The Eleventh Doctor (portrayed by Matt Smith) is my favorite Doctor, and I really enjoyed his take on the famous Time Lord. He was both manic and goofy, but also cold and brooding at times, and he really was an old man trying to recapture his youth. Instead of doing a Top Ten List for The Eleventh Doctor, I thought it would be more fitting to do a Top Eleven List. So, here it is folks, My Top 11 Reasons The Eleventh Doctor is The Best Doctor!
*WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD*
11. His Personality
The Eleventh Doctor is a wacky, silly, lovable goofball, who loves to have fun (see “The Big Bang”). He has a great personality, that attracts people and companions too, (see Amy Pond and Clara Oswald). Eleven can also be slow at times, not realizing when a woman is flirting with him or missing the point of a conversation entirely, which is hilarious considering how quick witted he is, which makes for some great comedic moments. He seems like someone who would be great to invite to a party, and someone who would also make a good friend.
10. His Ability to Fluidly Switch Between Being An Old Man and a Young Man
At first glance The Eleventh Doctor may appear to be a man in his mid twenties, but he is in fact 907 years old (2000 by the time he regenerates). Eleven will be talking about something and will sound energetic and youthful, but mid sentence he sounds like an old man, who has “lived a long life and seen a few things” (see “The Rings of Akhaten”). You can really see the age in The Eleventh Doctor’s face and facial expressions and believe that he is a 907 year old alien. You can also see the age, pain and anguish of The Eleventh Doctor just by looking at his eyes when he is speaking. Something his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) notices, understanding how old he really is. This is just a testament to Matt Smith’s extraordinary acting ability.
9. His Darkness
The Eleventh Doctor may be a silly and goofy man at times, but he has a much darker side to him as well. Eleven can stare an enemy down and threaten them just by saying “Hello, I’m The Doctor. Basically…Run.” (see “The Eleventh Hour) and can form an army at the snap of his fingers to fight against his worst enemies (see “A Good Man Goes to War”). He can destroy his enemies if they get on his bad side (see “A Good Man Goes to War”).
8. He is a Complex Character
On the surface The Eleventh Doctor is a goofy, silly, funny, and wacky guy, but on the inside he is a dark, tortured soul, who hates himself. Eleven hates himself for destroying his own people and does not consider himself a hero, despite all the lives he has saved. He is fully aware of the darkness that resides in himself, and worries about the day that it will take hold of him, deep down knowing how powerful he truly is and how dangerous of an enemy he truly could be. The Eleventh Doctor doesn’t want anyone to see the pain and torture he feels, but eventually his companion Amy can see right through “the act he puts on.” Eleven is a flawed character and tries to live with himself after having committed genocide against his own people to protect the universe from his arch enemy The Daleks.
7. His outfits
Every Doctor has their own outfit that defines them, for The Eleventh Doctor it was a brown tweed jacket, suspenders, bowtie and boots. No one can pull off a tweed jacket, suspenders, a bowtie and of course a fez like The Eleventh Doctor can. He really was a raggedy doctor, but he made it look good, much like The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). He also wore a green jacket for a couple of episodes in season six, which was pretty stylish. Let’s not forget about his purple jacket, pants, boots, and bowtie combo in the second half of season seven. That became his established Doctor outfit, and boy was it slick. Bowties will forever be cool because of The Eleventh Doctor.
6. His words
The Eleventh Doctor always said something great, whether it was very silly for example, “I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed. What’s the point in having you all?!” Or it was serious “Didn’t anyone ever tell you? There’s one thing you never put in a trap. If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap…me.” Eleven knew how to have fun, but he also knew when to get down to business and come up with a plan when peoples’ lives depended on it, especially his companions.
5. He is a badass
Even though The Eleventh Doctor can be very silly and childish, he is always the man with the plan and he isn’t afraid to let his enemies know. For example “Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.” (see “A Good Man Goes to War). He has taken on The Weeping Angels, Daleks, House (a sentient being that killed hundreds of Time Lords), The Dream Lord, The Silence, The Atraxi, Prisoner Zero, etc. and come out victorious. He never had a chance to battle The Master, but I assume he would have fared well against him. The Eleventh Doctor made some of the most grand and epic speeches of any Doctor. My favorite being The speech from “The Rings of Akhaten,”
” I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe, and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space – just me. I’ve walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman. I’ve watched universes freeze and creations burn. I have seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken, knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So, come on, then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!”
4. He Was Prepared to Sacrifice Himself for Others
The Eleventh Doctor, may have come off arrogant and selfish sometimes, but he did care about his companions, and even people he met on his time traveling adventures. In “The Big Bang,” “The Impossible Astronaut” and “The Wedding of River Song” he is ready to accept death, because deep down he realizes he has lived long enough, and believes he should not live if it means the universe must suffer. He truly cares about humanity, and others and is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good (see “The Big Bang,” and “The Wedding of River Song”).
3. He Could Make Fun of Himself(selves)
Well, his past selves to be more accurate. *SPOILER WARNING* When The Eleventh Doctor met his past selves The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and War Doctor (John Hurt) respectively, he was able to poke fun at himself so to speak. For example, “Oh, he’s cool. Isn’t he cool? I’m the Doctor and I’m all cool. Oops, I’m wearing sandshoes.” “I demand to be incarcerated immediately in the tower with my co-conspirators, sandshoes and grandad.” Eleven points out how he even had vanity issues when he was The Tenth Doctor and didn’t want to regenerate.
2. He Accepted Death Better Than His Predecessor
The Eleventh Doctor may not have been happy when it was his time to go, but he understood that like the previous Doctors his time had come to an end. *SPOILER WARNING* The Tenth Doctor’s last words were “I don’t want to go,” which showed how much The Doctor had grown attached to that particular incarnation, and did not want to regenerate, and as a result regenerated so violently he destroyed his TARDIS. When it was time for The Eleventh Doctor to regenerate, he had lived a long life, and had fully come to terms with who he was, so therefore he was more accepting of his death, unlike The Tenth Doctor. Eleven knew his time was over and even mentioned it before he regenerated “…But times change and so must I.” Going on to say “We all change when you think about it. we’re all different people all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” The Eleventh Doctor died with dignity, having just saved the universe much like The Ninth Doctor before he regenerated. Don’t worry Eleven, we will always remember when The Doctor was you.
And My number one reason The Eleventh Doctor is The Best Doctor…
1. His Mannerisms
The Eleventh Doctor had some interesting mannerisms and idiosyncracies that were very characteristic of his Doctor. He would move his hands a lot, always clapping them together when he had a plan and was unable to sit still like a child hopped up on sugar. Eleven would adjust his bowtie whenever he was about to make an epic speech or he did it to impress others before he did something amazing. The Eleventh Doctor’s mannerisms are part of what made him the best Doctor in my opinion.