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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First appearance of Winston Churchill. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, when Timmy enters the elevator, the head in the elevator is turned to the 'happy' face. After the girl on the screen starts talking, there is one shot where the head is already turned to the 'angry' face. However, only in the next shot where the head is visible, can the head be seen turning from 'happy' to 'angry'. See more »


Amy Pond: What are you going to do?
The Doctor: What I always do. Stay out of trouble... badly.
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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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Great character development!
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'll not get into specifics here, so as not to give spoilers. This episode has several surprises and some very interesting concepts, as well as social commentary.

When faced with a seeming moral dilemma, is it best to confront its consequences or forget them? Both answers are explored here.

Also, Moffat is one of the best constructors of plot around. The epiphany, when it comes, seems obvious in retrospect, although it wasn't. In other words, Moffat is excellent at laying clues toward a resolution without seeming to do so.

However, the best part for me is the further character development of the Doctor's new companion, Amy, and the Doctor's own morality. Both roles continue to be wonderfully acted by Matt Smith and Karen Gillen.

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