Friday, 16 July 2010

The Popularity Of Matt Smith

In what has turned out to be quite an aptly timed poll, we have been asking for 24 hours what your thoughts are on Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor. It obviously struck a chord because we got more votes in this than for any other poll. Anyways, the results are as follows.



36% of people who voted said that Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor was their favourite incarnation of the role.

35% of you said that although Matt wasn't your favourite, you still thought that he was really good as the Doctor.

18% of those polled said that Matt was the absolute worst Doctor ever and think he has been miscast in the role

While 11% of you thought that he was just ok, not great, but not dreadful either.

So there we have it. Although nearly a fifth of all voters thought that Matt wasnt up to the job, over 70% of voters are happy with the job he is doing. Do you agree with the results? Let us know.

41 comments:

  1. 18 percent thought he was the worst ever? Who are these fools? I need names...

    Personally I rank him as one of my all time 3 favorites along with Pertwee and Davison but we all like different things eh?

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    1. 18 percent thought he was the worst ever? Who are these fools? I need names too!!!
      The strange thing is why 18 percent it is so low!
      Who want's a child for the role of the doctor, an extremely intelligent alien with a great wisdom!

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    2. I agree plus he doesn't have any experience with acting he sucks! It's so low cuz really people haven't voted

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    3. He makes a dreadful doctor who (a show used to LOVE before he started). The best way to tell what people think of him is by looking at Doctor who's viewing figures, which has droped a lot. He's turning Doctor who in to a show for babies, and you can't blame Moffet for that because he wrote the empty child, the scarest and most unbabish doctor who ever (but the new Dalek's horrible). However he is only new to the role and only time will tell if he would be any good later on. He was brilliant in Bert and Dickie and if he was good in that the next series of dr. who might be just as good

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    4. The ratings of the show has gone up with Matt Smith, not down. The show has never been more popular. He doesn't have to be your favorite doctor, but he certainly isn't bringing the ratings down.

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    5. Aparently I am one of those fools and I cannot stand Matt Smith as the Doctor.
      I have watched doctor who from the very begiging of the new series and I have seen the old ones. And I cannot stand Matt smith.
      I dont know what is it about him, is it the stupid looking suit that does not suit him at all. Or is it the overly goofy humour he does that just does not kick in to my "laughing nerve"... or the very tiny beedy eyes that make me feel suspicious about the whole guy. OR its the fact that he is just a bloody horrible actor in that role.
      But people like diferent you see, I just dont like him. He is the worst.
      The show otherwise is briliant, just cant stand Smith.
      I was a big doctor who fan before I saw the fifth season.

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  2. Out of all the new ones, he is the best. I frankly couldn't stand Tennant

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  3. I've been watching Doctor Who for more than 30 years, and Matt Smith is by far my favorite. He's a very talented actor and is just perfect as the Doctor. After the awful acting of David Tennant, Smith was a very welcome breath of fresh air.

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    1. TENNANT FOREVER! Like you can't be serious I like Matt Smith but I had a hard time accepting him at first cause of Tennant's SPECTACULAR portrayal of the doctor, thank you.

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    2. Ok "Debbie" you clearly have absolutely no taste at all. I'm going to start off by saying that anyone who knows me knows that I will be the first person to admit that I love the show as it was before Moffat took over as the head writer. And personally, I don't care for Smith's portrayal of the Doctor that much at all. At his very best he can only be mildly amusing. The character now is so cheesy and obvious with all his "Oh, look at how quirky and weird I am!" humor, but I blame a large portion of that on the awful writing now. There has literally been no character development of anyone in the cast over the last 3 years. Even Eccleston (loved him btw) had development and he was only on the show for one season! And that brings me to David Tennant. He is arguably one of the best actors on the planet. And even if you didn't like the direction they took the character towards the end of his run (way back in a time where characters were something more than just pawns in a stupidly overcomplicated "timey wimey" plot) you have to admit that David performed the material he was given BRILLIANTLY. And although I do cut Smith some slack because of the writing, his dramatic acting shrivels up and dies in comparison to David's..





      Also River Song sucks.

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    3. Mitchell said: "There has literally been no character development of anyone in the cast over the last 3 years."

      Hmm, let's see... the Doctor's recent ruthless streak in the latest two episodes...Rory's development from a bumbling idiot to a hero...the Doctor has finally got over the Time War and just wants to be forgiven...Amy: the girl who waited...the love between Amy and Rory...I think there has been character development, don't you? Not as much as the RTD era (as that was all he could do well and consistently), but still a substatial amount to make the characters interesting.

