Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 5

Flesh and Stone (1 May 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 2,826 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 7 critic

The Doctor, Amy, Dr. Song and the remaining soldiers manage to escape from the crashed ship and into the forest. The Angels attempt to create a rift in time and space much as the Doctor had... See full summary »



0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

« Previous Episode | 60 of 152 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode complete credited cast:
David Atkins ...
Bob (voice)
Darren Morfitt ...


The Doctor, Amy, Dr. Song and the remaining soldiers manage to escape from the crashed ship and into the forest. The Angels attempt to create a rift in time and space much as the Doctor had found in Amy's room when they first met. Amy meanwhile is counting down from 10 minutes and the Doctor has determined that an Angel has taken over her mind. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

1 May 2010 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


According to Steven Moffat on the 30 March 2010 edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme, Front Row, the title of this episode was supplied by his son, Joshua. See more »


The doctor's right suspender keeps moving from near the shoulder to near where it normally sits from approx 36:24-37:27 See more »


The Doctor: It's nice in here. Consoles, comfy chairs, a forest. How's things with you?
Bob: The Angels are feasting, sir. Soon we'll be able to absorb enough power to consume this vessel. This world and all the stars, and worlds beyond.
The Doctor: Well, we've got comfy chairs, did I mention?
Bob: We have no need of comfy chairs.
The Doctor: I made him say "comfy chairs."
See more »


Features Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (2010) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Best story since the season opener.
6 May 2010 | by (Derbyshire) – See all my reviews

With five episodes gone, what do we make of the new Doctor Who, his companion Amy, and this two-episode story? The story was what we've come to expect: set up a scary situation, which plays on a typical childhood fear (in this case, fear of the dark); plant Amy (and a couple of others) in dangerous/vulnerable situations so that viewers can empathise with her fear; have the Doctor rush around madly making decisions at a moment's notice; and have the situation rescued at the end by an event that's scientifically barely plausible. Oh, and keep the special effects low-budget.

All the above makes the story sound dreadful. In fact it was pretty good, partly through some well-handled plot twists, and partly by designing antagonists who can be thoroughly scary with no more special effects than a few flickering lights. There's also a character from a (much) earlier episode who re-appears, who is more than a match for the Doctor in the banter stakes. Oh, and there's a 'surprise' scene at the end, which I did expect to occur, but not this early in the series -- and the exit line from that scene is once again implausible, yet unexpected enough to make the story engaging.

The new Doctor is ... in short, he's manic-depressive, with the odd bout of compassion. Matt Smith is therefore rarely in danger of over-acting! Matt pulls it off well, but there are times when I just wish the Doctor would calm down and think about a decision for at least ten seconds before making it.

Amy comes across as a good mixture of feisty and yet fearful. She joins in the banter, and hasn't let out any spine-chilling screams yet, so if/when she does, I think they'll be very powerful.

Terry Pratchett recently described the science in Dcotor Who episodes as "paper-thin", and regretted that it was classified as "science fiction". I would prefer to see less wildly implausible scientific events in Doctor Who. But all in all, not bad at all.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone not that bothered about Clara's demise? Night-Spirit
Anybody want River Song to be... redking678
Fireside clothes ScopeyRyan
Will someone please explain to me Clara Oswald's character? bh117-103-35553
Smith's run vs. Capaldi's run thus far Obi-Wan_kenabi
Massive Problem with Heaven Sent redking678
Discuss Flesh and Stone (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: