Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Eleventh Hour

One of the greatest things about watching Doctor Who is watching someone meet the Doctor for the first time—or meet him again with his new face. Realizing they've stumbled onto a fantastic adventure; a show that can be everything and anything. One that doesn't just reinvent itself each episode as a different genre, but reinvents its main protagonist as part of its mythos.

When we get a new Doctor, the show celebrates it. Everything is new again for us, because it's all new again for him. We needed that after we said goodbye to Ten, because 98% of us weren't ready for David Tennant to leave.

Matt Smith, however, is the Doctor. He breathes the role from the moment The Eleventh Hour begins. This new Doctor is confident, but not arrogant. He's silly, but not manic. He takes everything in stride, and when he spins around or he does something completely mad... it seems natural. As it should be.

Amy Pond is fantabulous. 11 has his hands full, but their collective madness balances out to a dynamic, powerful chemistry that compliments the tone of the show perfectly. And yes, the whole she's running away before her wedding day is a little obvious but it's not the annoying kind of obvious. It's the writerly kind—the "Aha! I was right" when the reveal comes.

One of the reasons that I admire Steven Moffat so is because he can take something like a statue and make it terrifying. He can transform the simple into the fantastical. He does it without losing a sense of humor. His Doctor Who episodes are usually more moving, more terrifying than any "mature" show on television. They're less blood and guts and more psychological and gothic.

 If The Eleventh Hour is an indication of what's to come, we are in for a hell of a ride this series—and I, for one, can't wait to see where we go next week.


relliott4 said...

Okay, okay. I'm convinced. Your words have caused intrigue. Will scout out times on TV here. ;)

Chandra Rooney said...

It's on BBC America at 9 pm.

Blasé said...

Hold ON Tight!

Sarah K said...

Thanks for convincing me to watch this :)