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10 reasons why Doctor Who series 5 rocks

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Peter Capaldi may be the current Doctor, but we still have a soft spot for Matt Smith. Doctor Who series 5 was the first time we saw Matt take up the role, so in honour of his excellent performance as the time travelling vagabond, let’s take a look at just why Doctor Who series 5 is one of the very best.

 

 

 

Corking companions 

Corking companions

If we’re being honest, one of the main reasons we love Matt Smith’s Doctor is his companions

If we’re being honest, one of the main reasons we love Matt Smith’s Doctor is his companions: most notably the fiery Scottish redhead Amy Pond. That’s not to say that Rory wasn’t amazing too, but he wouldn’t become the Centurion badass that we know and love until much later. 

Scary baddies 

Scary baddies

Some of the aliens in David Tennant’s series were a little… rubbish

Some of the aliens in David Tennant’s series were a little… rubbish. Series 5 saw that flipped on its head, with more terrifying monsters than a Hammer Horror special. Some of our favourites include the Smiler, the Venetian vampires, and the weeping angels… Don’t blink guys!

Steven Moffat was in charge 

Steven Moffat was in charge

Steven Moffat bought a staggering amount of talent to the scripts of Doctor Who

Taking the reins from Russell T Davis, Steven Moffat bought a staggering amount of talent to the scripts of Doctor Who. Going for a more adult, darker vibe, Moffat’s episodes are well known for being genuinely scary – not just rubber monster escapades. 

Marvellous Matt Smith 

Marvellous Matt Smith

From the first moment Matt Smith bounded into Amy Pond’s kitchen, we knew he was going to be amazing

From the first moment Matt Smith bounded into Amy Pond’s kitchen, we knew he was going to be amazing. With a dash of David Tennant's eccentricity and a touch of Christopher Eccleston's dry wit, Matt was the best of both, bringing a whole new feel to the ancient Time Lord. 

The TARDIS 

The TARDIS

Matt Smith’s Doctor had a considerable TARDIS upgrade in series 5

Matt Smith’s Doctor had a considerable TARDIS upgrade in series 5. Rather than just being one room, the TARDIS came to encompass multiple floors, including a library, several bedrooms, and even a swimming pool!

River Song 

River Song

The mysterious River Song reappeared in series 5 to get us Doctor Who fans all worked up with mystery and intrigue

The mysterious River Song reappeared in series 5 to get us Doctor Who fans all worked up with mystery and intrigue. Was she the Doctor’s wife? Was she really a master criminal? We found out the answers to these questions much later, but we’ll never forget the hours of pondering that series 5 gave us. 

Great guest stars 

Great guest stars

James Corden surprised us the most, being both genuinely lovable and wholly relatable

Series 5 of Doctor Who had some great guest stars, including Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, Meera Syal and James Corden. Of these, James Corden surprised us the most, being both genuinely lovable and wholly relatable (what would you do if The Doctor turned up on your doorstep?).

Winning writers 

Winning writers

Film director Richard Curtis, Being Human creator Toby Whithouse (who previously wrote School Reunion) and League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss (who also wrote Who episodes The Idiot's Lantern and The Unquiet Dead, and starred in The Lazarus Experiment) all penned episodes for series 5. No wonder it was so good!

The Daleks reappeared! 

The Daleks reappeared!

They were given a whole new colour scheme for series 5 too

EXTERMINATE! Once again we had to hide behind the sofa when these plunger-armed pepper shakers returned to our screens. They were given a whole new colour scheme for series 5 too, that saw them looking meaner than ever before… 

Silence will fall 

Silence will fall

Series 5 was the first time we heard this ominous message…

Series 5 was the first time we heard this ominous message… What did it mean? Was it related to Bad Wolf? The answers came slowly, leaving us so close to the edge of our seats that we fell on the floor multiple times. And trust us, if you haven’t seen the big payoff, it was totally worth waiting for. 

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