I’m trying for the last couple of weeks to put The Doctor behind me. I seem to be failing… A lot. I mean I’ve got work to do, other stuff to write, books to read, and a life to live. Seriously, someone tell me how to move on! I keep googling news about the new series, I keep re-watching episodes. Even if I’m not sure about the new older-looking doctor, I can’t help but get into debates about the what would happen in the next series. I congratulate myself if I get through the whole day without inserting Doctor Who into conversations with friends.
Series 5 & 6: 11th Doctor and The Ponds
Before I watched Moffat’s era of Doctor Who, Matt Smith looked kind of weird to me. I supposed Benedict Cumberbatch did too. This is, I think, what they had in common. They are not the typical sexy and attractive guy. Both are tall, yes, but lanky and had weird long faces. That’s before they open their mouths and start getting into character, of course. Brainy is the new sexy, indeed!
Personally, I’ve always been attracted to brains before the looks. Even as a kid. I’ve fallen in love with fictional characters and never real people. I think that’s because they never measure up to the fantasy. And let me tell you, I’ve fallen in love all over again with Matt Smith’s Doctor. And then he’s gone… again…sigh.
I’m starting to get it. Recognizing the Doctor as one character with a different face in every new regeneration. The major differences and nuances in personality. This doctor is more child-like, a
little lot more immature compared to the tenth doctor (who’s more emo, now that I think about it).
Matt Smith, in the beginning, was not as spectacular as what he became in the 7th series. In the 5th series, he’s still trying to grasp the role. Understandable, of course, but I still missed Tenant, then. But then, he started owning the doctor and suddenly, there he was. The Doctor, at last.
In Moffat’s Doctor Who, I felt the production’s higher budget – with the new sets, and better effects. There’s a feeling of lightness there, compared to Russel T. Davies’ era.
The Model Companion
And may I just say, I envied Amy Pond’s legs and hair! I loved the fact that the Doctor met Amy as a little girl before an adult. Loved that first episode! The touch of Sherlock is a bit disconcerting though. I see this Doctor as very eerily similar to Sherlock making deductions. (not surprising of course, as they have the same executive producer/writer).
I love the relationship between Rory and Amy. I thought it was so believable and it’s very refreshing not to see the Doctor playing the Romeo to the companion but rather like the doting fairy godmother. Oh I’m forgetting River Song… But that’s different. She’s his wife!
River Song’s Melody
As someone who comes from a family with couples with large age discrepancies, I was not bothered by the fact that Matt Smith is actually 26 and Alex Kingston’s 40-ish. I though their relationship was lovely, beautiful, and poignant. I’ve read Audrey Niffeneger’s Time Traveler’s Wife and I saw where Moffat got the idea and inspiration from.
There were a lot of plot holes still, but your suspension of disbelief just have to tolerate it all when watching Doctor Who. Anyway, I don’t watch this series for the sci fi, anyway but the characters.
My favorite episodes: The Lodger, Vincent Van Gogh episode, A Good Man Goes to War, and Wedding of River Song (of course, though I still don’t get why the doctor need to marry River? and does that marriage even count?)
Series 7: 11th Doctor and The Ponds, and Clara Oswald
So apparently, there are 2 parts to this series. First part are still with the Ponds, while the second is the proper episodes with the new companion, Clara. Loved, Asylum of the Daleks and though I normally hate overly perky people, I love geniuses and I thought that Oswin Oswald was gonna make onehelluva companion. (spoiler: she dies!)
I don’t get the plot holes in Angels in Manhattan though – when we say goodbye to Amy and Rory. If this weren’t a TV show, in a more “realistic” Who-niverse, I’m sure The Doctor could’ve saved the Ponds with a wave of his magical sonic screw driver. I thought the writer could’ve made something more poignant than that scene.
As for Clara, I loved her Victorian saucy version as well. She’s properly coquettish which I suspect annoys some of the more hardcore fans but makes us, shippers, positively gleeful.
The real Clara or the original copy in the contemporary world has been described as a more tame and normal version of the other two. I see what they mean. I really would’ve liked the more extreme versions but what can I say.
I feel that we barely know her but that would change, of course, with the next series with Capaldi. I would’ve liked to see Clara spend a bit more time with River Song but I suspect, we’ll also see those two interact more in the coming episodes.
As for the explanation of why Clara keeps on appearing and dying in different times, I’m satisfied with that. Jumping on the Doctor’s time stream…Sure, why not? It’s interesting to see her in the classic eras. Almost made me want to watch the 60s-80s episodes. (I bet my co-worker, I’d watch them only if he can procure all the episodes himself.)
Matt Smith’s speech in the Christmas special was heartbreaking and perfect. This is how a Doctor should say goodbye. Although I love Tenant’s Doctor with all my one heart, the overly long goodbye took away some of the poignancy.
So what’s next, Peter Capaldi?
My prediction is that we haven’t seen the last of River Song. I read news that Matt Smith wants to keep the character with the 11th but fat chance, as Moffat have other plans, apparently. It would be interesting to see an older looking doctor with the comparatively younger looking River.
So shipping Clara and the Doctor would come to an end, me thinks. I know Clara said she fancies the Doctor in the Christmas episode but that would be an overly crowded Tardis with River Song in the mix.
Matt Smith’s Doctor did a lot of jumping, running, and other physical stunts. Would Capaldi be up to this very physically demanding role? Or would he be a more intellectual and subdued Doctor?
I really can’t wait for Series 8. In the meantime, I’ll continue converting everyone to Who-vism. They really don’t know what they’ve been missing ;)