Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 1

The Eleventh Hour

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2010 on BBC America
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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.

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  • The 11th Hour

    10
    This was literally my first episode of Doctor Who ever. I cannot think of any episode (and I've watched all through the end of this season on DVD now) that would have been a better introduction to this series. Custard and fish fingers. Could there be anything better? Even though this was my introduction, I PROUDLY call myself a Whovian because of this.
  • The Eleventh Hour

    9.0
    David Tennant to Matt Smith. Matt Smith, other than Tom Baker, is the only Doctor to get into the role so quickly. This episode is filled with zingers, even in the food scene, which by the way was disgusting. Amy is a good companion but kind of reminds me of Rose too much, but who I really love is Amy's boyfriend Rory. He is so innocent but smart and funny. He doesn't do much in this episode though. Prisoner Zero is an okay monster. He doesn't really do anything either. The effects that were used to make him were really good though. Overall, this was a good episode.moreless
  • Enter Matt Smith

    9.0
    Every new doctor is always a mystery, hense the title. And we have a right to be sceptical because depending on how much we're use to the version we seen for so long and how much of an impact he's made it's a tough act to follow. It's kinda like how I feel about different people that play "James Bond" some I like more than others. Matt Smith didn't disapoint he's probably my second favorate Doctor (first David Tennant , no supprise), his version of the Doctor has energy, esentricity, but most importantly more confrontational.



    The way it begins feels similar toward a fantasy tale, like with most of them it's usual about an ordinary boy or girl that either find something out of the ordinary or it finds them. Either way it's a device from the fates to set the boy and girl on their journey. We of course see the young Amy Pond whom is a sweet and pritty girl, I really like the chemestry between both the Doctor and her which is touching and funny, it's also the first time I've seen the Doctor really interact with a kid. The food testing scene was pritty damn funny, since he's the new Doc it means his taste buds have channged so we see with Amy's help he's trying to find something ettable to eat. But each one he goes though doesn't agree with him, not even a piece of bread, I couldn't help but crack up when he just chucks it away out of the house and tells it to stay out which is weird. But then of course the Doc finds the right combo that agrees with him and it is eating Fishsticks with Custard, yuck.



    The new companion Amy Pond (adult version) also doesn't disapoint, she's probably my second favorate companion as well. She is hot to trot (in my book anyway) but also has the persona to boot. I just love how she has fire and is feisty, charismatic, can handle herself under preasure, and like most to all his compainons wants to do more and be more in life. I like the slow discovery of Amy as both an adult, we already know it's her when we first see her but are just waiting for our assumption to be proven correct. But also Amy real occupation where we assume one thing but turns out to be something else, she's in a female police uniform we of course assume she's an actually officer but then says she's really a kissagram (which is some erotic message service I think) I thought that it was funny but also at the same time too bad; from the way she handled the sittuation with Prisoner Zero and the Doctor she should of been, let alone the fact she looks so hot in a police uniform (women in uniform is a turn on for me, sue me).



    We also get to see the character Rory Williams for a little bit, he also doesn't disapoint even though he doesn't get to do much which is the only disapointment factor of the episode. I like the fact he didn't turn out to be some cliche jerk or drip which is always the usual motive devise for a character to go off into the adventure. He illconfidant but not short of courage he does the right thing when he should. Yeah, he works as a Scrub/Male Nurse but he wants to be a doctor and is more than capable, unlike his b.... of a boss, whom is a so called doctor but really doesn't know or do jack squat. I feel the possition shows that both Amy and Rory are in the same boat both are underdogs and want more in life. Both Amy and Rory had a little interaction time, so I got a good feel for both of them.



    It's true this episode has this plot with an alien called Prisoner Zero, whom I'll admit is creepy it's practacally some strange levetating eel thing. However it's really not concerned about it so much but more on the Doctor, Rory, and Amy; who they are and what they do.



    There is one moment that is emotional when we see Amy tell a little about her life after the Doctor left, which makes Amy sympathtic. The fact she has no parients except an Aunt, that she's been living alone in the old house for a long time, a little down on her luck, but worst of all has waiting for him for a long time for him to take her on the adventures he promised her as a child. Though it really isn't the Doctor's fault on that matter since the Tartis isn't always on the dot on where and when you want to go, the Tartis is more by it's nature a device to take one where he or she needs to go. And I personally think the Doctor arrived at the right time, if he took Amy with him still in her childhood age, she probably wouldn't of surrived.



    At first we see Amy a little reluctant at first because of her life on Earth as well as engagement to Rory, but then she decides before she ties the knot to go, to get the adventure she been waiting for and needed all her life.



    The best things come to those who wait.moreless
  • poor mr matt smith

    7.0
    oh common...................!!!!!!!! really .... good episode but... really matt? chirst.... dont get me wrong, im the biggest dr who fan , that is why im sooo upset.. just two words.. "david tennant"
  • The Eleventh Hour

    9.5
    The Eleventh Hour was a superb episode of Doctor Who and an excellent introduction to the new Doctor. I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and was well written. The actors were amazing and very entertaining. I liked the true form of Prisoner Zero which looked like a Deep Sea Creature of some sort. I liked how every thing played out between Amy and The Doctor. The ending was awesome and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When the Doctor climbs out of the TARDIS after the crash, the doors open outward instead of inward.

