Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 8

The Hungry Earth (22 May 2010)

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The Doctor tries to get everyone to Rio, but nothing quite goes as planned. They arrive in a small Welsh village where the Doctor immediately senses that the ground isn't quite right. There... See full summary »

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The Doctor tries to get everyone to Rio, but nothing quite goes as planned. They arrive in a small Welsh village where the Doctor immediately senses that the ground isn't quite right. There is a drilling rig nearby that has reached a depth of 21 kilometers when odd things begin to happen. A local village man has disappeared and soon after Amy is swallowed into the ground. The Doctor realizes that the drilling has disturbed an ancient reptilian race that has lived deep underground for thousands upon thousands of years and who are determined to protect themselves against the 'apes' who live on the surface. Written by garykmcd

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A fifth doctor story, Doctor Who: Frontios: Part One (1984), also featured creatures pulling people through the Earth below. Those creatures, the Tractators, are not related to ones in this episode. See more »

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Amy Pond: Oh please, have you always been this disgusting?
The Doctor: No. That's recent.
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Refreshing and effective
4 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am old enough to have seen the very first episode of Dr Who when it was transmitted in 1963. I have seen many of the other Doctors in action and, is spite of being in the old-fogey age category I would say that Matt Smith has taken up the baton as the latest Doctor with great style and originality. He has clearly brought something new to the role, without losing the subtle thread of continuity extending back to William Hartnell in 1963. I hope he will stay with the part long enough to develop it even further. As for Karen Gillan; well, she is quite the best female lead since Elizabeth Sladen; maybe the two will meet in a future episode.


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