I will be the first to admit that I was not happy when the 10th Doctor regenerated into the 11th Doctor. I loved David Tennant and thought he did an excellent job at portraying his emotions. I think what also did not help is that no companion carried over, and they also rebooted the TARDIS. It felt like a completely new show. However, as it goes on, I start to like it more.
I think the episode Vincent and the Doctor was the episode that really convinced me that I really like the new Doctor. I think everyone knows Van Gough or has at least heard of him since his artwork is very popular today. I think because I am somewhat knowledgeable of it, it is why I really liked this episode as well. I thought it was also very unique that they went back in time to specifically help someone. I, as well really liked how they brought Vincent to the present day time to show him how important he will soon be. When the curator tells the Doctor that Van Gough “was the greatest painter of them all” and was “one of the greatest men who ever lived” like come on, after seeing Van Gough’s reaction to that, has to tear at your emotions a little. I also thought this was very unique since we have not seen this type of situation happen before. I felt more of an emotional tie to this episode that I have not experienced yet.
Doctor Who, as a show, gives itself limitless possibilities of settings with the Tardis and a Time Lord as characters; however, the Doctor is constantly coming back to Britain. So, with every imaginable time and location in the universe as the writers’ disposal, some viewers must wonder why the doctor constantly finds himself back in Britain?
Firstly, I think anyone who doesn’t understand why this happens needs to be reminded that Doctor Who is a British show, and there is always going to be pressure on the producers to maintain the show’s British quality. Doctor Who is a show that lives off of a very loyal fan base; therefore, staying true to its roots, is always going to be a must.
Secondly, people need to realize whom the general public within the British setting in the show represents. THEM. The British people in the show are often used to reflect certain characteristics or values of the public in real life. So, making London the setting in a large percent of the episodes allows the writers to more directly critique and represent British society. Perhaps viewers will be less bored (if that’s even a problem) with episodes in London if they realize they are looking at themselves in these episodes.
I know personally, I find myself more intrigued with the episodes staged outside of London and the modern era, but I, and everyone, should realize the necessity and importance of the Britain episodes and how they make the show what it is.
This blog post will be a little different than the rest in that I will be asking more questions with my analysis. I’m hoping that you can help me analyze this further in the comments section because I would really appreciate your insight.
I have always wondered what happens to time inside the TARDIS, specifically in regards to the companions. The show indicates that the human companions live on a short timeline, which begs the question, Do they age inside the TARDIS? Does it somehow stop time and they stay the same age no matter how long they are in there? Or do the companions start aging again once the TARDIS reaches its destination and they are back in the regular time stream?
I wonder about these things because the Doctor laments often that he cannot travel with a human companion forever because they wither and die, but if time is irrelevant in the TARDIS, the humans would never age as long as they kept travelling in the TARDIS. It’s confusing, really, and the show never really explores these things. So, can you spend time in a time machine and not die? I like to think that the TARDIS suspends time, and as long as humans stay with the Doctor, they do not age at the normal rate. Obviously, the actors will age as they spend more time on the show, so it will not look like the TARDIS stops the aging process. I see this as a huge dilemma for the overarching plotline and the history of the TARDIS.
So, I think the companions stop aging inside the TARDIS. Do you? What is your interpretation of this hole in the story?
Let’s talk about something that shows up in practically every episode – the TARDIS. Majority of us at this rate should understand roughly what the TARDIS is. For clarification, the TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It is a ship, which is disguised as a police box and is larger on the inside than what it looks like on the outside. But how large is the TARDIS exactly?
To begin there is the main room, which contains all of the machinery to control the TARDIS. This room is known as the control or console room. The room allows the Doctor to travel in both space and time from one location to another.
A swimming pool has also been mentioned in various episodes. The one that includes a swimming pool that sticks out to me the most is in the first episode with Matt Smith, “The Eleventh Hour”. In this episode, the Doctor has to climb out of the pool in the TARDIS using a grappling hook since the TARDIS crashed sideways on the ground.
Throughout an assortment of episodes, including some of the classic who episodes, various scenes were filmed inside of bedrooms in the TARDIS.
In the episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS”, Clara also discovers an assortment of rooms and locations, varying but not limited to storage rooms, hallways, engine rooms, and the heart of the TARDIS.
These are only the select rooms that I’ve discovered while exploring what is inside the TARDIS and those are only the rooms that the Doctor has shown us. What else could possibly be inside that we have yet to discover?