Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 11 - The Lodger

Published June 15, 2010

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I think, like many other people, I was dreading this episode. You cannot move a single inch on this planet without encountering James Corden doing something, and whilst it’s probably not his fault, it’s quite easy to be bored with his rather over-enthusiastic manner. You can have too much of a good thing, and that’s supposing you think it was a good thing in the first place.

I’ve never had too much of a problem with him, but I didn’t want him in my Doctor-land. It wasn’t as bad as I feared, although I can’t say I was particularly enamoured with the character. I don’t like that he got to find out everything in the Doctor’s head. I think you need to be someone special to get that inside information.

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The Doctor showers! I had never thought about it before and actually… I don’t really want to think about it again. Matt Smith played the whole thing really well. His general aversion to any kind of relationship, whilst still wanting to fit in was fascinating. I’ve said it before, I think, but watching the Doctor interact with unknowing humans rather than Amy or Rory is pure gold.

Presumably, the idea of having the Doctor come and live with you is something people would like. I’m not so sure. He is exceptionally mental, although it was a lot of fun to watch.

I wasn’t sure about the football bit, although it is timely, at least. It would have been better if he was completely rubbish and then lucked into not embarrassing himself. As it was, he was brilliant, and I think we need him on our team please. What do you mean he’s not even human, let alone English?

I didn’t think this was the best episode ever, but it wasn’t awful, and I am grateful for that. The story felt a bit confusing. We weren’t really party to what was happening for ages, and then when we were, it was someone trying to make a TARDIS, but then it just disappeared. Perhaps there was too much “Doctor trying to fit in” stuff and not enough story, I’m not sure.

Either way, there were a few bits I loved. The Doctor’s reaction to his wine, although I’m disappointed he doesn’t like rosé. Telling James Corden to shh works for me. Also, a reference to International Rescue. Brilliant.

The preview for the next episode - the first of a two-part series finale - looked fabulous. I’m always wary when they bring several bad guys in. Why do we need Daleks and Cybermen and whoever else all at once? However, it looks like it will be a bit cleverer than that, and perhaps they are not even the bad guys.

At least writing this recap late means I don’t have so long to wait to find out!

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