Doctor Who: Season 5 (2010)


Season 5
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Critics Consensus

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: 13


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Air date: Apr 17, 2010
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Air date: May 22, 2010
Air date: Jun 5, 2010
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Air date: Jun 19, 2010
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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 (13) | Top Critics (7)

Very promising start to the semi-new era.

Apr 3, 2010 | 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…

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

[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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 5

  • 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.
  • Mar 03, 2019
    My favorite doctor and a very good season.
  • Jan 13, 2019
    Matt Smith takes over as The Doctor and does an equally good job of being the Doctor with his own spin on it as his predecessor, David Tennant. Matt Smith incorporates what David Tennant put into The Doctor while also expanding The Doctor with his own great acting and spin. The show takes on kind of a more fantasy and steam-punk feel, which feels good and keeps the show interested. Amy Pond is a great companion and also contributes a lot to the show. The show continues to be respectful to past seasons of modern Doctor Who and the original series while still being fresh. The stories and the effects are, as always, with modern Who so far, top notch!
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Liking the new Doctor! Like the companions!
  • Dec 31, 2018
    The ponds have to be in my top five companions!
  • Dec 30, 2018
    A very quality season that kicks a fresh start to Matt Smith. The episodes are all very entertaining themselves and the new characters are very developed. One of the best seasons of Doctor Who.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    i like the writing Russel does more than Moffat but enjoy Matt Smith more than David Tenant
  • Dec 22, 2018
    Best season of the show
  • Dec 22, 2018
    One of Moffat's best series.

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