Next year during Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary, we’re going to be treated to a very special episode of Doctor Who indeed. But we’re not talking about the rumoured anniversary specials or the excitement that has been growing regarding Neil Gaiman’s new Cyberman episode.
No, this is Stephen Thompson’s episode; this is the one that many of you have been waiting for since the show returned in 2005, this is: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.
The intriguing and quite frankly brilliant episode title says it all, or at least we think so for now, you never quite know what that clever Doctor Who production team have got up their sleeves but one thing is for certain, this episode is certainly not going to repeat the mistakes that The Invasion of Time made.
The 1978 story featuring Tom Baker saw two episodes of the Doctor and his friends on the run from some rather nasty Sontarans but in a nice twist, the chasing takes place in the TARDIS interior. Budget and time constraints however, led to the TARDIS looking somewhat unimpressive on the inside however and many were left feeling a bit cold as they went on a journey of exploration through one of Doctor Who’s biggest mysteries. Stephen Thompson spoke in the newest copy of Doctor Who Magazine and talked about the two main reasons behind his new story:
“Steven had two ancillary reasons for bringing that idea to the table. One: he admits to being haunted by The Invasion of Time…two: Steven knows; that I’m a pure mathematician and anything involving multi-dimensional geometry gets me excited.”
After the brief glimpse that we finally got of the TARDIS interior in 2011’s The Doctor’s Wife, let’s hope that we get to see a bit more this time but not so much that the Doctor’s magic box loses all of its dark mystery and power.