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The Hungry Earth 

The Doctor tries to get everyone to Rio, but nothing quite goes as planned. They arrive in a small Welsh village where the Doctor immediately senses that the ground isn't quite right. There... See full summary »


Ashley Way


Chris Chibnall




Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory
Neve McIntosh ... Alaya
Meera Syal ... Nasreen Chaudhry
Robert Pugh ... Tony Mack
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Ambrose
Alun Raglan ... Mo
Sam Davies Sam Davies ... Elliot (as Samuel Davies)


The Doctor tries to get everyone to Rio, but nothing quite goes as planned. They arrive in a small Welsh village where the Doctor immediately senses that the ground isn't quite right. There is a drilling rig nearby that has reached a depth of 21 kilometers when odd things begin to happen. A local village man has disappeared and soon after Amy is swallowed into the ground. The Doctor realizes that the drilling has disturbed an ancient reptilian race that has lived deep underground for thousands upon thousands of years and who are determined to protect themselves against the 'apes' who live on the surface. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 May 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?


For the scene in which Amy is dragged underneath the ground, Karen Gillan stood on boxes and lowered herself into a stone compartment. Two pieces of rubber were at the opening of the compartment which expanded as she lowered herself down. A layer of soil was spread across the rubber; Gillan's ears were taped over to make sure the soil did not enter her ears. Gillan, initially scared at performing the stunt, put some of her fear and claustrophobia into the scene as she expected Amy felt the same way. See more »


When the energy barrier is active the Doctor says that nothing can get in or out and he fires a stone with a catapult to prove the point. Later when they are hunting the intruder, it is clearly raining. See more »


Amy Pond: That is breaking and entering!
The Doctor: What did I break? Sonicking and entering, totally different!
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Refreshing and effective
4 April 2010 | by MoonwrackSee all my reviews

I am old enough to have seen the very first episode of Dr Who when it was transmitted in 1963. I have seen many of the other Doctors in action and, is spite of being in the old-fogey age category I would say that Matt Smith has taken up the baton as the latest Doctor with great style and originality. He has clearly brought something new to the role, without losing the subtle thread of continuity extending back to William Hartnell in 1963. I hope he will stay with the part long enough to develop it even further. As for Karen Gillan; well, she is quite the best female lead since Elizabeth Sladen; maybe the two will meet in a future episode.

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