Doctor Who, Series 5
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Matt Smith sets out as the Eleventh Doctor with a brand new TARDIS and a feisty new companion in Amy Pond. But there's barely time for the Doctor to recover from his regeneration before the whole world is under threat once more. His enemies are never far behind him, including old nemeses the Daleks and Weeping Angels, plus new monsters such as alien vampires, humanoid reptiles and a dangerous silent menace that follows the Doctor and Amy wherever they go. Their adventures through time and space take them to sixteenth century Venice, France in the 1890s, and Britain in the far future, now an entire nation floating in orbit. Sci-fi drama starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Eleventh Hour||The Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the Tardis wrecked and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.||1:04:45||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Beast Below||Amy Pond takes her first trip in the TARDIS when the Doctor whisks her away to the distant future and they discover Britain in space. Starship UK houses the future of the British people as they search the stars for a new home. But when Amy explores she encounters the terrifying Smilers and learns a deadly truth inside the Voting Booth.||42:13||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoVictory of the Daleks||The Doctor has been summoned by his old friend Winston Churchill but in the Cabinet War Rooms, far below the streets of blitz-torn London, he finds his oldest enemy waiting for him. The Daleks are back! And can Churchill really be in league with them?||42:45||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Time of Angels||The Doctor is recruited by Father Octavian to track the last of the Weeping Angels through the terrifying Maze of the Dead. As the Time Lord faces the Lonely Assassins, last seen in Blink, River Song is by his side. But can she be trusted?||41:38||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoFlesh and Stone||Time is running out! Trapped among an army of Weeping Angels, the Doctor and his friends must try to escape through the wreckage of a crashed space liner. Meanwhile, in the forest vault, Amy finds herself facing an even more deadly attack and the Doctor realises he has more than the Angels to deal with.||42:47||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Vampires of Venice||The Doctor takes Amy and Rory away for a romantic break but terror awaits in 16th century Venice. Everything in the city is not as it should be, it has been sealed to protect it from the Plague and something sinister lurks within the House of Calvierri. When dessicated corpses begin appearing in the streets the Doctor suspects something is not right with the mysterious Rosanna.||48:13||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoAmy's Choice||It's been five years since Amy Pond last travelled with the Doctor and when he lands in her garden again, on the eve of the birth of her first child, she finds herself facing a heartbreaking choice - one that will change her life forever.||44:10||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Hungry Earth||It's 2020 and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth's crust than man has ever gone before - but now the ground itself is fighting back. And when the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village it's not long before they find themselves plunged into a battle against a deadly danger from a bygone age.||43:19||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoCold Blood||It is the most important day in the history of Earth: the dawn of a new age of harmony... or the start of its final war. The Doctor must face his most difficult challenge yet and he tries desperately to ensure Alaya's prediction of a massacre does not come true. Meanwhile, what fate will befall the captured Amy and can Tony and his friends be trusted?||46:00||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoVincent and the Doctor||The Doctor and Amy learn more about the art of terror in this adventure where they meet Vincent Van Gogh! The TARDIS travels back in time but terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence and only a sad and lonely painter can see it... The Doctor and Amy join forces with Van Gogh but can the three of them defeat a powerful and deadly alien?||46:53||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Lodger||There's a house on Aickman road with a staircase that people go up, but never down... To solve the mystery of the man upstairs, the Doctor must pass himself off as a normal human being, and share a flat with Craig Owens.||42:33||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Pandorica Opens||The Doctor's friends unite to send him a terrible warning; the Pandorica - which is said to contain the most feared being in all the cosmos - is opening. But what's inside, and can the Doctor stop it?||48:58||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Big Bang||The Doctor is gone, the TARDIS has been destroyed, and the universe is collapsing. The only hope for all of reality, is a little girl who still believes in stars.||53:59||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|101||VideoPreview||Get a first glimpse of the Doctor's amazing new adventures in this Series 5 preview. There's a brand new Doctor in Matt Smith, a brand new lead writer in Steven Moffat and even a brand new TARDIS as the Eleventh Doctor begins his journey across time and space.||1:01||Free||View In iTunes|
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Just what the Doctor ordered
Matt Smith, a relativley unknown actor, has so far proved himself more than adequate as the 11th Doctor. He brings his own unique take on the role whilst maintaining the eccentricity, and intellectual sharpness of the character, which has made the Doctor such an endearing and popular figure. There is something quintesenntially british about The Doctor, his manners, wit and inventiveness, civility and refusal to use violence and the omnipresent guns so common in much of todays TV.
