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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This story reveals that at least some sonic screwdrivers are grown/built by the TARDIS. See more »


When Prisoner Zero is disguised as a mother and two children the younger daughter is on the mother's left and the older daughter is on her right. However when the Doctor crashes the ladder through the window the daughters have switched sides with the younger one on the mother's right. A few moments later they have switched back again. 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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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically.....Run."
3 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After months of intense speculation and anticipation, the new series of "Doctor Who" finally hits the screen three months after the departure of the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Many questions were asked: Would Matt Smith be a worthy successor to Tennant, voted by many to be the most popular Doctor ever? Could new head-writer and executive producer Steven Moffat be able to deliver strong storytelling in the wake of Russell T. Davies' Departure? And most important of all, would "Doctor Who" survive these changes and more? The answer to all three questions is a most definite YES! While the first episode of the show, "The Eleventh Hour," begins kind of awkwardly in the first fifteen minutes, those weak points give way to one of the best season openers to date. Matt Smith is BRILLIANT as the Doctor in the first episode, proving he has what it takes, even at 27, to take the reigns of the Tardis from David Tennant. Karen Gillan proves to be a great choice as Amy Pond, the beautiful and sassy new companion. Brilliant writing, hilarious moments and terrific visuals all prove one thing: "Doctor Who" lives on! Grade: A

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