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Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue Series 7 with Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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mlawesome
mlawesome

10/10 One Of My Top Episodes!

ericbfg
ericbfg

A reset button? C'mon? This is as far down as I have seen the modern era who go. Why not kill off a major character and then have them appear in shower later on?

Give me strength!

Series 7 is brilliant...this stops it short of greatness.

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

HUGELY underrated. OK, not flawless, far from it. But who wouldn't love a surrealistic Doctor Who episode. Plus, it is one of the most complicated AND satisfying plots in DW since series 5!

wutetka
wutetka

I really loved it for the first time I watched it... but then I've seen it again. It;s not that bad, but 7/10 for me.

GregChipman
GregChipman

Awful. Awful awful awful awful awful.

Awful.

DW_girl
DW_girl

6/10. The idea was great, but I don't think it was executed very well. I wasn't keen on the Van Baalen Bros (bit unnecessary to the plot, plus one of them could hardly act), and I think Clara should have had more to do than just running around the TARDIS. The glimpse of the swimming pool, and the scenes in the library, Eye of Harmony and the engine room, were exciting to witness. The revelation that the time zombie was Clara was very shocking and horrific, and a great concept. The story was definitely lacking though, and the pacing wasn't right. Also, the timey-wimey reset device is way too over-used in the Moffat era...

Diana van der Pluijm
Diana van der Pluijm

I expected it to be about a journey through the TARDIS. Instead we got... a few generic corridors, a very illogical Eye of Harmony, time zombies(?), bad acting and... well... that's it. Where are all the wonderful rooms we always hear the Doctor talking about? Where is the journey? This felt more like a generic 'run through abandoned haunted mansion'-episode. I was so disappointed.

DawnTime
DawnTime

9 - simply for the line " you though I meant the Tardis - I meant Clara"  Good fun I preferred the later scenes when Clara and the Doctor were together again.  Even though the show runners wanted to show us more of inside the Tardis I still think they did not have the money to do it justice it looked a little cheap.  I am going to ignore the bad acting from supporting artists. 

blueboxgirl
blueboxgirl

Again, while there were bits i liked, overall it felt too rushed and all over the place. And i agree about the terrible acting....

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

They should do a season where parts of the story are set in other rooms of the TARDIS, like the swimming pool, the kitchen, the library, the living room, the garden (yes, I believe there might even be a garden in the TARDIS),...I think people would enjoy that.

DrIndianaJonesThatsWho
DrIndianaJonesThatsWho

I quite enjoyed it, but it had some of the worst guest actors the show has ever seen (watch it again, the 'android'  and eldest brother the worst culprits of terrible wooden acting) and an awful sub-plot with the brothers. Also thought the monsters were a massive missed opportunity. They just didn't make sense. Big shame really cos enjoyed most of the rest of it, exploring the Tardis, its defensive mechanisms, explaining its ability to build new rooms and equipment, the use of timey wimey (although would have like more of that) and an amusing conclusion drawing attention to rushed endings.


All in all ill give it a 6.

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

One of those episodes, is it a 5 or is it a 9, 5 9 5 9, ok a 4

It could of been an excellent episode, but 10 minutes in and it just seemed to come off the rails.

It's like, hey I've got all these crazy pants ideas that won't fit anywhere else so we'll call it something something Tardis.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Excellent episode, though it was rushed. It definitely could have been a 10/10 two parter. I was so disappointed that we didn't get to see more of the TARDIS though     

:(

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

So here we are, me favorite episode of New-Who.


Yep, you read that correctly - I know a lot of people disliked this story. Let me express my love for this story in other words – on the 23rd of November 2013, I had time to watch one episode with my fish fingers and custard breakfast before I had to go to work, and I picked Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.

Before this story was first broadcast I had in my head a list of things that I wanted to happen. I generally always have this list, and generally most of the things on it don’t happen. But this time every single one came true and that means that in my opinion, this episode was perfect. Yes, the supporting characters are annoyingly two-dimensional. Yes, there’s no roundels in the TARDIS. Yes, Clara frustratingly forgot all the perfection at the end (you have no idea how happy I was when she ended up remembering it). But like The Doctor’s Wife, The Doctor’s Daughter and The Day of the Doctoreverything went exactly the way I wanted it to (Whouffle, mostly), and that instantly shoots it right up to top of the list.

Basically, 11/10


grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. No wonder we all shorten it to initials; that is a mouthful.Sort of like this episode -it has everything in it except the kitchen sink, and I'm guessing there's one of those in the TARDIS too, had we explored a bit more.

This is an episode unlike any other I've seen. Loved the story about the salvage dumbies who think they can take on a Time Lord and his Alien ship. The Doctor reading their name labels, "Van Baalen and Van Baalen. This could get complicated later." Nope, Doctor not with these guys. It gets more involved because of their greed, and general stupidity, not because they share the same last name.

