[[caption-width-right:350:The Eleventh Doctor is in.]]
->'''Amy:''' Twelve years! And four psychiatrists!\\
'''The Doctor:''' Four?\\
'''Amy:''' I kept biting them.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Why?\\
'''Amy:''' They said you weren't real.

The one with the fish fingers and custard and a crack in the wall. Oh, and the one with the Bowtie's debut.

Written by Creator/StevenMoffat.

[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime Last time]], Creator/DavidTennant exploded into a new regeneration and set the TARDIS on fire in the process. It's rapidly crashing into London with Creator/MattSmith, the Eleventh Doctor, hanging off of it. He scrambles back in and manages to crash-land the TARDIS in a sleepy English village.

A little Scottish girl is praying to Santa that he will send someone to just fix that creepy crack in the wall. She's interrupted by the sound of a police telephone box parking itself in her garden... on its side.

The little girl (Creator/CaitlinBlackwood) runs to the window and peers out. Surprisingly, she isn't shocked to see a TARDIS has crashed sideways into her auntie's garden shed. Like any good protagonist, she runs outside and witnesses the newly-regenerated Doctor climbing out, sopping wet (he got stuck in the library, and so did [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime the swimming pool]]). Totally normal, he insists. The little girl, Amelia Pond, is charmed, and lets the Doctor in because she hopes he'll fix the scary wall crack.

He's still in the middle of regeneration trauma, but it doesn't involve comas this time around. He does have serious food cravings. Amelia obligingly fills the Doctor's increasingly gross requests, only to have him reject all the offerings in favor of... fish fingers with custard.

The Doctor remarks on how normal the kid is acting, given how scary most other kids would find this situation. Must be one hell of a scary crack in her wall, he opines. The pair trek upstairs (notice that creepy door), where the Doctor investigates the wall and eventually decides to sonic it ''open'', so as to figure out what's behind it.

So he opens it, and they stare into an alien prison cell. A booming voice repeats "PRISONER ZERO HAS ESCAPED." A giant eyeball -- [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures the Atraxi]] -- eyeballs them and the crack closes and heals completely. Well, not quite. See, Prisoner Zero has escaped through the crack, and is around here... somewhere.

But before the Doctor can work on that, he hears the Cloister Bell, the TARDIS' OhCrap signal. That means the TARDIS is in trouble, so the Doctor rushes out and determines that he needs to take the TARDIS on a quick trip to stabilise her, but don't worry, "Give me five minutes, I'll be right back." Amelia notes that "People always say that." After a quick talk, the Doctor Franchise/{{Indiana|Jones}}s down into the control -- oh wait, back into the library/swimming pool. The doors shut and the TARDIS vworps away. Amelia runs back inside (notice the creepy door is ajar) and starts packing.

She finally finishes and runs (notice the creepy door is wide open) back into the garden. She waits. And waits.

It's daytime when the Doctor vworps back into her garden, in a dead rush: he's figured out where Prisoner Zero is. "Amelia!" He sonics his way into her house and sprints upstairs. "Amelia!" And that's when he meets a cricket bat.

Meanwhile, in a hospital, a nurse called Rory is insistent that his comatose patients are walking and talking. He's brought his supervisor along, saying that they were asking for her, but what they're really saying, all of them, is "Doctor". Rory asks his supervisor to just take a look at his camera phone evidence, but she instead tells him to take a few days off.

Back at the country house, the Doctor wakes up, cuffed to a radiator. A woman, made of legs and clad in a rather risqué police uniform is standing over him, apparently calling for backup. Amelia hasn't lived here in a long time, she says. The Doctor piques her interest in... a creepy door she's never noticed before.

"Don't go in there!" the Doctor protests. He gets ignored. She goes in -- it's totally ordinary. Run down and filthy, but ordinary all the same. Until she sees the sonic screwdriver, which had been mysteriously missing when the Doctor woke up from his meeting with Mr Cricket-Bat. It's in the secret room, lying in a puddle of goo. Which could totally be explained by having rolled under the door. If it wasn't on the table.

The Doctor tells the woman to get out of there. But she, displaying fine companion reflexes, ignores him, and dawdles enough to catch a glimpse of a scary blue snake-piranha. ''Then'' she flees. The Doctor gets his screwdriver back, but the system is messed up from that goo. And to make things better, a creepy figure inexplicably bursts out of the room. It's a bloke with a dog. But the creature is still just one being, and it's getting its mouths mixed up. The man is barking at them.

The Doctor technobabbles and bluffs, until he manages to get his sonic screwdriver working again, at which point he and his erstwhile captor bust a move. But the TARDIS won't let him in because it's repairing itself, and... that's when he notices that the wooden shed he destroyed the night he met Amelia has been rebuilt. [[ExactlyExtyYearsAgo About twelve years ago.]] Incredulous, he turns to the young woman beside him, and realizes that ''she'' is Amelia, [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown up.]] And not a police officer at all, but a professional kissogram. And ''very'' cross at him for making her wait for two-thirds of her life.

