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April 27th, 2013 143 comments

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.







143 comments

  • James

    April 28th, 2013 - 7:51am

    Still waiting for this half season to FEEL like Dr Who.

    The whole “why does Clara keep dying?” mystery leaves me cold…. I just don’t care. I hope they manage to pull a rabbit out of the hat with this story arc but so far I think Dr Who has jumped the shark. I have trouble staying awake to watch lately.

    The writing has gone from clever, witty and intelligent in previous seasons to banal, asinine and (dare I say it?) Americanised. Have the writers ‘dumbed down’ the good Doctor for the masses?

    Maybe it’s just that I’m not a big Matt Smith fan… Amy, Rory and River were all that saved him IMO They had all the clever lines while The Doctor was left looking a bit of a simpleton.

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    • Doctor Stu

      April 28th, 2013 - 9:36am

      I agree, my family and I all used to gather around the TV on Saturdays but now it’s a case of just recording it and watching it later. (I still haven’t seen all of hide) which is the longest I’ve gone without watching Doctor Who. I’m just not as exited for Doctor Who anymore. We need dark, thrilling adventurous episodes and not short, rushed, childish love stories.

    • the astronaut of death

      April 28th, 2013 - 10:34am

      my mum used to not mind doctor who. but ever since Clara joined she hates the fact that it is all revolved around her

    • the eternal doctor

      April 28th, 2013 - 10:58am

      yes my mum to my mum also finds her voice annoying

    • outnumbered

      April 28th, 2013 - 2:33pm

      james I AGREE WITH THIS

    • fishfingers and custard

      April 29th, 2013 - 12:10am

      i meant to say at the end i dont agree with u all

    • Run You Clever Boy And Remember

      April 29th, 2013 - 5:31pm

      the clara mystery is awsome.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:31am

      I really hate the word Americanized. It feels like people are assuming all Americans are unintelligent. As an American, I take offense to that. Getting to the point: I’m not sure how you can say Matt Smith doesn’t have great lines. Look at his confrontation with the Atraxi, assaulting a Dalek, Explaining why he doesn’t belong in a trap, his speech at Stonehenge, and this is only in Series 5.

    • random user

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:32pm

      WHO IS SHE!!???

    • MAXP

      May 2nd, 2013 - 3:33am

      It’s a much, much better arc than the utterly torturous ‘Death of the Doctor’ from last season. And so far no River Song either this year, which also is a bonus!

  • Trenzalore

    April 28th, 2013 - 7:04am

    Good

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  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 28th, 2013 - 4:29am

    I’m still collecting my thoughts, I don’t really understand how the monsters came to be in the TARDIS, I think I missed the explanations because my siblings were being noisy. So far, I think it was better than Hide but worse than The Ringsof Akhaten and Cold War. I’d say on par with The Bells of St. John. We got to see quite a few rooms in the TARDIS, we had scary monsters, and some build up to the season finale. My only other complaints are the salvage brothers were unrealistically cruel, and some of the acting on their parts except for the youngest brother was off at times.

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    • Matt Smithy

      April 28th, 2013 - 7:49am

      here is why they were on the TARDIS

      SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE:

      The monsters were the doctor, Clara and the brothers from the future who had been killed by the eye of harmony, and had been leaked through time into the past. The Doctor was trying to make sure they could break the time line and stop it happening.

    • cyberman2

      April 28th, 2013 - 10:29am

      one of the brothers were not killed by the eye of harmony but by a time zombie. if you’re touched too long by one of them (by the way they are as hot as the eye) then you turn into one of them

    • cyberman2

      April 28th, 2013 - 10:59am

      ps clara will have died from being near the eye too long but the doctor and the brothers would have died if they did the same pose as the zombies. the zombie with its hand over its face is the doctor, if his hand touched his face time will catch up with him and he would have turned but he stopped himself but the brothers are the zombies that are melted together and they touched each over when saving one of them so time caught up with them. hope this helps

    • Dalek The Supreme

      May 1st, 2013 - 5:31am

      I rewatched it again and saw all this. Thanks, guys.

  • DOCTOR WHO ONE

    April 27th, 2013 - 10:23pm

    BooBoo – Are you going to update this sites page about the Tardis with photographs of the new rooms featured in tonights episode ?.

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    • booboo

      April 27th, 2013 - 10:24pm

      Luke will have to do that, i will expect he will do it sometime

    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      April 28th, 2013 - 8:21am

      Ok cool, thanks 😉

  • Dr who

    April 27th, 2013 - 9:31pm

    It was k

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  • DOCTOR WHO ONE

    April 27th, 2013 - 9:21pm

    Best Tardis based story since 2011’s ‘The Doctors Wife’.