This could be a 45 mins or so of set compliments and I'd be happy. And it nearly was. Love the Doctor's catchall closet with his cot and other items. Love the massive library and the Gallifreyan liquid encyclopedias, and of course with the History of the Time War opened to . . ? I don't think for a moment Clara saw his name on that page. Loved the Eye of Harmony, and didn't you just feel the heat and time winds? Loved the room of the globes where the TARDIS makes and repairs machines. Of course, there was the swimming pool, too.

The Doctor was in top form in this episode. His description of the missing Clara at the beginning had me LOL. "Girl, feisty." And his hand designating her height moves from shoulder height to way below. Love how he deals with the Bros, throughout the episode.

Time leaks, paradoxes, TARDIS self destruct that isn't there, Big Friendly Button, Clara's anger at him, "Good guys do not have zombie creatures!", and her fear of him, "I'm more afraid of you right now than anything in that TARDIS, and her saving him with her "Beautiful fragile human skin. Like parchment", makes her so important in this episode.

But my favorite scene is at the very end when he tells her he needs to know that she's not afraid of him, and her confident answer.

DrKnockers05
DrKnockers05

I really enjoyed this episode. Thought the Time Zombies were quite creepy, enjoyed seeing more of the TARDIS (could have seen a bit more of it, though. I know there were a fair few rooms like the Eye of Harmony room, the library, a brief glimpse of the swimming pool, but all we mainly saw were corridors), and of course, Matt and Jenna were great in it. Loved that moment with all the voices from the past when one of the Van Baalan's was messing around by the console, too.

Speaking of which, I thought the Van Baalans's acting was a bit...well, rubbish. Plus it was, as nearly all episodes in Series 7 were, rushed. However, I liked the story behind the brothers and the twist behind the Time Zombies was pretty surprising.

Overall, I give it 8/10. As rushed and ever so slightly disappointing as it was, it was actually one of my favourites of Series 7 :)

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

9/10 and it would have been 10/10 if only there was more Tardis, in the episode about the Tardis.

Moves Like Jagaroth
Moves Like Jagaroth

I'm finding that whereas Matt's first series I'd give 7 and above for, nothing's gone past 5 for 7b, indeed many are a good deal lower than that.

Pockydon
Pockydon

What another utter disappointment, I had genuine hope that Steve Thompson wouldn't mess this up. Unfortunately, he did. This episode has two major problems. Firstly, the TARDIS doesn't feel like the TARDIS. It feels like it could just be any other nigh-on organic ship, which I know sounds silly, but it's true. I can't quite put my finger on it, this just doesn't feel like the TARDIS. Secondly, and this is very important in a story about journeying to the center of something, is the feeling of slowly getting deeper and deeper into the location. As the episode goes on we should increasingly feel like the TARDIS is an infinite place and that the Doctor and co may never find their way out. Unfortunately, this is ruined thanks to the fact that we keep going back to the console room, which also takes up valuable screen time that could be otherwise spent exploring more of the TARDIS. I know these problems sound minor, but in an episode called Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, they're pretty damaging. 

This episode was another massive disappointment for me, and that's not even starting on the writing of the Van Baalans. The idea of the Time Zombies is cool, but it's not enough to save this episode which in my opinion, should not have had a monster at all. 

3/10

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

I had things I enjoyed about the episode - Clara with her side trip through the rooms of the TARDIS, her talk with the Doctor, her wanting to remember.  The Doctor and his concern for Clara, his concern for the TARDIS, his disgust with the Van Balaan's - my disgust with them too! And the actors that played them.  That was the weakest part of the episode, next to some weak editing that I felt detracted from the episode.  I liked how she found the swimming pool again at the very end, either that or she was fresh out of the shower.  8/10

Polyphase
Polyphase

Good story but not realised very well.  7/10

The_War_Braden
The_War_Braden

1/10 the only episode of Doctor Who that I want to be lost

sontaran17
sontaran17

9.5 (10) /10   Its a brilliant timey wimey TARDIS packed wonderful episode!!! One of my favourites of all time! Except those bloody Van balaans!!

Sir James Bond
Sir James Bond

Dum, dum, dum.....another one bites the dust. Yes another potentially great scenario is once again washed up on the shore of poor plotting, atrocious dialogue, weak - almost to the point of superfluous - guest stars, and a denouement than shares an uninspired quick fix narrative parking space with '.....and it was all a dream'

Remember when TARDIS corridors felt uniquely Tardisy. There they were, back in the day, all brightly lit, with no discernible pattern or layout, and the occasional wall just poking out of nowhere seemingly for no obvious reason other than the floor manager's probably just found a spare TARDIS wall prop in storage. Yes, they felt random, almost haphazard, but their ethereal grey veneer and their 'pick and mix' opacity of roundel just screamed 'TARDIS'. 

