Doctor Who: Season 5 (2010)


Season 5
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Doctor Who morphs once again into an enchanting odyssey in its fifth season, spearheaded by Matt Smith's endlessly endearing incarnation of the Time Lord.



Critic Ratings: 14


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Air date: Apr 17, 2010

The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) must save the world in 20 minutes even though the TARDIS is wrecked and his sonic screwdriver is disabled. Fortunately, he also meets Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) in the fifth-season premiere.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2010

Amy and the Doctor visit the distant future, where they find an abandoned Earth and the British people living on a starship in space, searching for a new planet to call home.

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Air date: May 1, 2010

The Doctor and Amy meet Winston Churchill during a trip back to World War II, where they also encounter Daleks.

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Air date: May 8, 2010

The Doctor tracks the last of the Weeping Angels at the request of Father Octavian, and River Song resurfaces.

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Air date: May 15, 2010

The Weeping Angels surround the Doctor and his friends, forcing them to make an escape through the forest vault.

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Air date: May 22, 2010

The Doctor takes Amy and Rory on a romantic getaway to 16th-century Venice, where he encounters "pale, creepy girls who don't like sunlight."

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Air date: Jun 5, 2010

Amy faces a terrible choice when the Doctor reappears in her life after a five-year hiatus.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2010

A drilling project penetrates the Earth's crust with adverse consequences.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2010

The Earth is on the brink of its final war, or a new age of harmony.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2010

The Doctor and Amy meet Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.

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T he Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion Amy Pond (Karan Gillan) embark on a series of incredible adventures through time and space in the fifth series of the enduing British sci-fi series. Traveling in the TARDIS, The Doctor, Amy, and others face off against a formidable onslaught of foes including Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, Smilers, Sea Devils, The Entity, and the dreaded Vashta Nerada. Meanwhile, memorable encounters with such noted historical figures as Vincent van Gogh and Winston Churchill reveal just how different the present might have been without The Doctor and his companions to save the day.

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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who Season 5

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

Very promising start to the semi-new era.

Apr 3, 2010 | Full Review…

Even allowing for the fact that the world is going to end in 20 minutes ("The universe is cracked!"), you do feel he could simmer down a bit. And that goes for the new scriptwriter, Steven Moffatt.

Feb 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Like Tennant's first appearance, Smith throws himself into the part as if he'd been playing it all along, even though he shows up wearing Tennant's old clothes and still shaking up some of the after-effects of his transformation.

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A whole new world of regulars is seamlessly introduced, the story has both pace and complexity, and it's refreshing not be in London again.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It felt a bit routine, as if keeping the machine running was now the paradigm.

Apr 3, 2010 | Full Review…

Hang on to the TARDIS, fans, it looks like we're in for quite a ride.

Apr 3, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I may be chancing my arm, but it's obvious from the off that the 11th Doctor will be up there with the greatest. Despite his youth, Matt Smith instantly embodies our ancient hero, the "mad man with a box".

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Ablaze with confidence, subtly shifting from the cinematic verve of the Russell T Davies era to a quirky new flavour.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Despite the occasional misfire though, it's hard to knock Steven Moffat's remarkably assured debut as Doctor Who show runner. Season 5 mightn't have been perfect but it reinvigorated the aging time-travel format with a burst of creative energy.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Long live David Tennant, of course, but if "The Eleventh Hour" is any indication, Matt Smith is "the man," even if the Doctor promises in this episode never to use that phrase again.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] family-friendly science-fiction series redefined for the new millenium by an especially grand, generous spirit to its storytelling. [Blu-ray]

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As 21st-century time lords go, Matthew Smith fits right in.

Apr 3, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 5

  • Dec 29, 2020
    I think everyone was expecting for the worse because of what happened at the end of the previous season, but we were rewarded with a good Doctor, a very good actor and good writing. It just takes a few episodes to settle (despite the great first episode), that why the 4.5 stars.
  • Dec 13, 2020
    S5 was a very rocky start to Matt Smith's Doctor, which is my favorite, but it's still enjoyable to watch for his and the companions' performances. The strongest points in the season were his premiere, the weeping angels two-parter, "Amy's Choice", the beautiful "Vincent and the Doctor", and the lovely season finale. James Corden's episode was great fun, too. The show inarguably got exponentially better when Moffat took over, and continued to get even better.
  • Nov 07, 2020
    an awesome series of doctor who with a brand new doctor as Matt Smith and an excellent series arc.
  • Mar 27, 2020
    Moffats best series.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    Wow, this is a different kind of doctor, matt playing young but old doctor is interesting and Karen (amy) is a great choice of a companion for this new doctor.
  • Mar 09, 2020
    These were the good days of Doctor who.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Never been a fan of this series. Overrated if you ask me...(sorry)
  • Jan 03, 2020
    Second best season of Doctor Who, So close to being as good as Season 4 but comes up a little short, characters are great, story is great, episodes are great. Everything about this season is consistently great
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Beautiful! The story line and complexity are astonishing. Along with phenomenal actors... this is a must-see.
  • Jun 30, 2019
    Matt Smith brings a remarkable amount of new energy to his portrayal, and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill prove to be more than up to the task of creating believable and likeable companions to complement him and the new format of an overarching conflict.

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