Doctor Who 5.1: The Eleventh Hour (the squee edition)

So this is my reaction about five minutes after watching the episode plus the Confidential. Tomorrow could be busy (Easter) so I wanted to get something up. There may be a slightly more insightful post later: I suspect this post is going to be high on the squee quotient.

To that end, onwards! Really, don’t click if you don’t want to be spoiled for the whole darned thing.

I shall come right out and say that I absolutely loved it. What was I scared about? Of course it was going to be good! Moffat wouldn’t let me down with a bad script and Matt Smith has done a fantastic job. All my nerves and fears and worries were totally groundless.

Oh, silly me.

Yes. That script. I honestly didn’t notice that 65 minutes had gone. It felt like no time. Moffat is a genius, as always. Quite different from his usual stuff, but also definitely Moffat. The idea of young Amelia and grown-up Amy was wonderful. The Doctor has always had some issues with the accuracy of the TARDIS and Moffat used that idea in a beautiful way. It explains a lot about Amy, although I still have questions.

Biggest question: what was so dreadful about the aunt that young Amelia was willing to run away with the Doctor so quickly?

Are we going to see the aunt?

Will Amy tell the Doctor about her wedding?

Having that connection between the Doctor and Amy makes their relationship very different from anything that we’ve seen before. It reminded me of Madame Pompador (odd that *g*) except that instead of falling in love with her imaginary friend, Amy was damaged by the encounter.

And speaking of Amy…

OK, I’d dismissed the kiss-a-gram rumours because they were in the Sun. My world is askew. The Sun was right. The worst part is that I like it, possibly much more than the police thing that we were being fed by the production team. There were certain expectations that I had for Amy because she was police: now those expectations have been blasted away and I can’t wait to see what Moffat does with this.

The story was part fairytale and part amazing chase. Mixed in with the high speed hi-jinks there were some fantastic quiet moments – I loved the scene by the car where the Doctor gives Amy the apple and the entire kitchen sequence with young Amelia is just priceless.

(Yes, I did snicker in the Confidential at the number of times Matt failed to get a bite out of the apple. Hee.)

When he was first announced, I really didn’t know what to make of Matt Smith. He’s so young! Over the last few months he’s grown on me a lot because of the way that he’s thrown himself into the part and really done more homework than I’d ever expected. The trailers have given me a sense of what he might be and that helped. However, the real test was always going to be seeing him on the screen.

I’m converted already. Love the new Doctor. He’s got that childlike wonder back. Ten had been getting jaded and cynical: Eleven is all new again and he’s seeing the world as something new and amazing. At the same time, he’s the Doctor and he can tell aliens to run and we know that they’re going to.

That entire rooftop sequence was fantastic. The Doctor finally becoming his new self, but at the same time we see all that footage of his previous selves and his enemies.

May I just remark on how much I love that Moffat got that in? And that he got in old footage as well as new Doctor Who footage? Am I right in thinking that I spied a Silurian?

Woah, why does Firfox spell check know Silurian?

The rooftop was just right with that mix of old and new, the Shadow Proclamation and the declaration that the plant is protected coming at the same time as the Doctor finally shows what his new self will be.

Moffat has done a great job of referencing the original series while also making this part of new Who. I love the new credits, the blend of old Radiophonics haunting music with the orchestral behind it.

Lastly, I must discuss the TARDIS. The new interior is amazing. It’s got the roundels, the console and the rotor to reference the original TARDIS set (I’m talking classic as well as RTD era) but it’s just amazing. There’s so much space! The scale is amazing. It’s a 360 degree set, the stairs actually go to different levels of the set and I really want to step inside and examine it more closely.

That may be my favourite bit of the Confidential. The set designer is rightly proud of his work and has actually worked out what everything does, drawing maps for Matt so that he can be pressing the right buttons. I think this is what I love about the set: the level of detail is astounding. I can’t wait to see it in action.

In fact, I really want a bottle episode this season where we get to explore more of the TARDIS beyond the console room. I’m a sad person who loves that kind of thing.

In conclusion, I loved this. My two biggest squees were during the past Doctors sequence and the tour of the new TARDIS, but there was no part of this that I didn’t enjoy. Matt Smith is doing a great job, love Amy and, most importantly, Moffat’s script was everything that I’ve come to expect from that man.

Is it next week yet?

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lesley
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 23:12:58

    Totally agree with everything here except……

    Didn’t the short skirt on Amy give away on the kiss-a-gram thing?

    I didn’t hear the rumours (my ear isn’t as close to the ground as yours with this stuff, lol), so I hadn’t heard anything beyond her name and a couple promo photos.

