This giant teddy bear was blowing bubbles outside one of the first shops we saw after arriving in Amsterdam. As we are easily impressed and admittedly are sometimes drawn to cheesy gift shops, we had to pause. My partner’s mother shopped (I won’t judge, as that’s what my mom tends to do as well). I had to capture it on film (or whatever the digital equivalent of that is), because I am under the impression (as are most bloggers) that people want to see hundreds of random photos of my vacations. If only it were the 70s and I had a slide projector…
My partner’s parents visited us for the last few weeks of April, and opted to see three cities: Paris, Amsterdam, and Budapest. With an additional brief stay in Frankfurt before catching a plane to Hungary, things were pretty hectic. It was pretty amazing, though. Seeing Paris again was considerably more relaxed this time, as there was less pressure to see certain tourist spots. We still hit several touristy spots, but it was a bit more laid back than our trip over the holidays. We also had the chance to catch a few new experiences, a couple of which we would not have thought to visit on our own.
Before getting caught up on my Doctor Who viewing, I had heard several fellow fans rave about this episode as the best so far this series. I want to withhold such a judgment until I’ve had more time to ruminate, but this was definitely a very strong episode. Written by Mark Gatiss, who also brought us the very enjoyable “Cold War,” it successfully brings together all of the elements of a really great Who episode. I’m not happy about the last scene, but let’s save that for a moment.
The title of this episode alone excited me, as I’ve fantasized for years that an episode be focused on the interior of the TARDIS. It was never really explored in the original series (save the poorly budgeted “Invasion of Time” with Tom Baker), and–given how massive the TARDIS is and that it is supposed to be sentient–it is ripe with possibilities. Overall however, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” (written by Stephen Thompson) is a bit “meh” for me. It almost works as a standard story (it is fun and engaging), but it falls short of really delivering what a story about the center of this massive, mysterious vessel should.
I realize that my Doctor Who reviews have lagged behind a bit, but I’ve been traveling and hadn’t had a chance to watch them. So this may be old news and you may not want to read it, but I have to write it all the same. My OCD requires that everything be sequential and symmetrical. So here we are. Also–after questioning Neil Cross’s ability as a writer and possibly as a human being after the disaster that was “Rings of Akhaten,” I am happy to report that he has redeemed himself somewhat with this episode.