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The Eleventh Hour
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Synopsis


The Doctor Meets Amelia
The Doctor Meets Amelia
 Geronimo! A brand-new Doctor crashing to Earth. New face, new body, new man. And he’s barely staggered out of the blue box, before he’s found himself in the middle of the Crisis That Just Won’t Stop!

 No time to rest and recover, no TARDIS, no screwdriver - just six billion human beings about to die and only one man to save them. But the new Doctor encounters more than danger this is the day he meets Amy Pond. Can he persuade her to trust him, when he’s been letting her down all her life?

Source: Radio Times


General Information

Season: Thirty One (New Series 5)
Production Code: 5-1
Story Number: 203 (New Series: 47)
Episode Number:757 (New Series: 61)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates: 2009 (Block 3)
Broadcast Date: 03 April 2010
Colour Status: HD Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Upper Boat, Pontypridd)
Location: The White House and The Cathedral Green (Llandaff, Cardiff), Old Cemetery and The Vicarage (Rhymney, Gwent) and Abertillery Hospital (Aberbeeg, Abertillery).
Writer:Steven Moffat
Director:Adam Smith
Producer:Tracie Simpson
Executive Producers:Beth Willis, Piers Wenger and Steven Moffat
Script Editor:Lindsey Alford
Editor:Jamie Pearson
Production Executive:Julie Scott
Production Manager:Holly Fullinger
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Owen McPolin
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Line Producer:Patrick Schweitzer
Costume Designer:Ray Holman
Make-Up Designer:Barbara Southcott
Cameramen:Jon Vidgen (Assistant), Tom Hartley (Assistant) and Joe Russell (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Bryn Thomas
Sound Supervisor:Paul McFadden
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Real SFX
Stunt Co-ordinator:Crispin Layfield
Title Sequence:Frame Store
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor) (Newly Regenerated)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) (Joins) Guest Cast: Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Annette Crosbie (Mrs Angelo), Nina Wadia (Dr Ramsden), Patrick Moore (Himself) Additional Cast: Marcello Magni (Barney Collins), Perry Benson (Ice Cream Man), Tom Hopper (Jeff), Arthur Cox (Mr Henderson), Olivia Coleman (Mother), Eden Monteath (Child 1), Merlin Monteath (Child 2), David de Keyser (Atraxi Voice), William Wilde (Prisoner Zero Voice)Setting: Leadworth, Earth, (1996, 2008 and 2010) Villains:Atraxi and Prisoner Zero

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
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Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
757The Eleventh Hour03 April 201064'29"BBC One: 9.6
BBC HD: 0.5
Total: 10.1
Yes

Total Duration 1 Hour 4 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 10.1 (BBC One: 9.6   BBC HD: 0.5)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2010)85.10%  (Position = 2 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)85.17% Higher (Position = 17 out of 241)


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Notes


This story is the Eleventh Doctor’s first full adventure starring Matt Smith in the lead role, in which he meets Amy Pond for the first time. It featured the debut of Karen Gillan, as new companion Amy Pond, and Arthur Darvill as recurring character, Rory Williams.

This story guest stars: Nina Wadia (Goodness Gracious Me, EastEnders) as a doctor and Annnette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave, Little Dorrit) as Mrs Angelo. Also starring are Marcello Magni (The Tudors) as Barney Collins and Tom Hooper (Biker Grove) as Jeff.

Arthur Cox (who played Mr Henderson) previously played the part of Cully in the 1968 Second Doctor story "The Dominators".

Early press reports have speculated that Sir Patrick Moore's appearance in this story actually indicated that he had a larger part to play within the context of entire story.

The title of this story comes from the phrase ‘the eleventh hour’ which means something completed or done at the last possible moment and usually refers to a dramatic moment. Something done in the ‘nick of time’ would be said to have been done at the eleventh hour. The origins of the expression are said to date back centuries when the eleventh hour was the final sixty minutes in a work shift.

This is the only televised story starring a single incarnation of The Doctor to refer to the number of that incarnation in its title.

Though not the first story to be filmed for Season Thirty One (New Series 5), "The Eleventh Hour" is the first story of the new season to be transmitted and so the public's first full exposure to a new production ethos, as shaped by then-new executive producers Steven Moffatt, Piers Wenger, and Beth Willis. The first story of this season to be recoded was "The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone" – the fourth story of this season. It is not unusual in the show for the first story for a new Doctor not to be recorded first. As far back as the Fifth Doctor's first season in 1982, his debut story, "Castrovalva", was recorded after his second adventure, "Four to Doomsday".

