The Lodger Teasers

Not long to go before The Lodger hits our screens and SFX are again teasing us with a tantalising preview of what’s to come.

Doctor Who  - The LodgerThe episode sees the Doctor having to pass himself off as a regular Joe to solve the mystery of Aickman Road, sharing a flat with Craig Owens (James Corden) which contains a staircase that people go up, but never come down.

Lets get this out of the way first: Does James Corden ruin everything? Surprisingly (well if you’re not a fan of the ever-present, lowest common denominator Gavin and Stacey star) the episode isn’t another Love & Monsters, in fact SFX have called his performance ‘quite likable’. It maybe faint praise but it’s a relief nonetheless.

The list of twenty (twenty!) points hints at recurring sayings and characters with last weeks guest star set to make a few appearances – if you’ve seen the trailer you’ll no doubt have noticed the Van Gogh lobby card on Craig Owens fridge.

Even the Doctors previous incarnations which have all made an appearance at some point get another look in:

“A certain face shows up for the fourth time this series; another for a third; and others for a second time.”

Even a particularly popular phase is used again though this seems like a two horse race between ‘Geronimo!” and “Bowties are cool”.

Not much is revealed about this weeks enemy though at some point:

“There’s a monster’s hand in a drawer”

Ladies may have already spotted it amongst the recently released gallery of images but, for the rest of us, there’s a “particularly revealing moment” for Matt Smith fans.

In the tradition of Midnight this episode is a companion- lite story, leaving most of the heavy lifting to the Doctor though at some point: “Amy discovers something.”

Whether or not that something helps answer the recent question on Kasterborous in which it is argued that Amy Pond has yet to fulfill the character we were promised in The Eleventh Hour remains to be seen – but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rory’s name wasn’t uttered at some point.

Head over to SFX to get the scoop; meanwhile, don’t forget these funny clips from the episode.

The Lodger airs at 18:45 on Saturday simultaneously on BBC 1 and BBC HD.



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.


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