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One Week To Go: Remembering the Eleventh Doctor’s Debut

Doctor Who is one week away. Seven little days. And then, Peter Capaldi bursts onto the scene as the Doctor.

Yes, Deep Breath might just be 604,800 seconds away, but there’s no better time to remember what came before. The Eleventh Doctor. And wasn’t he simply sensational? The bow-tie-wearing incarnation debuted in April 2010 – who can believe four years have passed?! – in The Eleventh Hour, an episode loved by huge swathes of fandom. Above, you can see that unforgettable moment when he announced himself to the universe, scaring off the Atraxi. The episode saw him outwit Prisoner Zero with no TARDIS, no sonic screwdriver and 20 minutes, but he was, without doubt, the Doctor.

For so, so many people, Matt Smith’s Time Lord is known as “My Doctor.” That’s nothing against the other fantastic faces that have filled the role; everyone has a Doctor that just speaks to them, that will forever remain a part of them.

We’re certain Capaldi will be brilliant too; nonetheless, he recently told Marie Claire, “I don’t know if people will like me or not; or if the show will be more successful or less successful. But no matter what happens, someone somewhere will love me – I’ll be someone’s Doctor. Even if everyone else hates me.”

Hmm. I wonder who Capaldi’s Doctor is…

“But don’t forget me,” Matt begged fans soon after last year’s SDCC. “Please remember me!” Don’t worry, Matt. We’ll always remember you.

How will you remember the Raggedy Man?


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

'One Week To Go: Remembering the Eleventh Doctor’s Debut' have 5 comments

  1. August 16, 2014 @ 9:17 pm Ian Gettings

    Gosh, warm feelings of nostalgia there. Cheers for the reminder.


  2. August 16, 2014 @ 10:11 pm Mercy_Mamma

    Think Eleventh Hour still just edges Deep Breath. There was just such a huge change in tone, quality of writing and production values between the last of Tennant and RTD and the start of Matt and Moffat. With Capaldi we are going from a real high point in Doctor Who history to what is shaping up as another.

    Matt is so many people’s Doctor, regardless of when they started watching. While the huge whirl of global publicity to welcome Peter is fantastic for him and the show, I still feel a tiny bit sad that Matt didn’t get anywhere near the same treatment. He would be far too modest to say it, but Capaldi’s warm welcome in so many parts of the world is really down to Matt and Moffat of course as they built Who to the global success it is today. RTD’s era Who only had modest viewing figures outside the UK, particularly in the US, but there was something just immediately wonderful and magical about Matt which brought thousands, if not millions more fans around the world to the show.

    While I think the RTD era now seems part of Clasic Who with its lower production values and more ropey creatures (looking at you Slitheen, Abzorbaloff, Toclafane and Adipose) and more hammy acting style (looking at you Mr Tennant), Eleventh Hour onwards seems like where the real break between old and new Who eras occurs.

    All of Matt’s run remains endlessly rewatchable and I can see more in common between Deep Breath and any of Matt’s run than with any of RTD’s.

    Anyway, Matt is already one of the all time great doctors and time will keep him there, while it has already started to fade out and blur together Eccleston and Tennant. I fully expect Peter to be on the same pedestal of undisputed greats of Who : Hartnell, Troughton, Tom Baker and of course, Matt.


    • August 17, 2014 @ 2:45 pm Philip Bates

      So nice to hear such positivity on the internet these days! Thank you! And I do agree on all accounts (except that Tennant’s acting is hammy – I do like Ten), but nothing more so than “All of Matt’s run remains endlessly rewatchable”. I’m basically always rewatching Series 5-7 + Day and Time.


  3. August 16, 2014 @ 10:45 pm TimeChaser

    I will remember Matt, because of the new series Doctors, he was my favorite (so far). No offense to David or Chris, but Matt just took it in a direction that I could really appreciate.


  4. August 18, 2014 @ 11:21 am special needs

    Yes, I agree the sonic screwdriver is way overused. Capaldi will be suberp in my opinion. I am especially looking forward to the videos that will be made as the 8th series progresses that incorporate Malcolm Tucker’s voice and am especially looking forward to the Doctor screaming, “kiss my sweaty …. you fat ….” in these videos.

    As to point 2, River Song should not be brought back under any circumstances and Capaldi should tell Moffat to kill off the Paternoster Gang at the soonest opportunity.

    As Capaldi went to New York with the Tardis and the world didn’t end I hope that doesn’t mean he can visit Amy for haggis and deep fried Mars bars. Other than that I agree with the previous articles premise.


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