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What Did You Think of Journey / Centre of the Tardis?

Doctor Who Journey to the Centre of the Tardis

The Tardis is captured by a spaceship salvage team, sending its systems into meltdown.

As the Doctor introduces himself to the motley crew of galactic rag-and-bone men, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, so he persuades his new acquaintances to help find his companion, taking them deep into the heart of his beloved blue box.

But their hopes of a straightforward rescue are dashed when it turns out Clara is not the only one down there. Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman star, with Ashley Walters (Inside Men).

Now that the 5th episode of series 7b has aired in the UK what did you think?, was it the best episode ever or just average.



  • McGann is the Doctor

    May 15th, 2013 - 12:53pm

    I thought it was a truly amazing story and enjoyed it far more than any since the Bells of St John.

    A very well thougth out, atmospheric, unpredictable and scary episode.

    Many people hate the lack of a classic tardis console room (they’re right ❗ ) but the thing about the brothers and the story being reset, that was fine by me ❗

  • Harold Saxon

    May 4th, 2013 - 7:52pm

    I thought it was awesome,the exploration of the tardis and the way the ship functions,it was cool and clever.

  • buchanon

    May 2nd, 2013 - 12:00pm

    whos legs where poking out from under the TARDIS?


      May 2nd, 2013 - 3:22pm

      It was the Doctor’s.

      Funny thou that he ended up outside the Tardis, yet Clara ended up somewhere else in the Tardis.


      May 2nd, 2013 - 5:04pm

      i thought that was a bit silly. and how did he climb out of the rubble so quickly and quietly?


      May 2nd, 2013 - 5:10pm

      I think the Doctor might posses a strange Time Lord power we may not be quite familiar with that allows him to shift out of things when unseen.

      For example, in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’, he and Ace are borrowing a Van, and he becomes annoyed of her not concentrating on her driving while trying to pay attention to him.

      She says “I’m doing the best I can, if you don’t ,like it, you drive”, and as they enter a tunnel, then come out the other end, and his the one doing the driving, leaving Ace baffled as to how the swapped places so quickly, so maybe the Doctor has a power that let’s him swap places in the blink of an eye fast when no ones looking, or perhaps in this case, get out of rubble without making a sound.

      He seemed to use the same power too when getting into Grace Holloway’s car in the TV Movie without her even noticing he’d got in the back.

    • Professor When

      May 3rd, 2013 - 7:50am

      Doctor Who one, that’s Awesome! I never knew that! Though I imagine that it’s a skill as opposed to a power. 🙂

    • Alex

      May 4th, 2013 - 10:34pm

      To be honest I think he just leapt out of the rubble

    • McGann is the Doctor

      May 15th, 2013 - 12:55pm

      Alex that would have made a sound, and I agree DWONE.

      But how did he end up OUTSIDE the Tardis in the first place ? ❗

    • Hazo

      April 21st, 2014 - 11:52am

      Clara, because the TARDIS was so damaged, it was leaking out the bigger on the inside, so the sensor thought she was under the TARDIS when really she was still onboard.
      Thats my theory

    • Anonymous

      April 21st, 2014 - 12:17pm

      I think she just got lost inside when it crashed and the St fell out

  • MAXP

    May 2nd, 2013 - 3:37am

    I enjoyed this. Ever since Castovalva I loved exploring the Tardis. Good to see a proper Tardis pool also and not the dodgy ‘real’ pool seen in the Invasion of Time. I think the continuity of the eye of Harmony is muddled a bit and probably best not dwelt on too much. In the novel the 8 doctors by Terrance Dicks it said the Tardis eye wasn’t the real one, just a copy of the one on Gallifrey. No reason why there can’t be one on gallifrey and one in each Tardis. Makes you wonder but – when the Tractators pulled the Tardis apart in Frontios what happened to the eye?

  • outnumbered

    April 30th, 2013 - 7:10pm

    type in clara oswin bad wolf

    and if you go back to the xmas ep

    the pubs called the rose and crown

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2013 - 8:49pm


    • outnumbered

      May 1st, 2013 - 8:32am

      tybe in clara oswin bad wolf on google


      May 1st, 2013 - 8:41am

      The Rose and Crown is the pub Victorian Clara was working in in ‘The Snowmen’.