They walk over to the village centre, and all the speakers in the area are spawning the same message in every language -- "PRISONER ZERO WILL VACATE THE HUMAN RESIDENCE OR THE HUMAN RESIDENCE WILL BE INCINERATED". But if all they want is for Prisoner Zero to come out of the house, why is the message broadcasting in the village, and around the world? Unless by "residence" they mean "planet". Amelia (now going by Amy) takes the Doctor to a neighbour's home, where the Doctor gets recognised by a guy called Jeff as Amy's infamous imaginary friend. The Doctor decides to get back into the open, trying to figure something out. At which point the aliens block out the Sun, and then turn the block transparent to make a force field. People take pictures and Website/{{Facebook}} their mates without realising they're going to die in twenty minutes and counting.

The Doctor gets his [[StaggeredZoom memory]] working overtime: he saw something weird a second ago. When the sun went out, everyone was photographing the sky... everyone except Rory, who was photographing Barking Man with Dog. It turns out that the man looks exactly like one of his coma patients, and this isn't the first time this has happened. He's gathering photographic evidence to prove he's not insane. He's also Amy's boyfriend, and absolutely speechless at suddenly seeing her imaginary friend come to life. She always made him dress up as the Doctor when they played as kids, she went through four psychiatrists trying to get over her childhood experience, and now he's ''here'' and a bit too busy to have a chat and explain everything.

The Atraxi scope the area, but blowing stuff up just won't grab their attention, and the Doctor accidentally melts his sonic screwdriver in the process. So, the guard wanders off and Barking Man with Dog decides to melt and travel via drains, heading to the hospital in its true form of snake-piranha, where Rory's supervisor is still checking on the creepy patients.

Amy and Rory have to hurry to the hospital. Rory explains that the monster has taken the shape of his coma patient, and apparently shape-shifting abominations need psychic links to living beings. Therefore, it will go to the hospital for more prey and more disguises. The Doctor steals Rory's phone and Jeff's laptop. [[TheInternetIsForPorn Which contains lots of implied porn.]] "Blimey! Get a girlfriend, Jeff!"

The Doctor quickly writes a harmless virus designed to grab the aliens' attention, hacks into the international red alert conference call with the phone, [[UsefulNotes/FermatsLastTheorem quickly proves how much of a genius he is]] and makes Jeff convince the world's nations to implement the virus while he runs off with the phone again.

Amy and Rory arrive at the hospital to find chaos. They phone the Doctor to tell him, then run upstairs, as Amy still looks like a police officer (admittedly slightly {{Stripperific}}), which gets them in. Once in the ICU, we learn that the Doctor has nicked a fire engine and that a woman and her daughters have escaped from the creature unscathed. One problem -- the wrong mouths are spouting the wrong voices again. Amy and Rory back away slowly, and the alien realizes its mistake. Rory and Amy run to the actual ward, and the Doctor arrives with barely a second to spare, crashing in through the window with the fire engine's ladder.

That computer virus has infected everything in the world. Every screen shows "0". Now the Atraxi know that Prisoner Zero is here. And now they're tracking the signal to Rory's phone. The Doctor promptly thwarts the prisoner by [=SMSing=] all the photos Rory has taken of the coma patient disguises of the alien.

Prisoner Zero switches to a different disguise. Since it needs months of proximity to build up a connection to a physical memory, it's able to disguise itself as the memory of little Amelia and her "Raggedy Doctor". The Doctor sees his new face for the first time. Amy faints and the Doctor and Rory rush to her. The Doctor convinces comatose Amy to fight the monster's mental link by remembering its true form, which she saw behind the scary door. It works.

The Guards arrest Zero via white light beams, but not before leaving the Doctor with a cryptic warning: [[ArcWords The Pandorica will open, and silence will fall]]. As the aliens leave, the Doctor gets quite angry with them and demands that they ''come back'' (Rory has some issues with this), to discuss why they just seriously violated the Shadow Proclamation's ethics codes and threatened to blow up a Level 5 civilization. They head back to the hospital, and the Doctor raids the hospital locker room for a new wardrobe. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace As]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie usual.]]

After stripping and changing in front of his new companions (which Amy doesn't exactly mind), he makes it onto the roof and starts TalkingTheMonsterToDeath while trying to decide on a new tie.

[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2mlnpt He questions the Atraxi]] -- is Earth a threat? Is it a criminal planet? Does it violate the Guard planet's own laws? And finally: ''is it defended''? And by whom? The eyeball visualizes images of various ''Who'' monsters [[note]]Including the Ood and Hath who, excluding Ood Sigma's telepathic message at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars The Waters of Mars]]", ''have never set foot on Earth at this point.''[[/note]] and the preceding incarnations of the Doctor. The Doctor steps through the projections shown (more precisely, he symbolically steps through Creator/DavidTennant's face), his new outfit now complete with a bowtie, and tells the Atraxi to '''run'''. They do.

