Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 1

The Eleventh Hour (17 Apr. 2010)

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With his TARDIS in ruins, the newly-regenerated Doctor with the help of Amy Pond must save the world in less than twenty minutes from galactic policemen known as the Atraxi.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr Ramsden
Perry Benson ...
Ice Cream Man
Arthur Cox ...
Mother (as Olivia Coleman)
Eden Monteath ...
Child 1
Merin Monteath ...
Child 2
David de Keyser ...
Atraxi (voice)
William Wilde ...
Prisoner Zero (voice)


Having Just regenerated the Doctor arrives in a small English village where he meets a seven year old Scottish girl called Amelia Pond. Fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious and bizarre stranger who claims to be a time traveler. Amelia finds her self caught up in a adventure involving an escaped alien convict and the Atraxi who are in pursuit of it. And if the Doctor doesn't act soon the world will end in twenty minutes...but that won't happen for another twelves years! Written by Robert McElwaine

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Amelia's house was designed to appear "spooky but ordinary" and reminiscent of a castle. See more »


In the final hospital scene the flip clock on the wall displays all zeros in response to The Doctor's viral wireless signal. There is no reason why such an antiquated clock would be affected by the signal. Further, flip clocks are analog and are thus limited to displaying only the numbers they have. The clock shows all zeros but it should only be capable of displaying 1 through 12 in the hours place. See more »


The Doctor: Who's Amy? You were Amelia.
Amy Pond: Yeah, now I'm Amy.
The Doctor: Amelia Pond. That was a great name.
Amy Pond: Bit fairytale.
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Features Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen (2006) See more »


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Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Delightful Debut
3 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

All I can say without giving any hints of spoilage is that we're in excellent hands with the new cast and production team. I think Matt Smith makes a delightful Doctor and to be honest, I was a bit wary of him before seeing this portrayal. There's everything a Doctor Who fan can hope for: warmth, humor, suspense, creativity, innovation and much more.

After seeing this first episode, I'm confident our family will be enthusiastic devotees of the new series.

Also, if you or anyone you know is as of yet unfamiliar with the full 47 year history of Doctor Who, this episode is a wonderful place to start!

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