      It’s got nothing to do with Rose Tyler, so don’t start thinking it is, it’s just part of the pub’s name that’s all.

    • matfav

      May 1st, 2013 - 2:11pm

      I do not think it is that easy to solve.
      Clara in my opinion is the Master, now would that be a plot twist or what. Anyways it is all up to the writers, we will have to wait and see.

    • random user

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:23pm

      i dont think the Master should be a woman. Romana maybe. or even Susan.

    • Hazo

      April 21st, 2014 - 11:53am

      O.o Uh oh….

  • JJ

    April 30th, 2013 - 5:04pm

    My Series 7 List:

    My Series 7 Part 1 List:

    1. The Angels Take Manhattan
    2. Asylum Of The Daleks
    3. A Town Called Mercy
    4 Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
    5. The Power Of Three

    My Series 7 Part 2 List:

    1. The Bells Of Saint John
    2. Hide
    3. Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS
    4. Cold War
    5. The Rings Of Akhaten

    My Series 7 List:

    1. The Angels Take Manhattan
    2. Asylum Of The Daleks
    3. The Snowmen
    4. The Bells Of Saint John
    5. A Town Called Mercy
    6. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
    7. Hide
    8. Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS
    9. Cold War
    10. The Power Of Three
    11. The Rings Of Akhaten

    My Series 7 anticipated List:

    1. The Name Of The Doctor
    2. Nightmare In Silver
    3. The Crimson Horror


  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    April 29th, 2013 - 8:58pm

    Did anyone else notice that piece of paper/parchment falling onto the console at the end? I wonder what that is

    • booboo

      April 29th, 2013 - 9:28pm

      it was the cloth he threw in the air

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      May 3rd, 2013 - 4:45pm

      oh, thanks

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      May 3rd, 2013 - 4:45pm

      I didn’t notice that


    April 29th, 2013 - 4:50pm

    Anyone else confused about the appearance of the Eye of Harmony appearing in this story ?.

    It just seems odd to see it back cos the Tardis had a link to the Eye of Harmony in the Cloister Room [The TV Movie] with the eye itself under the floor of the Panopticon on Gallifrey [The Deadly Assassin], yet the eye surely should not exist because Gallifrey was destroyed in the Time War, surely therefore the eye was destroyed too, and the Doctor has since been using alternative sources of power, such as the Cardiff rift, to refuel the engines of the Tardis, yet the eye itself is now in the Tardis.

    Maybe he saved it somehow, or his trying to create one in the Tardis and just named it after the original, or to put it simply, the writer of the story did not follow continuity, which has been known to happen at times.

    • the astronaut of death

      April 30th, 2013 - 3:53pm

      in the doctor who movie the eye of hamrmony is in the tardis


      May 1st, 2013 - 8:42am

      I know, I did mention that when I said –

      ‘The Tardis had a link to the Eye of Harmony in the Cloister Room [The TV Movie]’

    • buchanon

      May 8th, 2013 - 4:14pm

      well if the eye was destroyed, didn’t the doctor say something about how in the great time war he ended it himself, possible by creating a singularity in Gallifrey and ending the war by turning his home planet into a new eye of harmony? for his own ends (the sliver of ice in his heart)

  • Professor When

    April 29th, 2013 - 3:54pm

    Why does everyone hate Clara? I think shes great; She actually seems intelligent, instead of just ‘Stereotype Feisty’ *cough* *cough* Amy Pond *cough* *cough*

    • Professor When

      April 29th, 2013 - 3:55pm

      Then Again, my opinion might be biased; I do find her some-what attractive. 😀


      April 29th, 2013 - 4:53pm

      I like Clara. She’s interesting and a bit funny in my view.

      I had hoped modern Clara was going to be a lot like her ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ counterpart, being flirty and all that, cos it made her very funny and likeable for me.

      Just ignore the haters. Their fools.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:12am

      I think Clara’s great so far. I liked her in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen. I wasn’t sure about her in The Bells of St. John, but The Rings of Akhaten quickly changed my mind! I think it’s because I like Clara that I plan on collecting the 3.75 inch figures.

    • random user

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:25pm

      I like her too. But WHAT, and WHO, is she?

