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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.
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.
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.
It felt a bit routine, as if keeping the machine running was now the paradigm.
Hang on to the TARDIS, fans, it looks like we're in for quite a ride.
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".
Ablaze with confidence, subtly shifting from the cinematic verve of the Russell T Davies era to a quirky new flavour.
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.
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.
[A] family-friendly science-fiction series redefined for the new millenium by an especially grand, generous spirit to its storytelling. [Blu-ray]
Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 5
Dec 29, 2020I 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, 2020S5 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, 2020an awesome series of doctor who with a brand new doctor as Matt Smith and an excellent series arc.
Mar 27, 2020Moffats best series.
Mar 14, 2020Wow, 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, 2020These were the good days of Doctor who.
Jan 12, 2020Never been a fan of this series. Overrated if you ask me...(sorry)
Jan 03, 2020Second 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, 2019Beautiful! The story line and complexity are astonishing. Along with phenomenal actors... this is a must-see.
Jun 30, 2019Matt 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.