Doctor Who Series 5 Episode 11: The Lodger

Posted: July 24, 2010 by datechguy in doctor who
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After three weeks (of if you are watching today’s marathon 3 hours) of average or worse episodes The Lodger brings an incredible uptick in quality that is glorious.

The Doctor traces a time disturbance that is messing with the TARDIS to a building in Colchester where lives an ordinary bloke named Craig (played magnificently by James Corden) who is looking for a roommate. Craig is hopelessly in love with the fair Sophie (Daisy Haggard) and Daisy seems to fancy him too but neither one seems able to pull the trigger, Craig can’t bring himself to do it and Sophie keeps giving him the chance but neither can make themselves take the jump.

Meanwhile the Doctor is trying to imitate ordinary life and pass as an average single bloke, with incredibly comic results that drive Craig up the wall.

Everything about this episode works, from the bag of money to the football game, to the head butt of knowledge. The resolution is slightly corny but given the lead into it works much better than it really should.

Is it the best episode of the series? Nope, is it the one I enjoy watching the most? Yup.

Rating: *****

Last episode: Vincent and the Doctor

Next Episode: The Pandorica Opens

Update: This has nothing to do with the marathon but I liked it. What if Doctor who was American?

And does anyone else find it Ironic that the “Trust me I’m the Doctor.” scene showed in the BBC America promo was cut from The Eleventh Hour today?

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