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 4th, 2013 - 4:39am

      Time will tell… it always does…

    • Alex

      May 4th, 2013 - 10:38pm

      She’s probably a time traveller or the doctor from the future of something, you can see Moffat coming up with something like that. He can be pretty strange.

  • morlu

    April 29th, 2013 - 10:41am

    It was ok but wasn’t what I was expecting or hoping for. Ever since I saw the newly regenerated 5th Doctor unravel the 4th Doctor’s scarf and use it as a way not to get lost in the Tardis, when he still hadn’t settled in his new body. I have always wanted to see an episode where he explores parts of the Tardis that he never dared go in case he never found his way back. As it is supposedly infinite.

    • Big D

      May 4th, 2013 - 12:04pm

      I quite agree morlu. In the end I was disappointed with the representation. It reminded me more of Star Trek than Doctor Who. Also it was a great opportunity to link with ‘The Movie’ but sadly messed – sorry, missed – it. I guess though it just sums up how Ive felt about New Who. Disappointed. Just hope they can rekindle this old mans faith with the 50th special.

  • 47

    April 28th, 2013 - 10:32pm

    The issue I have with Doctor Who, at the moment, is either Matt Smith or the way the actor has been told to portray The Doctor. Drama is substituted with dim-witted Jar Jar Binks-esque reactions, and any hope of weight and gravity in dialogue is ruined by Matt Smith(or The Doctor) sounding like a 12 year old stamping his or her feet. Not for me, I’m afraid.

    • Anonymous

      April 29th, 2013 - 2:31am


    • Professor When

      April 29th, 2013 - 3:49pm

      While I can see your opinion, and I respect it, I have to disagree. I think the Doctor is being portrayed brilliantly at the moment. You really get a sense of age, and there is a sense of vulnerability perfectly balanced with an air of Alien-esque wonder. Even then there Matt Smith adds another atribute to the lot- he is a bad-ass. Even with some Childish reactions, when the Doctor is Angry, monsters run.
      But yeah, I do see your point, even though I don’t agree 🙂

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:18am

      I agree 100% with Professor When.


      May 1st, 2013 - 7:39pm

      i do agree with 47 in some areas, as the reason i liked the 10th doc was because he was serious, nice and had the occasional laugh too. it really annoyed me when the doc was found with a barbie doll. that just struck me as 5 year old girl.

    • Big D

      May 4th, 2013 - 12:12pm

      I agree 100% with 47. Though I didnt like David Tennant either. I didnt mind Christopher Eccleston though for me you cant beat the first 4 Doctors. Guess I’m just a bit of a dinosaur really.
      I also think that Clara is the best of the new companions (cannot stick Rose)but cant beat Sarah Jane or Jo. I just dont want any more soppy, lovey dovey carrying-ons.
      Also not impressed with alot of the writing. Theyre making Doctor Who too childish. (I know its a family show and was devised for kids but its getting ridiculous). Like I say, I guess I’m just a dinosaur.

    • Scott the Raptor

      May 28th, 2013 - 8:29pm

      I agree 100 % with 47. Professor When, 47 already mentioned that Matt Smith’s Doctor is so comedic and how he sounds like a 12 year old stamping their feet. That doesn’t show any age. I liked David Tennant’s Doctor because he could show fear, excitement and energeticness at the same time.

  • PedroPete

    April 28th, 2013 - 8:45pm

    my best to worst episodes of this series:
    1) the bells of saint john
    2)the rings of akhaten (IT FEATURED THE BEANO!)
    3)asylum of the daleks
    4)The angels take manhattan
    5)the power of three
    6)The snowmen
    7)cold war
    9)a town called mercy
    10)dinosaurs on a spaceship

    • Ben

      April 28th, 2013 - 8:49pm

      mine are:
      1)The Bells of saint john
      2)The rings of akhaten
      3) the angels take manhattan
      4) a town called mercy
      5)cold war
      6)Dinosaurs on a spaceship
      7) asylum of the daleks
      8)the snowmen
      9) hide
      10) the power of three

    • PedroPete

      April 28th, 2013 - 8:53pm

      oops! forgot to add journey to the centre of the tardis! i’ll fit it in:
      my best to worst episodes of this series:
      1) the bells of saint john
      2)the rings of akhaten (IT FEATURED THE BEANO!)
      3)asylum of the daleks
      4)The angels take manhattan
      5) Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
      6)the power of three
      7)The snowmen
      8)cold war
      9)hide (even though it was on my birthday)
      10)a town called mercy
      11)dinosaurs on a spaceship

      I wonder where the crimson horror , nightmare in silver and the name of the doctor will go?

