Matt Smith is the new Doctor, mercurial & energetic. Karen Gillan is Amy Pond the Doctor's new smart & sassy assistant. Written by BAFTA award winner Stephen Moffat, writer of landmark episodes including The Empty Child and Blink.
Episode 10: Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien. But can even the Doctor save Vincent? Guest star Tony Curran.
Episode 11: The Doctor faces his greatest challenge yet, a flat share. People are disappearing on Aickman Road, and the Doctor must solve the mystery of a staircase that people walk up, but never down.
Episodes 12 and 13: A message on the oldest cliff-face in the universe, a puzzle box opening from the inside and a love that lasts thousands of years....the fates are drawing close around the Tardis, is this the day the Doctor falls? Guest stars James Corden and Daisy Haggard
Doctor Who has won over 60 awards including BAFTAs for Best Drama and Best Writer.
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The fifth series seems to be on less firm ground than the earlier Russell T Davies productions, but four of the best episodes are on this DVD, including the explosive last two shows. Matt Smith has really got into his stride by this time and Karen Gillian is brilliant as she is in the whole series. There's the welcome return of Caitlin Blackwood as Amy (known then as Amelia) as a child and of Alex Kingston as River Song. We learn what the crack in Amy's bedroom wall is, how a piece of the Tardis ends up inside it and what the Pandorica mentioned earlier in the series by River Song actually does.
Waht a fantastic collection of episodes! All leading up to that truly great finale. The writing is sharp, the actors are spot on and the foes...well what more can you say. To follow David Tennant was going to be a tough job but Matt Smith pulls it off in a truly commendable, quirky way. He has a great first season and his sidekick is full of sass and, I must say, very sexy too boot. Would watch again and agan
Even though I was devastated when David Tenant left, we had to watch this new series of Doctor Who and give it a chance. Yes, the series was watchable and they brought back some of the popular themes from previous series'(such as the weeping angels),yes Amy Pond is probably the sexiest of the Doctor who assistants so far (or so people have told me) and yes, Matt Smith does have the quirky qualities we have come to expect from our Time Lords. Unfortunately however, whereas the David Tennant Doctor Who episodes I can watch time and time again due to their intricate, intelligent and often emotionally charged plots, I can't see myself ever opting to watch Doctor Who Series 5, Volume 4 again. Don't get me wrong, there were entertaining moments and I wasn't bored, but they just lacked a certain something for me (maybe that something is just David Tennant?!). So I would say if you haven't seen the series and are a Doctor Who fan, watch them on catch up TV, but don't bother buying the DVD as you'll only be watching it the once...
A new doctor, a new assistant and a new direction. Matt Smith's Doctor is suitably geeky, suitably cheeky and a worthy successor to the mantle. I'm still not sure about Karen gillan as assistant Amy Pond - she seems slightly too bouncy and over enthusiastic. I also wish the scriptwriters would give the suggestions of romance between the doctor and his assistant a miss for a while. Starting with a crack in a wall and ending with a big bang we catch up with some old adversaries (daleks), some old but new adversaries (daleks in smartie colours), and the magnificent River Song, beautifully played by Alex Kingston. The episode where Vincent van Gogh is shown how loved and valued his art became after his death was a bit schmaltzy - Richard Curtis' influence much in evidence. In sharp contrast are the weeping angels - I wanted to hide behind the sofa again as they made their return appearance. All in all a very satisfying series - can't wait for the Doctor's next outing.