-Doctor Who in Sculpture: 1963 to 2013-
November brings the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith.
With the departure of David Tennant and the Russell T Davies era came a fresh new approach to the show, helmed by Steven Moffat who had written acclaimed episodes throughout the revived series’ run from 2005. Episodes like “Blink” which saw the introduction of the infamous Weeping Angels and “Silence in the Library”, which introduced the equally infamous Professor River Song.
With this new broom came a new energy and spirit for the show. More fun, more mind melting adventures, more of a “dark fairytale” than a run of the mile Science Fiction drama.
With this new era came a new Doctor played by the relatively unknown Matt Smith.
Lanky and gangling, legs bowing and bandy, with a flick of slicked youthful hair over a strange old-young face.
The Eleventh Doctor was bumbling, innocent and always looking for adventure, this Doctor would bring you millions of lightyears across space just to show you this great new Ice Cream Parlour thats opened up.
Out with the chic tight-fitting pinstripe suit and overcoat of Tennant and in with skinny jeans, All Saints boots, tweeds and bow tie. This Doctor’s look reflected heavily that of the Second Doctor and his more shambolic but brilliant approach to saving the Universe.
This Doctor travelled with Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, a fiery red-head from the small town of Leadworth who he first met soon after his regeneration when he crashed his TARDIS into the garden shed of her childhood home, Amy (or Amelia as she was then called) being a child at the time wished for Santa to come and help solve the problem of the crack in her bedroom wall, but got a post-regenerative Timelord instead.
Amy was flirty, confident and frequently unimpressed with the Doctor’s neckwear, Bow ties rarely look cool in her defence.
Her relationship with the Timelord was more akin to a brother and sister, her meeting him at a young age and creating adventures in her head about him, her Raggedy Man as she called him.
Their bond was close and one loved the other enormously. Amy was the first face this new Doctor saw.
Amy was soon joined by Rory Pond (née Williams), played by Arthur Darvill, Amy’s best friend/boyfriend/fiancé/husband, a hapless but loveably loyal comedy foil who would both rescue Amy and frequently need rescuing. He also died on a number of occasions but we need not go into them.
Amy and Rory would get married and have a child who would grow up to be-
During the Eleventh Doctor’s life he reencountered Professor River Song and would do so many more times during his life. Then even got married at one point.
More recently the Doctor encountered Clara Oswald, played by Jenna (Louise) Coleman. Originally the two met on the Dalek Asylum planet only then her name was Oswin Oswald, a woman trapped in the Asylum. She died.
Then the two met in Victorian London during the Great Intelligence’s attempted invasion of Earth, she died there too, then they met in present day London and luckily survived, allowing her to travel with the Doctor full-time.
The Doctor was perplexed by this woman’s ability to pop up throughout his time stream without any previous knowledge of doing so and so tried to discover who she was and what she was up to.
The Eleventh Doctor battled with Weeping Angels, sexy Vampire fish people, giant chicken rhino creatures that were also invisible, Ice Warriors, Snowmen created and powered by The Great Intelligence, a mysterious and secretive organisation called The Silence who sought to destroy the Doctor, Cybermen, the darker sides of his own personality and of course, the Daleks who returned in a new, bigger, badder, full technicolor form.
Soon sees the end of this Doctor’s tenure which has run from 2010 to today. The time has come for him to change again.
How it will happen no one knows, but waiting in the wings is the Twelfth Doctor, waiting in the form of Peter Capaldi.
Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor was very important for me. When he took over from David Tennant in 2010 I was starting at University. It was because of Matt that I embraced the Tweed I have so often been told I should wear and truly felt ‘myself’. The period was the happiest of my life so far. Three years later I graduated, and not long before that Matt announced he was to leave the show. So I have a kinship with Matt. He was my University companion and made me confident and happy to be myself.
The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, a prospect too exciting to contemplate just yet.
I can not wait to see this new Doctor and the adventures he and Clara shall share with us.
Can you expect another sculpt next month as part of this series? Who knows, we shall have to wait and see shan’t we….
And on a side note, this chap and the Fifth Doctor shall both be on display at the National Media Museum in Bradford as part of their Doctor Who at 50 Exhibition, go have a look if you have the chance….