    • Run You Clever Boy And Remember

      April 29th, 2013 - 5:29pm

      Here is mine

      Journey to The centre of the TARDIS,
      The Angels take Manhattan,
      The bells of saint john
      cold war
      Asylum of the Daleks,
      The Power of three,
      The Snowmen
      Atown called mercy,
      Dinosaurs on a spaceship

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:22am

      So far, mine are:
      1. Asylum of the Daleks
      2. The Rings of Akhaten
      3. A Town Called Mercy
      4. The Angels Take Manhatten
      5. Cold War
      6. Journey To the Centre of the TARDIS
      7. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
      8. The Bells of St. John
      9. Hide
      10. The Power of Three
      11. The Snowmen

    • Anonymous

      May 1st, 2013 - 2:42pm

      Here’s mine
      1.rings of akaten
      2.dinosaurs on a spaceship
      3. Bells of saint John
      4 hide
      5 angels take manhattan
      6 power of 3
      7 snowman
      8 asylum of the Daleks
      9 a town called mercy
      10 journey to the center
      11. Cold war

    • TheMadManWithABox1

      May 1st, 2013 - 3:11pm

      That was me

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2013 - 8:28pm

    I watched this just then I notice The Doctor smacks Clara’s butt with a cloth or rag anyone else saw that?


      April 29th, 2013 - 8:00am

      No he never. I watched it again yesterday and he never did such a thing.

    • Yeah saw that

      April 29th, 2013 - 11:21am

      Yeah I saw that, it was near the end of the episode and as he walks behind Clara, he cheekily whips her butt. Doctor Who One, you’re not paying enough attention.

    • booboo

      April 29th, 2013 - 11:22am

      i saw that, looks like it but we dont actually see it, may be he missed


      April 29th, 2013 - 3:16pm

      Yeah saw that – I don’t think he would do such a thing. The Doctor respects his female companion’s, he wouldn’t do anything that would be considered inappropriate behavior like giving Clara a smack on the bottom.


      April 29th, 2013 - 3:21pm

      Ok just had a quick look at the ending on BBC IPlayer, FINE, HE DID GIVE HER A BIT OF A SMACK ON THE BUTT WITH THE CLOTH.

      BIG DEAL !!. At least it was with a Cloth rather then using one of his hand’s, otherwise then it would have been inappropriate.

      And in fairness to the guy saying that I don’t pay enough attention, my eyes where focused on the TV screen entirely, it’s just that our eyes don’t notice every single detail first time around that’s all, cos it take time for our brains to process what we are seeing through our eyes if you did not already know that.

    • Anonymous

      July 22nd, 2014 - 5:22am

      I definantly saw him do that. I watched it over a few times and even if he did miss it was clear he meant to. But when I saw it the first time, for some odd reason, I couldn’t stop laughing. Not like the doctor to do that. Then again in a later episode he does mention that her skirt is just a little bit too…tight.

  • jedi jim

    April 28th, 2013 - 6:47pm

    I hate stories that get resolved by pushing the reset button, in this case literally!

    But, wouldn’t Clara still remember his name? Amy remembers killing Kovarian , Martha and Jack remember the rule of the Master and the Toclafane.


      April 28th, 2013 - 7:02pm

      The only reason why Martha, her family, the Doctor and Jack remember the Master rule in what became known as ‘the year that never was’ is only remembered by them because they where inside the Valiant when time was reversed back to the day the Master’s rule over Earth began, so to anyone who watched the introduction of the Tochlafane anywhere in the world, all they saw was President Winter’s getting killed and that was it.

      As for Amy remembering killing Kovarian, I’m not sure, that finale of series 6 confused the hell out of me.

      Time was altered in yesterdays episode when the Doctor gave that button to the recent version of himself at the start of the episode, so the events of the episode suddenly never happened, meaning Amy never saw that book with his name inside, as she never went to the Library once the events where avoided.


