Doctor Who on-demand: Matt Smith’s best episodes
Simon Kinnear | On 23, Nov 2013
Photo: BBC / Adrian Rogers
Doctor Who begins a new chapter on Sunday 7th October, as Jodie Whittaker takes over the TARDIS. To celebrate, VODzilla.co counts down every Doctor to date, providing our expert tips on which stories to see – and where to watch them online.
Matt Smith (2010-2013)
So young he barely remembered the show of old, Smith somehow managed to suggest the character’s near-1,000 year age with a performance of synapse-popping eccentricity. Under the supervision of showrunner Steven Moffat, the stories warped to Smith’s geeky persona by emphasising the timey-wimey complications of TARDIS travel and did what no Doctor bar Tom Baker had achieved: he cracked America.
Top three Matt Smith episodes to watch online
Vincent And The Doctor (2010)
The leftfield hire of rom-com specialist Richard Curtis brought a fresh eye to Who; this lyrical, heart-melting encounter with Vincent van Gogh is the series’ nearest equivalent to a pure historical since its return.
The Doctor’s Wife (2011)
After 50 years, we finally got to “meet” the TARDIS when fantasy icon Neil Gaiman transformed ship into an acid-tongued Suranne Jones. Proof that, if there’s one thing Doctor Who isn’t short of, it’s surprises. Speaking of which…
The Name Of The Doctor (2013)
The lead-in to the forthcoming 50th anniversary special turned the entire series into a roller-coaster, as Moffat unveiled vertiginous drops and loop-the-loops we never imagined – a companion who had appeared in every past story; and a ‘dark’ Doctor we’ve never met. What next? We’ll find out soon.
Where to watch on-demand:
Doctor Who Season 5 to 7 – Free
All 146 episodes of Doctor Who’s modern reboot are available on BBC iPlayer until 3rd December 2018.
Doctor Who Season 5 to 7 – Subscription VOD