out to the High Council and saying "I am still alive!", and the voice sounds very much like McGann, however neither McGann nor anyone connected with the episode has ever indicated that the actor recorded any dialogue for the episode.
  • After the release of the Series 6 trailer early in 2011, featuring footage of Amy and Rory hiding behind a strut in the Russell T Davies-era console room as yellow light streams from the center of the room, it was believed that the two companions would be sent back in time to the moment of either the Ninth or Tenth Doctor's regeneration. The footage in question was actually taken from the moment when the Eleventh Doctor and Idris, traveling in the makeshift TARDIS, materialise in the archived console room.
  • It is rumored that part of Vale Decem can be heard as the makeshift TARDIS lands in the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS desktop.

Filming locations Edit

  • to be added

Production errors Edit

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.
  • When Amy is holding the "mail cube" in the beginning of the episode, the close ups of her hand on the cube show her nailpolish as red, while in other shots, it is shown as purple.
  • When Amy finds the aged Rory it is obvious that his arms and hands are still those of a young man. (No make-up or appliances were added to age them.)
  • When the Doctor reaches for the phone in his pocket to call Amy and Rory, the camera is facing his back. In the next shot, however, when the camera is facing his front, he repeats the action.
  • In the scene where the Doctor catches Idris/the TARDIS while building a new TARDIS console, when the camera is showing Idris' face, her hand is on his shoulder, but whenever the camera angle shifts to show the Doctor's face, her hand is clearly not there.

Continuity Edit

  • Martha Jones made a similar comparison to the Doctor's practice of taking on companions. (TV: Utopia)
  • The Doctor and the TARDIS reference the ability to change the TARDIS 'desktop theme'. (TV: Time Crash)
  • The inhabitants of House's asteroid refer to themselves by familial titles, much like the Family of Blood. (TV: Human Nature / The Family of Blood)
  • While housing the TARDIS Matrix, Idris names herself 'Sexy' in reference to the Doctor calling her 'you sexy thing'. (TV: The Eleventh Hour)
  • The TARDIS says that she likes it when the Doctor calls her "old girl", which the Doctor did numerous times during previous incarnations.
  • The TARDIS calls the Doctor her "thief", and they discuss how he stole (or "borrowed") her. (TV: The War Games, The Five Doctors, et. al.)
  • The Doctor says that the place in which they materialise is filled with rift energy, which will enable the TARDIS to power up quickly. (TV: Boom Town, Utopia)
  • While trying (unsuccessfully) to get into the TARDIS, the Doctor snaps his fingers to gain access. (TV: Forest of the Dead, TV: The Eleventh Hour, TV: Day of the Moon)
  • Ian Chesterton was the first to observe of the TARDIS, "It's alive!" (TV: An Unearthly Child)
  • The Third Doctor previously travelled using just the TARDIS console. (TV: Inferno)
  • Idris claims that she's known the Doctor for approximately seven hundred years (the Doctor claimed he was nine hundred nine years old in The Impossible Astronaut), implying that he stole the TARDIS when he was approximately two hundred nine years old. However, the Doctor has been notoriously inconsistent about his age, TV: Time and the Rani) so it's not possible to confirm his exact age when he stole her.
  • Idris claims that the Doctor has walked past the "Pull to Open" sign on the TARDIS door for the past seven hundred years. The TARDIS has been using the police box disguise since the events of TV: An Unearthly Child, suggesting that from the Doctor's point of view, seven hundred years have passed since that time giving a possible timeline for the Doctor's adventures since then.
    • If the TARDIS has had the police box form for 700 years, and the Doctor has been travelling in her for 700 years, this also means the events of An Unearthly Child occurred not long after the Doctor stole the TARDIS, since she took the form of the police box for the first time when the First Doctor and Susan arrived in London in 1963. This is consistent with statements made in the early episodes that suggest they hadn't been travelling long (although TV: The Edge of Destruction does indicate the two had at least a few adventures—or at least visited a few locations—before arriving in London).
  • Idris is annoyed that the Doctor never reads instructions. The Doctor once admitted he threw the TARDIS instruction manual into a supernova because he disagreed with it. (TV: Amy's Choice) He had previously ripped out pages of the manual because he disagreed with them. (TV: The Pirate Planet) At no point, however does she address the "parking brake" question (TV: The Time of Angels).
  • Idris tells Rory to tell the Doctor, "The only water in the forest is the river". The significance of these words is revealed later. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)
  • The Junk TARDIS console features safety belts to hold onto, a feature previously seen on the console of the Doctor's TARDIS.(TV: Timelash)
  • This story marks the first time that a TARDIS (or parts thereof) other than the Doctor's have been shown on-screen since the Rani's TARDIS was seen in TV: Time and the Rani.
  • This story also marks the first time on screen that the Doctor has been shown piloting a TARDIS other than his own, other than during the incomplete HOMEVID: Shada.
  • The fact that old console rooms were archived within the TARDIS had previously been a major plot point in the Tenth Doctor comic book story COMIC: Tesseract. In the comic book, the Doctor is well aware of the archiving. Here, the Doctor believes that old console rooms "were all deleted or remodelled".
  • The Doctor has previously tricked an adversary into fixing the TARDIS in TV: Frontios.

Adaptations Edit

  • The Brilliant Book 2012 includes a 3-page comic strip adapting the unused opening sequence for the episode, under the title Planet of the Rain Gods. This opening sequence was later adapted in 2013 as the minisode TV: Rain Gods, which was included as a bonus in the Complete Seventh Series DVD and Blu-ray box sets. The filmed adaptation features the Doctor and River Song and is a standalone mini-adventure unconnected to the events of The Doctor's Wife.
  • In interviews given in June 2011, Gaiman indicated that he was in talks with BBC Books about writing a novelisation of The Doctor's Wife.[15] He later, however, stated that his book-writing contracts made this not possible.[source needed]

Home video releases Edit

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Series 6, part 1 DVD cover

This story was released as Series 6 Part 1 with The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot, The Rebel Flesh, The Almost People and A Good Man Goes to War on 11 July 2011.

The episode was later released in the complete series 6, which included the first and second half of the series, was released on DVD and Blu Ray on the 21 November 2011.

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