The Eleventh Hour
Episode / February 9, 2016

Aired 03 April 2010 ‘The Eleventh Hour’ picks up directly where ‘The End of Time Part Two’ leaves off, with the newly regenerated Time Lord desperately trying to land a careening TARDIS on Earth, and immediately sets about the task of introducing us to the new lead Matt Smith and the style of the new showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat, of course, is no stranger to modern Doctor Who, having already penned several standout episodes for both Eccleston and Tennant, and ‘The Eleventh’ Hour is brimming with his trademark style right from the start, taking a seemingly innocuous crack in the wall and that sensation of inexplicably seeing something out of the corner of one’s eye and bringing both into the realm of fantastic. This combination helps to make the story of Patient Zero just a little more unnerving. Both the beginning and end offer very well-written scenes for Matt Smith to show off his skills, and he takes full advantage. Whether lightheartedly interacting with a child, wryly and dutifully instilling confidence into others, or brazenly and determinedly warning the alien threat to leave and survive, the Eleventh Doctor is put through a range of situations that allows viewers to get…