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article imageUKTV Watch relives Matt Smith era of Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Matt Smith Day on UKTV Watch brings to a close the Eleventh Doctor era of the BBC’s long-running science-fiction TV drama series.
Two days after Smith’s swansong – The Time of the Doctor – was broadcast in several countries, Watch has dedicated its day’s programming to the actor’s tenure as the Time Lord in Doctor Who.
In The Time of the Doctor – a.k.a., The Nakedness of the Doctor (you need to see it to understand) – Smith’s Doctor ended his days in a town called, appropriately enough, Christmas, with his companions Handles (Kayvan Novak), Barnable (Jack Hollington) and, occasionally, Clara.
On Watch, meanwhile, their retrospective Doctor Who programming follows the TV channel’s successful conclusion last month of the award-winning American documentary series, The Doctors Revisited.
The Young Doctor
Smith became the youngest person ever to take on the title role when, on New Year’s Day 2010, he succeeded David Tennant as the Doctor.
Smith, who has played the Eleventh Doctor for four years, was in fact revealed to be the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor during the Christmas Day special, meaning that the Doctor had used up his allotted number of bodies.
However, in Doctor Who, it’s never that simple and by the end of the episode Peter Capaldi had taken control of the TARDIS console. Which means that Capaldi – who was unveiled as the Twelfth Doctor at the beginning of August – is, in fact the fourteenth incarnation of the Time Lord. At 55, Capaldi is almost 30 years older than Smith was when he was unveiled as the Doctor in 2009 and the same age that William Hartnell was when he began as the First Doctor way back in 1963.
However, for today, it was still all about Smith! A selection of his stories were scheduled to be shown “back to back” by Watch, including Smith’s first outing as the Doctor, The Eleventh Hour, AND his first meeting with the Weeping Angels, in Time of the Angels.
And that’s it – the era of the Eleventh Doctor has ended; there won’t be any more Doctor Who episodes starring Matt Smith … until, that is, he returns for the next anniversary special. Last month, Tennant returned for the 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, which also starred John Hurt and Tom Baker. Perhaps Smith will do likewise inn just two years time, in 2015, which marks ten years since Doctor Who returned to TV screens after a 16-year absence. Or in ten years time, for Doctor Who ’s Diamond Jubilee in 2023.
For the time being, to quote the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), “This is the end, but the moment has been prepared for. Except, with Doctor Who, it’s never the end … the era of the Twelfth Doctor has begun!
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