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…