Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 2

The Beast Below (10 Apr. 2010)

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The Doctor takes Amy to the future inside Starship UK, which contains in addition to British explorers, an intimidating race known as the Smilers.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Terrence Hardiman ...
Christopher Good ...
Catrin Richards ...
Jonathan Battersby ...
Chris Porter ...
Smilers / Winder (voice)


The Doctor and Amy travel to a future time where all of the residents actually live in a orbiting spacecraft, Starship UK. The Doctor soon realizes that while the spaceship is moving through space, it isn't powered in the conventional sense. Amy meanwhile is given the opportunity to learn the truth but chooses to have her memory erased. The Doctor is faced with unacceptable options and it's Amy who makes the final decision on what to do. Written by garykmcd

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Many of logos used on board the Starship UK parody the BBC logo and idents used in the early 1960s. See more »


After Amy wakes up in the chair and the computer verifies her identity, the display shows "Age: 1,308", but the voice announces "Age: 1,306". See more »


The Doctor: [as he straightens his bow tie] Right then, this isn't going to be big on dignity. Geronimo!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Beast of Mastering Character Believability
19 May 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This is very good as TV entertainment but for Doctor Who it is not on the level of the classics.

The story problems are that it does not all make sense. Sci Fi is not meant to be realistic as such but ANY fiction needs believability within the context of its genre. There are aspects which let this episode down slightly in this respect.

Amy Pond shows the start here of an ongoing problem with the character i.e. She is too over confident and takes totally reckless actions which seem implausible, running off or making drastic decisions which someone would be extremely unlikely to take.

The overall plot does not make sense either in ways other reviewers have detailed. Both logically and scientifically there are things which are distractingly unlikely or unbelievable.

There is also a very badly done interior of a huge creatures mouth where the 'toungue' is clearly a plastic sheet.

These issues knock the score down and are the start of what turned out to be a clear drop in general quality from the incredible heights of the Russell T. Davies / David Tennant era. However, it is still good TV and there is plenty of entertainment and good aspects to enjoy.

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