Doctor Who The Hungry Earth S05E08 (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.

There’s more to River Song and the Doctor. Apparently she killed a man and is serving her sentence in the Stormcage. She says that they will see each other again when the Pandorica opens. This is supposed to be episode 12 of this season. This episode was pretty darn good. I had loads of fun watching it. It was especially creepy when the angels realized that Amy couldn’t open her eyes and started moving. They still looked like statues however, which was strange. They are supposed to be in quantum lock, so I imagined that their real visage was different than stone, but it isn’t.

The cracks in the universe are back and this will be the ongoing theme of this season. We also learn why Amy can’t remember the Cybermen or the Daleks. Time is being unwritten due to some time energy explosion, somewhere in time. This is why the cracks are appearing.

This was a good episode. I give it an A. I initially wondered where the story was going, but Matt Smith is definitely in his element. He is a really good Doctor. The story involves something in the ground coming up in 2020, when some scientists started digging very deeply into the Earth. Unbeknownst to them, they disturb something that was sleeping deep in the Earth.

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The story starts in South Wales in 2020 on Earth. They are drilling for something. They are 21km in. The drill hits something and the CCTV goes out. There is some smoke coming out of a hole. Then it closes itself. Some guy puts his hand through and gets dragged in.

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory arrive. They were supposed to arrive in Rio. Immediately, the Doctor says that something is wrong with the Earth. They see another Amy and Rory waving at them. They are the Amy and Rory from the future. The Doctor sees the big mining thing. Rory brings back Amy’s engagement ring and is mistaken for a copper. He is told that bodies have gone missing while the ground wasn’t disturbed. This is happening in the cemetery.

The Doctor goes into the mine. They meet the scientists and everything starts shaking. More holes appear. Tony and Amy get sucked into the ground. Tony is out. The ground is attacking them. The Doctor says that they need to shut down the drill. The Doctor loses Amy. She’s gone under the ground. The Doctor finds out that earth was bioprogrammed to stop them from drilling. This isn’t supposed to be possible yet. The drill has stopped but the Doctor can still hear drilling under the ground. While they’ve been drilling down, someone has been drilling up. The Doctor hacks the computers and finds out that someone is coming up. The noise isn’t a drill, it’s a transport, three of them. Whatever bioprogrammed the Earth is coming up. There is a shield surrounding them. They can’t get out and no one can get in. They go to the church. There aren’t many people here. Ambrose and her son, as well as her dad and Nazreen. They are rigging up a bunch of sensors.

Meanwhile, in the ground, something finds Amy and Mo.

When they arrive, the things in the ground make it dark. They also cut down the power. The Doctor hears them coming. Elliott has gone missing. He went after his headphones. Ambrose is livid that the Doctor let him go. Elliott is being chased by monsters. They hear him banging against the door. They can’t get it open in time. Something scans him and takes him. Ambrose is scanned by something and almost taken. Tony saves her. The thing uses his tongue to attack Tony. The Doctor uses his thermal shades to find out that the things are cold-blooded. They capture one. Then, they stop making it dark. It sounds like they are leaving.

The Doctor questions their captive. It is wearing a mask. They look like humanoids that evolved from dinosaurs. They were woken up. They had been slumbering for 300 million years. The warrior class was activated to take back the Earth from the apes.

Amy is stuck in some kind of glass coffin. Something looks at her and uses gas on her.

The Doctor wants to go into the ground to find her tribe. He wants the Salurian kept alive and well. Nazreen decides to go with him. They leave in the TARDIS. At least they try to and get hijacked. The TARDIS is being pulled into the ground. The Doctor and Nazreen disembark. They are deep in the tunnel system. They find an entire civilization beneath the ground.

Amy learns that they will be dissecting her from Mo. He was already dissected and put back together.

Tony has been infected by her venom sack. The infection is spreading.

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19 Responses to “Doctor Who The Hungry Earth S05E08 (BBC)”

  1. 1 persiansims June 27, 2010 at 17:53

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