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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?


Crack Sightings: The episode begins with Amelia asking Santa to come and fix the crack in her wall, or send a policeman. She subsequently asks The Doctor to fix it. A crack is also visible on one of the TARDIS screens at the end of the episode. 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: [arriving to save Amy and Rory] Am I late?
[looks at the clock]
The Doctor: No, three minutes. I've still got time.
Prisoner Zero: [in its mother and daughter disguise] Time for what, Time Lord?
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Referenced in CHIKARA the Eleventh Hour (2017) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Matt Smith doesn't cut it
7 July 2010 | by the_real_smileSee all my reviews

I've seen about half the episodes of season 5 now and I have to say that Matt Smith just isn't a Doctor. Sometimes he brings some energetic performance, but that doesn't last and sometimes it feels like he's asleep in the middle of a scene. Now I also have to say that the stories are not of the high quality of seasons 1-4, but David Tennant could turn even the most boring episode into something entertaining. It has become a dull boring series now, I usually couldn't wait till the next episode came, but now, I don't care. I think Matt Smith is best compared to Sylvester McCoy, those Dr. Who episodes were also not the best they could make and Sylvester also was quite boring.

update: Well, now I have seen season 5 and a bit of 6, and unfortunately, it has more in common with the Sylvester McCoy then I could ever have imagined. The McCoy seasons were low budget, very very low budget, so cheap that all the episodes were filmed in the same park, every episode looked the same, and they never leave earth. The role of the Doctor is growing on Matt Smith, but my god, he is boring as hell!! Please bring back some descent actors, or how Cloris Leachman said it in the roast of Bob Saget "Can someone please hit me so I can see some stars".

Update2 (2012): well, it's clear Matt Smith has killed doctor who with his ridiculous presentation of Doctor Who, shame shame shame of such a good series.

Update season 7: well well well, what a surprise, Matt Smith has finally become Doctor Who!!! This season is just fantastic and brings back old memory's, keep up the good work!!

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