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Doctor Who 5.01 The Eleventh Hour

Down from Heaven comes ELEVEN
and there's HELL to pay below

  • New theme: love the graphics, quite like the 80s-tastic fonts, not sure about the music.

  • Adore the new TARDIS, oh my God. Watching the Confidential now and the Gallifreyan text all over it is wonderful. And the typewriter and the Morse Code thing. The actual travelling engine thing's got even more phallic, though.

  • Wasn't keen on the tone at the start - a bit TOO farce - but it improved. I adored Matt from the start, and the TARDIS crashing on its side and how you'd have to rappel out.

  • New things for Eleven: physical violence to an extent - they did a close-up on him grabbing Amy's wrist early on, and then grabbing one of the guys. And Amy, of course, and the car door. Win. Also, sarcasm.

  • I was wondering at the start what was going on with Amy's accent, but it was just a bait-and-switch thing for the audience, I guess. Glad we've ended up with the Scottish accent.

  • I think Karen Gillan's going to be really, really good. This was a pretty shallow ep, as these things go, but we got a couple of glimpses of proper acting. Matt, too, looks like he has more than Tennant's two settings. (Which I knew, from Party Animals!)

  • I was worried at the start that Moffat seemed to be just recycling bits of his own old plots, but either he stopped doing it or I stopped noticing...but Big Ben, the hospital ward, the little girl, I can't remember what else, but there were a few things. I hope he doesn't only actually have three plots, that'd be a problem.

  • Looks like we might recycle the Rose & Mickey relationship with Amy & Rory. Don't know why he had to exist, really.

  • Ooh, get to see all the Doctors again. Eccleston! Matt Smith was a bit Tennant, I've seen people saying, but I saw some resemblance to Eccleston in there too. There was one line in particular that was just, yeah. Must rewatch.

  • Quotes - "You're Scottish. Fry something." "I'm the Doctor. I'm worse than everybody's aunt." "Basically....run."

  • I do wonder if the rest of the writers are going to remember that list of foods Eleven doesn't like.

  • So, very very good for an intro episode, but I think it can get better.

Four stars. Awesome, but I'm sure Moffat can improve on awesome, so I'm leaving some space.



( 13 comments — Comment )
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm really hoping that the whole point of Rory was to set Amy up with a life she wants to go back to (she's supposed to be marrying him in the morning, after all!) rather than having her be another person who wants to travel with the Doctor forever...
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
That would be really good, though it seems somehow unfair on her fiance! But yes, she's looking nicely independent with her own agenda and agency so far.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I agree it would be good, but lets face it: if you really wanted to be certain of being back by tomorrow, would you go off with someone who has demonstrated a complete inability to hit the right year?
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Heh, that did occur to me too!
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Arguably Pertwee was a bit Troughton in the early part of his first episode. When the 3rd Doctor is in the bed looking at the mirror, he seems to be acting the way he thinks the 2nd Doctor would behave.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and I think they've established in the new series that regeneration=hyperactivity, and Tennant was usually hyper, so there's always going to seem like there's a resemblance there.
Apr. 4th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Pertwee's very Troughton in Spearhead from Space, which I think is mostly down to the script. Robert Holmes complained at the time that the Doctor was very hard to write because he didn't really know who he was writing for, and it really shows. And it's something that can be seen in other early stories for new Doctors (Terry Nation, for instance, is plainly writing for Pertwee all the way through Genesis of the Daleks).
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I do wonder if the rest of the writers are going to remember that list of foods Eleven doesn't like.

I don't think they have to - he said something about having a new mouth and everything tasting wrong, so I expect things will even out.

Overall, I definitely agree - a good start, but more needed before we can be sure we're on firm ground. I think I'll need to rewatch it too.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, that would make sense - I was thinking more along the lines of "new tastebuds like different things", but the toothbrushing analogy fits your interpretation better.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
I really dislike the opening chords to the new theme tune. They don't fit at all.

Rose & Mickey -- yes, but there's the other bloke too, the one with the laptop... and what about her wedding tomorrow morning?
Though the extra 2 years is a bit cruel. I figured when she said it that is was a windup as payback.

> I do wonder if the rest of the writers are going to remember that list of foods Eleven doesn't like.

He's still developing!
Apr. 3rd, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
And overall rating -- not brilliant, but definitely better than most of RTD's season openers since Rose. New Earth: awful; Smith and Jones: not bad; hmm Partners in Crime wasn't bad actually... that was the Adipose wasn't it? Oh but I vaguely remember the plot resolution was typical RTD handwavy wank.
The date thing here was sort of, but at least it served no other purpose than a beacon -- I was dreading a la RTD it might mean the 20 minute count was magically reset or some gubbins like that.
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Apr. 5th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Yup. She has lovely lips.
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Speaking of plot reycling ...
... Girl in the Fireplace with a happy ending? Little girl with bedroom monsters and an imaginary Doctor friend ... coming back too late ... grown-up girl in love with Doctor ... etc, etc.
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