    • When Doctor is eating the apple after meeting young Amy, it is red. However, when he spits it out, the apple is reddish-green.

    • In the DVD extra scene, Amy continues to insult the Doctor about his appearance and is told he's an alien. She makes fun of his hair, chin, and bow tie; she wonders if his bow tie is a cry for help. When she's told by the Doctor that he's an alien, she wonders if he's a 'space squid zip inside a human suit' or a "space slug" because of how he walks, but is told he is physically humanoid as he appears.

    • When the Doctor is showing Amy the TARDIS, the close-ups of his hands on the dials have a different shirt than the wide shots.

    • Although the Doctor claims to have "protected" Earth from various aliens shown on the Atraxi hologram projector, the Ood, the Hath, and the Vashta Nerada have never attacked Earth.

    • Note the license plate on Rory's car: It plays at saying "NICE GUY".

    • When the Doctor makes his fire engine aided entrance into the hospital, the two young girls who make up Prisoner Zero switch sides from left to right and then return to their original positions by the time the Doctor arrives.

    • The Doctor opens the TARDIS by snapping his fingers. He last did this (and discovered he could) in Forest of the Dead. This episode was also written by Steven Moffat.

    • The Doctor uses the phrase "Wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey", which his previous incarnation first used in Blink and again in Time Crash. Both episodes were also written by Steven Moffat.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Prisoner Zero: The universe is cracked. The Pandorica will open. Silence will fall.

    • The Doctor: Look at that.
      Amelia: Are you okay?
      The Doctor: Just had a fall. All the way down there, right to the library. Hell of a climb back up.
      Amelia: You're soaking wet.
      The Doctor: I was in the swimming pool.
      Amelia: You said you were in the library.
      The Doctor: So was the swimming pool.

    • The Doctor: Ah, you see. Beans. (eats them) Beans are evil. Bad, bad beans.

    • The Doctor: I'll be right back.
      Amelia: People always say that.
      The Doctor: Am I people? Do I even look like people? Trust me. I'm the Doctor.

    • Amy: Will that door hold it?
      The Doctor: Oh, yeah, yeah. Of course. It's an interdimensional multi-form from outer space. They're all terrified of wood.

    • Amy: You came back.
      The Doctor: Of course I came back. I always come back. There's nothing wrong with that.
      Amy: But you kept the clothes.
      The Doctor: Well, I just saved the world. The whole planet, for about the millionth time. No charge. Yeah, shoot me. I kept the clothes.
      Amy: Including the bow tie.
      The Doctor: Yeah, it's cool. Bow ties are cool.

    • The Doctor: Listen to me. In 10 minutes, you're going to be a legend. In 10 minutes, everyone on that screen is going to be offering you any job you want. But first, you have to be magnificent. You have to make them trust you and get them working. This is it, Jeff. This is when you fly. Today's the day you save the world.
      Jeff: ...Why me?
      The Doctor: It's your bedroom.

    • The Doctor: Do you know what this phone is full of? Pictures of you. Every form you've learned to take, right here. Oh, and being uploaded about... now. And the final score is: No TARDIS, No screwdriver, two minutes to spare... WHO DA MAN?! (silence) I'm never saying that again. Fine.

    • Amelia: Who are you?
      The Doctor: I don't know yet. I'm still cooking.

    • The Doctor: What's your name?
      Amelia: Amelia Pond.
      The Doctor: Oh, that's a brilliant name. Amelia Pond. Like a name in a fairy tale. Are we in Scotland, Amelia?
      Amelia: No. I had to move to England. It's rubbish.

    • The Doctor: You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
      Amelia: Yes.
      (pause)
      The Doctor: Everything's going to be fine.

    • The Doctor: Amy Pond. The girl who waited. You waited long enough.
      Amy: When I was a kid, you said there was a swimming pool. And a library, and the swimming pool was in the library.
      The Doctor: Yeah, not sure where it's got to now. It'll turn up. So, coming?
      Amy: No.
      The Doctor: You wanted to come 14 years ago.
      Amy: I grew up.
      The Doctor: Don't worry. I'll soon fix that.

    • The Doctor: I'm not 6 months late, I'm 12 years late!
      Amy: He's coming!
      The Doctor: You said 6 months. Why did you say 6 months?!
      Amy: We've got to go!
      The Doctor: This matters! This is important. Why did you say 6 months?
      Amy: WELL WHY DID YOU SAY 5 MINUTES?!
      The Doctor: What?
      Amy: Come on!
      The Doctor: What?
      Amy: Come on!
      The Doctor: What?!

    • The Doctor: I'm the Doctor. Do everything I tell you. Don't ask stupid questions. And don't wander off.

