James Corden shows up this week in the very entertaining episode, The Lodger. Written by Gareth Roberts, this episode first aired on 12 June, 2010.
The Doctor (Smith) is separated from Amy (Karen Gillan) and the TARDIS by a mysterious event that seems to be located around a flat that houses Craig Owens (Corden).
So, the Doctor decides to move in as a flatmate, and pretends (poorly) to be human while attempting to figure out what is going on, while also helping out Craig’s life in general, including getting Craig’s love life with Sophie (Daisy Haggard) into high gear.
There is a staircase in the house that people go up, and no one ever comes down, and the Doctor can’t resist a mystery like that, even if it takes him away from a football match.
This one ends up being a lot of fun, and shows that Doctor Who can tell all manner of stories and can have a really fun time doing it. Of course it doesn’t start out funny, there is some creepy stuff to start the story and occasionally throughout as whomever is on the second floor keeps calling people in off the street…
While Amy and the TARDIS seem to be stuck in a landing sequence, but unable to, the Doctor confronts the terror on the second floor, while nudging Craig along towards Sophie.
This one is just a joy to watch, and Corden and Smith have some fun chemistry together and the story between Craig and Sophie is handled so beautifully, and is very recognisable to almost everyone.
It also serves as a nice bit of relaxation before we dive into this series’ finale.
The Pandorica Opens was written by Steven Moffat, with an airdate of 19 June, 2010 and is the first part of a two-parter that brings the season arc to a stunning and rousing conclusion.
We learn that the cracks in space-time have been caused by the TARDIS’ travels, and a message from River Song (Alex Kingston) posing as Cleopatra leads them to a previously unknown Van Gogh (Tony Curran) painting – the TARDIS exploding.
Through it all there are rumours of a legendary prison known as the Pandorica, which is fabled to hold the most fearsome being in the universe.
Discovering it’s location, under Stonehenge, the Doctor walks right into a trap by an alliance of all his greatest enemies, the Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons, Autons, and more, all set on imprisoning him in the Pandorica.
And a portion of the way through the episode there’s a fantastic reveal as Rory (Arthur Darvill) previously erased from history returns as a Roman Legionnaire but is also an Auton.
And the trap was concocted in a very sneaky way by the Doctor’s enemies, but the Time Lord and his Companions don’t discover what is going on until it’s too late, and they Doctor gets himself locked, trapped, in the Pandorica. As the episode comes to its cliffhanger, River is stuck in an exploding TARDIS, Rory shoots Amy, and the Doctor is sealed in an impossible to escape from cell.
We’ll have to wait until next week to learn how he gets out when everything comes together in The Big Bang! But that isn’t stopping them from dropping hints about things to come, like “Silence will fall.”