Sunday, 19 December 2010
So almost time for a new Christmas special. I haven't posted much during the last year - no particular reason - so I thought I'd have a look back at what 2010 brought us. Well, I was immensely relieved to find that all the doomsayers were proved completely wrong, and Matt Smith was, right from the word go, demonstrated to be absolutely the perfect choice to play the Doctor. On the evidence of this first year, he's become my favourite Doctor of the modern series. Certainly I admired Eccleston's performance, though I became increasingly disenchanted with the smugness and mockney mugging of Tennant - but Smith comes out of left field and keeps surprising me. He's no doubt been helped by the quality of his episodes. Don't get me wrong, there were terrific scripts in previous seasons, and there were some lesser episodes this year - been overall, Moffat has crafted a story arc of wonderful complexity. I also love the way he took the piss out of RTD's series finales by having all the monsters team up to capture the Doctor - only to pull the rug out from under the whole thing and do something more more clever and intimate for the last episode. So a huge thumbs up from me so far. Let's see what 2011 brings.