Sunday, April 18, 2010
So... Matt Smith in his first episode as the eleventh incarnation of Doctor Who...
I was expecting it to take a couple of episodes before he really was The Doctor... but it didn't even take the whole episode.
It's always difficult settling into a new Doctor and especially since we've had four years of the wonderful David Tennant... and unlike the switch from Christopher Ecclestone to David, they've made a lot of changes...
The opening title sequence, including the font... changed... and I approve.
The theme song... changed or perhaps a better word for it would be reinterpreted... and I approve.
The Doctor Who logo... changed... and I think it will grow on me, but I don't hate it.
The Companion... changed... but that's happened once a season for the last few seasons, so no problem there... but even after one episode, I like Amy Pond...
The Doctor's sonic screwdriver... changed... it's bigger, chunkier, and the light on it is green to match Matt Smith's eyes... so I approve.
The Tardis... very, very changed... and while it's not as organic as the previous version, it definitely has potential.
And of course, The Doctor has changed... but I thought Matt did a fantastic job. He has that manic energy we've come to associate with the new series, he's a little bit pretty and a little bit weird looking and there is definitely a spark there... but it's hard comparing anyone to David Tennant. He held his own however.
The one thing I still don't like is his outfit... a tweed jacket and a bow-tie... really? That's the best they could come up with for him? Not a fan, and hopefully they'll change or adapt it along the way.
What hasn't changed is the great acting. And the fantastic writing. And the occasional gay undertone (Jeff, I'm looking at you).
It's not perfect yet... and Russell is gone, but I have confidence in Stephen (after all, he is responsible for one of my favourite teevee shows ever).
This is the first time that the "seasonal arc" has been introduced so bluntly and so quickly... "silence will fall"... but there has to be more to it than that... there usually is.
So roll on the rest of the season!
But I'll leave the last word to Doctor Who...
"There's something you'd better understand about me cause it's important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a mad man with a box!"