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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour

Heavily damaged, the TARDIS crash lands in a rural area of England. As it begins to replenish its energies, the newly regenerated Doctor settles within his surroundings, and meets a young, feisty Scot, Amy Pond. He's forced to leave briefly, but when he returns, he discovers that an alien is on the loose and Earth is 20 minutes from extinction.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Airdate: Saturday April 03rd, 2010
Special Airtime: 06:20 pm

Director: Adam Smith (6)
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Apr 18, 2010


Guest Stars
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams
Caitlin BlackwoodCaitlin Blackwood
As Amelia
Nina WadiaNina Wadia
As Dr Ramsden
Marcello MagniMarcello Magni
As Barney Collins
Perry BensonPerry Benson
As Ice Cream Man
Annette CrosbieAnnette Crosbie
As Mrs Angelo
Tom HopperTom Hopper
As Jeff
Arthur CoxArthur Cox
As Mr. Henderson
Olivia ColmanOlivia Colman
As Mother
Eden MonteathEden Monteath
As Child 1
Merin MonteathMerin Monteath
As Child 2
David de KeyserDavid de Keyser
voiced Atraxi
William WildeWilliam Wilde
voiced Prisoner Zero
Patrick MoorePatrick Moore
As Himself
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond


The damaged TARDIS flies out of control above modern-day London, the newly-regenerated Doctor in his 11th incarnation clinging to the edge of the doorway. The Doctor manages to use his sonic screwdriver to trigger the controls, narrowly avoiding Big Ben. He finally manages to climb into the burning control room and close the doors, only to have the TARDIS shoot off in a different directions...

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Episode Notes
New opening credits feature the TARDIS plummeting through the Time Vortex, a tunnel-like effect. The theme music is redone, and the new logo with a TARDIS-shaped DW inserted, appears.

Episode Quotes
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.

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

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

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

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.
The Doctor: Everything's going to be fine.

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

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.

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. 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: And the final score is no TARDIS, no screwdriver, two minutes to spare. Who da man?!? (everyone stares) Oh, I'm never saying that 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!
Atraxi: You are not of this world.
The Doctor: No but I've put a lot of work into it.

Atraxi: 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?
Atraxi: No.
The Doctor: Are the peoples of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the Atraxi?
Atraxi: 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? (the Atraxi review their files of the Doctor's past) Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically, run.

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: 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: 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.

Episode Goofs
When the Doctor enters Amelia's house, the apple he's eating is initially a bright red.

After he spits it out, it turns a lighter green-red.

Episode References
The "monsters" that appear in the Atraxi hologram include: Cybermen, Daleks, Pyrovile, Empress of the Racnoss, Sycorax Leader, Ood, Hath, Sontarans, Sea Devils, Reapers, Vashta Nerada space-suited victim

The TARDIS exterior and interior are redesigned. The exterior is a brighter blue, with frames around the windows and the St. John Ambulance logo on the door. The interior control room gets a new multi-level upgrade, with several stairwells going in and out. The TARDIS console now rests on a plexiglass platform with an underlevel, and the console itself has a new Time Rotor, and a console with a gramophone, typewriter, hot/cold water taps, and other items added.

The Doctor gets a new sonic screwdriver when his old one overloads during his confrontation with Prisoner Zero. This is made out of brass rather than a silvery metal, and has a green glowing tip instead of blue.

All ten of the Doctor's previous incarnations appear on the Atraxi hologram projector.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBeth Willis  |  Steven Moffat  |  Piers Wenger
ProducerTracie Simpson
EditorJamie Pearson
Line ProducerPatrick Schweitzer
First Assistant DirectorJohn Bennett (2)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerRay Holman
Make-upMorag Smith
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DesignerRhys Jarman
Set DecoratorKeith Dunne
Location ManagerGareth Skelding  |  Paul Davies (3)
Property MasterPaul Aitken
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCat Gregory
Post Production SupervisorSamantha Hall  |  Chris Blatchford
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)  |  Matthew Clarke (2)
Director of PhotographyOwen McPolin
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Storyboard ArtistJames Iles
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementHolly Pullinger  |  Claire Thomas
Sound MixerJeff Welch
Script EditorLindsey Alford
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistBryn Thomas
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorBobbie Peach
Boom OperatorDafydd Parry
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantCeri Tothill  |  Carole Wakefield
Casting AssistantAlice Purser
Camera AssistantJon Vidgen  |  Tom Hartley
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristMick Vincent
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerMatthew Poynter  |  Steve Rees
RunnerLaura Jenkins  |  Nicola Lynon Price
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Graphic ArtistJackson Pope
Makeup ArtistAbi Brotherton
Concept ArtistPeter McKinstry  |  Shaun Williams
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsPhill Shellard  |  Tom Evans (2)
Production RunnerSian Warrilow
Associate DesignerJames North
Scenic ArtistJohn Pinkerton  |  John Whalley
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCeres Doyle
Make-up SupervisorPam Mullins
Costume AssistantSara Morgan  |  Maria Franchi
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