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The Eleventh Hour 

With his TARDIS in ruins, the newly-regenerated Doctor with the help of Amy Pond must save the world in less than twenty minutes from galactic policemen known as the Atraxi.


Adam Smith


Steven Moffat

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory Williams
Caitlin Blackwood ... Amelia
Nina Wadia ... Dr Ramsden
Marcello Magni ... Barney Collins
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Ice Cream Man
Annette Crosbie ... Mrs Angelo
Tom Hopper ... Jeff
Arthur Cox ... Mr Henderson
Olivia Colman ... Mother (as Olivia Coleman)
Eden Monteath Eden Monteath ... Child 1
Merin Monteath Merin Monteath ... Child 2
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Atraxi (voice)
William Wilde William Wilde ... Prisoner Zero (voice)


Having Just regenerated the Doctor arrives in a small English village where he meets a seven year old Scottish girl called Amelia Pond. Fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious and bizarre stranger who claims to be a time traveler. Amelia finds her self caught up in a adventure involving an escaped alien convict and the Atraxi who are in pursuit of it. And if the Doctor doesn't act soon the world will end in twenty minutes...but that won't happen for another twelves years! Written by Robert McElwaine

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Release Date:

17 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Doctor's final confrontation with the Atraxi was inspired by the showdowns in westerns. See more »


On the Leadworth hospital rooftop scene, the Doctor progressively throws away a variety of neckties as he whittles the options down. The last of these neckties is yellow, which we see in a frontal mid-shot. When the action switches to a long shot, the tie is not present. When he again switches to the frontal mid-shot, the tie reappears. The wide shot of the departing Atraxi vessel shows Smith reaching into his coat pocket for the TARDIS key. When the shot cuts back to a close-up of Smith, he hasn't yet reached into his pocket, and it takes several seconds for him to complete the same action from that angle. See more »


The Doctor: C'mon, then! The Doctor will see you now!
Atraxi: [after scanning The Doctor] You are not of this world.
The Doctor: No but I've put a lot work into it.
Atraxi: Is this world important?
The Doctor: Important? What's that mean, important? Six billion people live here, is that important? Here's a better question: is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Oh come on, you're monitoring the whole planet! Is this world a threat?
Atraxi: [after looking at a montage of world events] No.
The Doctor: Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the ...
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Smith's solid start.
4 December 2017 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

The first episode with Matt Smith as The Doctor (apart from his brief appearance after regenerating).

It is an excellent start for Steven Moffatt as 'showrunner' and Smith as the 11th Doctor. The episode is entertaining and well acted. Smith had an extremely hard act to follow as David Tennant as the 10th Doctor was, in my opinion, the best since Tom Baker who was the greatest ever Doctor (the 4th) ....and that is from someone who was actually angry and upset when I heard Tennant had been cast. I was slightly concerned by Smith 's over excited, almost childlike portrayal straight away but overall felt it was a strong debut and the episode has grown on me evn more over time.

The storyline of the alien on the run is not exceptional but is solid quality, fun and enjoyable. The other story elements of having the Doctor arrive at different points of Amy's life and the effect that has on her is what lifts the episode up in quality. Amy and Rory make good first impressions as the new 'companions' and overall the script and story is good. It is quite epic in nature with imminent world destruction threatened, declarations that alien attackers better be scared of the wrath of the Doctor and with flashes of previous Doctors shown in a striking way (the best moment of the episode).

Smith is not as much to my personal taste as Tennant and the story of 'prisoner zero' is not as brilliant as the time travel elements of the story. The CGI effects of the alien monster are not very good and the effect of it appearing to hang down from above does not really make sense to me. Where is it hanging from? Surely the whole creature should appear? Strange. I was not a big fan of the alien inhabiting a dog owner and his barking dog and mixing up their 'voices' either but it made sense in the context of the story.

Overall the episode is very good indeed and I rate it a very strong 9/10.

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