The TARDIS is working again, with a brand new interior.

At night, Amy Pond wakes up, having heard the unmistakable sound of the TARDIS. She runs downstairs to meet the Doctor. He decided to keep the stolen clothes, figuring it's a reasonable reward for having saved the Earth a billion times over by now. Also, it's been two years since he last saw Amy. He thought it was a few hours. Again. She's appropriately pissed off at him for that but, regardless, he invites her to be his next companion. Amy agrees to come with him, so long as he can have her back by tomorrow morning for an unspecified appointment. And eventually, they leave.

We're left in Amy's room, now quiet, and linger over all her childhood drawings and handmade dolls of Amy and the Doctor and the TARDIS. And then we see the wedding dress, and we begin to have an idea what Amy's appointment might be.

'''Meanwhile in the TARDIS: First Episode'''

A DVD-only extra scene. Amy asks the Doctor why his time machine is a police box seemingly made out of wood, and if that isn't a bit unsafe if it is supposed to travel through time and space. The Doctor explains that the police box is only camouflage, and explains the function of the chameleon circuit: the TARDIS automatically analyses its surroundings, carefully picks a form that allows it to blend in with the local environment... And then, every single time, it disregards that data and disguises itself as a police box from 1963, says the Doctor, while admitting that the circuit is probably broken. Amy then asks him how long it has been broken. [[BlatantLies "Oh, not long..."]] answers the Doctor, with a hint of embarrassment.

Amy then asks him if he really is an alien. The Doctor answers that from his point of view, ''she'' is the alien. Amy wonders if the Doctor is a space squid or a tiny slug dressed in a human suit, but, a bit offended by this, he assures her that he is just as human as he appears. Amy tells him she is done with her questions, but the Doctor tells her she's just begun; he throws a switch on the TARDIS console, opens the door and shows her outer space.

When Amy says that the space outside looks like special effects in a studio, the Doctor proves it's real by pushing her out of the TARDIS, leading into the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]".


* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade
-->'''Amy:''' Will that door hold it?
-->'''Doctor:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh yeah, yeah, of course!]] It's an inter-dimensional multi-form from outer space; they're all terrified of ''wood''.
* ActionPrologue: The cold opening, with the freshly regenerated Eleventh Doctor trying to keep himself from falling out of a burning, out-of-control TARDIS.
* AdultFear: The then-seven-years-old Amelia Pond is clearly frightened of a crack in her bedroom wall, which she can hear voices out of. When the Doctor meets her, he even notes that she's quite brave and that the crack must be extraordinarily strange to scare her so much. It's also shown that Amelia's aunt -- her only guardian -- not only doesn't believe there's anything wrong with the crack, but is often not home to care for her. It turns out that the "crack" is an opening to a parallel dimension, which an alien prisoner escaped from. Because the Doctor jumps through time 12 years instead of 5 minutes, Amelia unknowingly spends most of her life living with an alien criminal hiding in her house, creating a mental link with her to steal her form. While this obviously plays off of a child's fear of things like the bogeyman and seemingly mundane details, there's also the parental fear of danger coming to a child because of not taking their worries seriously.
* AlienLunch: Upon receiving new taste buds, the Doctor goes through several things in Amelia's fridge before settling on fish fingers and custard (together) as a first meal after regenerating.
* AllThereInTheManual: Creator/StevenMoffat has said in the commentary for this episode that Prisoner Zero was arrested for impersonating an army. Although, as the next thing he says is that this is ridiculous, and Rule Zero is that [[LyingCreator Moffat lies]], it's debatable how canon it is.
* ArbitrarySkepticism:
** Rory's boss sees the coma patients talking, but still disbelieves that he saw them outside and refuses to look at his cameraphone.
** In "Meanwhile in the TARDIS", Amy can't accept the evidence of her eyes when the Doctor opens the doors to outer space, saying it must be a hallucination or special effect. The Doctor just laughs and [[TheGadfly shoves her out the door]]. At the start of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]", she's floating in space with [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome an awed expression on her face]].
* ArcNumber: Invoked; the Doctor has every single digital device ''in the world'' reset to bear the number 0. As in Prisoner Zero.
* ArcWords: "Silence Will Fall" and "The Pandorica Will Open".
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Rory:''' You just summoned aliens back to Earth. Actual aliens. Deadly aliens. ''Aliens. Of death''.... And now you're taking your clothes off.
* AstronomicZoom: Begins with one, although thankfully they didn't reuse the one from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]" again.
* TheBackwardsR: The MΨTH logo on Jeff's laptop and some of the hospital equipment.
* BadassBoast: "Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically... '''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome run.]]'''"
* BatterUp: Amy with a cricket bat. Poor Doctor.
* BigDamnHeroes: DUCK! ''[cue ladder through window]''
* BigWhat: When Amy reveals she's little Amelia all grown up, the Doctor says "what" several times, getting louder each time.
* BlatantLies:
** To young Amy in the beginning:
--->'''The Doctor:''' You know when the grown-ups say that everything's gonna be fine, but you think they're lying to make you feel better?\\
'''Amelia:''' Yes...\\
'''The Doctor:''' Everything's gonna be fine.
** In "Meanwhile in the TARDIS", when the Doctor explains how the chameleon circuit [[TheAllegedCar "works"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' It's camouflage. It's disguised as a police telephone box from 1963. Every time the TARDIS materializes in a new location, within the first ''nanosecond'' of landing, it analyses its surroundings, calculates a 12-dimensional data map of everything within a 1000-mile radius and determines which outer shell would blend in best with the environment... And then it disguises itself as a police telephone box from 1963.\\
'''Amy:''' Oh. Why?\\
'''The Doctor:''' It's probably a bit of a fault, actually. I've been meaning to check.\\
'''Amy:''' What, it's a police box every time?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah. I suppose, now you mention.\\
'''Amy:''' How long has it been doing that?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Oh... you know. [[LongRunners Not long...]]
* {{Bookends}}:
** In this case, it's more like chapter ends. When we first meet Amy and she first meets the Doctor she is in her nightie, 14 years later on her first trip in the TARDIS, she is wearing a very similar nightie.
** Amy knocking the Doctor out with a cricket bat and handcuffing him to the radiator is later revealed to be the front bookend to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead River punching him out and cuffing him to a pipe]].
* BrickJoke: The Doctor's first visit to Amelia leaves behind an unmistakable impression, leading to an obsession with her "imaginary friend" for quite some time, long enough that seemingly everyone in town, from the local hunk and his granny to her (sort-of) boyfriend, has a reaction to seeing "The Raggedy Doctor" in the flesh. Cue Amy's exasperated looks and quietly asking people to please shut up about it.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Cartoons?
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: Deliberately averted. Amy lives in a rural part of England. Moffat has said that something of a pet peeve of his during the first series was that, while they had all of time and space to play around in, they seemed to spend an awful lot of time in London.
* BrokenBird: Amy Pond. As young Amelia she clearly has abandonment issues brewing. When the Doctor leaves her for, in his words "Five minutes" (she says that "everyone says that"), she grows up with a lingering resentment and a rather short temper. We finally see her shell start to crack when the Doctor invites her into the TARDIS for the first time, confirming that everything he told her as a child was really true.
* BroughtDownToNormal: No TARDIS, no sonic, twenty minutes to save the world.
* TheCameo: ''The'' Creator/PatrickMoore. Who is apparently a DirtyOldMan.
