The Time of the Doctor has come and gone, and we’ve all said farewell to Matt Smith and howdy-ho to the new guy. Now we’re taking a moment to look back at the Doctor who was, the guy who slowly won us over after the pain of losing David Tennant. Here are the Eleventh Doctor’s Ten Best Moments, in chronological order. (Did we miss one of your favorites? Sound off in the comments!) Needless to say, spoilers!
“Basically…run.” (“The Eleventh Hour”)
I spent most of the length of Matt Smith’s premiere episode fidgeting nervously and silently comparing Smith to the departed Tennant, a comparison that didn’t favor the new guy. It seemed every quirk and catchphrase was designed to irritate me, from “Geronimo!” to the fish sticks and custard. But then came this scene, a beautifully crafted tip of the hat to the show’s long history, capped by the moment Smith truly won me over, proving that he could do subsurface darkness as well as whimsy, and that he might just have what it takes to fill the Doctor’s shoes (or bow tie) after all.