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The Beast Below 

The Doctor takes Amy to the future inside Starship UK, which contains in addition to British explorers, an intimidating race known as the Smilers.

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... The Doctor
... Amy Pond
... Liz Ten
... Hawthorne
... Mandy
... Timmy
... Morgan
... Peter
Catrin Richards ... Poem Girl
Jonathan Battersby ... Winder
Chris Porter ... Smilers / Winder (voice)
... Churchill
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Storyline

The Doctor and Amy travel to a future time where all of the residents actually live in a orbiting spacecraft, Starship UK. The Doctor soon realizes that while the spaceship is moving through space, it isn't powered in the conventional sense. Amy meanwhile is given the opportunity to learn the truth but chooses to have her memory erased. The Doctor is faced with unacceptable options and it's Amy who makes the final decision on what to do. Written by garykmcd

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10 April 2010 (UK)  »

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Trivia

When Amy and Mandy arrive at the "hole", a sign can be seen above the workman's tent that says "Magpie Electricals", a reference to the season 2 episode Doctor Who: The Idiot's Lantern (2006), which features a shop by the same name selling electrical devices (esp. televisions), and its owner, Mr. Magpie (Ron Cook). See more »

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After voting to forget, Amy sees a message she recorded for herself begging her to get the Doctor off the ship. Her mascara has run and her eyes are puffy and red, apparently from crying, yet in the live shot her face is clean and her eyes are clear. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: What's wrong with this picture?
Amy Pond: Is it... the bicycles? Bit unusual on a spaceship, bicycles.
The Doctor: Says the girl in the nighty.
Amy Pond: Oh my God, I'm in my nighty!
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Great character development!
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'll not get into specifics here, so as not to give spoilers. This episode has several surprises and some very interesting concepts, as well as social commentary.

When faced with a seeming moral dilemma, is it best to confront its consequences or forget them? Both answers are explored here.

Also, Moffat is one of the best constructors of plot around. The epiphany, when it comes, seems obvious in retrospect, although it wasn't. In other words, Moffat is excellent at laying clues toward a resolution without seeming to do so.

However, the best part for me is the further character development of the Doctor's new companion, Amy, and the Doctor's own morality. Both roles continue to be wonderfully acted by Matt Smith and Karen Gillen.


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