Steven Moffat is now at the helm, and there’s a new Doctor in the TARDIS. Will things be different for the new series, or are we just going to get more of the same?

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams
Caitlin Blackwood as Amelia
Nina Wadia as Dr Ramsden
Marcello Magni as Barney Collins
Perry Benson as Ice Cream Man
Annette Crosbie as Mrs Angelo
Tom Hopper as Jeff
Arthur Cox as Mr Henderson
Olivia Coleman as Mother
Eden Monteath as Child 1
Merin Monteath as Child 2
David de Keyser as the Atraxi Voice
William Wilde as Prisoner Zero’s Voice
Patrick Moore as himself

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Tracie Simpson

Directed by Adam Smith

Originally aired on the 3rd of April 2010 on BBC One/BBC HD in the United Kingdom.

If you really want to avoid all hints of spoilers, don’t read any further and just know that the final score is 35 and it’s a really, really good episode which you should watch absolutely immediately.

Premise

The newly-regenerated Doctor crashes his TARDIS in a garden and meets a girl who has a scary crack in the wall of her bedroom.

High Points

  • The first time we see the door to the sixth room open
  • Amelia, sitting on her suitcase (in a weepy sort of way)
  • Actual acknowledgement of the pre-revival Doctors!

Low Points

  • The pre-credits sequence. Maybe just a leftover from the previous episode though.
  • The food thing. I was getting sinking feelings and we were only five minutes in.

The Scores

Originality: Nothing was particularly surprising or unexpected, but the overall treatment felt nice and fresh. Four out of six.

Effects: I like the Atraxi spaceships, but most of the rest of the effects consist of ordinary practical pyro and a bit of unconvincing CGI creature. Four out of six.

Story: It’s a good story, hangs together very well and looks at some of the practical effects of putting a broken time machine in the hands of a fairly unstable person, as well as incorporating a good bit of saving the world from some overzealous alien prison guards. Five out of six.

Acting: The most impressive thing was how well Caitlin Blackwood played the young Amelia so utterly convincingly that when we meet the adult Amelia we know or at least suspect her identity immediately. Matt Smith also seems fairly promising, and Karen Gillen turned in a good opening performance too. Five out of six.

Emotional response: Steven Moffat has a knack for tugging at heartstrings, and he’s doing it again. As I said in the high points, Amelia sitting on her suitcase, and the open door. Six out of six.

Production: Some good details here and there. I particularly liked the portrayal of starting to cook something. The new TARDIS interior is also a nice change with good referances to past designs. Five out of six.

Overall: A great start to the new series with a new guy in charge and a new guy in the TARDIS. Six out of six. There may be some hope after all.

The Eleventh Hour receives a grand total of thirty-five out of forty-two.