As The Time of the Doctor fast approaches our television sets, we must prepare ourselves to say goodbye to Matt Smith’s child-like, youthful, and wise Eleven, and then get excited for Peter Capaldi to step in and embody Twelve. Will Capaldi’s Doctor be more steady? Serious? Angry? Zany? We’ll have to continue speculating on that one. Until then, what better way to cherish our time left with Matt than to look back on some of his best moments? As there are far too many to remember in one sitting, be sure to add your favorites in the comments!
Fish Fingers and Custard
Just after regenerating and crashing into Amelia Pond’s front yard, we meet the quintessential Eleventh Doctor. He is child-like, loving, humorous, and strange. He hates beans, but loves fish fingers and custard. Most importantly, his mind is never far from the next crack in the wall.
Adding to Vincent’s Pile
After spending some quality time with the talented but tragic Vincent Van Gogh, Amy discovers that despite giving Vincent the gift of seeing his future success, his depression would ultimately consume him anyway. It’s in moments like these that we begin to question our good-intentioned efforts. And then the Doctor goes and says stuff like this and WHAT WHAT IS THIS WATER ON MY FACE?
Everyone is Important
This is a classic Eleven scene- entering into a situation with humor and wonder, yet fiercely zeroed in on the issue at hand, doling out wisdom for the ages…. WAIT THERE’S MORE WATER ON MY FACE. I can’t with this quote. Tattoo it on my body. NO BUT REALLY.
Be Happy Now
How could this possibly be a happy Christmas for Madge Arwell?! Her husband just died, and she can’t bring herself to tell their two children. She carries this horrible burden alone and then some strange man with a bowtie shows up?! But then he goes and says OH MY GOD IT’S LIKE SCHLITTERBAHN ON MY FACE.
No more… it hurts… LET THE CHILDREN BE HAPPY.
We’ve covered Matt Smith’s unique ability to mix youthful joy with tragic wisdom. But here we see his rare (yet goosebump-inducing) ability to show anger- the side of the Doctor that knows pain, fear, hatred. Here, we see the Oncoming Storm. Amy has been kidnapped (for basically the whole season WHAAATTT), the Doctor’s friends put in harm’s way, and this dude is the first to pay for it.
Learning From Idris
Being that’s he’s usually around a thousand years older than anyone around him, it’s even rarer that we get to see the Doctor as a student. In this beautiful scene, he is learning (albeit frustratingly) as opposed to teaching or saving. The TARDIS is in human form for the first time and, dammit, she knows best!
A Flirtatious Doctor
The Doctor flirting with anything or anyone is a fabulous sight to see. But I do rather enjoy this quick exchange between Eleven and River under dire circumstances.
A Story You May Not Have Heard
What is it with this Doctor and scared little children? I’m feeling dehydrated….
Hey. Do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one Merry Galel. And there will never be another. Getting rid of that existence isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a waste!
Ship who you will, but I can’t watch this scene without feeling true love. The Doctor is attempting to sacrifice himself to save all of creation, and River simply will not let that happen. MORE TEARS I CANNOT. What makes River Song so fabulous is her ability to disappoint, frustrate, and anger the Doctor without questioning her own choices. It’s usually her frustrating choices that show him the out he’s looking for!
As we bring this all too short list to a close, I’m compelled to look back to the beginning. There have been so many wonderful, scary, humorous, tearful, beautiful moments from Matt Smith. But it was this moment with Amelia Pond and Rory Williams that rung in the Eleventh Doctor with a bang.
Many thanks to Matt Smith for his glorious reign as the Doctor! Cheers to Perter Capaldi- may he enthusiastically fill these ever-growing shoes!
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