Merry Christmas and Goodbye Matt Smith.....
The 11th Doctor will be leaving this Christmas so we put together a tribute for the 12th doctor (Matt smith). We take a look at how Matt Smith’s portrayal of the time travelling master.On Christmas day, exactly 3 years and 51 weeks after we first met him, Doctor number 11 will meet his end , facing off against his best worst enemies and solving that tricky regeneration conundrum in a one hour festive special of the sci-fi series .
It’s not easy being number 11, especially when you’re the youngest actor ever to take on the part and there’s 50 years of history to live up to.
P.S The fandom 101 team will be taking a holiday break ti'll then merry christmas and a happy new year!
Well, to start with let’s just call him the Eleventh Doctor...
1. The Beginning
He had to live up to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, with a new production crew, companion, ship and sonic. It was a big ask for the then little-known actor...
Simply put, Smith’s first story The Eleventh Hour is the greatest regeneration debut in Doctor Who history. It’s not a long list of classics, but it knocks the Third Doctor’s Quatermass-style arrival in Spearhead from Space and The Tenth Doctor’s The Christmas Invasion into a cocked fez. From fish fingers and custard to Patrick Moore jokes to the Doctors glorious ‘arrival’ at the end, it’s sheer class.
A definite WIN. A great opening story that showcased the prodigious talent the show had lucked in. Let’s not talk about follow-up, The Beast Below...
Like it or not, it’s a defining factor of any Doctor and one that has to be got right - although it’s a rare Doctor who doesn’t do some washing during his lifetime. For the Eleventh, the tweed was all very good and practical - and it was certainly something that Matt Smith felt more comfortable in than his almost-so-nearly pirate outfit.
During his travels he managed to carry off the Fourth Doctor’s scarf and perpetuate a running joke about headwear – although the fez remained his favourite. But did he cut the sartorial mustard?
Matt Smith made the bow tie cool for sure!
It was when he got his mope on, living in fairytale clouds above Victorian London, that things really fell into place. Many Doctors have slipped back to Victorian or Edwardian get-up, including the original. Bizarrely the Name of the Doctor showed the First Doctor escaping Gallifrey in his Edwardian garb – good thing he didn’t bump into anyone on the way to the TARDIS workshops...
While the stove hat and purple coat ensemble saw Smith really come into his own, special mention must go to the plush green coat that first appeared in Series Six – if any Doctor’s physique could carry off a long coat it was Smith’s gawky frame. And headwear? Yes, he tried the topper, fez, Stetson... But that he never got a permanent hat is a bit of a shame.
JURY’S OUT the doctors costume dseight improved... But sandwiched between Tennant’s geek chic simplicity and Capaldi’s promise it may have been too little, too late...
Comedy is as crucial to Doctor Who as blue boxes and horror as this list of comedy highlights shows . But with Matt Smith, did we get Chaplin or chump?
There were moments, just some moments, when the Eleventh Doctor gave us the funniest moments seen on television in years. The show was lucky to have a consummate physical actor, that’s not in doubt.
When it came to Rory’s stag do in Series Five, you could imagine a few of the other Doctors bursting from that cake, but none bringing Smith’s impeccable performance. Two seasons later in Hide, Smith turned a simple trek around a (possibly) haunted house into a comic masterpiece.
Not since Patrick Troughton has there been a finer physically comic actor in the role. We’ll need to recover some more of that Doctor's missing episodes to make a clear comparison...
4. TARDIS control
It’s the Doctor’s longest standing companion and in Series Six we found out that she is his real wife. How has Smith managed the show’s most important relationship?
He had a problem to begin with. He walked into the largest console room since the huge desktop that the Seventh Doctor loaded in his latter years (1996’s TV Movie). While it was a feat of design (and it had a lobby!), it was garish and bright, sometimes undermining the subtlety of Smith’s performance.
Worst of all though, despite River Song showing him up, he was by far the best Doctor at piloting the TARDIS. Apart from a few considerable exceptions (The Eleventh Hour) he darted across time and space with a precision like seldom before. What happened to the element of chance, Doctor?
The mercurial 11th Doctor needed a little more stability than his first console room gave him. He found it last Christmas. The current rounded, green-lit interior console room is arguably the greatest TARDIS set– complete with rotating Gallifreyan runes (a helicopter with too many stairs as Sylvester McCoy called it in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot). It’s a great fit for Smith’s take on the Time Lord.
During his time, Smith’s Doctor may have interacted with the TARDIS more than any other, even taken us on a trip to its centre, but his greatest moment with the TARDIS? The sublime Doctor’s Wife, simple.
5. Regenerative issues
It’s not exactly new. Since 1966, Doctors have had to tussle with the tricky business of regeneration. Some came off a bit limply, like Peter Davison’s first adventure Castrovalva and David Tennant’s bed-ridden first appearance in the Christmas invasion.
Then again, the Sixth Doctor regenerated falling off an exercise bike. A fall that even Bonnie Langford survived (sorry – spoilers). But the revival has brought more regenerations than ever – and not all of them good...
It’s slightly undermined by the Tenth Doctor’s false regeneration at the end of Series Four, but now the Time of the Doctor looks set to legitimate that further the Eleventh Doctor has a whole season to shake a head at.
The skeleton promos and behind the scenes marketing-spiel didn’t help during Series Six... And while Smith’s acting during that Utah regeneration in series opener The Impossible Astronaut is superb, the resolution of the story isn’t. Add onto that constantly over-used regenerative energy and some danger was inevitably robbed from Smith’s performance.
6. Absent friends
The Eleventh Doctor may not have surrounded himself with friends in the same way his predecessor did, but Matt Smith had his fair share of relationships to contend with.
He might have surpassed the Tenth Doctor in romantic entanglements and he’s the second Doctor to get married that we know of. But sad as it is, he only really had the Ponds to bid farewell to in the TARDIS. A lot of the time, Rory just wouldn’t stop dying, and there wasn’t much Smith could do about that.
The Eleventh Doctor’s last interaction with River in The Name of the Doctor defied all logic and could never compete with the Tenth Doctor’s actual farewell to her in Series Four’s Forest of the Dead. And in the end the Ponds, well, they kind of lived happily ever after didn’t they? Unbreak those hearts.
Taking away his brief moment with Idris, there was one particularly telling scene - the farewell to Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. A simple phone call in a Stetson and a rare moment when Smith could play with remorse that echoed through the ages. It made it all the better when he later formed a new UNIT family with the Brigadier’s daughter.
While a man can be judged by the quality of his enemies, the might-be-last of the Time Lords is defined by them. Matt Smith met all the classics, including some revivals. He also heralded in a new wave of monsters, many from the same dark imagination that brought us Clockwork Droids and Weeping Angels. Yes, Steven Moffat chucked the lot at the Eleventh Doctor, but did they stick?
Of the new frights, the Silence was effective, although their story is yet to reach fruition. The big winners were the Weeping Angels who really came into their own against Smith. Something about his younger, more time-sensitive portrayal really worked with their agenda.
He also had his fair share of bombast. The Pandorica Opens concluded a series worth of build-up in 2010. That Series Five mid-finale cliff-hanger was immense, with the Doctor finally caught by his major foes. And before that came THAT speech mirroring his exultant arrival in The Eleventh Hour.
8. Specials and endings
Few Doctors have had a run of specials that competes with David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, notching up seven feature length episodes outside his series. Smith does match Tennant on series finales however, and beating the anniversary-like Journey’s End would take some doing.
Like the first five Doctors, the Eleventh managed to hit a major anniversary, and like his predecessor he’s bowing out in a special episode... But how did he fair?
While Matt Smith’s appearance in An Adventure in Time and Space was a little unnecessary, The Day of the Doctor showed him at his best. Sharing the screen with David Tennant, John Hurt and Tom Baker he excelled, showing us that the Eleventh Doctor really is packing his bags too soon. Otherwise, The Snowmen was excellent, eventually providing the Eleventh Doctor with a well poised mystery and rather marvellous foil in Clara.
The prize has to A Christmas Carol, however. It may have been his first, but also Smith’s finest Christmas special. A classic tale that gave room the Eleventh Doctor the great breadth of time and Dickens to work in – seldom better. Which Doctor has an unblemished record of season-closers and specials?
The weight of the 50th anniversary can’t be overstated, and after the storming Day of the Doctor Matt Smith’s leaving on a high. But it all comes down to the December 25th this year... We can’t expect every Christmas Special to be a classic but with three series of plot laid down for this one, hopes are exceedingly high.
Well, catchphrases are cool. The fact that I can write that says it all.
So, Smith nabs it. In the glorious history of Whodom, he’s just about the best Doctor. There are doubts, but many of those could have been eased had he stayed a little longer.
Who knows... His record may be cemented (or destroyed) by his final battle. A lot rests on that fateful trip to Trenzalore.
Let us know how you think Matt Smith leaving i know for sure i will miss him he always be my personal favorite doctor.
To add to the commemoration of his wonderful and wonky four years on the hit show, we put together eleven of the Eleventh Doctors best quotes.
1) “Bow ties are cool.”
2) ”The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes—very rarely—impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”
3)"There something here that doesn't make sense.Let's go poke it with a stick
4) “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 far away 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 plants. 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’re unique in the universe. There is only one You. And there will never be another.”
5) Do you know in, 900 years of time and space iv'e never met someone who wasn't important before'
6) ”I’ll be a story in your head, but that’s ok. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know, it was the best.”
7) “WHO DA MAN?!”
8) I see keep out signs more as suggestions then actual orders; Like dry-cleanin only
9) “I’m not running away. But this is one corner of one country in one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond, and there is so much, so much, to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast, I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”
10) I am and always will be the optimist.The hoper of far-flung hopes and dreamer of improbable dreams
11) ”The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and…bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.”
13) Well, I'm the Doctor, and this is Amy and Rory, and it's all very nice, isn't it?
You know what else is cool, besides bow ties, fezzes, Stetsons, bunk beds, or glasses? MATT SMITH! We’ll miss you as the Doctor!Goobye