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The Doctor Who's Who: A Guide To The Time Lord's Incarnations Through The Years
The Doctors profiled, vote for your favourite companion and the best episodes to watch

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The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith 2010-2013)

MATT SMITH
THE YOUTHFUL ANCIENT

 

With Davies and Tennant departing, the way was clear for regular writer Steven Moffat to become show-runner and put his timey-wimey stamp on the show. Though his run has been controversial – for all the praise that his character work and clever chat receives, he's been criticised for loading up the complexity – he's kept the show a success. He's been aided by Matt Smith's sparky take on the main character. Only 27 when he took the role, he's confounded critics with a great and apparently universally popular interpretation that lives up to his much-loved predecessor. His Doctor is a clothes-obsessed (well, hats mostly) blend of old professor and youthful maniac, a self-described "madman with a box." His adventures have re-introduced lots more old enemies (including the Silurians and the Ice Warriors) and re-invented others. It may not be a perfect run, but with the end about to come this Christmas, it has certainly been a lot of fun.
 


COMPANIONS

Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) was front and centre as the spiky, sexy Girl Who Waited for years after a childhood encounter with the Doctor. She dragged along fiancé/husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and we discovered that River Song had a lot more to do with them than we ever thought (perhaps a bit too conveniently?). Following a farewell to the Ponds, we met various versions of Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman), the Impossible Girl spread through time to help The Doctor in his hour of need.
 

Quick poll: Vote for your favourite Doctor Who companion


FIVE EPISODES TO WATCH

1 The Eleventh Hour
Smith's introduction is a master class in meeting a Doctor, blended with a mythic story of Amy's first encounter with him.

2 The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
The Doctor must re-start the universe and Amy has to get him back in time for her wedding in a two-parter that also contains the mother of all cliffhangers. Huge and mad at the same time, this also boasts a mash-up of lots of enemies.

3 The Doctor's Wife
Novelist and fantasy master Neil Gaiman wrote this wonderful episode in which the TARDIS' central core is downloaded into a woman, Idris. It'll make you cry, so don't say we didn't warn you.

4 Asylum Of The Daleks
A crafty re-introduction to Oswald and a creepy episode for the Daleks as The Doctor, Amy and Rory venture into a terrifying pit of lunatic pepper pots.

5 The Name Of Doctor
Called to find his own tomb, our hero discovers a dark secret. Who is the mysterious man who appears to be another Doctor (John Hurt)? That mystery has partly been answered by The Night Of The Doctor short and will be explored in the 50th anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor, which brings Tennant back. Then, at Christmas, we bid farewell to Smith and welcome the Twelfth, Peter Capaldi. Onwards...

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I might be missing something but shouldn't John Hurt be on the list as the 9th Doctor? More

Posted by CaptainAwesome on Thursday November 28, 2013, 13:53

2 This was great...
...although I guess **SPOILERS** (sort of) you'll have to re-arrange the numerical order now - and although it was a one-off, I would consider Sally Sparrow to be a companion, and definitely one of my favourites - such a shame that now Carey Mulligan has made it SO big, we're unlikely to see her reprise the role... well, not until the 2025 Children In Need special anyway More

Posted by christofurr on Monday November 25, 2013, 15:41

3 RE: Missed one
L: Morehumanthanhuman I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I fail to see why Paul Mcgann gets a mention as the 8th doctor and yet Peter Cushing played the character several times never gets a mention. I loved those films as a kid getting constant repeats during the summer holidays. Peter Cushing played A Doctor, not THE Doctor. And he only did it for 2 TV movies. While the two movies, Doctor Who and the Daleks, and Doctor Who: Daleks Invasion Earth were based on the television series, they are not considered as canon within the main, TV universe. Cushing's Doctor was a human inventor, not a Time Lord. He also invented and built his Tardis, rather then it being the product of Time Lord science. The characters name was also Doctor Who. Who being used as the family/surname, rather then just the title of The Doctor. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday November 25, 2013, 00:05

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livapr99. There WAS A Christmas Carol for the Doctor. It was called a Christmas Carol and aired on Christmas Day 2010 More

Posted by PaoloCorleone on Sunday November 24, 2013, 20:58

5 Missed one
I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I fail to see why Paul Mcgann gets a mention as the 8th doctor and yet Peter Cushing played the character several times never gets a mention. I loved those films as a kid getting constant repeats during the summer holidays. More

Posted by Morehumanthanhuman on Sunday November 24, 2013, 13:39

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Nice handy article :) Also concur that The Girl In The Fireplace and Blink should be in the mix. Still don't understand why Moffatt's more intellectual approach to story-telling is often viewed negatively - beats the dumbed down approach of RTD's run (The Big Red Button Era). I would disagree with the comment on the 10ths Master - Jacobi was fantastic, Simms was pantomime dreadful! RTD's period was often camp, but Simm's Master was better suited to Adam West's Batman. Shame, as he is a great actor usually. More

Posted by sirvolkar on Sunday November 24, 2013, 11:54

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until I saw the bank draft that said $8966, I be certain ...that...my father in law woz like they say truley bringing in money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there neighbour has done this less than seventeen months and resently paid the dept on there mini mansion and bought a gorgeous Porsche 911. I went here,...JUMP85.COM More

Posted by RachelMcCarter9012 on Sunday November 24, 2013, 02:53

8 Love the article. But...
...it's DEREK Jacobi. Not David. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 on Friday November 22, 2013, 20:36

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What about 'A Christmas Carol' for the Eleventh Doctor? Overall, though, a good article. More

Posted by livapr99 on Friday November 22, 2013, 18:25

10 Where's K-9?
You forgot the snooty dog thing. Both of them. More

Posted by Sean Alexander on Friday November 22, 2013, 17:23

11 Great Article
Fantastic piece this. Genesis of the Daleks from the Tom Baker era has to be my favourite Doctor Who story, even though I am a huge fan of the modern era shows. Despite the still somewhat wonky sets, Genesis was the first thing on television that showed me that a TV series could have real dramatic depth and still be entertaining. His moral anguish when on the brink of committing genocide is brilliantly played by Tom Baker, off an excellent script. More

Posted by Topper_Harley on Friday November 22, 2013, 00:48

12 Probably one of the best articles you've written for a while...
But I agree with the others. Girl in the Fireplace and Blink defiantely needed to be on the list for the 10th, and A Good Man Goes to War and Vincent defiantely for the 11th. More

Posted by GrizBe on Thursday November 21, 2013, 21:36

13 Great list but....
Great list but for me Girl in the Fireplace & Vincent and the Doctor are 2 of my favourites. Blink is a great episode too and well deserved to be on the list. More

Posted by casheliser on Thursday November 21, 2013, 20:19

14 Amazing Feature
But for the 11th Doctor, I feel "A Good Man Goes To War" should included. It perfectly shows eleven's wit and his amazing sense of showmanship, as well as his wrath. Best 11 episode in my opinion. More

Posted by tommyinglis on Thursday November 21, 2013, 19:23

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Awesome list but there's an episode missing from Tennant's run in my opinion: the awesome Girl in the Fireplace; my favourite tenth stand-alone More

Posted by cahoopuk on Thursday November 21, 2013, 14:53

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Excellent feature and beautifully presented. Thanks. More

Posted by TimEdwards on Thursday November 21, 2013, 13:57

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