      "Way back in a time where characters were something more than just pawns in a stupidly overcomplicated "timey wimey" plot"

      I didn't find it complicated at all, in fact, I though it was all rather easy to understand. And what's so bad about having a plot that's actually clever? It made and continues to make a great change from the endless soap opera we had from series 2-4. Series 2: Doctor loves Rose (for some reason). Series 3: Doctor is getting over Rose. Series 4: Rose is coming back. Seriously, that's the sort of stuff I'd expect on Home and Away (I'm Australian; Home and Away is a terrible Aussie soap)

      While I do agree that David is a good actor, I believe that Matt has shown a lot more range and depth in his time as the Doctor. David only had three emotions as the Doctor: smugness, anger and crying. Matt has shown those three plus many more: repulsion, delight, earnesty to name a few.

      And to the contrary, I think that the writing has been better than it was previously. Maybe that's because I value intelligence in scripts over emotion, emotion and more emotion.

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  4. Matt has been a wonderful Doctor, I sure hope he decides to stay for a few more seasons after this next one. Can't wait for the xmas special.

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  5. lol....like the commenter who wants the names of those who said he was the worst, I feel like that about those who say he is the best of 'New Who'. I don't think he has been BAD, and I think this series has suffered from the writing and how it was put together, rather than the acting. But for me this series was the worst since 2005, and as an actor I would not rank him as being anywhere near in the same league as Christopher Eccleston (who to be fair does have a few years more experience) But many will think I am talking rubbish, and I think they are so we'll just be happy that Doctor Who is still the best thing on the box even when its bad, and theres someone for everyone to like at some stage! :)

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  6. Honestly, who are these 70% dumbos that think he's good? I'm sorry but if Debbie thinks he's the best Dr then she has a very bad case of amnesia - not remembering any of earlier incarnations.

    Casting Matt Smith as Doctor together with Moffat as show-runner are two decisions that killed the franchise. RIP, Doctor. Damn you, BBC and you, Twilight fan-girls.

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    1. I totally agree with you!

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    2. Totally agree with you, Moffat and Smith is the most dedliest combanition for me.
      The whole serie has take such tragic horrific changes since they came along that I just can't stand it.
      It used to me my favourite show christ sake!
      Personally I blame more Moffat destroying my decire to watch doctor who but sure Smith's preformance is bad enough to kill my appetite.

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    3. What 'tragically horrific changes' have been made? I can't think of any - only the River Song arc of series 6 came close (well, closer than the rest of the Moffat/Smith tenure). Was it that the Doctor no longer sobs uncontrollably? Or that he doesn't act like a smug know-it-all?

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  7. Best Doctor since Tom Baker, hands-down. Eccleston was vomit and Tennant is over-rated. But Matt Smith is spot-on!

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    1. Are you on drugs?

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  8. I loved David Tennant as the Doctor, but now I look back I find that the series jumped the shark far more the the current series is, in fact Moffat is showing far more constraint than RTD did, though he was a great executive producer. Giant cyberman over victorian london = really? Daleks being pushed around like playthings = really? The master replacing all humans on earth = good plotline, but really? Also looking back I realise the doctor was far too human, it attracted viewers maybe but the doctor is alien. Both Chris and David have all been referred to as mixes of previous doctors, but Matt brings omething new to the show while acting far more like the classic doctors than his predesescors. David was great, Matt is great, I don't understand where all this hate comes from, yeah the christmas special was badly done but still the show is as great as it ever was.

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    1. Nah, A Christmas Carol was excellent! Otherwise, I agree with everything you said (except the 'loved DT as the Doctor' part, I just tolerated him)

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  9. I liked both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, but I am not at all keen on Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor. He just seems rather lackluster in the role......can't wait to see his replacement.

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  10. I think that my main problem with Smith is that he lacks depth. For the first four seasons they re-created the doctor and in this new incarnation he was not only the doctor but was responsible for the destruction of his home planet and his people, which would change a person (alien or not). With Smith they seem to have forgotten all about that and taken off as if the first 4 series never happened, very little reference to them, none of the characters returning and all of the emotion of him destroying his people seems to have been completely forgotten. It's a real disservice to the recreation of the series.

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    1. Why do they have to have returning characters? Just because a series doesn't feature Rose (thank goodness), Martha, Donna or Jack doesn't mean it's bad. Look at the classic series: once a character left, chances were that they wouldn't reappear. Only a couple (Sarah Jane Smith and the Brig) were popular enough to return multiple times. Likewise, there is no need to reference previous series a lot, which is a good thing, as overall, the RTD series were horrible.