    But…

    The whole time she kept presenting herself to the Doctor as a police officer I kept thinking “No way she’s a real cop…lookit that skirt! That’s a mini-skirt. She’s a stripper or something.”

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    • archerygirl
      Apr 04, 2010 @ 09:08:44

      Somehow I managed to miss most of the discussion of Amy’s skirt length and all the promo shots that I saw were waist up. It was only when I was watching the episode and saw the skirt that I realised that Sun headline I saw this week was right.

      I’d kind of dismissed it because the Sun is one of the very trashy tabloids and has been known to print crazy stuff just for the attention. Er.

      And, y’know, I didn’t actually expect the BBC to let Moffat put a kiss-o-gram on the show. Heee.

      I think it’s actually going to be a lot more interesting with this Amy than with the Amy that I was expecting πŸ˜€

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  2. Lesley
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 01:07:39

    Just watched it again with Phil….

    And I think I’m going to like Amy very much.

    And new doctor is growing on me.

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    • archerygirl
      Apr 06, 2010 @ 19:04:04

      I’m liking the new Doctor slightly more than Amy so far, but Amy is growing on me a lot and I think she’s going to be great fun.

      You will love the new Doctor in a couple of weeks. This is how the regenerations always go – hesitation and uncertainty about the new guy initially, then after a couple of weeks you can’t remember not loving him!

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  3. Gordon Rae
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 06:14:46

    There’s a lively discussion on Twitter this Tuesday morning about whether Matt Smith is hypermobile. Did you notice any signs?

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    • archerygirl
      Apr 06, 2010 @ 19:11:00

      I wasn’t concious of anything when I was watching, but I can easily see why people are discussing it. Matt Smith has an amazing degree of flexibility during some of the scenes. I’d need to try to examine his ‘floppiest’ moments in slo-mo to really see what angles he gets his joints into.

      He’s also reportedly pretty clumsy.

      Not to mention that he’s rather tall, skinny and gangly.

      It’s hard to tell from a TV screen, but I wouldn’t say that it’s impossible. Whether he has Marfan’s is even harder to call – he’s certainly got a marfanoid body shape, but then so do I and I have the rather less interesting HEDS.

      I’d say that it’s definitely possible, but not something we can tell for sure without a full medical history πŸ˜€ I’m sure the tabloids will be onto that soon!

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  4. Gordon Rae
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 04:03:12

    Is HEDS the same as Ehlert Danlos? I’ve not seen EDS with an H in front before. I discovered your blog because it’s ranked 1 & 2 on Google for ‘matt smith doctor who hypermobility’ . This means that the tabloids haven’t got the story, but the hypermobile people are talking among themselves. I’m a moderately geeky, seriously clumsy, conventionally connective cat lover, so I’ll probably drop by again one day. πŸ™‚

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    • archerygirl
      Apr 07, 2010 @ 16:05:06

      HEDS is short for Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – the most common form and the type that I have. There are Classical and Vascular forms as well, plus some very strange forms that only have a very tiny number of cases.

      I’m slightly awed by the idea of being ranked number one for anything πŸ™‚

      Drop by any time!

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  5. Feb
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 18:14:56

    Ahhh, I love the Internet. I have infinitely less-interesting genetic quirks, but I am a PA (and American, so that’s a Physician Assistant, I think we’re starting to exist in the UK as ‘Advanced Clinical Practitioners’ or something) and was Googling for “Matt Smith Marfanoid.” I’d love to know how this story develops… and I like him so well I’d be *especially* saddened and disappointed if his aorta went kerblooey one day.

    Enjoyed the new episode immensely, but saw it weeks later than you lot, of course. I’ll bookmark this blog and check back after the second episode has aired here.

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    • archerygirl
      Apr 24, 2010 @ 22:37:18

      I’m keeping an ear out to see whether anything more is said. It would be interesting if he had one of the collagen disorders, but I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!

      What did you think of the second episode?

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  6. Dr Smith
    May 02, 2010 @ 08:04:47

    Matt Smith (appearance wise, only) is Abraham Lincoln incarnate. Definately marfanoid, if not full on. To the point where I found his appearance distracting. I suspect after 4 or 5 episodes it will fade into the background.

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    • archerygirl
      May 03, 2010 @ 09:47:24

      Yup, definitely marfanoid. I was watching watching this week’s confidential and there was a bit where he was demonstrating something with his hands and his fingers bent back just like mine – he’s mafanoid and definitely has hypermobility in his small joints.

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