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5.11 - The Lodger

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/9/19 11:49 pm
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This episode features The Doctor accidentally being stuck on contemporary Earth with the TARDIS going into a dematerialisation loop with Amy trapped inside it. There is a localised time loop and strange goings on in a flat and the downstairs neighbour to that flat is looking for a lodger. The Doctor arrives as the lodger seeking to investigate and his new flatmate Craig is trying to build up courage to ask his female friend to become his proper girlfriend.

There are large elements of this which you could liken to soap opera or a sitcom in that it involves the every day lives and love lives of Craig (played by James Corden who is now a successful actor in Hollywood films) and Sophie (Daisy Haggard). Strangely I do not see criticisms of this episode for being 'too soap opera' despite these elements being central to the plot whilst I see a lot of 'soap opera' accusations against other episodes which feature less of these everyday life elements. I am not one of those who thinks the lives of ordinary people is something Doctor Who should not feature as drama, provided it is done well, and so I have no problem with this episode or many of the other stories with such elements. In this episode it is done to nice comedic effect but it is SO central to the plot and to the resolution of the problem (via the love between Craig and Sophie cancelling the mission of the antagonist) that is does make it a little bit of an oddity. Another oddity is the Doctor conversing with a cat who he is able to understand. The idea of a cat explaining what has been going on to the Doctor is funny but really has no place outside a pure comedy show. It is ridiculous.

Another issue for me was how the way the alien threat was stopped seemed so contrived and rather silly and that the "attempt to build a TARDIS" by a mysterious alien and the ability to cause time loops and dematerialisation loops was so unexplained and did not seem to make much sense. Those factors detract from the episode for me but it is overall a fun, amusing and pleasant interlude with some very good aspects so I will give it a solid 8/10.