‘Doctor Who’: Series 5 episode guide

From new show-runner and long-running fan Steven Moffat, Doctor Who returns to BBC One this spring for a fifth series, starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

Accompanying The Doctor is a new companion, Amy Pond, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan.

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Episode 1: ‘The Eleventh Hour
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 6.20pm

The Doctor has regenerated into a brand new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world – and only Amy Pond to help him.

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Adam Smith, guest starring Annette Crosbie, Caitlin Blackwood, Nina Wadia, Marcello Magni and Arthur Darvill (as Rory Williams).

 

Episode 2: ‘The Beast Below
Saturday 10th April 2010, 6.15pm

The Doctor takes Amy to the distant future, where she finds Britain in space. Starship UK houses the future of the British people, as they search the stars for a new home. But as Amy explores, she encounters the terrifying Smilers and learns a deadly truth inside the Voting Booth.

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Andrew Gunn, guest starring Sophie Okonedo, Terrence Hardiman, Alfie Field and Catrin Richards.

 

Episode 3: ‘Victory Of The Daleks
Saturday 17th April 2010, 6.30pm

The Doctor has been summoned by an old friend, but in the Cabinet War Rooms far below the streets of blitz-torn London, it’s his oldest enemy he finds waiting for him, as the time-travelling adventures continue. The Daleks are back – but can Winston Churchill be in league with them?

Written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Andrew Gunn, guest starring Bill Patterson and Ian McNeice (as Winston Churchill).

 

Episode 4: ‘The Time Of Angels
Saturday 24th April 2010, 6.20pm

Don’t blink – the Weeping Angels return! The Doctor is recruited by Father Octavian to track the last of the Angels through the terrifying Maze Of The Dead. Meanwhile, the mysterious River Song re-enters the Doctor’s life – but can he trust her?

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Adam Smith, guest starring Alex Kingston (as River Song) and Iain Glen (as Father Octavian).

 

Episode 5: ‘Flesh And Stone
Saturday 1st May 2010, 6.25pm

There’s no way back, no way up and no way out. Trapped among an army of Weeping Angels, the Doctor and his friends must try to escape through the wreckage of a crashed space liner. Meanwhile, in the forest vault, the Doctor’s companion, Amy Pond, finds herself facing an even more deadly attack.

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Adam Smith, guest starring Alex Kingston (as River Song).

 

Episode 6: ‘The Vampires Of Venice
Saturday 8th May 2010, 6.00pm

Dessicated corpses, terror in the canal and a visit to the sinister House of Calvierri – the Doctor takes Amy and Rory for a romantic mini-break, as the Tardis touches down once again. But 17th-century Venice is not as it should be. The city has been sealed to protect it from the Plague, although Rosanna Calvierri may have other plans…

Written by Toby Whitehouse, directed by Jonny Campbell, guest starring Arthur Darvill (as Rory Williams) and Helen McCrory (as Rosanna Calvierri).

 

Episode 7: ‘Amy’s Choice
Saturday 15th May 2010, 6.25pm

It’s been five years since Amy Pond last travelled with the Doctor, and when he lands in her garden again, on the eve of the birth of her first child, she finds herself facing a heartbreaking choice – one that will change her life for ever.

Written by Simon Nye, directed by Catherine Morshead, guest starring Arthur Darvill (as Rory Williams).

 

Episode 8: ‘The Hungry Earth
Saturday 22nd May 2010, 6.15pm

It’s 2015 and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth’s crust than man has ever gone before – but now the ground itself is fighting back. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village and find themselves plunged into a battle against a deadly danger from a bygone age.

Written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Ashley Way, guest starring Neve McIntosh (as Silurian twins), Arthur Darvill (as Rory Williams), Robert Pew and Meera Syal.

 

Episode 9: ‘Cold Blood
Saturday 29th May 2010, 7pm

It is the most important day in the history of Earth: the dawn of a new age of harmony or the start of its final war. The Doctor must face his most difficult challenge yet. It is a battle in which he cannot take sides and a day when nobody must die…

Written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Ashley Way, guest starring Neve McIntosh (as Silurian twins), Arthur Darvill (as Rory Williams), Robert Pew and Meera Syal.

 

Episode 10: ‘Vincent And The Doctor
Saturday 5th June 2010, 6.50pm

Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent Van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien.

Written by Richard Curtis, directed by Jonny Campbell, guest starring Bill Nighy (as the curator of a Vincent van Gogh exhibition) and Tony Curran (as Vincent van Gogh).

 

Episode 11: ‘The Lodger
Saturday 12th June 2010, 6.45pm

There’s a house on Aickman Road, and a staircase that people go up, but never down. To solve the mystery of the man upstairs, the Doctor faces his greatest challenge yet – he must pass himself off as a perfectly normal human being, and share a flat with Craig Owens.

Written by Gareth Roberts, directed by Catherine Morshead, guest starring James Corden as Craig Owens.

 

Episode 12: ‘The Pandorica Opens
Saturday 19th June 2010, 6.40pm

The Doctor’s friends unite to send him a terrible warning; the Pandorica – which is said to contain the most feared being in all the cosmos – is opening. But what’s inside, and can the Doctor stop it?

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Toby Haynes, guest starring Alex Kingston (as River Song).

 

Episode 13: ‘The Big Bang
Saturday 26th June 2010, 6.05pm

The Doctor is gone, the Tardis has been destroyed, and the universe is collapsing. The only hope for all reality is a little girl who still believes in stars.

Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Toby Haynes, guest starring Alex Kingston (as River Song).