If you've not yet seen the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, read on at your own risk. There are some spoilers. Not that the fact a new Doctor was coming hasn't been news for eons, but I just want to make sure you're warned so you don't yell at me. Please don't yell at me. I don't cope well when people yell at me.
Right. Now that's out of the way...
I'll freely admit that I've never been a huge fan of Matt Smith as The Doctor. Eccleston I didn't mind... he was kinda smooth and intriguing. Tennant I adored (plenty of evidence for that fact here and here). But I could never quite warm to Smith and so my watching of Doctor Who has been quite patchy the last couple of years (except for eps like Day of the Doctor which brought all of them back).
I DID however, get quite excited by the news that the brilliant and sweary Peter Capaldi would soon be taking control of the TARDIS, so I sat down to watch the Christmas episode with eager anticipation.
Ironically, it was this particular episode which finally allowed me to "get" Matt Smith. And really, it was all due to his final speech, which I found not only a brilliant summary of The Doctor's journey, but also a very poignant reminder of everyone's journey through life... and the importance of moving on but never forgetting.
In case you missed it, this was the speech:
“It’s started. I can’t stop it now, this is just the reset. A whole new regeneration cycle. Taking a bit longer. Just breaking it in. It all just disappears doesn’t it, everything you are gone in a moment like breath on a mirror? Any moment now, he’s a comin’... The Doctor... And I always will be.
But times change and so must I. Amelia! The first face this face saw.
We all change when you think about it. We are all different people all through our lives and that’s ok, that's good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”
Enough said really.
So well done, Matt Smith. I might have to go back and revisit some of your tenure. And welcome Peter Capaldi. The uttering of "KIDNEYS!" as his first line and the confirmation that he's keeping his Scots accent makes me hope we're in for a lot of fun with number-whatever-he-is. 12? 13? Fucked if I know.