The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary:  Craig Owens gets the strangest roommate a man can ever get.

Plot: Something is very wrong with Time, Amy is trapped in the Tardis and it all centers around Craig Owens apartment, can the Doctor Work it out before Amy is lost in the Time Vortex, whatever is killing people finishes him off or he drives Craig Mad?

Writing:    Gareth Roberts delivers one of the most delightful episodes of the season, mixing the danger of an alien menace that is killing person after person with the concept of average bloke Craig trying to sort his life out. The misadventures of trying to live with the Doctor keeps the show going and going till the very end the worst part of it, that it actually has to end.

Acting: Comedian James Corden is not only funny and delightful but he and Matt Smith play off each other so well they could easily be Doctor and Companion. If there was any more chemistry between them they’d be arrested for operating an illegal lab. The ending is romantically sappy but I’m a sucker for stuff like this.

Memorable moments: The football game, Kiss the Girl, I’m going to regret this my God is this episode fun! Nines and threes.

Oddities: The doctor speaks cat?

Pet Peeves: The Doctor Flying the ship will blow up the solar system? Please.

Great Quote(s):

The Doctor: Hello, I’m Captain Troy Handsome of International Rescue, please state the nature of your emergency.

Craig : Is that a reference from the Archbishop of Canterbury?
The Doctor: I’m his special favorite.

The Doctor: It’s art. A statement on modern society, Ooo, ain’t modern society awful.

Final Verdict: Five Stars, you’ll watch it again and again.

Ranking in Series 5 to date 2nd out of 11 The best of the “regular” episodes of the year.

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. The Lodger
3. Time of the Angels
4. The Vampires of Venice
5. Amy’s choice
6. Flesh and Stone
7. Cold Blood
8 The Hungry Earth
9. Victory of the Daleks
10. Vincent and the Doctor
11. The Beast Below

Ranking in Matt Smith Era (top 5 out of 10)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. The Lodger
3. Time of the Angels
4. The Vampires of Venice
5. Amy’s choice

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The Holy Father explained that both of these disciplines, service and prayer are needed to serve the Lord, “they are not two opposing attitudes but, on the contrary both are two aspects essential to our Christian life aspects that should never be separated, but lived in profound unity and harmony.”

Even in our Christian lives, continued the Pope, prayer and action are always deeply united. A prayer that does not lead to concrete action towards a poor brother, who is sick, and in need of help, is a prayer that is sterile and incomplete. But, equally, Pope Francis said, when in ecclesial service you are careful only to give more attention to objects, functions, and structures, and forget the centrality of Christ, you are likely to serve these earthy things and not God.

As James said Faith without works is dead, this is something often stressed by Catholics in our debates with protestants, but we must remember if all we worry about is works without Christ (attn LCWR), the church is just another “social justice” organization or an Elks club that meets on Sundays.

In the same way that Christ is both God and man, we are both physical beings of this world and spiritual beings meant for another. Ignoring either in a life costs us dearly.

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