The Eleventh Hour Spoilers

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We’ve got a bunch of new spoilers for the first episode of Series Five, The Eleventh Hour, thanks to an article published in the Telegraph. If you don’t mind being spoiled, read on…

The episode setting and the details on the Doctor post-regeneration –

Leadworth [is] the fictional English village in which the Doctor – his Tardis out of control – crash-lands at the beginning of the episode. Smith hasn’t quite finished regenerating – a process that varies in length from Doctor to Doctor, but for Smith will carry on throughout episode one of the new run.

Steven Moffat added –

‘I thought it would be fun if, while he was still regenerating, he had to run around and save the world,’ Moffat says. ‘He’s barely out of the box when he realises: I haven’t changed my shirt yet and I’ve got 20 minutes to save the world. It’s like trying to save the world with flu. And he does it with two minutes to spare.’

Some details on the aliens, called the Atraxi –

There’s the obligatory threat of global annihilation – in the form of the Atraxi, an orbiting crowd of thuggish galactic policemen – to dispatch.

A scene in which the sonic screw driver explodes is described   –

The Doctor is trying to attract the attention of the Atraxi spaceship by flamboyant use of technology that the aliens wouldn’t expect their sensors to pick up on an English village green – namely, of course, his sonic screwdriver. For now, it’s still Tennant’s screwdriver (at this point in the episode, in fact, the ‘raggedy Doctor’ is still wearing Tennant’s battered suit and trainers). For the purposes of both the episode (to frustrate the Doctor and cause a nice bang) and the series (so Smith can have his own, spanking new sonic screwdriver), the screwdriver has to explode.

Karen Gillan reveals some new details about Amy –

‘[The Doctor and Amy] are two of a kind. They’re both a bit lost,’ she says. ‘Because Amy has no parents, she’s this Scottish girl in an English village. So they’re both lost souls that have found each other. And they both have a sense of adventure about them, and I think that’s what the Doctor loves about Amy. She has that spirit in her, and that fire. She keeps him on his toes.’

A detailed description of the new TARDIS interior –

This new Tardis is big. It must be three times the size of Tennant’s, on multiple levels with staircases in between. Less grubby than its predecessor, with a transparent plastic floor on the main level, its walls are resplendent with polished copper and its central column features a blown glass decoration that could be straight from Tales of the Unexpected. There are old car seats and downstairs – downstairs! – a swing. With a nod to Paul McGann’s Tardis, the central column features an old TV screen on an extendable trellis. It also has a 1980s-style computer keyboard, and a His-Master’s-Voice style trumpet speaker.

Matt Smith on the Doctor –

‘The Doctor you meet in the first episode is a different Doctor from the Doctor we’re filming now [episode 12],’ Smith says. ‘Because in episode one, of course, he’s a man getting used to his body, going “How do I fit into this world…” ’

Phew! You can read the full article over on the Telegraph website.