If your a Doctor Who fan, you more than likely remember the day you watched the special called: “The End of Time”. Yes, this is the known iconic episode that ended the run of the fan favorite 10th Doctor, and transitioned into the new and fan-weary 11th Doctor.
Matt Smith. You hear that name now, and its usually followed by praises, and whoops and whistles. But back then, it was not that case. He was the man that replaced David Tennant. You get a brief view of him at the end of “The End of Time”, but you really don’t get to see him until the first Episode of series 5, “The Eleventh Hour”.
Matt Smith was my first Doctor, and he, over the span of his three series, worked his way to an almost equal place in my heart and David Tennant. He adds a touch of humor to the series, which at first I was not fond of but it grew on me, almost as he grew as an actor. His time of Doctor Who really reflects that. Matt Smith is also the youngest actor (At this point) in Doctor Who history to play the beloved Time Lord, and I think it adds to the love of the series.
The Eleventh Hour:
The Tardis is crashing. Burning. Exploding. We see a very young and new face clinging onto the Tardis for sheer life. Clutching a blue sonic screwdriver, he manages to redirect the falling Tardis to save him from Big Ben taking off some Time Lord Parts. The Tardis eventually crashes into a little Scottish girls back yard, destroying her shed. Her name is Amelia Pond. And she has a scary crack in her wall. The man propels himself out of the sideways Tardis, and meets this young girl. This man is the Doctor. After eating and throwing away various amounts of food (minus fish fingers and custard), he investigates the crack in her wall, and realizes a prisoner Zero is somewhere in the house. The Tardis begins to have more technical issues and the Doctor leaves for “5 minutes” to restore her. But when he returns, its 12 years later. Amelia, now Amy, find him. And together they have 22 minutes to save the planet from the Prisoners guard.
“The Eleventh Hour” is a great way to introduce Matt Smith. It really played to his strengths and allowed him to create his own Doctor, while still paying homage to the other 10 incarnations. Matt Smith and Karen Gilian really carry the Episode fantastically. Speaking of Karen, Amy Pond is introduced really creatively too. She starts as a little girl, who waited and waited for the Doctor for 14 total years. She’s spunky, and like Donna Noble (It must be a red head thing) she doesn’t take a lot of the Doctor’s crap he throws at her. No instead she flies right back with her own.
The Beast Below:
Its the future. The, now colony, of Brittan, has fled the Earth due to how bad the Solar Flares have become (which means this is set somewhere before year 5,000,000,000.) The Doctor and Amy (Who is still in her night gown from the previous episode). But everything is not as it seems. There are statues that remind the viewer as clowns, that turn angry when you don’t do something that’s justified as right in the colony. There is a room where you can view the reality of what’s going on, and press a button to either forget or stop whatever is going on.
“The Beast Below” wasn’t that bad of an episode either. It showed us another side of the Eleventh Doctor. His rage to do good. When he encounters the truth behind the British Colony, he nearly disowns the Human Race, because of his need to do good. Amy also shines in this episode too, and it starts to slowly show the plot line of Amy not being so ordinary of a companion.
Victory of the Daleks:
World War 2. Winston Churchill. And the Doctor and Amy. What does this all mean? Well, when Winston Churchill calls you in the Tardis. You respond. But sometimes, you don’t get what you bargained for. No, instead you find out that the army is using Daleks, who are renamed “Ironsides”, to win the war. But are they actually Daleks? They don’t seem to know what’s going on. And they have a human creator. Is there more going on? Or are these just “Ironsides”?
I’ll be honest, Daleks are cool. But I didn’t like this episode. One big thing that ticked me off about this episode was that the writers completely dismissed Amy having any knowledge of the Daleks from Series 4. She was on Earth when the Earth was stolen by Davros. Granted, maybe something had happened but… she would at least have SOME knowledge. Instead, she doesn’t remember at all. And it doesn’t leave you feeling right. I also didn’t like how this episode reintroduced the Daleks. It didn’t have a sinister feel. It felt more of a forced plot and didn’t add that much to series 5.
Time of the Angels/Flesh and Stone:
River Song is back. She summons the Doctor to pick her up, as she flies out of a ship that she had stowed away on. They follow the ship, called the Byzantium, to a planet where it has crash landed. However, the Doctor and Amy discover there is a much more sinister danger on board the ship. A Weeping Angel. River is joined by a squad of Clerics, soldiers of the church, to take down the angel. But something else is about the dark catacombs the ship crashed into.
First and foremost, I myself am a River Song fan. I love her character, and the mystery behind her character. So having a River Song episode was great, I also liked how this was a great two part episode and it really gave an introduction to the River Song story line. Not only that but it brought back my favorite Doctor Who villain, The Weeping Angels. This guys (or gals however you think of it) are pretty creepy, but you know they can add a lot of suspense and tension to a storyline. And that’s great
Vampires of Venice:
Imagine you’re having a great stag night, and your about to marry the one you love. You’re about to have one of the best “cakes” of your life, and a man pops out. A man you have not seen in two years. A man you thought was your lady’s imaginary friend. And he says he’s kissed your soon-to-be wife. From poor Rory’s point of view, that would not be a fun feeling. But, the Doctor tries to make it up to the couple by taking them to past Venice. However, young girls are disappearing around the city. Never to be seen again.
