Doctor Who: 'The Eleventh Hour' Review Season 5, Episode 1

Well, where to start? New Doctor, new companion, new TARDIS, new theme tune and that's not even mentioning all the changes behind the scenes. It's pretty remarkable then that, with little continuity to work with beyond a man in a big blue box, "The Eleventh Hour" slipped so naturally into the Doctor Who canon. What's more, Stephen Moffat's inaugural outing as head writer was effortlessly effervescent, with Russell T. Davies' bold, brash Who making way for much darker fantasy fare and a genuinely magical sense of wonder and whimsy that's been missing from the show in recent years.

For that, we can largely thank Matt Smith's Doctor, who's infectious awkwardness and childlike exuberance had us from the get-go. If there was ever any worry that this relative newcomer might struggle to fill the sizable boots left by David Tennant, it quickly dissipated with Smith's confident, spritely and surprisingly subtle portrayal of the centuries-old Time Lord. Indeed, by the time things are wrapped up 65 minutes later, he owned the show. Tennant who?

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