This story contains a wealth of new elements: a new look TARDIS exterior, a new TARDIS control room, a new companion a new enemy and of course a new Doctor. But several familiar aspects are in evidence. There's the sonic screwdriver, a version of which first appeared in the 1968 Second Doctor story "Fury From the Deep", and we glimpse representations of the first ten Doctors. We also see The Doctor's psychic paper which debuted five years earlier in the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "The End of the World". We also get to hear Cloister Bell chimes once again. This was first heard in the Fourth Doctor's final story, "Logopolis" in 1981.

The TARDIS exterior features the logo of the St John Ambulance, last seen in 1965.

Amy Pond is the first modern Earth companion since the show was revived in 2005 not to originate from London. In the Doctor Who Confidential episode for this story, Steven Moffat reveals that London-set stories had become a cliché and this was an attempt to prevent this from continuing.

Amelia, or young Amy, is played by Karen Gillan's cousin Caitlin Blackwood.

This story features a brand new new logo. Appropriately, it's the eleventh Doctor Who logo. It was first ‘unveiled’ in October 2009. As well as a new logo this story is the debut of new opening titles and theme tune.

This story is directed by Adam Smith whose previous credits include Little Dorrit.

According to Russell T. Davies in his book "Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale", Steven Moffat began writing this story in January 2008.

It has a longer running time than the usual 45-minute instalments, clocking in at approximately 65 minutes.

The scenes around Amy's home in the fictitious village of Leadworth were filmed on the Cathedral Green in Llandaff - the same part of Cardiff where the remembrance service in the 2007 Tenth Doctor story "Human Nature/The Family of Blood" was filmed.

Scenes with Amy Pond in a police uniform and the Eleventh Doctor still in the Tenth Doctor's outfit were shot in Cardiff in October 2009.

The last part of this story to be completed was the opening titles. A different version was used for press screenings and during The Doctor Who Tour.

Interestingly when The Doctor intends to return in 5 minutes but actually it takes him 12 years is similar to the first time he takes Rose home in the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "Aliens of London/World War Three". However, in this earlier story instead of taking 12 hours, it was 12 months.

An amusing scene with Amelia has The Doctor craving for many different types of foods whilst still undergoing the final stages of his regeneration. He attempted to try many until he finally decided which one he liked. The Doctor didn't like Apples, Yoghurt, Bacon, Beans or Bread and Butter but did like Fish Fingers and Custard.

Prisoner Zero is heard to mention that ‘The Pandorica will open. The creature then repeats ‘Silence will fall’. Who or what the Pandorica is was not revealed.

The Doctor is heard to say to a young Amelia ‘you've had some cowboys in here", a line he previously used in the 2006 Tenth Doctor story "The Girl in the Fireplace".

The Doctor is heard to use the phrase ‘Wibbley Wobbley, Timey Whimey’ which was first used by the Tenth Doctor in "Blink" and again by both the Fifth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor in the 2007 Children in Need special scene "Time Crash".

Similar to the Third Doctor, in "Spearhead from Space", and the Eighth Doctor, in the 1996 television movie "Doctor Who: The Movie", the Eleventh Doctor steals his outfit from the changing room in a hospital (which, outwardly, also resembles the hospital from "Spearhead from Space").

The Doctor mentions that one of the rooms in Amy Pond's house has a perception filter around the door that stopped her from noticing the room, much like the TARDIS keys ("The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords") and the Torchwood Three lift. (Torchwood story "Everything Changes").

In trying to signal the Atraxi ship, the Tenth Doctor's sonic screwdriver, which the Eleventh Doctor inherits from his previous self, is destroyed. This is not the first time The Doctor's sonic screwdriver has been destroyed. It was previously destroyed in the 2007 Tenth Doctor story "Smith and Jones" (a story which was also the first of a new season and also introduced a new companion) and in the 1982 Fifth Doctor story "The Visitation".

When the Doctor calls back the Atraxi, he refers to their threat to incinerate the Earth as illegal under the Shadow Proclamation. This space police organisation was first mentioned in the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "Rose", and The Doctor finally visited them in the 2008 Tenth Doctor story "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End". The Shadow Proclamation was also mentioned in The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Prisoner of the Judoon".

When the Atraxi ask about Earth, The Doctor is heard to respond with ‘I've put a lot of work into it’. These are the same lines used in the Red Nose comedy sketch "The Curse of the Fatal Death" (also written by Moffat) with regards to the universe.

Whilst proving, to the Atraxi, that Earth is protected, flashbacks included not just moments from the revived show but also those from the original run of the show, including all previous ten incarnations of The Doctor and classic monsters such as including the Sea Devils, Sontarans, Cybermen, Ood and Daleks.

