Doctor Who series 5
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  • They also meet some interesting people, such as Winston Churchill or Vincent van Gogh
  • However, I thought that Karen Gillian's Amy is a less succesful character
  • My favourite, however, is the mysterious River Song, played by Alex Kingston, who gets more fascinating with her every appearance
  • If possible, I would recommend watching the series in a bulk, as it's much more enjoyable this way
  • I believe that everyone will be able to find something to their liking in Doctor Who

    • by Rachel Evans
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      Attention! This review contains some minor spoilers up to the episode 5.13 of the latest Doctor Who series, which as of the writing of this article has not yet aired in the US. Proceed with caution!

      This spring, the new series of Doctor Who came onto television screens with some important changes. Firstly, the series got a new showrunner - Steven Moffat, who previously penned the scripts for several episodes of “new” Doctor Who. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the Doctor himself got a new face, and is now played by Matt Smith. There is also a new Companion (the person travelling across time and space with the Doctor) - Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillian.

      The first episode picks up just moments after the Doctor’s last regeneration made him


      turn into his Eleventh self, and deals mainly with introducing the new Doctor, as well as the new Companion. Afterwards, the adventures can begin properly. Among other places, the Doctor and Amy Pond visit a future United Kingdom - a spaceship floating among the stars, 15th century Venice, and Stonehenge in the 2nd century AD.

      They also meet some interesting people, such as Winston Churchill or Vincent van Gogh. The viewers of the previous seasons will be happy to learn that the season also contains the Doctor’s most famous enemies, namely the Daleks. Furthermore, the Weeping Angels from the episode 3.10 make another appearance, and the delightful River Song from season 4 comes back twice.

      In my opinion, the season had some very enjoyable episode, based on interesting conceits,


      • and a few forgettable ones. The beautiful 5.10 “Vincent and the Doctor”, featuring van Gogh and written by the “Love Actually” creator Richard Curtis, is among the former. 5.01, 5.02, 5.04-05 (probably my favourites), 5.12 and 5.13 are also among my must-see episodes . However, I’d say that if you’re not a hardcore Doctor Who fan, you don’t really need to see episodes 5.08 or 5.09. To my mind, these were simply boring.

        A few words on the characters: Matt Smith deals wonderfully with portraying the Doctor. While at the beginning his performance takes some cues from the previous Doctor’s, David Tennant’s, behaviour, later he gains his own persona. Smith’s Doctor is clearly an alien, and quite obviously a very old - though very sympathetic and likeable - person,

        fleshed out in more detail from episode to episode. However, I thought that Karen Gillian’s Amy is a less succesful character. This certainly isn’t the actress’ fault, but Amy seems to me a collection of random characteristics more than a proper person. Amy’s boyfriend, Rory (Arthur Darvill), though a secondary character, appears much more interesting. My favourite, however, is the mysterious River Song, played by Alex Kingston, who gets more fascinating with her every appearance.

        On the whole, the 5th series of Doctor Who provides the viewer with quite a lot of quality entertainment. If possible, I would recommend watching the series in a bulk, as it’s much more enjoyable this way. Importantly, the series is suitable for children, teenagers, and adults: I believe that everyone will be able to find something to their liking in Doctor Who.




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