Sunday, 11 April 2010

The Eleventh Doctor

When I first saw the stills of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as the Doctor and his companion, I really wasn’t impressed. He looked about fourteen, and she even younger. I didn’t think that Smith had what it took to pull off playing the Doctor. Two episodes in, and I’ve never been more happy to have been proven wrong. I was impressed with Smith’s performance right from the opening scenes of The Eleventh Hour – and watching it in the company of hundreds of other fans at Eastercon was a fabulous experience. The positive vibe was confirmed in the second episode, The Beast Below, whose pre-credits sequence was possibly the most terrifying I’ve seen in New Who! There’s also an interesting relationship developing between the Doctor and And and (so far) it seems to be avoiding Rusty T.’s companion-adoration of the Doctor.

So thank you to Smith, Gillan and Steven Moffet for proving me wrong, and for making me genuinely excited about Doctor Who for the first time since 2005.

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