Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 1 – The Eleventh Hour

It was good!

I can’t quite describe the relief.

I think, really, I knew it would be. How could it be anything less than brilliant with Steven Moffat at the helm?

So a few thoughts:

The Doctor. He did everything right. From his very first words about apples, to his confident showdown with the alien eye thing at the end. I’m still not impressed with the clothes, but they do suit the character, and seeing that he grabbed them from a hospital at least explains the mismatch.

I’m hoping that the jumpy nature of the Doctor doesn’t disappear too much. I know in this episode he was still “cooking” and probably in quite a lot of discomfort. I would wish for less head slapping, though. He’s got the quips, and the character is fun, and it’s fabulous. Just what the Doctor should be.

I looked back at some photos of David Tennant and it pains me to say it, but already it seems old.

Amy. I didn’t like the fact that she wasn’t Scottish when the Doctor came back. Was this some kind of Clark Kent way of fooling him into thinking she was someone else? I don’t believe that the Doctor could return and find a red haired girl in the exact spot he left a red haired girl and not tie the two together. Particularly as they looked like the same person!

I wasn’t 100% convinced by Amy, but I think the first episode for a companion is always tricky. It’s much better once they’ve learned where they fit in with the Doctor, and are comfortable with the time-travelling alien stuff.

Also, she has really nice eyes.

We live commented the episode over on Sidepodcast (it’s an F1 site, really, honest), and Lukeh has written some much better thoughts on his blog.

6 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 1 – The Eleventh Hour

  1. Thank you for the plug ๐Ÿ™‚ and as I’ve already said I couldn’t agree with you more with some of the things you’ve said. They didn’t really explain the accent thing, but I just assume it was something to do with the kissogram job she had. Again, a bit odd why she’d be an English policewoman!

    Matt Smith is looking pretty fantastic though. And with Moffat at the helm, I’m expecting a wild ride of fantastic episodes. I think what made this introduction so good was that it was dealt quite differently to how RTD introduced the 9th and 10th Doctors. The whole episode had a completely fresh feel to it but still felt like the traditional Dr Who excellence.

    I don’t know if you know but 37% of the television audience Saturday evening were watching Dr Who which is a huge audience for a Saturday night television, and I’ve yet to see anyone produce negative comments regarding the new characters, the new Doctor and the new start for the show. This can only be good ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oooh, and apologies for another comment but there was something I realised this morning regarding Stephen Moffat giving us little references/themes to his previous episodes written for Dr Who, maybe it’s just a coincedence but who knows:

    Patients in a hospital, all in bed saying the same thing – The war stricken children in Empty Child/ Doctor Dances

    The Doctor meeting a young girl then revisiting her only to find her later in her life – Madame Pompadour in Girl in the Fireplace

    Telling someone to Duck before something comes flying through a window – The warning on the wall for Sally to duck in Blink

    I think there was another one but I’ve forgotten now. He also had the infamous wibbly wobbly timey wimey, something Moffat created for Blink. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oooh, and apologies for another comment but there was something I realised this morning regarding Stephen Moffat giving us little references/themes to his previous episodes written for Dr Who, maybe itโ€™s just a coincedence but who knows:

    Wow! I hadn’t noticed any of them, except the obvious timey wimey – although I forgot that was Mr Moffat.

    I did read about the audience share, and was pretty impressed, although on ITV was apparently Harry Hill – so there’s no contest there, really, is there? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I enjoyed the new episode but prefered it before he donned his new garb. There was a trend with the old Doctor Who that regeneration by regeneration the Doctor became sillier with less and less gravitas. I worry a bit that the new series of Doctors is going the same way. When I watched as a kid, The Master was my favourite villian but whilst the new Doctor Who is a much better all round production, I do regret how much they have made The Master a much more comic character when he used to be much more malevolent.

    It is a shame Paul McGann did not get a better run beyond a creaky one-off attempt to revive the franchise in 1996. I have enjoyed a lot the audio episodes he has been in on BBC Radio 7 and since the last series ended on a cliffhanger, on tenterhooks for the next series.

  5. I loved it. Steven Moffat seems to be more influenced by Douglas Adams than any of the other Doctor Who authors which can only be s good thing. Once he had the space to run his own show there seemed to be a lot of references. The door that couldn’t be seen for example.

    Lots of great stuff which seems totally fresh if you aren’t an old timer (because it’s being done in a new way) but also says tk duffers like me, “we’re in safe hands he’s watched a lot of it and he knows what he’s doing”.

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