Monday, March 28, 2011
Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour
I think I am what you might call a "casual" Doctor Who fan, in that I really like the show, but haven't thus far gone out of my way to make sure I've seen every episode.
I've really wanted for a long time to watch all of the David Tennant Who shows, but never got around it. Thankfully, Mark Watches went and did that for me, and gave me a general gist of what went on over four seasons in marvelous style. So now, while I don't have an exact history of what went on during the 10th Doctor's run, I have a brief history.
Before I continue, please allow me this brief digression concerning "my" doctor. Fans of Doctor Who will often tell you who "their" Doctor is - that is, the Doctor they identify with the most and like the best (which is the really cool thing about different actors bringing in different angles to the same character). For a long time, I always thought I liked Christopher Eccleston the best; he was my first introduction to the character. And then I got to know David Tennant's Doctor, but I still preferred Eccleston. I guess you could say, Eccleston was MY Doctor.
I'll just say that after seeing only ONE episode with Matt Smith, I can say with certainty that he is my Doctor now. There's more to it than just his personality - the production values on his run are through the roof. I like high production quality. A lot. But it really does say a lot about the actor and the team behind the show when one episode wins me over.
Either that, or it says I'm really fickle about my Who actors. Either answer is probably true in a way.
Back to The Eleventh Hour. I really liked this episode on a number of levels; mainly though, I appreciated how it acted as an introduction to new viewers, while at the same time giving a nod to existing fans that have been following the show for years. It establishes rather quickly that this is a Brand New Doctor, and things are going to be a ltitle different. It says, "Sure, you loved David Tennant. But you're really gonna love Matt Smith. Just look at his bowtie. C'mon, look at it and tell me you don't love it."
You know what else I loved? It showcased the Doctor's ability to think on his feet and solve a problem without his trusted tools (namely, the TARDIS and his sonic screwdriver). Without spoiling anything, he had twenty minutes to save the world even though he was still adjusting to a new body. Fantastic fast-paced action in this one. In fact, the 'Prisoner Zero' plot wasn't even the central focus - that was just a nice McGuffin. It was all about introducing us to the New Doctor and his new companion.
Anyway, I will very likely end up waiting until this season is on DVD before watching more, but this season looks extremely promising.