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Doctor Who: The Doctor's Wife

The Doctor follows a distress signal from a Time Lord into a bubble universe and finds a scrapyard with three odd inhabitants and their Ood servant. One of the inhabitants, Idris, says that she knows the Doctor but he doesn't recognize her. As the new arrivals explore the planet, the Doctor realizes who Idris really is, and that they are all in great danger from the true power of the world, House.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x4
Airdate: Saturday May 14th, 2011
Special Airtime: 06:30 pm

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Guest Stars
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Nephew
Michael SheenMichael Sheen
voiced House
Michael SheenMichael Sheen
voiced House
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams


On a distant junk planet, Auntie brings a woman, Idris, to Uncle. He says that its time as their Ood servant escorts Idris to a chair. When Idris asks what will happen, Auntie explains that her mind will be drained and her body will be left empty, but Idris will soon have a new soul. As the Ood, Nephew, forces Idris down, Auntie says that a Time Lord is coming...

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Episode Notes
Working title: "The House of Nothing"

Episode Quotes
The Doctor: Oh, it's the warning lights! I'm getting rid of those, they never stop.

Rory: What is happening?
The Doctor: We are leaving the universe!
Amy: How can you leave the universe?
The Doctor: With enormous difficulty.

Rory: What is this place, the scrapyard at the end of the universe?
The Doctor: Not end of. Outside of.
Rory: How can we be outside the universe? The universe is everything.
The Doctor: Imagine a great big soap bubble with one of those tiny little bubbles on the outside.
Rory: Okay.
The Doctor: Well, it's nothing like that.

Idris: Biting's excellent. It's like kissing, only there's a winner.

Amy: What do you need from me?
The Doctor: My screwdriver, I left it in the TARDIS. It's in my jacket.
Rory: You're wearing your jacket.
The Doctor: My other jacket.
Rory: You have two of those?

Amy: I told you to look after him.
Rory: He'll be fine. He's a Time Lord.
Amy: It's just what they're called. Doesn't mean he actually knows what he's doing.

The Doctor: You gave me hope and then you took it way. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. God knows what it will do to me.

Idris: I'm the... oh, what do you call me? We travel. I go (makes dematerialization noise).
The Doctor: The TARDIS?
Idris: Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Yes, that's it. Names are funny. It's me. I'm the TARDIS.
The Doctor: No, you're not. You're a bitey mad lady. The TARDIS is... up-and-downy stuff in a big blue box.
Idris: Yes, that's me. A Type 40 TARDIS. I was already a museum piece when you were young. And the first time you touched my console, you said...
The Doctor: I said you were the most beautiful thing I'd ever known.
Idris: Then you stole me. And I stole you.
The Doctor: I borrowed you.
Idris: "Borrowing" implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?
The Doctor: You're the TARDIS?
Idris: Yes.
The Doctor: My TARDIS?!
Idris: My Doctor. Oh, we have now reached the point in the conversation where you open the lock.

Idris: You're the Doctor. Focus.
The Doctor: On what? How? I'm a madman with a box, without a box. I'm stuck down the plughole at the end of the universe in a stupid old junkyard! Oh.
Idris: Oh what?
The Doctor: I'm not.
Idris: Not what?
The Doctor: Cause it's not a junkyard. Don't you see, it's not a junkyard.
Idris: What is it, then?
The Doctor: It's a TARDIS junkyard. Come on. Oh, sorry. Do you have a name?
Idris: Seven hundred years and finally he asks.
The Doctor: What do I call you?
Idris: I think you call me.. Sexy.
The Doctor: Only when we're alone.
Idris: We are alone.
The Doctor: Oh. Come on then, Sexy.

The Doctor: Valley of half-eaten TARDISes. You thinking what I'm thinking?
Idris: I'm thinking all of my sisters are dead, they were devoured, and that we are looking at their corpses.
The Doctor: Ah, sorry, no, I wasn't thinking that.
Idris: No. You were thinking you could build a working TARDIS console out of broken remnants of a hundred different models. And you don't care that it's impossible.
The Doctor: It's not impossible as long as we're alive. Rory and Amy need me, so yeah, we're going to build a TARDIS.

The Doctor: Yes, I have actually rebuilt the TARDIS before, you know. I know what I'm doing.
Idris: You're like a nine-year-old trying to rebuild a motorbike in his bedroom. And you never read the instructions.
The Doctor: I always read the instructions!
Idris: There's a sign on my front door. You have been walking past it for seven hundred years. What does it say?
The Doctor: That's not instructions.
Idris: There's an instruction at the bottom. What does it say?
The Doctor: "Pull to open."
Idris: Yes, and what do you do?
The Doctor: I push!
Idris: Every single time. Seven hundred years, police box doors open out the way.
The Doctor: I think I have earned the right to open my front doors any way I want.
Idris: Your front doors? Do you have any idea how childish that sounds?
The Doctor: You are not my mother.
Idris: You are not my child.

The Doctor: You know, since we're talking with mouths, not really an opportunity that comes along very often, I just want to say, you know, you have never been very reliable.
Idris: And you have?
The Doctor: You didn't always take me where I wanted to go.
Idris: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.
The Doctor: You did.

Idris: You ever wonder why I chose you all those years ago?
The Doctor: I chose you. You were unlocked.
Idris: Of course I was. I wanted to see the universe so I stole a Time Lord and I ran away. And you were the only one mad enough.

The Doctor: You're doing it, you sexy thing.
Idris: So you do call me that! Is it my name?
The Doctor: You bet it's your name!

The Doctor: Uh, Amy, this is, well, she's my TARDIS. Except she's a woman. She's a woman and she's my TARDIS.
Amy: She's the TARDIS?
The Doctor: And she's a woman. She's a woman and she's the TARDIS.
Amy: Did you wish really hard?
The Doctor: Shut up, not like that.
Idris: Hello. I'm... Sexy.
The Doctor: Oh, still shut up.

House: We are in your universe now, Doctor. Why should it matter to me which room you die? I can kill you just as easily here as anywhere. Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords.
The Doctor: Fear me. I've killed all of them.

Idris: Doctor, are you there? It's so very dark in here.
The Doctor: I'm here.
Idris: I've been looking for a word. A big, complicated word but so sad. I found it now.
The Doctor: What word?
Idris: "Alive." I'm alive.
The Doctor: Alive isn't sad.
Idris: It's sad when it's over. I'll always be here, but this is when we talked. And even that has come to an end. There's something I didn't get to say to you.
The Doctor: "Goodbye."
Idris: No. I just wanted to say... Hello, Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you.

Amy: Are you going to make her talk again?
The Doctor: Can't.
Rory: Why not?
Amy: It's spacey-wacey, isn't it?
The Doctor: Well, actually, it's because the Time Lords discovered that if you take an eleventh-dimensional matrix and fold it into a mechanical... (Rory shorts something out) Yes, it's spacey-wacey!

The Doctor: Nearly finished. Two more minutes, then we're off. The Eye of Orion's restful, if you like restful. I could never really get the hang of "restful." (to the TARDIS) What do you think, dear, huh? Where should we take the kids this time?
Amy: Look at you pair. It's always you and her, isn't it, long after the rest of us have gone. A boy and his box, off to see the universe.
The Doctor: Well, you say that as if it's a bad thing. But honestly, it's the best thing there is.

The Doctor: The House deleted all the bedrooms. I should probably make you two a bedroom. You'd like that, won't you?
Amy: Okay, um, Doctor, this time could we lose the bunk bed?
The Doctor: No, bunk beds are cool. A bed with a ladder. You can't beat that.

Episode Goofs
After Auntie and Uncle die and the Doctor and Idris run through the junkyard, his sonic screwdriver glows blue like the original model, rather than green like his current model.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBeth Willis  |  Steven Moffat
ProducerSanne Wohlenberg
Associate ProducerDenise Paul
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorPeter Oliver (3)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerBarbara Kidd
Make-upAlison Sing  |  Vivienne Simpson
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorBob Shipsey
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerNicky James
Property MasterPaul Aitken
Production AssistantCharlie Coombes
Script SupervisorCaroline Holder
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)  |  Jeremy Lott
Director of PhotographyOwen McPolin
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementSteff Morris
Sound MixerJeff Welch
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistBryn Thomas
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorBobbie Peach
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantDyfed Thomas (2)  |  Rhys Evans
Camera AssistantMatthew Lepper  |  Simon Ridge
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Visual Effects ProducerBeewan Athwal
Assistant DirectorMichael Curtis (2)  |  Janine H. Jones
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChristina Tom
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerCaroline McCall
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerSteve Rees  |  Jon Vidgen
Assistant Art DirectorJackson Pope
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Dialogue EditorPaul McFadden
Concept ArtistShaun Williams
Production BuyerBen Morris (4)
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas  |  Karl Probert
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsPhill Shellard
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCat Gregory
Make-up SupervisorPam Mullins
Created ByRussell T. Davies
Costume AssistantEmma Jones (2)  |  Yasemin Kascioglu  |  Jason Gill (1)
Script ExecutiveLindsey Alford
Location AssistantGeraint Williams
Props BuyerAdrian Anscombe
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