Episode 1 The Eleventh Hour : With the TARDIS wrecked by the Time Lord’s regeneration, he crash-lands in the quiet English village of Leadworth , where he has 20 minutes to save the world and finds himself in need of a new companion. Perfectly placed for the job is Amy (Amelia) Pond, who joins him to help recapture an escaped alien prisoner.
***** We have new credits with a brand new logo. Steven Moffat wrote a splendid first story for Matt Smith. He is funny and a great Doctor with a beautiful new TARDIS !
Episode 2 The Beast Below : The Time Lord takes Amy on her first adventure in the TARDIS with a trip to the far future, visiting the Starship UK on its journey through space in search of a new home for the people of Britain. As she explores the vessel alone, she encounters the terrifying Smilers and learns the deadly truth about what goes on in the Voting Booth.
**** In February 2013, Moffat cited “The Beast Below” as his least favourite among the episodes he wrote, describing it as “a bit of a mess”. I won’t say more, except that I like Amy…
Episode 3 Victory of the Daleks : The Time Lord takes Amy back to the darkest days of the Second World War, when a Nazi victory looked certain, to find that Winston Churchill has made use of an unlikely weapon – the Daleks. Deep below military headquarters, scientists believe they have made the aliens follow their orders, but the Doctor remains unconvinced.
***** Mark Gatiss wrote an original story. The Daleks are my favourite baddies and the new generation of them created in this episode is more frightening than ever.
Episode 4 The Time of Angels Part one : The Doctor and Amy face a terrifying trek through the Maze of the Dead after being asked to track down the last of the Weeping Angels following the crash of a space ship into a ruined temple. The mission reintroduces the Time Lord to the mysterious River Song, and he has to work out if he can trust her.
Episode 5 Flesh and Stone Part two : The Time Lord is trapped by an army of Weeping Angels, and his only chance of escape is to climb through the wreckage of the space liner that crashed into the temple. In the forest vault, Amy faces an even more deadly attack.
** I’m glad to see River Song again, but I really think that there were more chemistry with David Tennant. In this story the Weeping Angels didn’t scare me, what was frightening in the Blink story was that they could be in our daily life.
Episode 6 The Vampires of Venice : The time travellers head off to 16th-century Venice, where not only is the city sealed off to protect residents from the plague, but they are also trapped with a coven of beautiful vampires. As the Doctor tries to deal with the threat, he crosses swords with Rosanna, the scheming head of the House of Calvierri.
**** As soon as I saw their teeth, I knew they were not vampires; anyhow I loved this original story with Rory joining the team.
Episode 7 Amy’s Choice : Five years in the future, Amy has put her adventures with the Doctor behind her and is about to become a mother. The Time Lord returns and leaves her facing a heart-breaking choice that will change her life for ever.
***** And they say there’s nothing like living in a small British country village! Agatha Christie and Doctor Who proved that wrong… And I loved the scene where Amy realises her true feelings for Rory.
Episode 8 The Hungry Earth Part one : When an ambitious project to drill into the Earth wakens an ancient enemy, the Doctor leaps into action. As Amy learns she cannot trust even the ground under her feet, it becomes clear that while humans were digging down, another species was on its way up.
Episode 9 Cold Blood Part two : It is the most important day in Earth’s history, but as humanity faces either the dawn of a new age or the start of its final war, the Doctor cannot interfere – and not taking sides promises to be the Time Lord’s most difficult challenge yet.
*** That storyline is more like a classic Doctor Who in which the Silurians are played by actors with sophisticated make up (anyway, much better than in 1970’s Doctor Who and the Silurians with Jon Pertwee). I can’t imagine Amy without Rory, we’ll see…
Episode 10 Vincent and the Doctor : The Time Lord and Amy travel to 19th-century Provence, where they join forces with Vincent Van Gogh to battle an alien only he can see. As well as combating the terrors that lurk in the cornfields, they try to restore the sad and lonely painter’s happiness.
**** Personally, I don’t get that story written by Richard Curtis. What is the point of that episode with Van Gogh?
Richard Curtis wrote as well in 1999 “Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death” for Comic Relief, starring Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha as Emma and Jonathan Pryce as The Master. It was funny, original and I really enjoyed it.
Episode 11 The Lodger : The Time Lord passes himself off as a human so he can investigate a series of mysterious disappearances in which people go up the stairs of a house on Aickman Street, but never come down. To do so, he decides to share a flat with a man called Craig Owens.
***** That’s the kind of stories I prefer by far. Craig and Sophie’s love story ends well in opposition to Elton and Ursulla’s in “Love & Monsters”. We can see as well Will Smith being good at soccer. Everything I enjoy is in this episode: humour, love and a little bit of fear.
Episode 12 The Pandorica Opens Part one : The Time Lord receives a warning from his friends about the opening of the Pandorica, a box that legend says is a prison for the most deadly being in the universe. As the Doctor resolves to stop the threat, he finds that the key could be a love story that survives for thousands of years.
Episode 13 The Big Bang Part two : With the TARDIS destroyed and the Doctor gone, there is only one person who can stop the whole universe collapsing – a scared girl who still believes in stars.
*** For me it was a nonsensical tale to get us to the point we were all waiting for, Amy and Rory’s wedding! The 11th Doctor’s fez appears for the first time to make us understand what’s going on, somehow …
A Christmas Carol : The Doctor and newly-weds Amy and Rory are back for a thrilling and festive story. Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way the Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?
***** I loved everything in that beautiful story and I discovered Katherine Jenkins’s magnificent voice.
Sci-fi adventure, starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Caitlin Blackwood, Sophie Okonedo, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson, Iain Glen, Alex Kingston, Helen McCrory, Toby Jones, Meera Syal, Neve McIntosh, Robert Pugh, Tony Curran, James Corden, Daisy Haggard, Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins and Laurence Belcher.
Karen Gillan at The Graham Norton Show in May 2010, I just could not resist !