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11th Hour Facts

The Eleventh DoctorWe know very little about The Eleventh Hour, the first episode in the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond – and with Doctor Who’s return just a few weeks away, this is pretty unusual.

Why? Well even 5 years ago we knew that the Autons were returning to Doctor Who in Rose. As far as 2010 goes, the name of the new alien threat has only just been made available, and as far as we know, the Atraxi haven’t even been seen yet.

However, facts are leaking out – there is some background information to the story in the recent Telegraph feature, such as Steven Moffat describing the story’s setting (the fictional English village of Leadworth) as ‘…basically Trumpton.’

It is here that the TARDIS crashlands in the 60 minute episode – and with the Doctor yet to complete his regeneration, he’s effectively running on empty.

‘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.’

You’ll be pleased to know that Doctor Who probably returns on Saturday, 3rd April.



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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