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 episode has some similar plot elements to "The Girl in the Fireplace" (#2.4), also written by Steven Moffat. See more »


When the Doctor leaves Amelia for his TARDIS-stabilizing, five-minute hop into the future, Caitlin Blackwood's closeup shows her hair being whipped around by the TARDIS' departure. When it cuts immediately then to an over-the-shoulder shot of Blackwood watching the departure, her hair is totally unaffected. See more »


Young Amy: What is it? What's wrong with you?
The Doctor: Wrong with me? It's not my fault, why can't you give me any decent food! You're Scottish, fry something!
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Arranged by Murray Gold
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A decent start but are the cracks showing straight away (pun intended)
11 May 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

The first episode with Matt Smith as The Doctor (apart from his brief appearance after regenerating).

It is a decent start as the episode is entertaining and generally well acted. Smith had the hardest act to follow as in my opinion David Tennant was the greatest ever Doctor....and that is from someone who was actually angry and upset when I heard Tennant had been cast. I was slightly concerned by Smith 's childish and over excited portrayal straight away but overall felt it was a reasonably strong debut.

The story is hardly groundbreaking in its realisation but Amy and Rory make good first impressions and it is entertaining. It is quite epic in nature with flashes of previous Doctor's, declarations that alien threats better be scared of him and imminent world destruction threatened. Little did I know this was a sign that Moffatt would make previous boss RTDavies' occasional epic episodes look extremely subtle as his biggest flaw to be over-written, overblown and overly confused was to become an issue in the next couple of years.

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