The New Series of Dr. Who

Last night saw the start of the new series of Dr. Who, starring Matt Smith as the Dr. and Karen Gillan as his companion.

I wasn’t really too sure what to expect of the new (eleventh) Dr, following David Tennant‘s departure in the New Year episode. However, the opening sequence was enough.

The opening sequence features the broken TARDIS, flying (falling) accross London with Smith hanging off the bottom (narrowly missing Big Ben by a few centimetres). Then the new theme music kicked in and the TARDIS crashed to the ground in someone’s garden.

Matt Smith’s previous roles have been very small, and many people were surprised when it was announced he would be playing the main character in such a high profile programme.

I think this has been an advantage, because its meant that he’s been able to(within reason) make the Dr. his own character, and a completely new one: the producers can’t really base the new character on a role Matt’s played recently, which I think would have been a possibility had they chosen one of the perhaps more obvious choices for the role.

I enjoyed the first episode, and the Dr’s new personality. As Matt Smith described it:

He is the mad buffoon genius who saves the world because he’s got a great heart, spirit and soul but he also doesn’t suffer fools.

Matt Smith
Dr. Who Website (BBC)

It will take a couple of weeks to get used to a completely new Dr. Who… Because unlike the last regeneration, its not just the Dr. who has changed – its the companion, the TARDIS, the writers and the theme music.

I am particularly looking forward to the dalek episode in a couple of weeks time, because the daleks are the best Dr. Who alien. You can’t have a Dr. Who series without them, else its not Dr. Who.

Fred Hart

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