There is nothing else quite like it, and long may it continue.
Wow, Wow, Wow
This new Doctor looks set to be one of the best ones yet and so does the new series, with a new writer, new Doctor and brand new companion the new series is refreshed and ready to go. The acting is amazing and so is the storyline, hopefully this will continue :) Also, the new Doctor looks amazing, loving the hair :)
A promising start for a less motormouthed Doctor
The hype of Who keeps building, and inevitably, there will be episodes that match it, and episodes that don't. It's probably wise to compare The Eleventh Hour not with the high-spots of the Eccleston and Tennant years, but with 'first stories' of each of the Doctors. On that scale it scores pretty highly - although it probably only sits comfortably alongside the first stories of the first four Doctors, in its cohesion, pace, writing and characterisation, it beats the pants off Castrovalva, The Twin Dilemma, Time and The Rani, the TV Movie starring Paul McGann and, perhaps controversially, Rose - meaning with the exception of Tennant's opening foray in the role, it's a better first episode than we've had since the mid-70s.
Steven Moffat is of course the dream writer to take over from fellow fanboy Russell T Davies in the big chair, and if the new Doctor has yet to blow the doors off the place and convince the world that he was the only real choice for the role, then at least he turns in a credibly barmy, interestingly layered post-regenerative performance. The ostensible villain, Prisoner Zero, is a good-enough piece of creepy CGI, and the the idea of seeing it 'from the corner of your eye' is classic Moffat, aiming to get the kids squinting sideways in the playground in the week after transmission. It also has a nice line in scares when it copies human beings - the thing with the voice is rewardingly bizarre - but at no point does it ever seem like a particular threat, because at no point is there a line slipped in explaining what it actually DID to get imprisoned in the first place - unless the big-bully Atraxi will imprison you for looking like the unfortunate offspring of an adder and an umbilical cord...
Special mention should be made of Karen Gillan's star-making turn as Amy Pond - the word 'feisty' is over-used of companions these days, but she can evidently pitch her archness just right, making even 'It's a duckpond' both funny and spirited. Her character and portrayal promise great things for future episodes.
The episode's by no means perfect of course - the way in which the Doctor eventually scares off the Atraxi is not only fairly lame but also a direct recycle from Moffat's own Forest of the Dead episode. That's a shame, because it was the worst thing in the former episode, and does equally poor service here. The idea that aliens can be dispatched simply by fear of the Doctor rather lessens the necessity for him actually being there, and is already in danger of becoming as tired as the Deus ex machina solutions frequently McGuffined into existence by RTD.
What's more the Doctor's moment of 'becoming' the Doctor once he was costumed and ready to face the Atraxi feels like a direct, but watered-down, version of David Tennant's first twenty minutes, once he woke up properly from his regeneration. But whereas Tennant then went on to fight a duel for the sake of the planet, it's difficult to see how Smith's 'Basically...run' measures up into the same kind of triumphant rite of passage, and we're left feeling that this new Doctor hasn't really earned the right to claim the Earth 'is protected' by him, as Tennant's unquestionably did in his first outing as the Timelord.
Add to that a Tardis that is unquestionably pretty but perhaps a little gimmick-rich, with its typewriter and bell, and a title sequence that is visually underwhelming and appears to change or overwrite some of the key audio hooks of the most famous sci-fi theme tune in history, and we're left wondering if The Eleventh Hour isn't a job that has been only almost completely done.
But all of this revolves around the very first episode. Moffat's both an extraordinary writer and a huge Who fan. Personally I had more misgivings after Rose was broadcast than I do after The Eleventh Hour, and I've learned since then to have a little faith in people who love the show so much they work appallingly hard to bring it to people. If you can get past the dishwater-version of the theme, I think this series is going to evolve in some fascinating and rewardingly exciting ways. Hold tight everybody - Geronimo!
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- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 03 April 2010
- © 2010 BBC
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