* CanonImmigrant: The Atraxi are from the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel ''Vampire Science''.
* CaptainObvious: "Do you know what the crack is?... It's a crack!"
* ChekhovsGun: The smiley face apple Amelia gives the Doctor later gets used to convince her to help him out.
-->'''The Doctor:''' [[LampshadeHanging I'll save this for later.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: As much as being a kissogram can be considered a skill. The costume is useful when she needs to gain entry to an otherwise-inaccessible wing of the hospital.
* ChekhovsGunman: Both the man with the dog and the woman with the children are shown as coma patients early in the episode.
* ClothingDamage: In-between regenerating and the opening of this episode, the Doctor's lost the suit jacket, and spends most of the rest of the episode looking beaten up, until he gets fed up with the "raggedy" look.
* ClotheslineStealing: A variant. After he gets tired of being called "the raggedy Doctor", due to wearing the remains of Ten's outfit, the Doctor steals clothes from the hospital changing room, including a vast selection of ties, to create an ensemble he likes. Amy calls him out on this, and he calls the theft fair in exchange for saving the earth.
* CoolStarship: Giant flying crystal snowflake starships with a [[FacelessEye giant eyeball]]?
* CompressedHair: Amy reveals her impressive red hair from under her police hat during TheReveal that she's not a policewoman who's arrested the Doctor, but a grown-up Amelia wearing a kissogram outfit.
* ContinuityCavalcade: The montage of previous monsters and all ten previous Doctors, before the Doctor tells the latest alien to "Run".
* ContinuityNod:
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon The out-of-control TARDIS nearly hits Big Ben.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva The TARDIS landing on its side right after a big regeneration.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime A swimming pool inside the TARDIS?]]
** The Doctor exhales golden energy after regenerating, just like the [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion last time]].
** The Doctor turning BigEater after his big comeback, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime just like the Master in their previous outing]].
** Eleven's apparent revulsion to carrots echoes the Sixth Doctor's unintended last words: "Carrot juice?!" (Also offered to him by a redhead companion -- Melanie, in this case.)
** The cracks in time? [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster Been there.]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath Done that.]]
** The "[You've] had some cowboys in here" line was previously used in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl in the Fireplace]]", another Steven Moffat-penned episode.
** The Doctor promising a little girl he'd be right back, and shows up years later, weaving in and out of her life, all the while, the little girl falls in love with the Doctor. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace Not the first time this has happened...]]
** The Fifth Doctor's love for cricket is inverted here (a cricket bat hitting the Doctor).
** Amy, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead like River Song before/after her]], knocks the Doctor cold and handcuffs him so he can't interfere with her plans.
** A [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "Saxon"]] sticker is [[FreezeFrameBonus briefly visible]] on the front of the Doctor's commandeered fire engine. Which is possibly an unintentional callback, as Saxon is the name of certain models of UK fire engine.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink A written message from the Doctor saying to "DUCK!" right before something comes at its receiver through a window.]]
** The Doctor congratulates Prisoner Zero on creating [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva "a perfect impression of [it]self"]].
** It's also not the first time he's stolen [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace his]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie outfit]] from a hospital locker.
** His use of the word "Run" is a reference to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]", where it is the first line uttered by the Doctor in the new incarnation of the series. Here, it is turned on its head; instead of warning a companion, he is threatening an enemy.
** A St John's Ambulance badge is back on the TARDIS door, as it once was during the early years of the show.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead The Doctor opens the door to the TARDIS by snapping his fingers.]]
** The appearance of the hat-stand in the console room.
* CordonBleughChef: The Doctor rejects the perfectly good food little Amy offers up, and opts for custard and fish fingers instead. It has rapidly undergone a MemeticMutation with many anecdotes online of what this actually tastes like (with varying results). It's ironic since the fish fingers used in the scene were ([[FakeFood merely cakes breaded in coconut]]).
* CreepyChild: Zero as little Amelia is surprisingly effective.
* DareToBeBadass: Jeff gets a speech from the Doctor exhorting him to "be magnificent" in order to save the world.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Doctor's in fine form this episode.
** "Oh yeah, yeah of course! It's an interdimensional multiform from outer space; they're all ''terrified'' of ''wood''."
** "Oh that's good, fantastic that is. Twenty minutes to save the world and I have a post office. ''[looks at it]'' AND IT'S SHUT!"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Rory, apropos the Atraxi.
-->'''Rory:''' You just summoned aliens back to Earth. Actual aliens. '''Deadly aliens'''. ''Aliens''. '''''Of death.'''''
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The Doctor has an OhCrap moment when, after fleeing Amy's house, he hears the Atraxi message broadcasting on every communications device, and realises the "human residence" means the entire planet.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Or, rather, triple. "Eleventh hour" is an idiom meaning "in the nick of time", it's the Eleventh Doctor's first episode, and the episode itself is an hour long.
* DyingAsYourself: An odd forced inversion, in which the Doctor convinces sleeping Amelia Pond to dream of Prisoner Zero's true form so the Atraxi will recognise him.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: [[CovertPervert Amy]] doesn't take her eyes off the Doctor changing clothes.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