      April 28th, 2013 - 7:03pm

      I mean Clara never saw the book, not Amy.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:24am

      I believe The Wedding of River Song could be explained with the same Eye of the Storm explanation used in Last of the Time Lords.

  • The Big Blue Box

    April 28th, 2013 - 5:15pm

    Great Episode, although I would have liked to see more of the TARDIS.

    • random user

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:28pm

      he we barely got to see it. 😛

  • run you clever boy and remember

    April 28th, 2013 - 4:52pm

    i think it was the best ep ive watched. i was happy it was not in the past or futre, but set in the tardis. i enjoyed it and was shocked to find out that those zombies were clara. the libary part was good as well. i really enjoyed it and the best ep f dr who ive watched.all becuase it was in the tardis. clara is great and i love the who she is story as well


      April 28th, 2013 - 6:16pm

      Only 1 of the Time Zombies was Clara, the others where the Brothers.

    • morlu

      April 29th, 2013 - 10:33am

      and the Doctor

  • Jim(The Master of dr who)

    April 28th, 2013 - 3:38pm

    Not that good


    April 28th, 2013 - 2:35pm

    it was the one i expected it exactly to be, although the TARDS limelight was stolen by Clara’s story.


      April 28th, 2013 - 2:55pm

      thinking about it more, clara almost built a large part of the story, as she brought in the monsters. You have to look at every story now was:
      SM started Clara, so how many writers are going to use that, and for how much of their story?

  • outnumbered

    April 28th, 2013 - 2:34pm


    it was bad and confusing out with the good and in with the bad should be dr who new catchphase

    • jedi jim

      April 28th, 2013 - 6:49pm


    • fishfingers and custard

      April 28th, 2013 - 11:50pm

      u r so wrong boys


    April 28th, 2013 - 1:15pm

    it was really good! the doc and clara were great, and i guessed halfway through those things were clara. i don’t know why he would collect dead companions but oh well. nice how they found out more about each other, along with the baalen brothers. a well written episode. it’s one of the only ones that i’ve liked by watching it once.

    • Doctor Stu

      April 28th, 2013 - 11:16pm

      The reason they were burnt and dead was because they were the result of what would happen if they all stayed in the room with the eye of harmony hence the Doctor saying ‘after a couple of minutes, the skin will start to melt’ its all Wibbly wobbly timey wimey

  • matfav

    April 28th, 2013 - 11:33am

    All in all an okay episode, however, no progression of clara’s mystery or personality. She is very plastic and look like she is only a pretty face, come on writers get with the program.

    I hate how again it is saved and wrapped up in the last minute, I feel robbed of an intelligent ending. On intelligence, I feel the script was over cerebral, confusing and too easily treated the audience as morons, again writers, “we can think and work things out for ourselves.” Leave a little mystery and stop wrapping it up in a bow!

    As for the Doctor, you would think he knew the Tardis better. All boils down to the writing and knowing the who universe.

    Look the actors do a stellar job. The writing has to treat the audience as intelligent otherwise it fails.

  • TnTKid

    April 28th, 2013 - 11:19am

    i wish we saw more of the swimmig pool and the libary but over all fantastic episode

  • Richard Cave

    April 28th, 2013 - 10:59am

    This was a a very weak episode, I have a suspicion that this was a budget episode, where its based in three sets using a lot of stuff from previous episodes redesigned. Also the corridors around the tardis were not very well designed, have you seen Gallifrean headress. The whole timey wimey thing was annoying, the mechanical replication room was good visually. Clara is annoying, far too clever and her Mary Poppins nature is grating. The libary was done on the cheap from a back to back shoot. This episode was a let down. As for the three brothers hated them to bits, cruel and nasty characters hoping for a extremely painful demise to them. I was bored on this episode and there is a danger of Americanisation, the script was not very good.

    Cold war was good, as was Bells of St john, and The Cold War was good. These back to back episodes done on the cheap let the show down. Upside is that the money saved on this episode hopefully gets used on another episode.

    BBC not your best!

    • Richard Cave

      April 28th, 2013 - 11:01am


      If all the Time Lords were destroyed why bother writing a book on the Time War?

      Who is left to read it?

    • random user

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:31pm

      Another question, who wrote it? Knowing the Doctor, I don’t think he’d would write anything about the Time War since he ended it (well, sorta ended it but the daleks still live).

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