Matt Smith, who plays The Eleventh Doctor, was born on October 28, 1982. Since today is his birthday—and his time as The Doctor is soon coming to an end—it seems like the perfect time to talk about some of his best episodes of “Doctor Who.”
While the beloved actor starred in loads of great episodes during his three series run, this list only outlines five of them. Picking the first four episodes for this list was a pretty easy task, since they’re generally thought to be four of his very best. Picking the fifth, however, was a little bit more difficult, since there were just so many great ones to choose from. But, eventually, the fifth was chosen after a great deal of thought. If you disagree with this choice (or any of the other four!), comment with which episode you would’ve included!
Now, without further ado, let’s get on to the list of Smith’s very *cool* episodes! Click the link below (or on the top left) to view the list! Also, be sure to check out this slideshow of Matt Smith, this list of David Tennant’s best episodes, this list of the show’s most touching moments, and/or this list of The Eleventh Doctor’s best quotes!
Vincent and the Doctor
One of the Eleventh Doctor’s best episodes is certainly “Vincent and the Doctor.” In the episode, The Doctor and Amy meet legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh. The story is great and the episode ends with one of the most touching scenes in the series’ history, when the Doctor and Amy travel to current times alongside Van Gogh and lead him to the Musée d’Orsay, home to several of the greatest paintings of all time. There, Vincent sees that several of his paintings are hanging on the museum’s walls. That’s touching enough, but then the episode’s writer (Richard Curtis) takes it even further by having the museum’s curator (played by a bow-tie wearing Bill Nighy) explain that Van Gogh is the most beloved and popular painter of all time. Seeing the artist’s reaction could bring a tear to any eye. The installment also includes one of the show’s best quotes: “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and…bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.”
The Big Bang
“The Big Bang” concludes the brilliant fifth series. The episode explain the cracks in the universe (the story arc of the fifth series) and features the wedding of companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams. There are several fantastic scenes in the episode, including Amy’s “something borrowed, something blue” speech and The Doctor’s speech to little Amelia Pond as she sleeps.
*”The Pandorica Opens” is also a brilliant episode!
The Doctor’s Wife
The Doctor’s a mad man with a box. While companions come and go, he can always count on his TARDIS. In “The Doctor’s Wife,” the matrix of his beloved TARDIS is removed and placed in the body of a woman named Idris. This permits The Doctor and his constant companion to finally be able to communicate, which allows for a truly fantastic episode.
The Eleventh Hour
“The Eleventh Hour” is The Eleventh Doctor’s first full episode—and what an episode it is. It introduces the audience to the newest incarnation of the beloved character and sets up the series-long story arc. It includes several quotable moments (“Apples are rubbish.”; “Hello, I’m the Doctor. Basically…Run.”; “I am definitely a madman with a box.”) and simply great scenes.
The Girl Who Waited
“The Girl Who Waited” finds The Doctor, Amy, and Rory on Apalapucia, a quarantined planet. While there, Amy Pond gets separated from The Doctor and Rory. When they try to rescue her, they arrive 36 years later in her timeline. The episode is brilliantly written, superbly acted, and absolutely heartbreaking.