The Essentials is a review of all eras of doctor who from beginning to present. A new post will go live every week and you can see them all here.

Wacko Says:

bow ties are cool.

When Stephen Moffit took over as executive producer for the series it was no secret that he wanted to bring the show back to its more traditional roots, and Matt Smith was nowhere near the first choice.

He’s younger then the youngest Doctor ever and the idea was to make him more of the cool old uncle he had once been. Moffit had a clear vision for this, so just imagine how good Matt Smith was to prove to everyone that he was the perfect choice.

Both young and so very old at the same time, Smith has a natural gift for making things alien. He brings a dangerous side to the doctor not seen in a very long time. Still a lover of life and company, this doctor has a tendency to gets more cross with his companions. This is most likely because of how alone he was at the end of his last life, and may diminish over time.

Abandoning the more ‘current ‘ fashion sense of his last two lives, the 11th doctor is a lover of tweed and truly nerdy clothes going from geek chic to just plain geek. This does not diminish his aura of authority and trendiness, he can make anything look cool.

Please note that below is an abridged verson of Johns review of Matt’s first series. You can find the original post here.

John Says:

Essential Episodes

The Eleventh Hour~ For my money this is the best post-regeneration story since Tom Baker’s debut in “Robot.” Matt Smith makes bold and brave plunge into the role, aided in no small part by Moffat’s breathlessly paced script that has you skipping breaths as you witness a truly new beginning.

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone~ If “Blink” was “Alien” the The Time of Angels and “Flesh and Stone” is definitely “Aliens” Moffat expands on his two greatest creations, the Weeping Angels, and the enigmatic River Song. The Angels display abilities that make them even more terrifying. Meanwhile with River Song we have a character who is just as mysterious as The Doctor.

Amy’s Choice~ A spry playful episode which externalizes, the inner conflicts of The Doctor, Amy, and Rory. To choose a quiet life in the country or the adventure of time and space. What would you choose. Yeah, me too.

Vincent and the Doctor~ We’ve met many historical figures in Doctor Who. But none as uncompromisingly tragic as Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent and the Doctor achieves an incredible balance between the beautiful, and the melancholy, capped off by career defining performance
by Tony Curran as the troubled artist.

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang~ A problem with prior finales was that it relied on the familiar formula of “Part One sets everything up, while Part two resolves it.” The finale Series Five bravely defies that tradition by sustaining the mystery all throughout the story, and even going a step further by not resolving every mindbending question. Hinting of something more sinister in seasons to come.