Review: Doctor Who – 7×10 – Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

In the UK: Saturday, 6.15pm, 27th April 2013, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer

In the US: Saturday, 8pm/7c, 27th April 2013, BBC America

Ever since the TARDIS showed up and proved itself to be bigger on the inside than on the outside, there have been several burning questions in the minds of viewers: how much bigger? What’s in there? And will the BBC budget ever stretch to allowing us to find out?

Over the years, we’ve had references to the many rooms within the TARDIS, as well as stories that have given us brief glimpses of the infinite interior, including Edge of Destruction


…the TV movie…

The Doctor’s Wife and, of course, The Invasion of Time:

But these glimpses have been very few and far between, usually quite brief, and either subordinate to the rest of the plot or mind-numbingly dull (Castrovalva). What we’ve been waiting for is a proper adventure set in the TARDIS that combines everything we’ve learnt about it but goes on to show off as much as possible of the interior, while giving us new and exciting additions, all while avoiding the Castrovalva “Maths is Fun!” syndrome.

Did Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS give us that? Well, let’s discuss it all after this lovely trailer and the jump.

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Charley says: don’t talk to strangers

Inspired by Scarfolk, the English town that still lives in the 1970s, we’re continuing with this ‘ere blog’s latest feature: Charley says.

The 1970s was a terrible time, of course, where the risks to people from everything from electricity cables to water to other people could not be overstated. It was horrifying. Particularly the rabies.

To save the public from these threats – and themselves – the British government authorised a series of public information films designed to scare the living daylights out of anyone who watched them. And each week, I intend to scare the living daylights out of you with a public information film or two – watch them, as they might just save your life.

You may, by now, if you weren’t alive in the UK in the 70s, wondering why the hell this is called “Charley says”. Well, Charley the cat was the star of an entire series of warning films for children, in which he passed on his sagely feline advice to the child he was with, who otherwise would have been tortured, dead or something even worse.

This week: strangers. Charley says: “Don’t talk to strangers.” He’s right, of course, children. Is there something worrying about the fact the stranger in this film walks like Mr Benn?

Tuesday’s “Lots of BBC3 comedies and Spike dramas, Jo Nesbø’s Occupied adapted + Red Widow hits low again” news

Film casting


French/International TV

Canadian TV

  • Netflix acquires Sundance’s Rectify



New US TV shows

  • Spike developing more scripted dramas, including Hit Men and The Lamp

Monday’s “NBC renews five shows, CBS renews 1 and The CW renews 2, + less than half a man” news

The Three Musketeers

Doctor Who

  • Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS down to under 5m





Canadian TV

  • Space acquires: BBC3’s In The Flesh



US TV casting

New US TV shows

New US TV casting