-->'''The Doctor:''' You're not the first lot to have come here. Oh, there have been so many. And what you have to ask yourself is... ''what happened to them?''\\
''[the Atraxi shows pictures of the previous known incarnations of the Doctor, finishing with an image of the Tenth Doctor through which the Eleventh Doctor then steps]''\\
'''The Doctor:''' Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically... '''run'''.
* EverythingIsOnline: A computer virus causes a ''mechanical flip clock'' to reset. It was "a tiny bit alive" after all. The Doctor is a genius.
* ExactlyExtyYearsAgo: Twelve years have passed since the Doctor met Amelia.
* FacelessEye: The Atraxi, spaceships which are just giant flying eyeballs surrounded by a crystal snowflake.
* FailedASpotCheck: Although [[MaleGaze obvious to the audience]], our CelibateHero fails to notice anything odd about the policewoman who's captured him, such as the [[{{stripperiffic}} extreme brevity of her hemline]].
* FairCop: Amy appears to be one, but it's just a costume.
* FanficMagnet: Amelia as companion! In fact this episode gave a boost to the idea of a child companion in general.
* FemaleGaze: [[EatingTheEyeCandy Amy eyes up the Doctor as he changes clothes.]] Thank you, Creator/StevenMoffat, for levelling the playing field.
* FieryRedhead: Amy was pretty even tempered as a kid, but by the time she's grown up she has quite the temper. She bit her psychiatrists (all four of them) and gives the Doctor loads of grief over leaving her for 12 years (and then two more!).
* FlatWhat: Amy is about as fond of it as the Doctor himself.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Amy speculates that the Doctor is actually some kind of squid thing in the "Meanwhile in the TARDIS" deleted scene.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Besides the ArcWords mentioned above, there are couple of other things hinting at the main StoryArc of this season:
** The Doctor comes across a pond that Amy calls a "duck pond", even though there's no ducks there. Turns out the ducks have been swallowed by one of the cracks in time.
** In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, when the Doctor invites Amy inside the TARDIS, one of the background monitors is showing.[[http://i.imgur.com/4WONJ.jpg a shape]] similar to the crack on Amelia's wall. This foreshadows the later [[TheReveal reveal]] that the cracks are caused by the destruction of the TARDIS.
** The meaning behind the phrase "Silence Will Fall" will be explored throughout Eleven's lifetime, and its origins revealed in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]".
** Specific to this episode, the rhyme recited by the girl on the Vator video-screen starts out with "A horse and a man, above, below". What do people use horses for? Carrying people and/or pulling vehicles.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** Amy runs outside in her nightie, passing by the stuff including her wedding dress from the slow pan at the end of the episode.
** A probably unintentional bonus. A [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "Saxon"]] sticker is briefly visible on the front of the Doctor's commandeered fire engine. (Saxon being a model of Fire Engine in the UK)
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** That's very obviously porn on Jeff's laptop. "Get a girlfriend!"
** The Doctor takes more than his shirt off in the locker room.
** When the Doctor meets adult Amy, she's working as a "kissogram". Which apparently means that people can hire her to kiss them at parties, while she's dressed up in an outfit they fancy, such as a [[NaughtyNurseOutfit nurse]], a [[NaughtyNuns nun]], or a [[SexyWhateverOutfit policewoman]].
* GiantEyeOfDoom: The Atraxi, natch. Particularly the first one seen, when the Doctor sonics open the crack in Amelia's bedroom.
* GlamourFailure: A variant. Prisoner Zero can take on the form of multiple people as long as they are connected (a man walking a dog, a woman holding hands with two children, etc.). However, it can't quite get the voices right (the man is growling and barking, the woman's voice is coming from the little girl's body), blowing the image.
* GroinAttack: Eleven, hanging on to the out-of-control TARDIS for dear life, ''narrowly avoids'' damaging his meat-and-two-veg on Big Ben's spire. Seriously, the gap is two or three inches at most -- ouch!
* HumanAlien:
-->'''Amy:''' And you're an alien.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well, in your terms, yeah. In ''my'' terms, ''you're'' an alien. [[HumansThroughAlienEyes In quite a few people's terms, probably.]]\\
'''Amy:''' What kind of alien?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well, you know, a nice one. Definitely one of the nice ones.\\
'''Amy:''' So you're like a... [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} a space squid]], or something... [[MobileSuitHuman Are you like a tiny little slug in a human suit?]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[indignant look]''\\
'''Amy:''' Is that why you walk like that?
* HumiliationConga: After the Tenth Doctor's violent regeneration, the TARDIS is forced into lockdown while it [[TrashTheSet rebuilds itself]], a situation made worse by his old sonic screwdriver likewise exploding halfway through the episode. He's also whacked with a cricket bat and looks "raggedy" all episode. It's one of ''those'' days.
* HypocriticalHumour: After the Doctor rudely demands Amelia to cook all sorts of food for him, only to claim them disgusting, poisonous or evil once he actually tastes them, Amelia takes one last peek into the refrigerator.
-->'''Amelia:''' We've got some carrots.\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''Carrots''? Are you ''insane''?
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: After knocking the Doctor out with a cricket bat, Amy puts on her kiss-o-gram patrolwoman's uniform, fakes an English accent and tells him she's called for backup.
* InternalHomage:
** The opening shot is a recreation of the opening of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]". This has also appeared in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts]]".
** The hospital that the episode features is remarkably similar to the one that the Third Doctor ended up in following his regeneration ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace Spearhead from Space]]"). The Third Doctor also ends up stealing his first iconic opera-based outfit from said hospital, just as the Eleventh does (but rather more sneakily).
*** One of the coats Rory is holding is a red velvet jacket similar to one worn by the Third Doctor.
*** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Eighth Doctor]] does the same thing -- only his is a fancy dress costume.
** There are definite echoes of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones Smith and Jones]]", in that (a hospital/Earth) is harboring a disguised alien fugitive from justice (The Plasmavore/Prisoner Zero), so the alien police (Judoon/Atraxi) threaten to destroy (the hospital/Earth) if the people do not turn in the fugitive.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Right after the Doctor's regeneration, the TARDIS lands at its next destination on its side.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Doctor arrives at a girl's home at various points in her life]]. [[TheSlowPath Only minutes pass for him, but it's years for her.]] [[RecycledScript Also written by]] Creator/StevenMoffat.
** The Doctor says to Amelia [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "You've had some cowboys in here"]] while examining the crack in her wall.
** The line ''"I've put a lot of work into it"'' (re: the Earth/universe) is taken from the also-Moffat-penned ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath''.
** The out-of-control TARDIS barely misses [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon the tower that contains Big Ben]].
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Strongly implied to be whatever Jeff was looking at on his laptop in his room. The Doctor even tells him to get a girlfriend and delete his Internet history.
* JumpingOnPoint: With the RTD era ending on a reference-heavy, cameo-packed grand finale, we now get a new Doctor, companion, sonic screwdriver and TARDIS set all at once.
* KillItWithFire: How the Atraxi intend to deal with Prisoner Zero and [[EarthShatteringKaboom the human residence.]] "INCINERATED!"
* MaleGaze: The first we see of grown-up Amy; a slow pan up her short-skirted legs.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Combined with awesomeness.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Twenty minutes. Run home to your loved ones and kiss them all goodbye, or stay and help me.\\
'''Amy:''' No! ''[she proceeds to trap his tie in a car door and demand an explanation from him]''
* MeaningfulName: The expression "eleventh hour" means "in the nick of time". It also references the fact it's one-hour long exactly and that it's the first full episode with the ''Eleventh'' Doctor.
* MeaningfulRename: Amelia to Amy, very pointedly. Amelia is "a bit too fairy tale".
* MobileSuitHuman: Amy wonders if the Doctor is one of these, "a tiny little slug in a human suit". He's rather taken aback at the suggestion.
* MrFanservice:
** Why hello there, hunky Jeff with the [[TheInternetIsForPorn porny laptop]] and big arms.
** Creator/MattSmith fangirls are practically an inevitability.
* MsFanservice: Amy Pond gets to be dressed in a police outfit with a very short skirt for most of the episode.
* TheNthDoctor: Creator/MattSmith makes his debut as the Doctor.
* NationalStereotypes: "You're Scottish; fry something." Ironically, written [[SelfDeprecation by a Scottish author]].
* NecktieLeash: Amy not only drags the Doctor by the tie, she locks it in a car door to get information out of him. [[FridgeBrilliance After that, the Doctor wears a bowtie.]]
* {{Nephewism}}: Amy [[{{Retgone}} has no parents]], only an aunt.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Variant. The Doctor tells Amy that he has heard every possible reaction to the fact that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. Amy responds, "I'm in my nightie." He probably has heard that one before.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Millennium Bug notwithstanding, resetting all the computer clocks in the world to zero would royally mess up all sorts of society's critical systems.
* NothingIsScarier:
** Amy has the Doctor handcuffed and he lets slip where Prisoner Zero is hiding. She starts walking towards the door, and he's screaming at her not to open it, but she walks through anyway... the appearance of the giant piranha-eel thing suspended from the ceiling directly behind Amy's head is actually a bit of a relief compared to the empty, dusty room that's always been in your house but you've never noticed it that the Doctor is yelling to ''get out of now''.
** During the scene where the Doctor confronts Prisoner Zero, the hospital room they're in is amazingly quiet. Far quieter, in fact, than a room with several patients in it should be. Especially since there is noise from outside once Prisoner Zero is gone.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: After the Doctor accidentally skips forwards twelve years instead of five minutes, the rest of the village end up believing that "the Raggedy Doctor" is Amelia's imaginary friend, and are weirded out or charmed to actually meet him. Amy is less pleased, in part due to the four psychiatrists she'd been made to visit (and then bite).
* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: When Prisoner Zero takes on the Doctor's form, he hasn't looked in a mirror since his regeneration, so his reaction is, "Well, that's rubbish. Who's that supposed to be?"
* {{Oculothorax}}: The Atraxi are a GiantEyeOfDoom that can fly through outer space.
-->''"Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated. [[BrokenRecord Prisoner Zero will vacate...]]"''
* OhCrap:
** The Atraxi get the hell off of Earth when they realise they've been tangling with the Doctor.
** The Doctor has his own when he realises that it's been more than five minutes. Something may have happened to Amelia Pond.
** Jeff for a second when he realises he'll have to hand over his laptop.
** When the Doctor hears "Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated" is being broadcast all over the world in every language, and he realises they don't mean Amy's house, they mean they are going to blow up the planet.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: When the Doctor first meets grown-up Amy, she's faking an English accent. He doesn't realise who she is until she reverts back into her natural Scottish one after they've run out of the house.
* PercussiveMaintenance: While examining a TV the Atraxi have hijacked, the Doctor whacks the remote to get it to work.
