Doctor Who - Series 5 (2010)

Doctor Who - Series 5
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Mild science fiction violence and some scary scenes

Actors: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan

Doctor Who moves into the fifth series with an all new doctor. Expect all the action, adventure and humour of this series that sci-fi fans have followed since launch. Matt Smith the 11th Doctor will bring in a whole new generation of fans.

DVD Boxset
Status: Normal
Run time: 180mins
Origin: UNITED KINGDOM
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
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Run Time: 180mins
File Size (Approx): 1.6 GB
Doctor Who
by Andrew Williams,

Now, this is a story all about how... the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) first meets his new companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) when he is called to investigate a strange crack in her bedroom wall. Years later, he meets her again as an adult and they begin to have adventures together. Happy days? Doctor Who is a strange beast. It’s an unapologetically hokey sci-fi show with an impenetrable mythology that has somehow managed to inspire legions of fans who await each new episode with bated breath. The history is so tangled and thick that watching your first episode of Doctor Who can be like trying to hack your way through a jungle with a pencil. Yet, somehow, new explorers keep signing up every day. Season Five of Doctor Who was where I first signed up: finally deciding I was going to get a...

Now, this is a story all about how... the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) first meets his new companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) when he is called to investigate a strange crack in her bedroom wall. Years later, he meets her again as an adult and they begin to have adventures together.

Happy days? Doctor Who is a strange beast. It’s an unapologetically hokey sci-fi show with an impenetrable mythology that has somehow managed to inspire legions of fans who await each new episode with bated breath. The history is so tangled and thick that watching your first episode of Doctor Who can be like trying to hack your way through a jungle with a pencil. Yet, somehow, new explorers keep signing up every day.

Season Five of Doctor Who was where I first signed up: finally deciding I was going to get a handle on this evasive piece of pop culture, I watched season premiere ‘The Eleventh Hour’ and was immediately hooked. I can’t imagine a better starting point for your Doctor Who journey, should you care to take it. Be forewarned, though: I would argue Doctor Who never really rises higher than above-average on the quality spectrum for any length of time during its modern run, and this is still my favourite ever season of the show, perhaps because it was my introduction.

This was the first season where Sherlock and Coupling impresario Steven Moffat took over as showrunner and he brought with him a brand new Doctor. Matt Smith had an insurmountable level of pressure weighing on him to follow David Tennant’s defining turn in the lead; the fact he mounts a very convincing argument that he’s even better than Tennant is some achievement. With a new Doctor came a new companion and Karen Gillan takes about twenty minutes of screentime to prove this wouldn’t be her last go-round in galaxy-based fiction.

The final frontier: Great stories, a great cast and great writing make this my favourite season of Doctor Who and an excellent jumping-on point for potential new companions.

Top three episodes: 12) The Pandorica Opens. Sometimes episodes boil down to moments, and Smith gets a hell of a moment in the penultimate ep of his first season in the role. His ability to project intimidating power with a simple minute-long speech is the kind of acting achievement that doesn’t get recognised in this sort of show, but should be. 4) The Time of Angels/ 5) Flesh and Stone. The Weeping Angels make a chilling reappearance in a superbly scary two-parter.

Worst episode: 2) The Beast Below. Season 5 is actually really consistent, with none of the stand-out stinkers that populate almost every other season, but this second episode aims for social satire and misses by some margin (though I like what it was going for).

Season MVP: I am constantly in awe of how good Matt Smith is as The Doctor: his manic energy lends the character a whole other dimension from Tennant’s work while still retaining the essence of what made Tennant so good. He’s brilliantly funny when he needs to be and stupefyingly good in more dramatic moments. I can only imagine that once Hollywood figures out how to use him, he’ll be a superstar.

4/5

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Season cover
1. The Eleventh Hour (60m) info
2. The Beast Below (45m) info
3. Victory of the Daleks (45m) info
4. The Time of Angels (45m) info
5. Flesh and Stone (45m) info
6. The Vampires of Venice (45m) info
7. Amy's Choice (45m) info
8. The Hungry Earth (45m) info
9. Cold Blood (45m) info
10. Vincent and the Doctor (45m) info
11. The Lodger (45m) info
12. The Pandorica Opens (45m) info
13. The Big Bang (60m) info

Member Reviews (5)

The writing in this season of the Doctor is the strongest yet. Apart from a low point of Daleks in Churchill's England, the episodes get better and better. My personal favorite is the one featuring Vincent Van Gogh (disregard the monster of the week). Matt Smith is a delightful new version of the Doctor. I don't know if bow ties are in fact cool, but, if the Doctor wears it, it's cool. Let us hope to see more of at least this caliber.
Posted Thursday, 24 July 2014 See my other reviews
Hypocryte guy
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I have been a Dr. Who fan since William Hartnell appeared on my parents B & W box TV, hiding behind the sofa when the Cybermen & Daleks appeared... plenty of nightmares!. I was a bit hesitant to see the new Doctors, but I have really enjoyed the episodes when Matt Smith & Karen Gillan teamed up. Rory the loser Roman soldier is in a class of his own, sometimes he's a buffoon, other times he really steps up to the plate! Still trying to understand how "Riversong" could be Amy's daughter! Good for a rainy day (or in Qld's case, a rainy living room!!) Please donate to the QLD crisis fund.
Posted Wednesday, 30 January 2013 See my other reviews
AM
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Ok this is Steven Moffat (writer on eps The Empty Child, Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library... you know the **good** ones) taking over where Russell T Davies left off. New Doctor, new companion, new look, new decade and it's the start of a(nother) Golden Age for the show. The 13 eps in this set of discs have ups and downs (Victory o fthe Daleks I'm looking at you!) but each and every stand re-watching by kids and grown ups. That's the acid test IMHO. In the climax of the first ep, the new Doctor (Matt Smith) finally gets both into costume and character and simply tells the Attraxi exactly who he is "so basically, run..." This is a symbolic and an iconic moment that this old time DW fan convinced. People, this isn't some boring old TV show.... it's Doctor Who and it's still special after all these years.
Posted Friday, 29 June 2012 See my other reviews
lesley
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loved it been a Dr Who since the 70s
Posted Sunday, 27 March 2011 See my other reviews
Tony Carey
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Great Doctor in 2 great Steven Moffatt stories. The third ep on the Disc is "Victory Of The Daleks" - not the most plausible battle, I'm afraid, and a little too obviously inspired by Star Wars. Smacks of fan fiction. Otherwise ... GREAT!! :D
Posted Saturday, 6 November 2010 See my other reviews
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