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The seventh series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who aired from 1 September to 18 May , being split into two parts, .. The seventh series marked Matt Smith's third and final full series as the eleventh . colour scheme, which Smith described as "a bit Artful Dodger meets the Doctor ". Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock (Video Game) .. Actors, movie stars, rock stars, I can meet them with no worries - but with footballers I go weak at the knees . Thousands of Doctor Who fans from around the world meet their heroes - and villains - at an official convention for 25 March It included the chance to meet Matt Smith (the Doctor) and his departing assistant Karen Gillan (Amy Pond ).
Moffat's variant had the newly regenerated Doctor reject a variety of foods, with the exception of fish fingers with custardoffered to him by the young Amy.
The read-through for the episode took place in September The plan was to retain traces of Smith's predecessor, but the executive producers wanted Smith to be "stranger". The goal was to make it more "cinematic" and magical, and Smith took inspiration from E.
Smith stated that the scene was hard to visualise as it relied heavily on computer-generated images. The primarily music-led sequence was produced by Nikki Wilsonwho receives a "special thanks" credit.
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It is actually Smith in footage intended for the finale, " The Big Bang ", but when it did not fit into that episode it was recycled here. The previous scene was then cut and the apple scene returned. Adam Smith based the style of the confrontation on a Western film.
Special effects head Danny Hargreaves then used a remote control to activate the device. Within one week of broadcast, "The Eleventh Hour" received 1. There was no room for the accompanying Doctor Who Confidential due to the hour-long running time, but ABC holds the rights and has made it available on iView. The Mail on Sunday reviewer Sinclair McKay called "The Eleventh Hour" a "deft first episode" that was "packed with one-liners and an even more fantastical feel than of late.
But it had that old reassuring combination of intense Britishness, quirkiness and a sense of the macabre".
He also praised Gillan's "winning" performance and Smith's adaption to the role, concluding, "Smith might turn out to be one of the best Time Lords of the lot". He also said that Gillan " per cent nailed it".
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Though he compared Prisoner Zero's low-budget CGI makeup to a "draught excluder", he said that Moffat "turned a weakness into a strength" by having Prisoner Zero take the form of humans.
Though he praised Smith, he commented he was "still not feeling" the "Geronimo! He also praised Moffat's script for "[offering] funny lines However, he thought the downside to the episode were the "slightly poor effects" and "somewhat lightweight story", and while he called the new title sequence "absolutely beautiful", he was unsure of the new variation of the theme tune.
Club reviewer Keith Phipps gave the episode an A- explaining that he liked Smith "a lot" but was not sure if the Eleventh Doctor was separate enough from the Tenth yet.
He called Gillan "instantly winning" and that the story was "no exception" from Moffat's typical "exceptionally strong narratives, keen sense of character, and efficient plotting".
Though she felt the series was in good hands with Smith and Gillan, she derided the Atraxi for being "alarmingly static and ultimately uninteresting" and the story's "little substance".
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However, he thought the "calamity plot" was the "weakest link in an otherwise superb opening episode" and the "whole bunch of disparate elements Synopsis[ edit ] The DoctorAmy Pondand Rory Williams follow a distress call with the identification of the Time Lord the Corsair to an asteroid outside the universe. The asteroid, called House, removes the matrix, and places it in the body of a woman called Idris. The Doctor discovers the Corsair and hundreds of other Time Lords on the asteroid were murdered by House and that two inhabitants of the asteroid, Uncle and Auntie, are constructed from the body parts of Time Lords.
With minutes before her body fails, Idris reveals that House had stranded many TARDISes before, and that its pocket universe is hours away from collapsing.
He plays with their senses as they try to flee through the corridors, and then sends an Ood called Nephew after them. House deletes the secondary control room as he prepares to break through the rift to the main universe, which the Doctor anticipates.
Continuity[ edit ] The Doctor refers to altering the control room's appearance as changing the desktop themeas the Fifth Doctor does in " Time Crash ".
During a dinner with incoming executive producer Steven Moffatwriter Neil Gaiman asked Moffat if he could write an episode. In an interview Gaiman stated "I came up with something that was one of those things where you thought that nobody's done that before. The original plan focused on the idea of the Doctor being pursued by an enemy inside the TARDIS, but went through several subsequent changes; Gaiman changed the plan to focus on the companion due to the Doctor's knowledge of his ship making it too easy for him to escape his enemy, made the TARDIS the threat rather than just a specific alien to avoid making it a simple 'cat-and-mouse' game, and then included the idea of Idris to account for what happened to the TARDIS's mind during this attack.
Despite this he had no issue writing the dialogue. The episode was originally slated for the eleventh episode of the fifth series.
However, it was delayed to the sixth series because of budget issues; the eleventh episode would be replaced with " The Lodger ". In the original draft where Amy was the only companion, Gaiman added a "heartbreaking monologue" by the character, further stating "you get to see what it's like to be the companion from the companion's point of view, and she got to talk about essentially in that version how sad it is, in some ways.