I adore Matt Smith as the Doctor. And I mean adore. He wasn't my first Doctor, but he became my Doctor at the end of "The Eleventh Hour." Right about the time of this fantastic speech:
"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, run."
In that way, he had me at hello. You know how Amy Pond is looking at him in that moment? That's exactly how I felt. Completely smitten. And I'm not talking about his looks - though I do find him attractive - no, it's the way he plays the character. The way he manages to be youthful and yet so old all at the same time. I see the weariness I would expect to see in the Doctor in his eyes and in his expressions. The Doctor carries hundreds of years of stories and experiences around, and some of it is oh so heavy - I see that in the Eleventh Doctor in the way I didn't see it in Nine or Ten.
It was unexpected, too. I was attached to Christopher Eccleston and even more so to David Tennant. Even though I don't love the way Tennant's run ended, I was terribly sad to see him go. He had so many wonderful moments, and he and Donna Noble were such a fantastic pair. I braced myself to go through the usual Doctor departure mourning period that comes with watching this series. After Eccleston's more serious Doctor, it took me a while to warm up to Tennant. Like, half a season. Then again, the continued presence of Rose didn't really help.
Anyways, I was resistant to Matt Smith. I was prepared to not be happy with this new, young guy coming in but then he charmed me in a way no other Doctor had. He captured the essence of what I know of the Doctor (I started watching with Eccleston and haven't dove back into past episodes much), and I don't find a lot to nitpick. He's emotional, he's fierce, he can be downright intimidating, he has a sense of humor, he possesses curiosity and a sense of wonder, and he has the same soft spot for humanity that all the Doctors before him have had. I hesitate to use the word perfect, but he's close. I haven't been enthusiastic about some of the stories over seasons five and six, but that's normal for any show.
I'm incredibly glad that we get Matt Smith as the Doctor for at least another season. I mean, we could get more moments like this:
Tell me about your Doctor.