    I imagine there is probably A LOT of moaning from fan’s on sites like this and on the forums saying “Oh what a disappointment Journey to the centre of the Tardis was, we did not get to see so many rooms inside the ship !!”.

    If that’s what most fan’s are probably saying, then stop moaning please, and just be grateful the Tardis has had another story devoted to her, cos it’s everyday she gets to be the centre of attention, she’s largely just a plot-piece that just sends the Doctor and companion into the adventures rather then being the centre of an adventure, and ok sure, we did not see so many rooms, but at least we got to see the Library, Swimming Pool, the heart of the Tardis which turned out to be the centre, and some room which had the Telescope from ‘Tooth and Claw’ shown.

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      April 27th, 2013 - 9:24pm

      If this story was a 4 parter or 6 parter like in the good old days, then the story could have allowed tons of rooms to be seen throughout, but modern Doctor Who stories tend to last 45 minutes per story [with the exception of 2 part stories and finales making a story last a bit longer], you can show everything of the Tardis within 45 minutes.

    • fishfingers and custard

      April 29th, 2013 - 12:22am

      yeah ur so right it was gr8 i dont no why people r moaning so mush and did u notice we got 2 c the doctors cot from the episode
      a good man goes 2 war
      and wasnt the library in the swimming pool because the doctor says in the episode
      the eleventh hour young amy says

      amy:ur soking wet
      the doctor:i was in the swimming pool
      amy: u said u were in the library
      the doctor: so was the swimming pool

      ha

    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      April 29th, 2013 - 4:45pm

      Yeah, I’m sick of the moaners, they make the rest of us Doctor Who fan’s look like the worst kind of Sci-Fi fan you can come across.

      Yes I did notice his cot, it’s not hard to see.

      I think the Doctor, or maybe the Tardis herself, sorted out having the Swimming Pool and the Library separated from each other. Maybe the 10th Doctor’s regeneration somehow caused rooms to merge, and those 2 rooms merged by accident, but they’re separate rooms now so that’s fine.

  • Benjee10

    April 27th, 2013 - 8:24pm

    Well, that’s the best episode so far of 7b! Bit of dodgy acting from the salvage brothers but the rest made up for it.

    My personal best to worst (all of 7 so far):

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

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    • MasterKasterborous

      April 27th, 2013 - 9:31pm

      The Snowmen isn’t really part of series 7 but never mind…

      (How could you view it so low though?)

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2013 - 9:10am

      the power of three and the snowmen were great but asylum of the daleks and the rings of akhaten were rubish

    • Benjee10

      April 28th, 2013 - 3:37pm

      It’s technically part of Series 7 because it was in between 7a and 7b, and I just didn’t personally like it very much. Great production values but the story left me cold (if you’ll pardon the pun).

      So many stories this series have been destroyed by poorly constructed endings. Power of Three had a fantastic build up but then a ridiculously easy ending (the Doctor waved the sonic around for a bit and everything went back to normal).

      I liked Akhaten because it had a simple story, a decent resolution, fantastic visual effects and monsters, and some amazing music from Murray Gold. My only gripe is that the ‘villains’ did very little to make themselves feel threatening, but other than that it was well constructed, with good plotting and an ending that actually made sense.

    • MasterKasterborous

      April 29th, 2013 - 11:01pm

      I agree about The Power of Three, though I thought The Snowmen had a good, strong ending.

      I would argue that as a Christmas *Special* it joins, The Five Doctors, The Movie, Planet of The Dead, The Waters of Mars and the other Christmas episodes (bar Feast of Steven) as Specials. Therefore it is not part of the series and just happens to be in the middle of it!

  • Cal

    April 27th, 2013 - 8:03pm

    I’m sorry but I’m a big doctor who fan and I dont understand who fans.
    This episode was just a lot of confusing nonsense with bad characters (he pretends his brothers an android!) the rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide are all what dr who should be. Great aliens and great plots.
    Please tell me what was good

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  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:43pm

    In my opinion this was the best episode in series 7 so far. It has everything: monsters, humour, frights, surprises and secrets! It was particularly scary when the brothers ‘burned’, those burned bodies were creepy, especially when we found out that one of them were Clara. And she(Clara) actually saw his name! Shame that she forgot, but it would be interesting if in ‘The Name of The Doctor’ she would suddenly remember.

    It was a shame we didn’t see a flashback of the time war. And also, that rift looks like the crack in time!

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    • Brain Scrambled

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:47pm

      I bet in either this series or the last series, the Doctor’s name may have been said or written somewhere in the background!