This story contains minor references to previous episodes written by Steven Moffat. Libraries are mentioned on numerous occasions, a potential reference to the 2008 Tenth Doctor story "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". The concept of meeting a person at different points of their life - as The Doctor accidentally does to Amy Pond - was a major theme in "The Girl in the Fireplace". Similarly it is revealed that River Song also meets The Doctor at different points in his life.

The Doctor opens the TARDIS by clicking his fingers - a technique River Song recalled from The Doctor's future in "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". Additionally, when departing at the end of this story The Doctor uses the phrase ‘next stop, everywhere’ echoing a line by River Song in the same recollection scene.

This story reveals that at least some sonic screwdrivers are grown/built by the TARDIS.

Look out for the scene with the new TARDIS interior as the monitor in the new TARDIS console has a Magpie Electricals logo on it. Magpie Electricals was the name of the shop in the 2006 Tenth Doctor story "The Idiot's Lantern". Also in this final scene, the monitor is showing a waveform which uncannily appears to be the same shape as the crack in Amelia's wall.

The story was extensively previewed prior to broadcast, with special screenings in several British cities as part of a special promotional tour at the end of March 2010. The first minute of the story was also released as a special preview on the digital Red Button service in the week prior to its first BBC One broadcast.

This opening scene, with the TARDIS flying over London as it crashes down to Earth, was actually a pick-up. It was not originally included in the final shooting script of the story and was written months after principal photography had wrapped on the story. It technically had its own script, subtitled "Opening Sequence". At least two drafts were written, with the second being dated 17th December 2009.

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the first chapter of the fifth series of Doctor Who Confidential. Titled "Call Me The Doctor" which looked into the making of this story and the introduction of the new Doctor. It was presented by Alex Price.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first story of Season Thirty One (New Series 5).

 Matt Smith's first full story as the Eleventh Doctor.

 The introduction of companion Amy Pond played by Karen Gillan.

 Amy Pond is the first modern Earth companion since the series' revival to not originate from London.

 The introduction of regular supporting character Rory Williams, as Amy Pond's boyfriend, (played by Arthur Darvill)

 The first story using a new title sequence featuring Matt Smith as The Doctor.

 The first Doctor Who story, starring a single incarnation of The Doctor, to refer to the number of that incarnation in its title.

 Steven Moffat's, Piers Wenger's and Beth Willis' first involvement in the show as Executive Producers.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Adam Smith.


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The Plot

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The Eleventh Doctor Arrives
The Eleventh Doctor Arrives

After having undergone his tenth regeneration (see the ending of the previous story "The End of Time"), the Eleventh Doctor is hanging on for dear life in the open doorway of the TARDIS as his time-machine hurtles out of control, over the city of London, as it crashes back to Earth.

After narrowly avoiding a collision with Big Ben, the TARDIS crash lands on its side in the small village of Leadworth in the back garden of seven year old Amelia Pond. Disturbed in the middle of her prayers the young Amelia goes outside to investigate and sees a bedraggled and newly regenerated Eleventh Doctor struggling from a burnt out TARDIS.

She is at first surprised by The Doctor’s strange appearance and unusual behaviour but takes him inside her aunt’s home and helps him satisfy his bizarre food cravings. After many failed attempts his favourite food turns out to be Fish Fingers and Custard. During their conversations Amelia mentions to The Doctor about a crack in her bedroom wall – which she tells The Doctor has been worrying her due to the strange voice emanating from it.

Amelia Pond
Amelia Pond

The Doctor decides to investigate it. However, he discovers that it is not just a crack in a wall, but a crack in the universe itself, and on the other side is a prison run by the Atraxi. The Atraxi deliver a warning to them both that ‘Prisoner Zero has escaped’, but before The Doctor can help further he is interrupted by the TARDIS’s cloister bell.

As he rushes from the house, with Amelia close behind, The Doctor tells her that if he does not stabilise the engines then they will incinerate. The Doctor needs to pilot the TARDIS into the future to stop the engines from phasing. As he enters the TARDIS he promises Amelia he will return in five minutes. After the TARDIS disappears she rushes back into the house, and her bedroom, and packs a small suitcase. She then returns to the garden and begins to wait for his promised return.

A Long Five Minutes
A Long Five Minutes

But for Amelia, The Doctor does not return. That is not until twelve years later. For The Doctor it is just five minutes and he has some important information regarding the crack in Amelia’s bedroom wall. The Doctor therefore is not prepared for being hit over the head with a cricket bat. When he comes too The Doctor finds himself handcuffed to a radiator and being questioned by a young woman police officer. He soon discovers that not only is the police woman Amelia, or Amy as she is now known, but she is not a real policewoman but is working as a kissogram.