    • The Doctor: You're Amelia!
      Amy: You're late.
      The Doctor: ...Amelia Pond, you're the little girl!
      Amy: I'm Amelia, and you're late.
      The Doctor: What happened?
      Amy: Twelve years.
      The Doctor: You hit me with a cricket bat.
      Amy: Twelve years!
      The Doctor: A cricket bat!
      Amy: Twelve years and four psychiatrists.
      The Doctor: Four?
      Amy: I kept biting them.
      The Doctor: Why?
      Amy: They said you weren't real.

    • The Doctor: And what sort of job's a kiss-o-gram?
      Amy: I go to parties and I kiss people. (clears throat) With outfits. It's a laugh!
      The Doctor: You were a little girl five minutes ago.
      Amy: You're worse than my aunt!
      The Doctor: I'm the Doctor. I'm worse than everybody's aunt!

    • (The Doctor speaking to Amy)
      The Doctor: Your friend! What was his name?
      (The Doctor points to Rory)
      The Doctor: Not him, the good looking one.
      Rory: (sarcastically) Thanks.
      Amy: Jeff.
      Rory: (more sarcastically) OH thanks.

    • (The Doctor runs into a room in which Jeff is on a bed with a laptop)
      The Doctor: Hello. Laptop. Gimme.
      Jeff: No, no, no, no, no... Hang on!!!
      The Doctor: Give it here.
      (takes the laptop from Jeff, and notices the contents of the screen)
      The Doctor: Blimey, get a girlfriend, Jeff...

    • The Doctor: So, you okay, then? 'Cause this place, sometimes it can make people feel a bit, you know.
      Amy: I'm fine. Fine. It's just... there's a whole world in here, just like you said. It's all true. I thought, well, I was starting to think that maybe you were just, like, a madman with a box.
      The Doctor: Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me, 'cause it's important and, one day, your life may depend on it: I am definitely a madman with a box.

    • (Prisoner Zero takes on the Doctor's form)
      The Doctor: Well, that's a bit rubbish. Who's he supposed to be?
      Rory: That's you.
      The Doctor: It's me? That's what I look like?
      Rory: You mean you don't know?
      The Doctor: (shrugs) Busy day.

    • The Doctor: Why does no-one ever listen to me? Do I just have a face that nobody listens to... again?

    • Amy: Where are you going?
      The Doctor: The roof. No, hang on.
      Amy: What's in here?
      The Doctor: I'm saving the world. I need a decent shirt. To hell with the raggedy. Time to put on a show.

    • The Doctor: The Doctor will see you now!
      Alien Guard: You are not of this world.
      The Doctor: No but I've put a lot work into it.
      (...)
      Alien Guard: Is this world important?
      The Doctor: Important? What that's mean, important? Six billion people live here, is that important? Here's a better question: is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Oh come on, you're monitoring the whole planet! Is this world a threat?
      Alien Guard: No.
      The Doctor: Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the Atraxi?
      Alien Guard: No.
      The Doctor: Okay. One more, just one: is this world protected? 'Cause you're not the first one to attack it. Oh they've been so many. And what you've got to ask is, what happened to them?
      (a montage of the past 10 Doctors is looked at by the Atraxi)
      The Doctor: Hello! I'm the Doctor. Basically, run.

    • The Doctor: (regarding the new TARDIS interior) Look at you... Oh, you sexy thing! Look at you!

  • NOTES (7)

    • The montage the Atraxi project is made up of scenes from previous Doctor Who episodes, all featuring various aliens and races that have, as the Doctor mentions, attacked humanity in some way. Among the featured are (in order of appearance): Cybermen (Rise of the Cybermen), Daleks (Doomsday), Pyrovile (The Fires of Pompeii), Empress of the Racnoss (The Runaway Bride), Ood (Planet of the Ood), Sycorax Leader (The Christmas Invasion), Sontaran (The Time Warrior), Sea Devils (The Sea Devils), Reaper (Father's Day), Hath (The Doctor's Daughter), Vashta Nerada victim (Silence in the Library)

    • In the DVD extra, the Doctor explains how a functioning Chameleon Circuit is supposed to work. "It scans the 100 mile radius within the first nano second of landing to determine which outer shell would best fit in with their surroundings and then it disguises itself as a police box from 1963." The Doctor also lies about how long the malfunction with the Circuit has been happening.

    • International Air Dates:
      April 17, 2010 on BBC America

    • The Doctor's line, "No, but I've put a lot of work into it," is Stephen Moffat referencing his own writing. The non-canon "Ninth Doctor" used a similar line in "Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death, Part 4", although he refers to the universe, not just Earth.

    • After the Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver blows up when he uses it to try to alert the Atraxi, the rebuilt TARDIS provides him with a new version. The new Sonic Screwdriver has a brass-plated handle, and has a green diode instead of a blue one.

    • After recovering from the crash landing, the Doctor's TARDIS gains an entirely new interior, with a multi-level console room, redesigned time rotor, and a new console with various paraphenalia (from a gramophone to hot and cold taps), attached. The exterior is also redesigned, with new frames around the windows, and a St. John Ambulance logo on the door.

    • A new version of the opening title sequence, featuring a new musical arrangement, and a new depiction of the Time Vortex, debuts. The new logo, with a "DW" in the shape of a TARDIS inserted between "Doctor" and "Who," is featured.

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