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this day in the yesteryear: First episode of Doctor Who Debuts on BBC (1963)

First episode of Doctor Who Debuts on BBC (1963)

This long-running British science-fiction program about a time-traveling adventurer known only as “the Doctor” has, over the years, gained an international cult following that spans generations. The original series ran for 26 seasons, going off the air at the end of 1989. A modestly successful Doctor Who TV movie in 1996 was followed in 2005 by the revival of the series. Over the years, 12 different actors have played “the Doctor,” who travels through time and space using what machine? More… Discuss

doctor who- the eleventh hour part 1


doctor who- the eleventh hour part 1


“The Eleventh Hour” is the first episode of the fifth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One and BBC HD on 3 April 2010. The episode saw a complete change in cast and production crew. The episode was written by new head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and directed by Adam Smith.

In the episode, the newly regenerated Doctor (Matt Smith) crashes his time and space machine, the TARDIS, into the small English village of Leadworth, where he meets a young Scottish girl named Amelia Pond (Caitlin Blackwood). The Doctor is forced to leave, but promises Amelia he will return in five minutes. However, he arrives twelve years late and is confronted by the grown-up Amelia, now known as Amy (Karen Gillan), who does not trust him. He attempts to gain her trust to help return the shape-shifting alien Prisoner Zero to the galactic police, the Atraxi, before they destroy the planet.

The episode is the debut of Smith as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor and Gillan as his new companion. It also introduced Arthur Darvill as Amy’s boyfriend Rory Williams, who would later become a main cast member. The show’s tradition is for the Doctor to rest after he regenerates, but Moffat decided to have him save the world instead. The episode sets up the main story arc of the series by introducing the cracks in the universe. “The Eleventh Hour” was seen by 10.08 million viewers in the UK, the highest rated premiere since “Rose“. It also attracted popularity on the online BBC iPlayer and on BBC America in the United States. The episode received positive reviews from critics, who welcomed Smith and Gillan into the series.