      Can't the Doctor get over the Time War? Or does he need to be bogged down with survivor's guilt. Letting the Doctor get over that cataclysm was one of the great things that Moffat's done.

      Matt Smith is my favourite Doctor of all time. (Sorry Tom Baker, you're still second). I have seen episodes of ALL previous Doctors, and am not on drugs. I appreciate that people do have different opinions, and are entitled to express them, but when people just descend to the level of hate and animosity towards both Moffat and Smith, I get cross.

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  11. I really like Matt as the Doctor, he acts more like the doctor, mad and eccentric they have finally brought the doctor back properly. Although I did think Tennant was great, his doctor was very normal and too human. Most fans haven't seen most of the old series so have nothing to compare them too which is such a shame... because they lose the greatness and completely insanity which is the doctor.

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  12. DEATH TO MATT SMITH! Damn who says otherwise! Tennant was the best and... I don't remember the rest.

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    1. You CAN like more than one doctor.

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    2. And saying David Tennant was the best when you don't remember the rest is pretty bad. You're not even giving the other 9 actors a chance!

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    3. I've watched some of the old doctor whos with Tom Baker and comparing them to the current doctors isnt fair in the least. Totally different time eras though they are both enjoyable Tennent, ecclson, and smith completely different from the old franchise Tennent out of the new series is hands down the best though I find Smith has grown on me more I still wish for Tennent.

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  13. worst ever - cant watch him

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  14. I don't like any of the Doctors or the scripts. To me, Doctor Who ended when Sylvestor McCoy finished "Survival".
    Matt Smiths is is just unlikeable and too young! THE SCRIPTS, aghhh! they don't work! They just fail! They make The Doctor look an absolute fool! I hate how they make the campanions more important than The Doctor! Why?

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  15. matt smith = worst doctor ever, let the stereotype say otherwise it always does..

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  16. I have dutifully watched two seasons of Matt Smith as Dr Who and he plainly sucks. He mumbles through his lines making him hard to understand. His performance is best described as twitchy and reminiscent of a tourette's syndrome case or a tweaked out homosexual methamphetamine junkie. He only plays to the character's eccentricities and none of its nuances. Bouncing around the TARDIS like a clown in flood pants is one thing, but he gives us none of the darker and unspoken power dimensions that David did so well.

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    1. Does he have to echo David? No, he can play the role however he likes.

      Actually, Matt has (and does quite often) exhibit the darker aspects of the Doctor. Asylum of the Daleks is a good example, as is A Good Man Goes to War.

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  17. Having watched all the Doctors from the beginning, including the two films which starred Peter Cushing, I've found many stories I liked better than others and actors who were more skilled in one area or another. Just as we've all faced crises in our lives that have caused us to re-examine who we are, so to has the Doctor. The most serious amoung us will experience something which causes us to laugh and smile. The most buffoonish will have an experience which evokes the deadly serious. "The Doctor? Splendid chap. All of them!"

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  18. iv gave it time now and i dont like the episodes hes been in to

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  19. The only problem i have with matt smith is he just dosent look old enough but i have only seen one episode with him as the doctor so we'll see

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  20. I'm sorry Matt Smith, I just can not like you. I've watched a few episodes and it seems to me every single episode has to involve him giving some heart felt speech to the enemies. At that point I just switch off. Too over the top, even for Doctor Who.

    Everyone tells me Matt Smith is the best Doctor, no I can not agree. Am I the only person who thinks the best doctor out of the new series is Christopher Eccleston? On that note, old series is better than new series and Tom Baker is the greatest Doctor of all time.

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  21. i dont likw him at all!! david was the best.... its just that he tries to copy david!! ugh, hate him!!

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  22. Matt Smith is unbearable to watch. I really liked Eccleston (reminded me of a goofy R. Fiennes) but then fell in love with Tennant and bawled during David's regeneration. Smith bothers me on a lot of levels: He's really homely - too short, horrible hair, no eyebrows, bears too much resemblance to Odo - and his acting is deplorable. Maybe it's the way Moffat is writing him, but the new Doctor is a total dick to Amy, behaves like a petulant child, and the whole "I'm a wacky alien!" humor has become tedious. Both Moffat's and Davies' story lines were previously so good, but now Moffat can't seem to write anything memorable (ps: there's no air in space, so don't bother flying jets with propellers...) or meaningful. I'm hopeful the season improves but damn, it's really at a low right now. Please regenerate before the whole franchise tanks!

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