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Suranne Jones on Bringing Idris Back

doctors-wife-farewellSuranne Jones, better known to Whovians as Idris in fan favourite episode The Doctor’s Wife, has said she would be interested in reprising the role.

Speaking to Toby Hadoke on his Big Finish podcast [via], she said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Peter Capaldi walked into one of his rooms in the TARDIS and found Idris’ body there, plugged her in and had a little adventure with her?”

Then asked if she’d return she replied: “Yeah, of course!”

So would you like to see her back, or was the following scene the perfect ending?

Step back in time...

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stig oien
stig oien

As a visual interface of the Tardis for a limited time: maybe. But as a physical companion; please no!






The Finn
The Finn

Idris was a good one-off IMHO.

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

You know, for me, with Idris it is like a situation where I am the viewer and my ex-fiancee (Yeah we broke up) is Idris. Like I would still think about her but I don't want her ruining my life again if I take her back. Not that Idris would ruin Doctor Who but it would ruin a great story and it would cheapen the ending to The Doctor's Wife but I would love to see her again so as much as I'd love Idris to come back, no...Don't ruin The Doctor's Wife

Ryuuchi
Ryuuchi

The only way, I think, to bring her back is to have her as a permanent companion. Just her alone. I'd like to see more interesting moments between her and Capaldi's Doctor. Her return means more time traveling aspects and exploration.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

The Doctor's Wife was something special, I just don't believe it would work to bring Idris back especially since they made such a big deal of her goodbye. I suppose if Neil Gaiman wrote the episode and he was really careful it could work, but there's an emotional balance he would have to get right. There's always room for Surranne Jones to do something else though, for example I loved her as the Mona Lisa in SJA. 

DW_girl
DW_girl

No, this can't happen! It would diminish from the quality of The Doctor's Wife!

Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

Perhaps, as long as it's a unique encounter, like maybe the TARDIS herself decides she has to take that form again in order to save the Doctor's life. And then along the way, she and Clara can finally settle their differences. That'd be interesting.

B910
B910

I personally liked the idea of the TARDIS interface changing every time its interior changed. It would be more relatable to the Doctor and even more so if the personality always changed just a bit as well

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

Learn from the Angels.  Leave a good concept alone.

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

The concept of finding a dead body, plugging it in, and having an adventure with it shouldn't sound absolutely adorable...but it does when it's Idris and the Doctor XD OTP for life!

Liana21
Liana21

I love The Doctor's Wife but I think that its charm is precisely the just a one-off feeling.

TriviaMaster
TriviaMaster

I would have mixed feeling if they brought her back...on one hand, I would be glad for more Idris adventures, but at the same time, I feel like the ending of the Doctor's Wife was good. It had closure. Bringing her back would almost feel cheap, I think. The only thing I would enjoy, I think, is if she was somehow able to become a permanent companion, that is, be able to retain Idris' body without it wearing thin too quickly. And then instead of the companion leaving or dying (since she IS the TARDIS and we sort of need her) she would just somehow be stuck back in her box form permanently.


Just throwing ideas out. ;)

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I am not sure I want her back but if the story is good why not

Polyphase
Polyphase

Yes and No

As in Yes I certainly would like her back and No I don't think that scene was the perfect ending :)

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

She could always come back as the Tadis interface, that way she wouldn't need a physical body. 

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

As much as I loved Idris, I think the beautiful ending of TDW would be spoiled if she returned. Though it would be nice to have the occasional reference to her.

liveanidea
liveanidea

After they nullified Rose's emotional exit, I think they should leave hers as it was. It broke all of us and should be kept like that

The Moment
The Moment

I would like her to return, however her ending was brilliant. 


MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

As Journey's End showed, bringing back a character too much diminishes the effect of farewells. Not that you'd get that idea from the Cult of Skarose. And of course there was also the fact Rose Mary Sue Tyler was already unlikeable.

Andrew_Swallow
Andrew_Swallow

I suspect that the Tardis could make a new body of Idris using the round bubble equipment we saw in "Journey to the Centre of the Tardis".

Whovian
Whovian

I adored The Doctor's Wife, it is one of my absolute favourite episodes. I don't think there should be a comeback because the ending of the episode was absolutely perfect and so beautiful, and another episode could not possibly excel it. The Doctor's Wife should be left alone to live in the hearts of the Doctor, the TARDIS and the fans...

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I loved The Doctor's Wife, but I think it would lose some of it's poignancy if she was brought back.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

I wouldn't mind Suranne Jones playing a different character in the Capaldi era. But Idris is a unique concept as a human personification of the Tardis; it's really not necessary to bring that back.

Huknar
Huknar


“Wouldn’t it be nice if Peter Capaldi walked into one of his rooms in the TARDIS and found Idris’ body there, plugged her in and had a little adventure with her?”

Uh. Uh. I hope I'm not the only one who struggled to put that into decent context.  That would be one naughty Doctor.



gunslinger19
gunslinger19

i wouldnt mind a comeback, though maybe in a few regenerations. also, maybe it should be played by someone else. im not sure if it would make sense for Idris' body to make a return and if multiple actors give it a go it would mirror the changing nature of the doctor and the show :)

HallamCurry1995
HallamCurry1995

Nope! Leave it at 'The Doctors Wife'. The TARDIS doesnt need another human body! 

The Robo Superior
The Robo Superior

If she returned, would she be the TARDIS? If not, then there's no reason for her to be Idris, the character wasn't that well defined before it got wiped.

