I know! I’m so fickle! But:
This does seem to be the pattern with me and the new kid. My heart is hardened against him like the Pharaoh against Moses, and I watch the clips with glowery eyes and my arms crossed, and I think angry thoughts about the new kid and his myriad inadequacies. And then, in the midst of all this, he goes and does something really Doctory and causes me to love him (briefly). But I think this clip from “Vampires of Venice” has put paid to all my negative expectations. Well, that, and the fact that Matt Smith came up with the tweed and the bow tie himself, and he prepared for the role by writing stories about the Doctor, and Patrick Troughton is his favorite Doctor from the classic series. How could that fail to win me?
Besides, unfailing sign: I have started feeling defensive of him. I read something negative about Matt Smith on the internets the other day and I was all, Step off the Doctor, internets! Show some respect! Have you no sense of history?
Which is hardly fair for me to say, given that a year and a half ago, I said I didn’t care that much that David Tennant was leaving, and I was only interested in this news because it meant Paterson Joseph might be the new Doctor. Oh, Past Jenny. (Then I went on a week-long Doctor Who and cross-stitching spree, at the end of which I remembered that David Tennant was leaving and nearly burst into tears.)
Can it please be Saturday?