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The Doctor's Wife 

The Doctor is lured to a sentient asteroid outside of the Universe by a Time Lord distress signal and soon realises his TARDIS is in grave danger.


Richard Clark


Neil Gaiman, Russell T. Davies (characters: "Ood")




Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory
Suranne Jones ... Idris
Michael Sheen ... House (voice)
Paul Kasey ... Nephew
Adrian Schiller ... Uncle
Elizabeth Berrington ... Auntie


While traveling in the TARDIS with Rory and Amy, the Doctor hears a knock on the TARDIS doors. Bewildered and no doubt curious, he answers, only to be presented with a mysterious box which carries a distress signal. Believing it to be from a fellow Time Lord, the cosmic nomad whisks himself and his companions outside the boundaries of the universe on what should be a rescue mission. But what everyone finds is a dark Junk-yard planet populated by the bizarre Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. Last and not least among the strange inhabitants is a mentally unstable woman that goes by the name of Idris who may or may not be "The Doctor's Wife". Written by Robert McElwaine

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Release Date:

14 May 2011 (UK) See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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This episode was originally planned as the eleventh episode of Series 5, but because of budget limitations was delayed until Series 6. See more »


Idris censures The Doctor for the way he enters the Tardis - pushing the doors inwards whereas she points that the sign on the Tardis says 'Pull to open' Whilst it is true that the original police box doors did open outwards, the sign in question is part of the Tardis that contains the telephone for the public to call the police. The sign saying 'Pull to open' is an instruction as to how to access the telephone, not the Tardis itself. This smaller door does indeed open outwards, and therefore is, pulled to open. See more »


The Doctor: Do you have a name?
Idris: Seven hundred years and finally he asks.
The Doctor: What do I call you?
Idris: What do you call me? Sexy.
The Doctor: Only when we're alone.
Idris: We are alone.
The Doctor: Oh. Come on then, Sexy.
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Doctor's Wife
28 July 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When my daughter caught the repeat of this episode several years after its initial broadcast. She turned around to me in astonishment when the story title came up.

Is that THE Neil Gaiman?

I confirmed it was. He is a fan and always wanted to write for the show, I told her.

Gaiman won the Hugo award for The Doctor's Wife. Credit has to go to the director Richard Clark who has realised Gaiman's story in a startling visual manner given that he would had less money than a US sci fi production.

The kernel of the story is what if the TARDIS could talk. A sentient asteroid had been luring Time Lords and Tardis's for centuries and using up its energy. The Doctor is the latest victim. The essence of the Tardis has been transferred to the body of a young lady called Idris.

We get playful exchanges between Idris and the Doctor once he realises who she is. The Doctor did not steal the Tardis, she chose him because she wanted to see the universe.

The story is just so well written, even Amy and Rory have their own adventure when they are locked up in the Tardis as the House plays mind games with them. There is even a call back to Christopher Eccleston's and David Tennant's doctors as their console room makes an appearance.

It is a terrific offbeat story and would never had worked without Suranne Jones. Her performance is fantastic.

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