I'm all for Suranne Jones coming back on board, but perhaps as another character. She could return as the sister/mother/relative of Idris - or even an alternative universe version (replete with eyepatch!) - or even just another member of her species, that all happen to be peaceful beautiful clones (a kind of anti Sontaran). Whichever, it'd be nice to see her back.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

To be fair when a guest star appears in a great episode, and is asked in an interview if they would like to come back, they're hardly likely to say no!


I don't think she is actually expecting to be asked back any time soon...


Bollyknickers
Bollyknickers

I love, lovity love Suranne Jones... she's one of my favourite actresses ever.  But Sexy needs to stay in her box, because The Doctor's Wife is such a glorious standalone.   Sorry Suranne (who spell-check wants to correct to 'Subterranean'... interesting).

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

Why can't that be the perfect ending, but I still want her back? 

TheElusiveWhovian
TheElusiveWhovian

It's akin to the unnecessary return of Rose or Donna - undermines the original ending.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

I really don't see why we need to see Idris again. It's like bringing the Curator back, they are one off's. It could spoil their momentum. The TARDIS inhabited a body for a brief period of time which then burnt up. Idris is dead and gone surely?

IceDaleks
IceDaleks

No, the episode was perfect. Leave it at that.

TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

"Wouldn't it be nice if Peter Capaldi walked into one of his rooms in the TARDIS and found Idris' body there, plugged her in and had a little adventure with her?"  


Boy, if I was without context, I wouldn't know what to make of this quote. O_o



Sipodge
Sipodge

No. A problem in so many TV shows, franchises, films and books is that when someone writes something so perfect and everyone loves it they then decide to write a sequel. Very few of these sequels are good. Within the Who Universe, look at "Blink", "The Impossible Astronaut / The Day of the Moon" and John Simm's Master in "Utopia / Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords" and "The End of Time". In so many places, there have been perfect points to stop and move on (With the exception of The Master who will always undoubtedly be back) and pointless sequels to the episodes hardly ever work out.





Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

@lukashcartoon  I don't know. If you are saying The Angels shouldn't have came back after Blink, that is where you are wrong. They deserved to come back but they deserve a decent story too

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@Andrew_Swallow  Probably, but if the TARDIS tried to put its consciousness into the body, then the body would likely burn up, as would have happened to the original Idris if the TARDIS' consciousness had remained in her for too long.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Maybe as Idris before she went to the bubble universe with House? The Doctor would recognize her but she wouldn't have experienced any of The Doctor's Wife.

Unibot
Unibot

@Sipodge  Nonsense, you're taking a few events and using that as your data set. "Blink" 's Weeping Angels returned to great effect in The Time of Angels and Angels take Manhattan. The Silence never have had a full return (relegated to cameos in TWoRS and Time of the Doctor), partly because they're not full-on "villains", but members of the Silence. You then criticized John Simm returning, but admitted The Master himself is a successful reoccurring character. It's television - the point is to see things develop. The question to whether to give a return to something is whether good, new developments would lie ahead for this return which "serves the story" as some like to say. Donna returned as a full companion (after the Christmas special), River Song returned after Library of the Dead, Churchill returned and so did Vincent, likewise Amy made a short return at the end of Time of The Doctor. How did Amy's brief return serve the story and mark a new development? It showed how a Doctor who held tight to things and people precious to him had finally been absolved of his guilt. "Raggedy Man, Goodnight". The trilogy served as a clean slate for The Doctor, as he was absolved of his guilt over River Song (with a beautiful, final RETURN for River Song) with a sweet goodbye, absolved of his Time War guilt through a narrative with a RETURN of Tennant, Billie and even Tom Baker and the Zygons which served the greater story and absolved of his guilt over Trenzalore and his worries about death and losing the ones he loves, with a return from Amy Pond. Nonetheless, I'm not seeing how a return of Idris would serve a good story and bring with it any new developments that would be worth the return. 

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I agree but I want Canton back ASAP.

uliwitness
uliwitness

@Sipodge  So you're saying that the original Dalek episode was perfect and should never have received a sequel? Same for the Cybermen? While I agree that the naïve idea of "I loved this, I want more! Make a sequel!" pretty much never works, I still think if a writer has a good idea, a sequel should be made. 

The problem usually happens when writers don't pay attention to the emotional beats of the original story and accidentally undo its impact, whether through carelessness or because they don't see another way and the mandate from the business end of the production company/publisher/whatever is "make another one like this, it sold, we want to sell twice as much". 

But saying you shouldn't do sequels is like saying we should have stayed on the trees, in my opinion.




The Robo Superior
The Robo Superior

That would be a good way to give depth to Idris herself, before she became the TARDIS. It would also add poignancy to her dying so that the TARDIS could live; she wasn't always the empty shell that she would become.

TheElusiveWhovian
TheElusiveWhovian

Yeah, I agree with you because it made sense to have her in the alternative universe. But after that, it was pointless. And Donna in The End of Time was completely stupid. She remembered, but there were no consequences.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

No edits! I think you're right, but only if the character has received a complete story or some sort of ending.

TheElusiveWhovian
TheElusiveWhovian

I agree with you entirely. Also, the whole of Rose's arc, as I see it, is her choosing between her family and the Doctor. So it was an absolute cheat when she got both.

TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

@TheElusiveWhovian  Well, I think with Rose it was even worse, because they pretty much destroyed the weight that the ending of Doomday had.  Not to mention that it shows Rose having undergone no development during her time without the Doctor.  Rose should've been a much more mature and independent person who learned to cope with a life without the Doctor.  Instead, she was the same petulant, needy child she was all the way through series two.  I honestly think that's a big part of the reason that Rose has gone down in infamy the way she has.