I liked this one. This one not only introduced Rory, and not only that, but at the end of the episode, it introduced The Silence and the start of their plotline. Not only that but it showed us the dynamic of Amy and Rory’s relationship. As she would put it “I have my boys, my Tardis.” It was a great episode with fantastic acting
Two realities. One is real, one is a dream. But which is which? And has it really been five years since the Doctor saw Rory and Amy? Or is that the dream? The Doctor, Amy and Rory encounter the Dream Lord, who is responsible for the two realities. And the increasing threat of danger urges the trio to try and figure out which is which. Is it the reality where the Tardis is slowly but surely falling into a frozen moon and freezing to death, or is it the place where the elderly people are attempting to kill everyone in the village?
This episode was… okay at best. It wasn’t that it was a bad episode, but it was a filler episode. And what took away from this episode was that it felt like a filler episode. I also thought, while the Dream Lord was a great character, I wished he could have been made a returning villain. Not a manifestation of the darker side of the Doctor.
The Hungry Earth/Cold Blooded:
The year is 2020. The Doctor, Amy and Rory exit the Tardis and wave at two people… who they soon realize are themselves. However at the same time, two scientists are drilling into the Earth for resources and science. However, as the Doctor and Amy investigate (And as Rory investigates the disappearances of the dead bodies in a graveyard) Amy is swallowed up into the ground. It is then the Doctor discovers that the Silurians, a reptilian-humanoid race, have been hibernating underground of centuries. Joined by a lady named Ambrose and her son Elliot, The Doctor and Rory capture a Silurian named Alaya. However, after the Doctor discovers the underground civilization of the Silurians, Ambrose kills Alaya after letting her emotions take over, since her husband had been taken by the Silurians, thus creating an act of war between humanity and the Silurians.
This episode was mediocre. It did not catch me, and I did not like the ending of the two part either. For one, introducing a character like Rory, and then “killing” him off so quickly did not give the audience enough time to get attached to the character. We are more attached to Amy and her reaction to her soon to be husbands death and then, since he fell into a crack in time, his disappearance from her memories all together. What I did like about this episode(s) was how it introduced the Silurians. I love the race and the culture behind them and it was a great introduction into their species.
Vincent and the Doctor:
The Doctor takes Amy to a museum to see her favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh. But after looking into one of his paints, they see a creature. The Doctor takes Amy back in time and they meet the painter. The painter who is a drunk, not loved at all by the city and seen as a mad man. Amy steps in to talk with the painter and they form a friendship. The Doctor, Amy and Vincent head back to his hovel when they encounter the creature in the painting: a Krafyis. A creature only Vincent can see.
This episode is probably the best in the season, besides “The Eleventh Hour”. The emotional range that this episode goes through is absolutely stunning. Amy truly leads the episode in her restoration of Vincent’s hope. And at the end of the episode, The Doctor gives one of the more popular statements the 11th Doctor gives.
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and… bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.”
With the Tardis leaving unrepentantly, and leaving Amy inside and the Doctor outside. the Doctor takes up residence with a man named Craig Owens. Craig is an ordinary bloke, who wants nothing more to tell his best friend Sophie how much he cares for her. However, the second floor of the flat, that they live on, has been mysteriously luring people up and they have not been coming back. When Sophie is lured up to the second floor, its up to Craig, and the Doctor to rescue her
This episode was more comedic than it was anything else. It was nice to see The Doctor interacting with Craig, and the humor that transpired over the Doctor having to learn domestic tasks, such as showering, getting a job ,etc. Not only that but the interaction between Craig, Sophie and the Doctor was halrious as well, since Sophie at first had eyes for the Doctor not Craig.
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang:
River Song is back, not so secretly asking the Doctor and Amy to join her in 102 A.D. River reveals that Vincent had a vision of the Tardis exploding and painted it on a secret painting. This leads the three to Stonehenge to find the mysterious Pandorica. When they find the device, they discover two things: One, the device is empty and it is made to house a single being. And… Rory is back. As a Roman. And her remembers Amy. But she does not remember him. But sadly there is no time to figure this out, as the Doctor’s enemies have joined together to imprison him in the Pandorica, for the cracks in the walls through the whole season have been linked to the Tardis. River makes her way to the Doctor’s beloved ship and is trapped inside. Rory turns out to be a Auton copy of himself, and he shoots Amy much to his despair. The Doctor has Rory put Amy’s body in the Pandorica and Rory vows to keep guard over Amy until the time is right. 2000 years later, a young Amy opens the Pandorica and meets her older self. The Doctor appears, rescues River from the trapped, exploding Tardis. However he is shot by a Dalek and gets himself in the device to save time. However, this erases himself. And the only person who can save him, is Amy Pond. All she needs to do is remember.
This episode was a nice conclusion to the series. However, I do feel it could have been better. I think the Pandorica plot needed more developing in the series. While it was nice that they incorporated all the characters from the season, and brought back Rory, more development for the plot. What was great about this episode however was that it really brought a head to Amy and Rory’s relationship. Showing Rory waiting for 2000 years for Amy, and that he was still Rory even in a Auton body. It was also nice to see Amy save the day as well, with her memories of the Doctor. Her raggedy Doctor. It was her that saves the day, and that’s a nice thing to see. Also, the episode leads us into the Silence, and more of River Song. Both which are two favorite plot lines of mine in the 11th Doctor’s run.
Series Five Overall Rating: 7/10
This series introduced Matt Smith to the audiences. And he had a ton to live up to, after David Tennant. However, he does a very good job in his first season, although he does show his age and lack of experience. he does begin to grow and by the end, you are hooked and ready for more. Karen Gillian does a fantastic job as Amy, and she really is the star of the series.
Well, I will be back for series 7! GERONIMO!