Now THAT was a good episode, but what do you expect when it’s written by Neil Gaiman, one of the UK’s best fantasy writers?
The Doctor receives an emergency message beacon from a timelord called the Corsair and gets all excited that he might not be the last of the timelords anymore. He follows the message to the ‘plughole at the end of the universe’, which contains all sorts of garbage and a sentient asteroid that feeds off timelords and tardises for energy. The soul of the Doctor’s tardis is drawn out of the tardis machine by the asteroid and put into a human bodyso that the energy of the tardis machine can then more easily be absorbed. But, upon finding the Doctor is the last timelord and that it needs to get back into the main universe for future food sources, the asteroid’s entity is forced to occupy the tardis machine instead of its asteroid home. It then becomes vulnerable of course. It’s all a bit complicated to describe in words, but it works.
There is some interesting back and forth between the Doctor and the humanesque soul of the tardis – and they are clearly in love. We also get to hear some back story of when the Doctor was young. There is some decent acting and dialogue, and some pathos. I think the story holds together better in this one than in some other episodes because in The Doctor’s Wife episode the Doctor is the main focus and not burdened down by the increasinly excess-to-requirements Amy and Rory.
A decent enough episode to keep me watching the series, when I’d been about to give up. 9/1o