This was the single most British thing to ever happen
Doctor Who Series 5: The Lodger
“What’s keeping you here?”
Craig and Sophie - Doctor Who ‘The Lodger’ and ‘Closing Time’
During the filming of the 1979–80 season of Doctor Who, the BBC production workers went on strike, shutting down all work. At the time, the cast and crew were a less than halfway through the recording of Shada, an episode by an up-and-coming writer by the name of Douglas Adams. This was during the reign of the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, at the height of his power, having become one of the most popular Doctors of all time.
Shada is the story of megalomaniac Skagra’s search for the lost prison planet of the Time Lords where they imprisoned other would-be galactic overlords. But only one, very elderly, Time Lord knows the location. Professor Chronotis, a tea loving Time Lord at the end of his final regeneration, is retired to (you guessed it) Earth as a Cambridge professor. And it just so happens the Doctor is paying a visit when Skagra comes calling.
Although eventually the strike would be resolved, it would come too late for Shada. By the time the cast and crew returned to the stage they would be starting a new season. Shada would remain unfinished, but not forgotten.
Now we have a novelization of the story by Gareth Roberts, one that uses the almost complete script written by the much missed Douglas Adams. Make no mistake, this is not simply the screenplay rehashed. Roberts is no stranger to Doctor Whoor humor, having written recent popular scripts for the new series, including The Lodger and Closing Time.
That star painting looks oddly familiar…
Amy Pond - One gif per episode
↳ The Lodger
That is not how you play.
Doctor Who + Sherlock crossover
We’ll be back LiveTumblring the encore presentation of Closing Time at 9p PST.
Kisses and Monkeys! Monkeys! Monkeys!
Kiss the Girl- Chameleon Circuit
I can’t take this anymore,
I want you to go ‘cause you’re talking to a cat
and everybody loves you
and you’re better than me at football and my job
and now Sophie’s all “Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys!”
Right, so our hair looks like this on Monday mornings too.
… the fun in rewatching season five will be finding all those weird instances that might have seemed like production errors but were actually references to The Silence (similar to the dilemma involving the Doctor’s jacket in “Flesh and Stone” last year). There are two instances in “The Lodger” specifically, where we might have Silence sightings.
Around the episode’s fourteen minute mark, the Doctor is talking Amy through stabilizing the TARDIS (remember, she’d been trapped onboard when the TARDIS inexplicably started moving around). As the Doctor helps Amy get the blue box into a calmer mode, he tells Amy that he’s got more work to do. Their conversation ends with Amy looking slightly to the right of the camera confusedly, and shouting “Hey!”I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I end conversations, even with centuries-old aliens.
Then around minute twenty-two, Amy simply stops paying attention to the Doctor’s phone conversation, staggers back, and gasps. “Hey!” she shouts, “Hang on!” Then she blinks, and everything’s back to normal.