Matt Smith, The Eleventh Doctor
Matt Smith is the current Doctor, having started his era in 2010 after David Tennant left he is due to bow out at Christmas.
Now I could rabbit on about Eleven all day long if you gave me a chance! He is by far my favourite incarnation post-2005, he is climbing in my estimation all the time and for me ranks equal with C.Baker, Troughton and Pertwee at the number 1 spot in my heart. Yes those four men are perfection for me.
Why do we like Eleven so much?
Smith has a ability to say a million words with a look, he can go from playful and eccentric to one solitary teary look and break your heart in seconds. His timing is perfect and his expressions are wonderful.
I couldn’t even tell you how much I love him without just listing perfect moments. I won’t do that, there would be no point in it.
I didn’t love the Tennant years, I’ve said it before and I’ll keep harping on about it, I didn’t dislike Tennants Doctor I just didn’t like it. I didn’t have high hopes for Smith when I first heard the casting but he changed my mind in seconds of his first episode, he was just perfectly Doctorish for me. I loved how alien he seemed, he was childish and manic but his eyes looked like they belonged to an old, worn out man when he wanted them to. He is the master of the subtle moments, the half spoken words, the looks that tell you the whole story better then any blurb could. It is something I never imagined he’d be able to do but he does it perfectly.
It helps that I love Steven Moffats writing, and I am one of what seems a very small group in places of people that think A Christmas Carol was one of the best episodes we’ll ever see. I hate saying it now because people take it the wrong way and use it in a negative sense but I love the magic you feel when Matt is on screen and that episode was so magical and just made my Christmas feel special. I don’t mean its all Harry Potter and all that stuff, not that I think that is a decent insult as the Harry Potter series is a great one, Doctor Who should feel magical in the way that it should transport you into a fictional world and make you feel apart of it, Matt’s era has done that and a lot of it is down to Matt.
I was saying in my random blubbing on my own blog that Matt will be the first of my Doctors that I’ve been alive to see regenerate, I wasn’t born till 1989 and even though I felt emotional about the others regenerating it didn’t have as much of a impact as this one will have, I’ll be there at the end with my Doctor.
Selfishly it isn’t enough, I want 100 more episodes with him, I don’t want him to leave, his Doctor means the world to me and the way he plays it is just beautiful, losing him will break my heart (that isn’t a negative against Capaldi he’ll do a wonderful job and I’ll probably love him just as much) he was just so perfectly Doctorish and I’ll miss him.
The raggedy Doctor.