Doctor Who (2005– )
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The Beast Below 

The Doctor takes Amy to the future inside Starship UK, which contains in addition to British explorers, an intimidating race known as the Smilers.


Andrew Gunn, Euros Lyn (uncredited)


Steven Moffat

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Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Sophie Okonedo ... Liz Ten
Terrence Hardiman ... Hawthorne
Hannah Sharp ... Mandy
Alfie Field ... Timmy
Christopher Good ... Morgan
David Ajala ... Peter
Catrin Richards Catrin Richards ... Poem Girl
Jonathan Battersby Jonathan Battersby ... Winder
Chris Porter Chris Porter ... Smilers / Winder (voice)
Ian McNeice ... Churchill


The Doctor and Amy travel to a future time where all of the residents actually live in a orbiting spacecraft, Starship UK. The Doctor soon realizes that while the spaceship is moving through space, it isn't powered in the conventional sense. Amy meanwhile is given the opportunity to learn the truth but chooses to have her memory erased. The Doctor is faced with unacceptable options and it's Amy who makes the final decision on what to do. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

10 April 2010 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Liz X mentions that The Doctor had "tea and scones with Liz II" Matt Smith who plays The Doctor, played Prince Phillip in The Crown (2016). Prince Phillip is the husband of Liz II. She also mentions how "Vicky was a bit on the fence" about the Doctor. In Victoria (2016) Queen Victoria is played by Jenna Coleman who played a companion of Matt Smith's Doctor. Clara Oswald. See more »


After Amy wakes up in the chair and the computer verifies her identity, the display shows "Age: 1,308", but the voice announces "Age: 1,306". See more »


The Doctor: What's wrong with this picture?
Amy Pond: Is it... the bicycles? Bit unusual on a spaceship, bicycles.
The Doctor: Says the girl in the nighty.
Amy Pond: Oh my God, I'm in my nighty!
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Great character development!
10 April 2010 | by shimmerstrides01See all my reviews

I'll not get into specifics here, so as not to give spoilers. This episode has several surprises and some very interesting concepts, as well as social commentary.

When faced with a seeming moral dilemma, is it best to confront its consequences or forget them? Both answers are explored here.

Also, Moffat is one of the best constructors of plot around. The epiphany, when it comes, seems obvious in retrospect, although it wasn't. In other words, Moffat is excellent at laying clues toward a resolution without seeming to do so.

However, the best part for me is the further character development of the Doctor's new companion, Amy, and the Doctor's own morality. Both roles continue to be wonderfully acted by Matt Smith and Karen Gillen.

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