Like most newbies to the Doctor, I started at the 2005 season with Christopher Eccleston. I really enjoyed him as the Doctor, but he was also the first person I had seen in the role, so he was the standard by which I was judging it. I was a bit disheartened to see him leave the show so quickly.
However, with Eccleston leaving, they brought in David Tennant, and this is really where the show jumped up in quality. The obsession just started to run deeper and deeper with each passing episode. So many great episodes, funny, suspenseful and emotional. Then in the later seasons adding in the newer companions we had a wealth of great stories.
The Doctor said it best himself in Tennant’s finale “I’ve lived too long.” Tennant had to leave while he was on top. Now, we have Matt Smith.
Currently, I’m on my third episode of Matt Smith’s turn at the Doctor. His take is different, the style of the show has changed slightly, but change is good. Different isn’t always bad.. it’s just different. I have no idea how long Smith will be in the role, but I hope he stays around longer than Eccleston did, he shows great promise and I for one can’t wait to see where they take the characters.
Now, that I am firmly addicted to the stories of the Good Doctor, I do intend on going back to see what the other 8 Doctors had and to better understand where it all began.
I may be late to the party, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a party.