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      April 29th, 2013 - 7:20pm

      Interesting idea!

  • Brain Scrambled

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:36pm

    Can anyone explain to me what’s coming next week? I saw the trailer but don’t really understand. Is there a poster as well?

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    • the astronaut of death

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:38pm

      here is the plot.

      .There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweet Ville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people.

      There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!”

    • Still Not Ginger

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:39pm

      There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweet Ville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people.
      There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!”

    • Brain Scrambled

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:44pm

      Wait how many more episodes are there still left in this series? Three more, made up of the Crimson Horror next week, the cybermen theme park and the Doctor’s name episode?

    • Brain Scrambled

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:46pm

      Also is anyone else getting annoyed by how we still haven’t even scratched the surface of who or what Clara is?!

  • Silence Will Still Fall

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:36pm

    From best to worst so far.

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

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    • Itdalek

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:56pm

      Agree with you there, and out of season 7a: from best to worst:
      Dinosaurs on a spaceship
      Asylum of the daleks
      Angels take mathatten
      Town called Mercey
      Power of 3
      And out all of season 7so far my favourites are:cold war, journey to the centre of the tardis, asylum of the daleks and dinosaurs on a spaceship

    • Scott the Vigil

      April 27th, 2013 - 8:13pm

      Series 7 best to worst:

      Journey to the Center of the TARDIS
      Asylum of the Daleks
      The Angels Take Manhattan
      The Rings of Akhaten
      Cold War
      A Town Called Mercy
      The Bells of Saint John
      The Power of Three
      Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
      Hide

      Yes, I strongly hated Hide.

  • The 14th Doctor

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:35pm

    If someone told me a year ago that Steve Thompson would be writing the best episode of series 7 I’d have laughed in their face. Wow…

    I think Gaiman’s episode is the only one that can knock this episode from the top spot!

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  • Brain Scrambled

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:33pm

    What is the next episode about? I saw the trailer at the end of today’s episode but could someone just go over it??? Thanks!

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    • the astronaut of death

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:37pm

      here is the plot

      There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweet Ville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people.

      There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!”

  • Ben Roberts

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:32pm

    Hard to believe this episode was written by Steve Thompson!

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  • Dalek Knows All

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:30pm

    One of the best eps of Series 7 so far!!!! More bits of the TARDIS and those Time Zombies were freaky!!!! As 4 the brothers, the ep could have done without them, looking foward to The Crimson Horror!!!!

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  • The Flying Shark

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:28pm

    I loved this episode! Next week’s looks good too.

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  • the astronaut of death

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:25pm

    this will go down as a dr who classic

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  • Still Not Ginger

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:22pm

    Awesome! The Umbrella, Cot and the Crack all returned! Best ep of series 7 and fantastic acting!

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  • drjakeyoung

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:22pm

    I have to admit, i thought it would be good, but this episode just blew me away! With finding a bit more out with clara and those really annoying van halon (did i say that right?!) brothers and learning lots of origins of the TARDIS! And the Christopher eccleston cameo! The time war book! That was just awesome! I hope everyone else found this episode as good as i did! The only downside was i think the brothers were a bit weak at acting. 9/10!

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    • DOCTORWHOSBIGGESTFAN

      April 27th, 2013 - 7:33pm

      where was eccleston? (and it was van baalen)

    • drjakeyoung

      April 27th, 2013 - 9:15pm

      When one of the brothers started smashing the Tardis console, a load of voices including tom bakers and eccleston where heard. (go see it on i player)

  • the astronaut of death

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:22pm

    best episode ever

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  • matt9982

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:20pm

    I think this is the order of the episodes this series, best to worst.
    Best: Hide
    Journey to the TARDIS
    Cold War
    Bells of St.John
    Worst:Rings of Akhaten

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  • sheepinafez

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:20pm

    best episode evar

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  • Derrick Mathews

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:19pm

    Love the chemistry between the Doctor & Clara, one of the best companion’s ever

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  • doctor123

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:19pm

    amazing! and what a great way to have the book on the time war eh?

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  • Dr ho

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:19pm

    Thought we would see more rooms but still good

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  • Stan Stanmanson

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:18pm

    Awesome! I can’t really use any other words to describe it 😀

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  • DYM

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:18pm

    Brilliant! And next weeks trailer looks better than expected

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  • doctor253

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:17pm

    the episode was great but was hoping that we might find out about clara

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  • LEWIS

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:15pm

    I thought this one was great

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  • Scott the Vigil

    April 27th, 2013 - 7:15pm

    Fantastic!

    Reply

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