Meanwhile in the TARDIS 1
|Written by||Steven Moffat|
|Directed by||Richard Senior|
|Produced by||Annabella Hurst-Brown|
Amy asks the Eleventh Doctor many questions without pausing: how does the TARDIS retain its air supply? Why did he label a time machine “police box”? Where are the other windows which are on the exterior of the TARDIS? What is a police box and is The Doctor a policeman? Has he seen his haircut? Does he ever need to change the bulb on top the TARDIS? She also thinks the box is made of wood and his bow tie is a cry for help.
The Doctor answers most of these questions. Amy asks again if he’s an alien. The Doctor says that, from his perspective, she’s the alien. Amy wonders if The Doctor is a space squid or a tiny slug zipped in a human suit, but The Doctor dismisses her theories, stating he’s as human as he appears. Amy admits she’s done with her questions, but The Doctor tells her she’s just begun; he throws a switch on the TARDIS console, opens the door and shows her outer space.
When Amy says it looks like special effects in a studio, The Doctor proves it’s real by pushing her out of the TARDIS.
- When asked why the TARDIS looks like a police box, The Doctor explains to Amy in detail how the chameleon circuit scans the surroundings upon materialisation, decides on the best disguise, but then disguises the craft as a 1963 police box anyway.
- When Amy accesses the TARDIS‘ visual records of the inhabitants, the TARDIS plays black-and-white visual records on the round screen of many female companions, from Barbara Wright to Donna Noble.
- When the Doctor is listing off different terms for his companions (“Yeah, sure. Loads of them. But just friends, y’know, chums, pals, mates, buddies”) he immediately afterwards dismisses the term mates (“Not mates, forget mates”) in a reference to how Donna Noble reacted when The Doctor told her he “just want[ed] a mate” (“You just want to mate!?… You’re not mating with me, sunshine!”) (Partners in Crime)