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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

if the Doctor needs a place to stay…

…he can be my lodger any time.

Doctor Who: “The Lodger” is on BBC One tonight, and on BBC America, “The Hungry Earth.”

Don’t spoil “The Lodger” here! (We’re already spoiling “The Hungry Earth” here.) My blogging coming asap tomorrow.



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  • Mo

    Is it a spoiler to talk about the previews ahead of time?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NITcl4dy44

    I’m really glad Matt is the Doctor, but I wonder if he does regret that other life. He’s such an albatross- so clumsy and awkward and has such a weird way of moving, but then put him on a field and suddenly he’s so, so graceful. Judging from that, he really was born for it, just as much as he was born to be the Doctor.

  • Tammy

    Oh, I couldn’t agree more, MAJ! I’d certainly take him in. :-) Of course, since there aren’t any extra beds, we’d just have to budge up close together in one, that’s all.

    Oh, what a hardship.

  • Lisa

    I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS

    lol

    In another life, Matt’s a great footballer.

    I liked it- bit of a companion lite one. They haven’t done a dr -lite one particularly poor Matt’s been working overtime. VVG and DT cameo too!

  • Really enjoyed it. Cracking dialogue, decent story and great acting from Matt Smith. SPOILING HERE if you’re interested

  • Anne

    I bet you swooned at his shirtlessnes. It’s okay, I did too ;)

    Also he is darn sexy playing football. England should have had him with them tonight. Though you might just be American enough not to agree with that.

    Also, this Doctor is extremely alien and out of touch with what time it is. Maybe in this episode it’s because of the spaceship messing up time, but I bet David Tennants Doctor knew “which one is football.”

    BTW, I absolutely love your reviews, mostly because they’re not about judgement and criticism but about savouring the series and enjoying the little gems in each episode.

    Keep up the good work! :D

  • Do we have to go through this every time the Doctor regenerates? You wanted Doctor Ten to drop the TARDIS in your boudoir (that episode with the mutant scorpion guy)… and now this guy! Tsk…

  • Possibly my fave ep to date with MS. Definitely in my top two.

  • Alli

    You know all those bloggers last week complaining about the Vincent episode? Well this week, they all loved it. I enjoyed it too, but the ending baffled me. I can’t go into it without spoiling, but I sat there for 5 minutes after it was over thinking, “Who, what, when, why, how…huh?” Hopefully it’s important for the finale.

  • you know, i love *the Doctor* and i’m not hating matt smith’s portrayal of him… but the writers are pissing me off. in every episode there’s at least one bit that’s just… stupid. i’m sorry but there it is… it’s like they’re trying to get away from the introspective and complicated Doctor and making him more like a cartoon… i thought with Moffat at the helm, we’d get more of the romance that had been evident in some of the shows. and i’m not necessarily talking about the type of sexual romance either… just something *more* about the Doctor… some way forward in his story.

    it’s been a while now… i’m starting to lose confidence.

  • RyanT

    but I sat there for 5 minutes after it was over thinking, “Who, what, when, why, how…huh?” Hopefully it’s important for the finale.

    I felt the exact same thing. The episode itself leading up to the last 10 minutes or so was fantastic. Matt Smith was dynamic. The episode was hilarious and the build-up to the BAD GUY/WHATEVER was quite well-done. It was poised to become one of my favorite episodes of the season. Then… the ending, what the heck happened? The ending felt rushed and frankly seemed like an afterthought. Overall, lame.

  • Alli

    Then… the ending, what the heck happened? The ending felt rushed and frankly seemed like an afterthought. Overall, lame.

    I don’t think it was lame, but I do think it was rushed. You have this great build up to what had been a really creepy bad guy, and then, we don’t get any answers. It needed 5 more minutes, or at the very least, someone asking “Who would [spoiler] that [spoiler] there, and why? And did it really [spoiler]?” This is why I think those “who’s, whats, whens, and whys” will be important for the finale, because if not, it was a wasted opportunity.

    I say this all out of love. Love for a good episode that could have been great (and may still be great if we get answers).

  • Leslie Carr

    Just delightful – completely zany and unexpected. I loved every single joyful minute of it, and I thought the emotional backbone of the story was lightly and deftly handled. This was a very accessible Doctor – turning up on your doorstep, becoming your flatmate, needing your help to save the solar system – such as I don’t think I remember in New Who. Not so much “Oncoming Storm” as “Incoming Rumpus”.

  • RyanT

    I say this all out of love. Love for a good episode that could have been great (and may still be great if we get answers).

    I’m hoping this is the case, too. I guess I’m being just a little impatient for the season’s Big Answer about the crack, Amy, etc. Maybe it’s why last week’s episode with Van Gogh has been my favorite so far. It didn’t have much to do with the overarching plot of the crack and thus we were able to enjoy it on its own.

  • Newbia

    “Let’s completely ruin our friendship,” is my new favorite euphemism.

  • Wow! An episode that manages to reference both the Beatles’ White Album and Disney’s The Little Mermaid!

    And am I right in guessing that the two main characters of this episode are actually–oh, you’ll figure it out…

    But “friends with benefits” was not the term I was fixing to use.;-)

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