Last week, David Tennant, the 10th Doctor to the longest running sci-fi series of all time Doctor Who ‘died.’ I say it like that, because the Doctor never really dies, his species, the Time Lords, simply regenerate into a new body whenever they are about to die. Such was the case here, where the Doctor absorbed all the radiation that was pumped into a containment chamber, in an effort to save his friend Wilfred Mott. Dying a slow death, the Doctor said quiet goodbyes to his companions from the past several years. Afterwards, the Doctor, dying a slow and painful death, entered the TARDIS and after saying a near-tearful and utterly heartbreaking “I don’t want to go,” regenerated into the 11th Doctor, crippling the TARDIS due to the massive energy release.
The End of Time for all purposes ended rather brilliantly. Part 2 was certainly better than Part 1, and there was a great amount of tragedy and sadness amidst it all, with the looming knowledge that our Doctor was going to change. I call him ‘our’ Doctor because David Tennant has become the Doctor for an entire generation. His personality, charm, and overall magnificence in the role has earned him the greatest popularity to have been achieved by anyone to ever play the Doctor, even outranking the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker.
While this change is indeed tragic, there is still a certain amount of hope that lingers. The new Doctor, Matt Smith, the youngest man to ever play the character, seems like an interesting choice. While there are some naysayers, even though these folks have pretty much nothing to base their hatred on, I have the general opinion that Matt Smith is going to do a very good job. It feels almost refreshing to have a new Doctor, after these years of Tennant, and while that’s not to say I didn’t love Tennant, because that would just be a bold faced lie, for David Tennant is for me, like he is for so many other people, my doctor; to see someone else taking charge does make things different. Different is sometimes good and with Steven Moffat taking the reigns of writing, the guy who brought the now famous episode Blink, Doctor Who might become greater than it once was, if that’s even possible.