* PoliceAreUseless: The Atraxi's solution to catching Prisoner Zero is to just blow up the planet if they can't find it within the time it will take to blow up the planet.
* PresentDayPast: As [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the commentary, the Millennium Dome and London Eye can clearly be seen in the opening scene, which takes place in 1996. This is only noticeable on later viewings, as there is nothing to suggest that the opening isn't set in the present day until later in the episode.
* {{Pajama Clad Hero}}ine: The Doctor hauls Amy off on her first adventure still clad in her nightie.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: A minor example, but with a big impact: Moffat was inspired by a crack in the wall of his son's bedroom.
* {{Retool}}: The first major one in the new series; New Doctor, intro, theme, companions, TARDIS console room.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: At least Room Full of Slightly Off-Kilter: Amy's room full of "Raggedy Doctor" drawings and toys. Then recall Rory saying that Amy made him dress as this character a lot when they were growing up.
* RunawayBride: Amy already knows that the Doctor isn't reliable when it comes to appointments, yet she still chooses to run away on the eve of her wedding based on his promise that they'll be back before tomorrow.
* RunningTimeInTheTitle: "The Eleventh ''Hour''" is, in fact, just over an hour long.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Amy, who is first seen aged seven, then 19. Then 21. The Doctor doesn't recognise her the second time and still thinks of her as the little girl that he ate fish fingers and custard with.
* ShirtlessScene: Creator/MattSmith; it's just the first episode and he was more than just shirtless.
* ShoutOut:
** The guy who's surfing porn and seriously needs to get a girlfriend is called '''[[Series/{{Coupling}} Jeff]]'''.
** The Eleventh Doctor's BadassBoast near the end brings to mind [[Film/ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]].
* TheSlowPath: The first time the Doctor disappears he returns 12 years later, the second time he comes back 2 years later. Amy is not happy either time.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Amy is consistently doubting the Doctor and his claims on the justification that she grew up.
-->'''The Doctor:''' [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers Don't worry. I'll soon fix that.]]
* SniffSniffNom: How the Doctor realizes that the replacement shed for the one he destroyed with the TARDIS has been there for 12 years. Just a little taste!
* StaggeredZoom: The episode used this to follow the Doctor's thought process in examining the scene involving Rory photographing Prisoner Zero. Though it's really more of a wandering, meandering series of cuts which focus on different objects and people with varying levels of zoom. The navigation is a little off, you know, due to the regeneration.
* StarfishAliens: The Atraxi, putting the "alien" in "alien police" with their big eyeballs and crystalline web ships.
* StealthHiBye: The Doctor pulls a Stealth Bye on Amy and Rory when they're on the hospital roof -- and they were both closer to the door than he was.
* StealthPun: Combined with a BrickJoke here: when first running through the village, Amy points out the empty duck pond to the Doctor. Later, when he makes his BigDamnHeroes entrance at the hospital, he texts her "DUCK!" Duck, Pond!
* StockEpisodeTitles: 7 uses.
* StockingFiller: Amy as a FairCop.
* TakingYouWithMe: Prisoner Zero nonchalantly observes if it can't escape execution then "let there be fire"; that of the Atraxi detonating the entire planet and its inhabitants, that is.
* TalkativeLoon:
** You thought the ''Tenth'' Doctor had this trope bad? Eleven gives two long speeches in just this episode.
** In "Meanwhile in the TARDIS", as she tries to process what's happening Amy Pond finds herself babbling about all kinds of inconsequential matters like why does the Doctor have a time machine made of wood and does he need to change the bulb in the light on top, and randomly switches topics back to his bow tie and how stupid she thinks it looks.
* ThatManIsDead: In this case, That Little Girl Is Dead. "Amelia Pond hasn't lived here in a very long time."
* ThatPoorCat: When the Doctor throws the buttered bread out the door, it hits a cat.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. There were ''four'' of them. Amy kept biting them [[BerserkButton for saying the Doctor didn't exist]].
* TimeshiftedActor: Young Amelia and companion Amy, played by [[RealLifeRelative cousins]].
* TotallyRadical: "WHO DA MAN!?... Oh, fine, I'm never saying that again."
* TrustMeImAnX: "Trust me -- I'm the Doctor."
* {{Tsundere}}: Amy swings between "''Oh my God it's my Doctor!''" and "''[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Twelve Years ]]
(and four psychiatrists)!''"
* TwistEnding: Amy's wedding is tomorrow.
* UpToEleven: The big series-long arc that starts here. Plus an IncrediblyLamePun, given what Doctor number we're up to.
%%* VertigoEffect
* VillainousBreakdown: Prisoner Zero mixes this with CreepyMonotone, when the Doctor forces it into its true form.
* WhamLine:
** In-Universe, "''Why did you say 'five minutes'?!''" is this for the Doctor. After all, it was already pretty obvious to the audience where "Amelia" was.
** The Atraxi give Prisoner Zero twenty minutes to vacate "The human residence". At first, this appears to be Amy's house, but the Doctor eventually says, "''The human residence. They're not talking about your house, they're talking about the planet.''"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** The duckless duck pond.[[note]] This is later revealed to be foreshadowing of the time cracks' effects on reality; they took the ducks. [[/note]]
** Jeff seems to be set up to help UNIT, but we never see that subplot again.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: In "Meanwhile in the TARDIS" the Doctor opens the doors while they're InSpace (protected by the forcefield, of course).
-->'''The Doctor:''' Do you know what I keep in here?\\
'''Amy:''' What?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Absolutely everything.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: The Doctor tells Jeff as much when he says "Get a girlfriend".
->''[[BadassBoast "Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically, run."]]''