Personally, I find Matt Smith to be the most interesting Doctor of the New Who, due to my comparison to the New Who doctors as grades in high school.
Nine (Christopher Eccleston) represents the freshman year, as he is obviously a little off, not entirely in touch with everything that happens around him, and is unnaturally susceptible to falling head over heels for someone. Ten (David Tennant), who is my favorite and my personal first Doctor, represents the sophomore year- he’s more matured, knows exactly what he wants in the world, but breaks like a Sherlockian when bad things happen. Eleven (Matt Smith), the current Doctor, and possibly will be the longest running Doctor of the New Who, represents the 11th grade, far more comfortable in his own skin and much more free-willing and fun to be around, but when push comes to shove has horror stories from his previous days that will darken his face like a raincloud.
This makes him the most mature and the most proud of the Doctors, living his life with either the purpose to bring joy or to win solemnly, Eleven is a true hero of a character.
And it’s not difficult to see why. If there was any doubt, here are his 10 greatest moments…
10. Vincent And The Doctor – Museum Scene
Very possibly the most dramatic and emotional moment that Doctor Who has ever encountered, the season 5 episode ‘Vincent and the Doctor’, which has Eleven and his companion Amelia Pond running around 19th Century Europe with the famous and troubled painter Vincent Van Gogh. The episode crescendos not with the monster of the episode being defeated, but after that, when the two bring Van Gogh with them to an art museum in the modern day, where, barely able to contain his excitement for his new friend, Eleven asks the curator (Bill Nighy) to explain what he thinks of Van Gogh’s art.
The next minute, as Van Gogh overhears the curator’s explanation to the Doctor of how he believes this man to be the finest painter in history, is a flood of emotions that is hard to match. The entire time, the shots show snippets of the Doctor’s face during this, and his joy and pride at making a sad man feel so unbearable happy is infectious if not a plague.
This article was first posted on February 3, 2013