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  • Summary: The Doctor (Matt Smith) regenerates into his 11th self as the sci-fi series moves over to BBC America and meets the Doctor's new companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It's obvious from the start that a familiar hand is at work in the storytelling, and 27-year-old Mr. Smith is as game as his predecessors in committing whole-hog to the crazy and delivering the drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Truth is there’s nothing off in either Smith’s infectiously enthusiastic spin on the good Doctor or in newly installed executive producer Steven Moffat's confident storytelling.
  3. It takes no time at all for the new team to establish its authority; the new "Who" feels at once traditional and fresh, and completely right.
  4. Smith's work in "The Eleventh Hour" showed us exactly what Moffat saw in that audition...."Eleventh Hour" is also a great build-up for Karen Gillan's immensely likable Amy Pond, who has by far the most interesting, emotionally resonant backstory of the modern companions.
  5. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    It's family-friendly and adult-pleasing, over-the-top and nightmarish, witty and deep all at the same time.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Sharply satirical and playfully dorky without getting bogged down in its own mythology, this iteration should continue to broaden the show's appeal beyond its twin fanbases of Comic-Con lifers and Anglophiles, though both groups will certainly give their seal of approval.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Allowances must be made for a scene-setting episode introducing an entire new cast, and the show could easily get back in the groove next week. But perhaps, once the new Doctor gets the hang of the Tardis, he could go back to late 2009 and pick up Mr. Davies, just for a consult.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Sep 3, 2011
    Hands down the best season of Doctor Who so far. Moffat is a clever writer, with episodes that make you realize that The Doctor is more than just a silly man with a time machine. Sure, its ridiculous, but if you're bashing this season for being overly ridiculous, you should step back and realize that you're watching a show starring a man named "The Doctor" who is a time traveling alien called a Time Lord, with two hearts and a sonic screwdriver that can basically do anything, and can't die because he just turns into a different person basically. If that's not ridiculous, you have no business watching this show. As a friend of mine said, The Doctor's greatest tool is his cartoon resourcefulness. Every episode in this season is brilliant, Matt Smith is an incredible actor, and everything is so shiny and fancy, not cheap-feeling like seasons before. I'm glad Moffat took the reigns. He's a brilliant writer and is turning the show into something great and its never been before. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2010
    This is an excellent show! and the new doctor, although not David Tennant, is brilliant. I hope this show never goes off the air, I can't get enough of it. Expand
  3. MickeyS.
    Apr 18, 2010
    As a long time Dr. Who fan, I found this episode was brilliant.
  4. Sep 14, 2011
    Good for the most part, but some plots were far too complicated. Still, Matt Smith proves himself as the best Doctor yet, and the companions have some more substance than previous ones. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2011
    As always, I love looking forward to Doctor Who. I found it fascinating when Matt Smith appeared on the scene and was always willing to give the next incarnation of the Doctor a try. There was much I liked about this season, like the introduction of new characters such as the vampires which were actually aliens and the comeback of the Weeping Angels. Of course, it was then that I realised it looked more like a kid's show than a family favourite, which it isn't supposed to be. Not too bad for Matt's first series, although it could have been a little better - on another note, my favourite episode was Time of Angels. Expand
  6. Mungo
    Apr 17, 2010
    Opening scene was tedious with the food. Little Amelia was great. Keep Amy, keep the cast. Get a new writer & a new Dr. I'm sick of seeing the world saved in 20 minutes. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2011
    I didn't like it from way back when and it is no different now. Campy at its dumbest. I have a few friends that liked it many years ago but they have also lost interest. Expand

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