The Beast Below
Episode / March 8, 2016

Aired 10 April 2010 The Steven Moffat and Eleventh Doctor era got off to a strong start with ‘The Eleventh Hour,’ but ‘The Beast Below’ is an episode that, though bound to be forgotten in the long run, has a monumental task in proving that there can still be a consistently good output with a new showrunner and leads. And to that effect, it does a very good job, indeed. Initially, ‘The Beast Below’ feels like it’s going to be traditional Doctor Who fare as the Doctor and Amy explore dark corridors and search for the underlying menace. However, it’s the relationship between the two that really takes centre stage, as flaws and misgivings start to creep into what seemed like two perfect souls upon their first meeting. Amy pushes the Doctor into revealing some of his personal history, meeting some resentment along the way, but it’s this same desire to know that helps solve the problem in the end as Amy is able to look at the problem in a new light and in a manner that the Doctor simply cannot manage. After some hard feelings along the way, the two manage to come back together with a greater…