With only two episodes left of Matt Smith as the Doctor, it’s time to get nostalgic and sentimental. He was in the role for four years overall, and we have some TOTES AWESOME episodes to look back on and remember him by. Classic villains re-appeared, new villains got even creepier, and through it all Matt Smith was a tour de force. There is a lot of disagreement about which episodes of the Eleventh Doctor are the best, but we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the top ten.
10. The Snowmen
By far the best Christmas special of Matt Smith’s run, “The Snowmen” re-introduced The Great Intelligence, a villain we hadn’t seen on screen since "The Web of Fear" in 1968. To add more awesome, it brought Strax, Madame Vastra, and Jenny back into the picture, and who doesn’t love them?
9. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
This two-parter really got Series 6 started with a bang. It introduced the incredibly creepy Silence as a villain, set up the whole season’s arc, and was just full of great moments. Especially memorable for the character of Canton Everett Delaware III, played by both Mark Shepard and his father William Morgan Shepard.
8. Vincent and the Doctor
There is a small pocket of fans who don’t like this episode, claiming that the ending is a cheap plot device. These people are cynical silly heads, because “Vincent and the Doctor” is wonderful, brilliant, and makes just about everybody cry. Who doesn’t love a good cry?
7. Amy’s Choice
Featuring Toby Jones as the mysterious Dream Lord, “Amy’s Choice” was a great episode with a big mystery and some great overall alternate universe goodness. One of the absolute highlights of Matt Smith’s first year as the Doctor.
6. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
When one thinks about “The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang,” the adjective you are probably looking for is EPIC. The Doctor gets locked in a big ol’ box, Rory comes back from the dead as an Auton, and Amy dies and then un-dies. It’s pretty crazy, and pretty awesome.
5. The Name of the Doctor
This episode was huge for fans who have been watching the show for a long time. It was full of great nostalgia for classic Who fans, coupled with a great resolution to Clara’s arc on the show. Whovians both old and new loved this season finale, and for good reason.
4. The Doctor’s Wife
Definitely the kind of episode you either love or hate, “The Doctor’s Wife” was Neil Gaiman’s first foray into the world of Doctor Who. Something about seeing the TARDIS in the form of a woman was just too cool not to include on this list. It also had the characteristic Gaiman-esque dark fantasy done perfectly for Doctor Who.
3. The Angels Take Manhattan
Saying goodbye to Amy and Rory was rough for a lot of fans, but their final episode couldn’t have been more epic. The Weeping Angels became one of the biggest villains during Matt Smith’s run, and to have them be the reason Amy and Rory are gone is just perfect, heart-breaking poetic justice. And seeing the Statue of Liberty as a Weeping Angel? CREEPY!
2. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
Talk about huge two-parters! “The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone” saw the return of the Weeping Angels, appearing for the first time since their magnificent debut in “Blink.” To make things even more interesting, we got to see River Song again, for the second of many times. Combining the best villains of the new series with one of the most memorable recurring characters in the show’s history and you have the makings of a classic.
1. The Girl Who Waited
Remember how we mentioned crying earlier? OH EM GEE. “The Girl Who Waited” was not only a brilliant dystopian sci-fi episode with beautiful sets and just PERFECT direction, but it also perfectly encapsulated the entire Rory and Amy relationship. It doesn’t hurt that Karen Gillan was phenomenal in this episode, in what was not only the best episode of the Eleventh Doctor’s run but also her best performance as Amy.
Which are your favorite episode from Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor?