Thursday, November 29, 2012
A Companion's Guide: The 11th Doctor
Portrayed by: Matt Smith
Number of episode as the Doctor: 33
Catchphrase(s): "Geronimo!", "Bow ties are cool!", "Come along, Pond."
Appearance: Tweed jacket, either red or blue matching bow tie and suspenders, skinny pants and sometimes funky head wear.
On the tail of losing my favorite Doctor, I thought I was really going to dislike this 11th incarnation. I'd seen pictures of him in his skinny pants and tweed jacket with matching bow tie and suspenders and I was just unimpressed. I mean, come on. He's following David Tennant and that is just not an easy task. So I was prepared to stick up my nose in the air and hate him.
In then he marched into Amelia Pond's house and wanted to be fed in his raggedy outfit. He wouldn't be happy with anything he thought he might like until fish fingers and custard. That scene was so cute and clever that I couldn't help but feel my heart soften a little towards this odd reincarnation of the Doctor.
The other interesting thing this Doctor brings to the table is his relationship with his companion. I feel like the 10th Doctor was on track with this kind of relationship with Donna but the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond really hit the nail on the head. We've seen the Doctor as a father figure, a brotherly figure and even a potential love interest but we've never seen him as someone's equal, someone's best friend. This is the exact relationship he is able to muster with Amy. He trusts her and loves her in a way that is completely platonic. It is partially because of Amy's fiery temper and unwillingness to take his crap but instead of this causing them to bicker (with loads of wit and charm) like the 10th Doctor and Donna, it allows them to break this barrier that the Doctor has always put up and truly trust each other. When Amy believes she is pregnant, she tells the Doctor before even Rory because he is her best friend. Their bond remains unshakable for the entirety of the partnership and I'm not sure what they are going to do with Matt Smith and another companion. These two had is prefect from the wonderful imaginary friend angle to the person Amy still puts out a plate for at Christmas.
Overall, this incarnation of the Doctor just feels like a lot of fun. It's the combination of youthful energy and that old soul that pops up every now and then that makes the show different in a good way. The 0th Doctor seemed like a very serious figure even though he was funny and the 11th seems much more funny. I really can't say it much better than to just say that the 11th Doctor feels like my best friend because he is Amy's best friend. He loads of fun when I need him to be and serious enough to save what he loves too.
What do you think about the 11th incarnation?
*Note: Sorry this one is a lot differently formatted than the last few. I'm sick right now and couldn't bring myself to do a full analysis.