Doctor Who The Eleventh Hour S05E01 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

The new Doctor is still getting used to his new form and manages to create problems for a little girl names Amelia. The whole episode is about an escaped multidimensional prisoner, who slivers through the cracks of the universe. We never find out the reason why the multiform was such a threat to the Atraxi. We also never find out much about the Atraxi, except that they would incinerate a whole planet to kill the multiform.

The episode was good, but the tidbits that the multiform revealed to the Doctor were much more interesting. As usual, this dramatic foreshadowing will get the Doctor Who fanatics rattled. The cracks are in the skin of the universe and they will be part of the underlying theme of this season. The Pandoric will open. Whatever that means. Needless to say that these little tidbits were very tantalizing, much more than the whole episode.

How would I rate this new Doctor Who episode? Medium-ish. Since the Weeping Angels, the Daleks, and the Cybermen, will be back, I think the season will be interesting. How do I rate Matt Smith as the new Doctor? Not bad. At least we’ll have a real season, not just these stupid specials that I got really annoyed with in the end. It’s been a while since Doctor Who had a whole season, and it’s off to a good start.

There are some obvious strange things in the script. For example, why did the Doctor go on about the duck pond? Even though the script wasn’t as polished as the ones that Russel T Davies was in charge of, the narrative wasn’t that bad.

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The new Doctor is having trouble with the TARDIS. It’s in flames and flying above London.

The new theme has been slightly tweaked. It’s good, but I liked the orchestral version from previous seasons better. The new title faces are a lot better.

A little girl is complaining to Santa about the crack in her wall and the voices. We hear the TARDIS crashing in her backyard. The new Doctor scales out of the wrecked timeship. He wants an apple.

If you’re a Doctor, why’d you come in a police box?
The little girl

The girl tries to feed him, but he won’t eat anything. He ends up eating fish fingers and drinking custard. Amelia’s aunt is out. There is a draft in her room as well. The crack isn’t in the wall, it’s everywhere. It’s a crack in spacetime. The voice says that Prisoner Zero has escaped. The Doctor opens up the crack. He thinks that it will seal itself. There’s a big eye that appears and it does seal itself. The eye sent the Doctor a message before sealing the breach. Prisoner Zero escaped through the crack. The Doctor runs out to the box. He says that the engines are phasing. He needs to stabilize it. He says that he’ll be right back. Of course, he won’t. The little girl packs her bag. She doesn’t see Prisoner Zero in her house.

The TARDIS reappears years later. The Doctor goes into the house to find Amelia and gets clobbered on the head. He wakes up some time later. He comes face to face with a young policewoman. Amelia Pond hasn’t lived here in six months. The policewoman is ignoring Amelia’s room. She hasn’t even noticed that the room is there. She’s been living here. There is a perception filter around the room. She goes into the room. There are a few crates are in the room. The sonic screwdriver is on a crate with some sticky substance. The Doctor tells her to leave. There is a strange serpent/eel creature coming after her. There is a light streaming from behind the door. The girl says that she isn’t a real policewoman, she’s a kissogram. A man and a Rottweiler come out of the room.

The girl was wearing a very short miniskirt, which isn’t Health & Safety approved. I doubt that WPCs can wear these. Prisoner Zero used a psychic feed from one of the coma patient. The Doctor and the girl run off. The guards are going to incinerate the house. The Doctor says that he is 12 years old, not 6 months. The girl is Amelia. All of the radios, cellphones, and other receiving devices are transmitting the same message. They are giving the humans 20 minutes before they incinerate the planet. There is a fleet of spaceships around Earth.

At the hospital, a bunch of comatose people are calling out for the Doctor. Roy, the nurse, saw them wandering about in the village.

The man and the dog are copies of a patient in hospital. Rory tells the Doctor as much. The Doctor fires his sonic screwdriver to attract the attention of the alien spaceship-guards. Prisoner Zero goes into the sewers.

The multiform goes to the hospital. The Doctor wants Amy and Rory to evacuate the hospital while he works on Jeff’s laptop. He hacks into a video conference, where the world leaders are panicking. He writes a virus to reset the counters on every clock. He runs off.

Amy and Rory find the multiform. The Doctor arrives just in time.

The cracks in the skin of the universe. The universe is cracked. The pandoric will open. Silence will fall.
The multiform

The Atraxi track down the virus that the Doctor wrote. The phone has all of the photos of the shapes of the multiform. The multiform takes the form of the Doctor and the 12-year old Amelia. Amy has collapsed. The Doctor tries to wake her up. He wants her to dream about what the creature looks like. The form of the multiform is revealed. The Attraxi get him.

The last warning that the multiform gave the Doctor was that silence will fall. The Doctor calls them back. They contravened the articles of the Shadow-Proclamation. He wants them back.

The Doctor changes clothes. For some reason, he’s got 3 or 4 ties on. The Attraxi are back. He tells them that the planet is protected and that they should run off and never come back.

The Doctor runs back to the TARDIS. He goes off and comes back in the middle of the night. He invites Amelia along. He’s actually 2 years late. The interior of the TARDIS glows orange. The interior is different.

I am definitely a mad man with a box.
The Doctor

They leave. The reason why she wanted to come back tomorrow is because she was getting married.

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