In this second installment of our Doctor Who countdown, we take a look at the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor. After fan-favorite Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) faded away in regeneration’s golden light with a rather emotional final plea, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) came tumbling into our (and Amelia Pond’s) lives. As Ten was notably different from Nine (Christopher Eccleston), Eleven is notably different from Ten – and for more than just physical appearance.
With the newest season airing on tomorrow at 9PM ET on BBC America, we’re taking a look at some of the defining moments of the Eleventh Doctor:
The Eleventh Hour
The newly-regenerated Doctor crash lands in Amelia Pond’s back yard. While the TARDIS is undergoing repairs, he spends time with the young Pond, trying (rather amusingly) to figure himself out. After we get a glimpse of this flighty, whimsical side of the newest Doctor, he reappears in Amy’s (nee Amelia) life over a decade later and saves the planet from Prisoner Zero and the “shoot-first-ask-questions-later” Atraxi.
And it is here we see the real difference from his previous incarnations: the Doctor is now menacing. Nine was fierce and direct. Ten would offer salvation to his enemies, but would easily let you suffer your own poor choices. But Eleven grandstands and threatens. It wasn’t good enough for Eleven to firmly order “leave and don’t come back” (like Ten did with the Sycorax) he had to say, “Look at everything I’ve ever done. Run.” This particular personality twist is a bit polarizing among fans, but I admit I respect it. He’s a badass.
The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone
River Song and small, armed, religious contingent join the Doctor and Amy as they investigate a mountain filled with dormant Weeping Angels. As the Angels slowly revive by siphoning the energy from a crashed ship, they threaten to enslave Amy’s mind and kill the rest of the group. Naturally, the new side of the Doctor didn’t take that threat too lightly.
Once again, the Doctor channels his badass-itude as he takes another brazen stand (perfectly highlighted with Murray Gold’s score.) The last Time Lord lets the Angels know: when you threaten the Doctor, you’re in trouble; but when you threaten the Doctor’s friends, you’re dead. (Or, more accurately, erased from existence.)
Hit the jump for the full list of the Doctor’s defining moments!