Closing Time
Episode / March 25, 2016

Aired 24 September 2011 Doctor Who has had many notable guest stars over the years playing a number of memorable supporting characters. While James Corden’s Craig from ‘The Lodger’ is certainly one of the quirkier and more endearing, he’s probably not the character that many were most yearning to see more of in another episode. On a farewell tour of sorts as his impending death approaches and again alone with no companions, the Doctor once more crosses paths with Craig in ‘Closing Time,’ though the end result isn’t quite as memorable as their first encounter. This majority of this series has been filled with utterly fantastic episodes, and so any misfire stands out even more than it may in previous years. Unfortunately, ‘Closing Time’ is one of those misfires, one that even the genuinely comedic and touching double act of Matt Smith and James Corden can’t save. The basis for the story is strong enough as a small group of Cybermen is restored due to the laying of power lines. Meshed in between some shopping centre banter is a genuine building of tension as many familiar horror mainstays such as malfunctioning lifts, flickering lights, and disappearing people are employed. Regrettably,…

The Lodger
Episode / March 14, 2016

Aired 12 June 2010 It’s an interesting choice Doctor Who makes this series with its eleventh episode compared to recent series, as instead of increasing the action and providing a story that progresses the storylines throughout, it instead offers a much lighter and more standalone tale. ‘The Lodger’ ends up still being an enjoyable romp in the end, but it certainly tones down the scope and ambition that the Moffatt era has carried so far. Gareth Roberts pens ‘The Lodger,’ and it’s clear from the outset that he intends to explorer a less emotionally burdened Eleventh Doctor than has been present in much of the series. Following a mishap in the TARDIS that separate the Doctor and Amy, Matt Smith soon moves in with James Corden’s Craig and gets the opportunity of living a day-to-day human life. Unsurprisingly, the Doctor doesn’t fit in completely smoothly, and the fish-out-of-water card is played to great effect, albeit perhaps for a bit more time than anticipated. Still, seeing the Doctor try to work his way through social niceties is a joy and certainly reinforces his alien nature despite the amount of time he has spent on Earth and with humans. And so while…