|Written by:||Neil Gaiman|
|Directed by:||Richard Clark|
|Premiered:||14 May 2011|
|Channel:||BBC 1 (UK)|
|Status:||11 July 2011|
|The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe. While he is there, he meets Auntie, Uncle and Nephew (an Ood), who at first seem to be warm and welcoming until it becomes apparent that they are just pawns in a larger plan, which has been concocted by the evil HOUSE, the sentient consciousness of the planet.Also on the planet is the mysterious Idris, who becomes a vessel for the consciousness of the TARDIS, which sensing it was in danger, downloads into Idris.
It appears that HOUSE has an appetite for Time Lord’s time machines. Through a conversation with the Doctor, HOUSE learns that his is the last, and so its need of the TARDIS has gone beyond being just food, but is actually needed so that HOUSE can fly out into our universe in search of another food supply.
The Doctor senses something is not quite right, when he notices that Aunt and Uncle are made of mismatched body parts. He sends Rory and Amy into the TARDIS to keep them safe. However, it is not as safe as first presumed as HOUSE moves his into the TARDIS and steals it.The Doctor finally realises who Idris is, and so together the struggle to build a make-shift TARDIS out of the remains of countless Time Machines previously eaten by HOUSE. They are working against the clock, as Idris’s body, which was never meant to house the TARDIS, is dying. Rory and Amy are playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with HOUSE who plays mind tricks on them in the corridors of the TARDIS.
Idris sends a message to Rory, and guides him and Amy to an older version of the Control Room, of which The Doctor had always presumed was deleted but which the TARDIS had actually just archived. The Doctor and Idris board the TARDIS. The HOUSE tries to delete the old Control Room, but due to inbuilt safety protocols, the occupants are moved safely to the current control room. Idris’s body finally fails, and the TARDIS transfers back to its original home – defeating HOUSE.
Their enemy defeated, the TARDIS projects an image of Idris, in order to talk to The Doctor one more time.
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