But The Doctor has more important things to worry about then having been gone for twelve years as he explains to Amy that the Prisoner Zero, whom the Atraxi referred too, has been living in Amy’s house by placing a perception filter on one of the rooms of the house. This perception filter makes it so that no-one, but the trained few, can see what is really there.

Amy is understandably shocked at discovering that there is an extra room in the house and, ignoring The Doctors warnings not to, decides to investigate the ‘new’ room alone. Inside she comes face-to-face with Prisoner Zero who is a large snake-like creature. Realising she is in grave danger she dashes back to The Doctor and gives him back his sonic screwdriver which The Doctor uses to free himself just as Prisoner Zero breaks through the door and emerges as a human form with a fierce looking dog.

Amy Pond
Amy Pond

Prisoner Zero has in fact taken on the form of a comatose patient, currently in the hospital where Amy’s boyfriend Rory works. Prisoner Zero, with his dog, then chases the two out of the house after the Atraxi’s message from the beginning of the story begins to play through every television, radio and electronic device in the world, adding that the world will be destroyed should Prisoner Zero not give itself up.

The Doctor deduces that they have twenty minutes before the Atraxi weapons power up and therefore he has only that amount of time to save the world. Armed with this knowledge, he uses a laptop and Rory’s phone to transmit a computer virus around the world that sets the clocks back to zero and all computer generated displays to show the number zero, therefore notifying the Atraxi of Prisoner Zero’s presence on Earth and allowing them to track it to Leadworth.

After a standoff in the coma ward of the hospital, during which Amy is nearly killed when the snakelike Prisoner attempts to steal her dreams and memories to use as a form, Prisoner Zero is recaptured. However, much to the dismay of Amy, The Doctor brings the Atraxi back to the hospital roof and, after donning a new outfit, taken from a hospital locker room, he the tells the Atraxi that aliens have invaded Earth before and to look up how they were defeated. The Atraxi discover what The Doctor has done in the past and that he is capable of doing likewise to them and so promptly leave.

Having saved the world once again The Doctor returns to the TARDIS, which by this point has finished repairing itself, and takes it for a quick spin just to be certain that all is well. He again returns to Amy late. However, this time only two years have passed for Amy. Even so he shows Amy the inside of the regenerated TARDIS and she agrees to travel with him on the condition he returns her to the next day. What she does not tell The Doctor is that he has whisked her away in the TARDIS on the eve of her wedding day.

 
Amy Meets Prisoner Zero
Amy Meets Prisoner Zero
The Eleventh Doctor
The Eleventh Doctor
Amy Confronts The Doctor
Amy Confronts The Doctor
The Atraxi
The Atraxi
 
The Doctor Taunts Prisoner Zero
The Doctor Taunts Prisoner Zero
Amy and Rory
Amy and Rory
Two Doctors
Two Doctors
An Invitation to Travel in the TARDIS
An Invitation to Travel in the TARDIS




Quote of the Story


 'I’m the Doctor. I’m worse than everybody’s Aunt.'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
The Eleventh Hour - The Beast Below - Victory of the DaleksJune 2010BBCDVD 3213Photo-montage
Video
Blu-Ray
The Eleventh Hour - The Beast Below - Victory of the DaleksJune 2010BBCBD 0082Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete Fifth Series Box SetNovember 2010BBCDVD 3285Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Fifth Series Box SetNovember 2010BBCBD 0115Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Fifth Series Box Set (Limited Edition)November 2010BBCDVD 3344Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD boxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Fifth Series Box Set (Limited Edition)November 2010BBCBD 0130Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all 10 stories
Audio
CD
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 5November 2010Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold
Audio
CD
The Essential CompanionNovember 2010Photo-montageDocumentary
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Audio
CD
The 50th Anniversary CollectionDecember 2013Photo-montageOriginal Television Soundtracks
Video
DVD
The Complete Fifth Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3969Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Fifth Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)February 2020Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 420 (Released: April 2010)
Doctor Who Magazine - ReviewIssue 421 (Released: May 2010)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 495 (Released: February 2016)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 515 (Released: September 2017)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 549 (Released: April 2020)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 74 (Released: November 2011)

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Original Television Soundtrack Cover

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Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

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The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover

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Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
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Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

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Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 420
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 420

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Doctor Who Magazine - Review: Issue 421
Doctor Who Magazine - Review: Issue 421

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Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 495
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 495

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Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 515
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 515

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Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 549
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 549

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Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 74
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 74

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