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Doctor Who: The Beast Below (2010)
The Beast Below
While I liked Moffat returning to the formula of an episode that confuses the heck out of you, like Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, I felt this was a far weaker episode than the opener, and it honestly felt a lot more like filler to extend the series. Positives were it added a plot device towards the finale, we now know that "the universe is cracked" meant much more than originally though, having seen the crack again in this episode. The Doctor had also been given more to his character in this episode, as well as Amy. Negatives were the Smilers, yes they looked menacing, but they were built up to be the cause of something bad in this episode, and they were anything but. This of course harks back to Moffats previous story The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, in which there was no villain and everybody lived. To mention the other main elements, Liz 10 was played well by Sophie Okenedo, who probably wanted to attempt a different sort of role to what she usually plays. And Terrence Hardiman (More popularly known in the UK as the Demon Headmaster on Television) seemed to play his role in a similar way.
Summary - A nice episode, let down by not much happening. Seemed a lot like filler and a plot device towards the finale.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (2010)
And the Steven Moffat/Matt Smith era begins...
Overall I enjoyed it, from The Doctors fish custard to the new TARDIS.
Criticisms for me is that perhaps it was 5-10 minutes too long what with certain bits that stretched out for too long. Such as the camera panning to what each person was taking pictures of on the phone, to the constantly repeated message about Prisoner Zero being on Earth and the planet would be incinerated, there was also the food bit at the start dragging on, although this was obviously done to warm Matt Smith haters to the new Doctor. As for the credits which are getting complaints already, I like the old school style and as the case with new things, these people who complain just don't like change, in a while they'll forget they complained about it, because ideally the new credits will just need to get used to.
I also like how the scene was set in terms of how scary you can expect this series to be, from the shapeshifters forms sporting scary looking teeth, however the original snake form looked a bit dodgy, I feel the scene where Amy Pond in the room with the snakeform looked a bit dodgy, being right next to it, she appeared to look the wrong way at it. I liked the nice touch at the end, with Amy wanting to be back the next day, indicating what might have been her wedding day, proving that Amy doesn't yet fully trust The Doctor, or she would have told him so. But what bride to be hangs it on the back of their door as opposed to a wardrobe? 8/10, A great start to what I expect to be the best series so far, this will be thanks to Steven Moffat of course.