3 DOCTOR NEWTHEMOORE | 17/08/2010 | See all THEMOORE's reviews (184)Theres no doubt that series five of Doctor Who is better than the last few attempts with Russell T. Davies at the helm, but it still has to be said that this series is far from perfect even with Mr Moffat at the helm. On the plus side Matt Smith may have met with some criticism about being so young and being an unknown before landing the part but he is absolutely fantastic from the word go and is perfect at playing a young but somewhat old eccentric and in addition he is far less hammy and overacting than what David Tennant eventually became. Karen Gillan is also very good as Amy Pond although at times the character can be quite full on and annoying but I think thats more to do with the writing rather than Karens performance. Arthur Darvill also pops up now and again as Amys boyfriend Rory and as someone else said, he is a joy to watch and forms a perfect double act with Smiths Doctor.Where the series is let down however is with its stories and production values. The credits for example seem more suited to a childs programme instead of a family show, the logo is not all that great (although my main problem with this is the insignia that is incorporated with it) and the new theme tune takes some getting used to but will eventually grow on you. Another downer is the redesign of the Daleks which seemed unnecessary and makes them look even less threatening! Some of the special effects are also not up to the standard of the ones that have gone before, although this might be to do with budget cuts at the BBC. In terms of stories, the highlights (at least in my opinion) include The Time Of Angels, Amys Choice, Vincent & The Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens and the best of the bunch The Eleventh Hour. Sadly the rest of the episodes fail to live up to expectations and even in the Weeping Angel two-parter sees them being less threatening/scary than in Blink and part two of this story fails to live up to the standard of part one.All this being said there is a lot of promise with Steven Moffat at the helm of the show. Hes picked a brilliant actor to play the lead and some equally brilliant people to travel with the Doctor. There is a lot more comedy in the show, and cleverer comedy at that and gone are the massive reset buttons and constant recurring companions of the Russell T. Davies era. That being said none of the stories this series, not even the brilliant Eleventh Hour live up to the standard of some of Moffats amazing past stories such as The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances and Blink. Nevertheless this series is an improvement on the hammy series four and the below par 2009-2010 specials. 3.5 Stars.