#1 The Eleventh Hour written by Steven Moffat

This Wholigan is not happy about the fact that Doctor Who doesn’t come back on air until November 23. Do you realize that is 16 weeks away!? A bit overwhelming when one has to travel time in a straight line. In honor of Matt Smith’s departure from Who this Christmas and to keep sane for the next 115 days, I have decided to count down my favorite 11 episodes featuring the Eleventh Doctor well, just because I can. Each week for the next 11, I will give you a rundown on an Eleventh Doctor episode, and hopefully satiate this longing for new Who as well as mentally prepare myself to say goodbye to Matt Smith. The most difficult part of a list like this is trying to put the episodes in order of preference, because honestly, I love every single one of them. Therefore, I won’t necessarily begin with my favorite of the 11, instead, I will begin where any Whovian trying to catch up with Smillian really should begin, The Eleventh Hour.

Little Amelia Pond and the Raggedy Doctor.
Little Amelia Pond and the Raggedy Doctor.

i ship itFirst of all, let’s get this straight. I totally ship River Song and The Eleventh Doctor. If you follow The Collective on Pinterest or on Tumblr you know this to be true.

This is what I do with my Saturday nights.
This is what I do with my Saturday nights.

When I first acknowledged my Wholigan tendencies, it was after two very special episodes of Who. Silence in the Library and The Forest of the Dead. I couldn’t get into the first season, didn’t understand the hype with the second season, so I began jumping around to watch episodes that other Whovians suggested (like a Timelord). I enjoyed the hell out of Blink and Tooth and Claw, everything Donna and in the middle of season four, we meet River. I loved her feisty, comfortable banter with the Doctor and then, all of a sudden, this brave, smart woman sacrifices herself for Ten, who cares, of course, but doesn’t seem to understand; Donna doesn’t understand; viewers don’t understand either. Before, I had watched seasons three and four out of sequence, not focusing on the larger story arc because I didn’t watch season one or two and therefore had no idea about Rose and the Doctor or why he needed Donna and why everyone hated Martha (still don’t get that one). In the Library, I began to care about his story; the tale of the Doctor and the TARDIS. I wanted to know who this River Song was, and lucky for me, I was watching on Netflix and didn’t have to wait two years, like the rest of the world.