Legs! I’ve still got legs!! Good. Arms, hands. Ooh, fingers. Lots of fingers. Ears? Yes. Eyes: two. Nose… eh, I’ve had worse. Chin – blimey! Hair… I’m a girl! No! No! I’m not a girl! And still not ginger! There’s something else. Something… important, I’m… I’m-I’m… Ha-ha! Crashing! Geronimo!Tʜᴇ Eʟᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜ Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, Tʜᴇ Eʟᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜ Hᴏᴜʀ, 2010
Dɪsᴄʟᴀɪᴍᴇʀ : Pᴏsᴛ ᴍᴀʏ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴ sᴘᴏɪʟᴇʀs (sᴇᴇ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪ ᴅɪᴅ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ? 😆)
Happy fish fingers and custard day!
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Eleventh Doctor’s debut, The Eleventh Hour. It’s been 10 years since he dropped out of the sky into Amelia Pond’s backyard. 10 years since the Raggedy Man’s first appearance. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s been so long. I watched Doctor Who for the first time when I was around 10 years old, corresponding to Eleven’s inaugural episode. Although I hadn’t caught up to season 5 until a bit later (around 2013, for the 50th anniversary episode), I knew that Eleven would be my favorite. Seeing snippets of his episodes before catching up, I was hooked on him. I loved him from the very beginning. While I love Nine, and I have a deep connection to the Tenth Doctor, something about Eleven is extra captivating. His childlike wonderment of the human world, his bouncing mannerisms, his deep faith in everyone around him (even the bad guys), are all so appealing to me. Because of him, I can’t look at a bow tie without thinking that it’s cool. I even wore a fez to a hat themed party because, well, what else would I wear? Fezzes are cool too! Plus he loves dinosaurs!
Somehow, Eleven seems so wise and so much like a grandfather, while simultaneously having the energy of a puppy and the maturity of a five-year-old. Eleven is the lovable uncoordinated housecat of the regenerations.
Eleven is a family man too. I love his relationships with Amy and Rory, his eventual parents-in-law; his friendship with Clara (my favorite companion); and especially his marriage to River. I think I may ship River and Eleven more than Ten and Rose!
Eleven’s character growth has always fascinated me. Now that I’ve rewatched his episodes with my new Whovian sister, I love him even more. My favorite episode, ‘Vincent and the Doctor’, shows the Doctor’s most empathetic side. One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from that episode:
The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and… bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.Tʜᴇ Eʟᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜ Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, Vɪɴᴄᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, 2010
While the Doctor desperately tries to save everyone, he still doesn’t give up when he’s disappointed. There’s no doubt that Vincent’s untimely death (although historically accurate) greatly upset the Doctor, but the above quote is quite inspirational. It’s become sort of a motto in my mind.
Of course, any post about Doctor Who would be imcomplete without talking about the TARDIS. Eleven’s (second regenerated) TARDIS is my favorite. She’s sleek and neatly designed, rather minimalist compared to Nine’s and Ten’s. I also love that the Circular Gallifreyan writing at the top of the console are the names of all the Doctor’s past companions!
Of all the relationships on the show (romantic or platonic), the bond between the Madman and his Box is the best. I’m sure any Whovian would agree. And of all the potential decorating inspiration from the show, the TARDIS is the most popular. Basically, TARDIS anything is my favorite.
Because the TARDIS is awesome, I decided to remake a TARDIS cake. I made my first TARDIS cake in 2017. (I posted pictures on my Instagram, if you want to have a look!) That one was decorated with beautiful TARDIS blue buttercream. This year I wanted to try something a bit more realistic. I turned to some fondant and my favorite decorating technique: food gel paint. The shine from the paint on the fondant gives the TARDIS exterior a real-life appearance, just like the actual TARDIS.
In conclusion, the Eleventh Doctor is one of my favorite fictional characters of all-time. I just love everything about him.
We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay. That’s good. You’ve got to keep moving as long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.Tʜᴇ Eʟᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜ Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, Tɪᴍᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, 2013
Pʜᴏᴛᴏ Cʀᴇᴅɪᴛ : MᴄKᴇɴᴢɪᴇ Bʀᴏᴡɴ