Now alas a TARDIS corridor just pitifully yelps generic Sci-fi passageway. All that esoteric beauty has been replaced by a flat pack 'Space Ikea' brand of slightly hexagonal tunnel with adjoining pipe motif, and they're ten a penny in most spaceships, come space stations, come futuristic outposts. No, when I journey to the centre of my favourite time machine I want my TARDIS corridors to be a little more individual, a little more distinctive, a little more.....Tarsidy.  



LeightonWestwoo
LeightonWestwoo

i think i would of scored of higher if you saw the zero room or some old control rooms , or  an old wardrobe but all they had was a swimming pool and a library. it not realy the exploration of the tardis, it just you see some unworthy rooms

gypsyking007
gypsyking007

I found it really average and the brother being led to believe he's a robot is ridiculous. Nice to get inside the TARDIS but we didn't see that much. A missed opportunity.

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

Annoyingly I haven't got time to do a review like I usually do, so sorry about that. But I'm giving this episode a 9/10, and here's how I decided.

GOOD:

- Matt Smith

- Jenna Coleman

- Time Zombies

- The rooms we saw

- The voices from the past

- The tense scene in the Eye of Harmony room

- The pacing- The Van Baalen's subplot

- The Doctor confronting Clara

- The TARDIS really felt alive (the machine that makes machines is a good example of this point)

- The episode was unique, fun, and I enjoyed the general feel of it

BAD:

- The Van Baalens

- The lack of TARDIS rooms that were well-explored

- The pretty poor resolution that left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed

- The directing wasn't as good as in previous episodes


Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I feel that there was a lot of missed potential in this one. I had some pretty high expectations for it, as I think most did, and it just didn't live up to them. That aside, it was a pretty alright episode. I think the time zombies looked pretty lame, but that's probably about his gruesome looking they can go on a family show. It was no award winning masterful piece of television, but it was still good fun. 7/10.

eddie1611
eddie1611

It was a good episode, but the only problem I had was the older Van Baalen Brother's acting, he was pretty bad. 7/10

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

I was really hyped for this episode to see more of the Tardis, but by the end I couldn't help but think 'was that all there was?', was underwhelmed with how much corridor I saw…but the rooms that I did see were interesting I guess

Plus the only thing that I can think about the brothers is annoyance, it's like jeez DON'T YOU DARE EVEN TOUCH THE TARDIS






yoshfiction
yoshfiction

@TheRoastNewt  Sadly, I have to agree. I want to find reasons to give it higher than a 4/10, but I just can't. =( This was the episode I was anticipating the most, and it was one of the biggest let downs I have ever experienced.


Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I assumed she was out of the shower, but thinking about it, the pool makes more sense.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Who is the Doctor  I liked that ending too, and also assumed she was just out of the pool! Which did beg the question about what other rooms she remembered...

Galax
Galax

@Baker Street  Mostly agree with you, but just : why did not you like the directing ? I see many complains about it in the comments, and I don't understand. The director managed to make consistency in the architecture and design of the TARDIS : I always felt like still being in the TARDIS, even near the cliff or in the Library. I didn't see any problems of camera. I don't know if it's the director who did this but, all the voices and details in the background (the umbrella, the Galliffreyan Encyclopedia, the "Smiths" Key, Amy's puppets and the litle TARDIS box) were just .... the dream of every fan. The colours were very well chosen - reminded me some classic episodes settings. I din't see any problems of SFX, both Eye of Harmony and frozen heart were beautiful. As for the Time Zombies, they were realistic, frightnening and the "blurred waves" was a cool effet to represent something from another time place. About Zombies, I must say the director has been very finical, because I did spot that the Zombie chasing Clara was actually a future Clara, thanks to her morphology, her moves, and later with the hand attached to the face... 

So, just wondering, in what it wasn't "as good as in previous episodes" ? :p


WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

@Chronos the Nephew  one question: are you called chronos because of the doctor who episode the time monster or because of the greek titan wich is the god of time? (well the doctor who monster is based on the greek one.)

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@DalekSupreme1 @RomanaOnCaprica No, I thought "I would really like the Doctor and Clara to be adorable in a sort-of shippy way without them actually getting together because I don't believe the Doctor should be with anyone except a Gallifreyan"

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

It's a room time lords use when they have a difficult regeneration. It cuts out interferences so they can relax and not feel whatever neurological effects, if memory serves. I think. I only saw it once when the 5th Doctor used it.

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

It's hard to put my finger on it. I completely understand what you mean, and I suppose it's wrong to put it under "bad" (to be honest, I would have put it about 50/50 but it didn't feel right). I just don't think it was as adventurous or as pleasing to watch as the previous episodes' directing - if anything I think there were too many close/wide shots, rather than a variation. But there were many other shots, and it was still good/enjoyable to watch. Like I said, it's hard to describe, but I totally get where you're coming from.

Galax
Galax

@Baker Street  Hm I think I get it, it may be the fact that most of the rooms/places are oppresive, small, cold and metallic... Well, we all think differently, different minds, different tastes ;)