Review - Doctor Who, Series 5


It's hard to believe that we're already an entire series into Matt Smith's reign as the Doctor. After last year's long goodbye to Tennant, it seemed as though the show would never go on after the Tenth Doctor's regeneration. Lucky for us, it did.


Series 5 of the show was, in my opinion, the strongest season of the show since its revival in 2005. I attribute that to the brand new production team, headed by former staff writer Steven Moffat, who really brought the show into a new light. While the first four series of Doctor Who was known for its famously bad special effects ("The Unicorn and the Wasp," anyone?), this year didn't really have any of those old groan-worthy moments of CGI. (Well, save for the Atraxi in "The Eleventh Hour." I hope to God those never come back, because they looked horrible.)


But why am I rambling on about special effects? This season was made by the brilliant cast, headed up by new Doctor Matt Smith (you can read all about why I love his portrayal here). His companion Amy Pond was portrayed wonderfully by Karen Gillan, who lit up the screen from her first appearance in "The Eleventh Hour," until that final shot of her in "The Big Bang." Sure, she didn't have a lot of character development, but her dynamic with every other character on the show was absolutely fantastic. The fact that she'll be the first companion to last more than one series since Rose Tyler is very fitting.


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