Today, September 1st, marks the American debut (and possibly European as well, I’m from Kansas and thus kept in the dark about much of the greater global perspective) of Doctor Who Season 7, astonishingly the third season featuring Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor in action.  It really doesn’t feel like it’s been three years.  However, historically speaking, most incarnations of the Doc haven’t made it past three seasons, with only the Third, Fourth and (depending on how one counts a ‘season’) Tenth incarnations breaking that barrier.  With the announced departure of Eleven’s constant companion, Amy Pond, change is in the air of the TARDIS, which begs the question of whether that change might see fit to continue…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has this little trick, it’s sort of a way of cheating death, asking:  In your opinion, is it time for the Twelfth Doctor? 

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  1. Shush
    September 1, 2012 at 11:16 am — Reply

    In my opinion, no.

    I feel that each Doctor should stay as long as they feel comfortable with the role. Preferably longer, rather than shorter. Matt Smith seems to be having fun with the character, and is still very young. I figure he has at least another season in him.

    Something I would like to see, however, is the next incarnation introduced prior to the actual on-screen regeneration. A Three Doctors type episode, but with the next ‘generation who hasn’t been seen before showing up as well. Like how that one Christmas Episode was, but without the bait and switch.

    I kinda also want the Twelfth Doctor to otherwise be introduced with no warning whatsoever in a shocking reveal.

    Maybe a good future question to ask, if you are open to suggestions, might be: What kind of character do you want for your next Doctor?

  2. SmarkingOut Adam
    September 1, 2012 at 11:21 am — Reply

    I want the next Doctor to be played by Vince McMahon. I’d watch that show.

  3. September 1, 2012 at 11:24 am — Reply

    I don’t think so, Smith needs at least one more season if not two. In my mind, I think it would be interesting if in the (theoretical) multi-Doctor special next year, 11 surrounded by all his previous incarnations were to regenerate, and have the predecessors help the new Doctor up in a moment of sadness and hope.

  4. hfff
    September 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    With Amy finally leaving, Smith’s doctor finally can take center stage. He needs to stick around a few more seasons now that the Doctor can be the main character in Doctor Who again.

  5. September 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm — Reply

    Skip the twelfth, muddle with time and history a bit and give us The Valeyard instead. For those who don’t know, The Valeyard is either a future incarnation of the Doctor or part of him given a body from near the end of his life (from between his 12th and final incarnations, although it was hinted it could be his final incarnation). And he’s definitely NOT a good guy. With some of the somewhat darker turns the Doctor has taken since the series revival, I’ve been waiting to see if this is what it leads to.

    • September 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm — Reply

      Problem is, The Valeyard is kind of an evolutionary dead-end. Sure, it’d make for an interesting story or two, but then what?

      • September 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm — Reply

        It would be a chance to open some new doors. With the Doctor coming up on his final number of regens (unless they explicitly say he’s found a way to keep going, such as when River passed hers off to him possibly expanding the number) it would take something big to keep The Doctor going. As The Valeyard, maybe he’d do something terrible that The Doctor himself wouldn’t do to earn more. Maybe there is more than one Doctor in existence because of his time meddling (he’s suggested it is possible before that there may be an alternate version of himself, not just other incarnations via regen) and they/he steps in to stop The Valeyard. Lots of things could happen.

  6. September 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    I’m really quite fond of Eleven. I hope he sticks around for a long time.

  7. Slappy
    September 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm — Reply

    I say thee NAY!!!
    Unlike some of the latter seasons of Tom Baker, Matt Smith has not grown tired. if anything his Doctor has grown in many different ways. He is the first one we have seen in a “real” relationship. While others have been implied, we can see this one develop.
    We have seen him honest and true as well as lying and dark like some predecessors. The stories for me are not tired either. I know Tennant fans are not the happiest with Moffat over Davies but I really enjoy the dark fairytale approache that he has.
    Lastly, Mr. Smith post Ponds can really grow, and show his stuff without the goto companions.
    If the stories are stale, get a new writer. if the acting is Stale, get a new actor. Now that I have seen the latest episode, I am looking foreward to the rest of the season.

  8. Hirimno
    September 2, 2012 at 1:16 am — Reply

    When I saw the beginning of season 5 with Matt Smith I wasn’t sure if i was going to like him. Over the last two seasons I grew to like him a lot. I hope he’ll stick around at least two more seasons. This next season to grow without Amy and Rory and then another for the “Fields of Trenselor (sp?).” And obviously we need to let him be ginger once, so that would be cool when we do get a new Doctor.

  9. Hunter Dan
    September 2, 2012 at 2:49 am — Reply

    It’s only been three years and you’re asking if we need to replace Matt Smith? I’m not going to rise to the bait


  10. Spider lover
    September 2, 2012 at 10:30 am — Reply

    Well I havent watched any of smiths run. But people seem to enjoy him and with a release that opens on us and European shores st the same time, I think that would indicate that he’s plenty popular.

  11. b003
    September 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    Long as it works I’m good, They’ve turned out a quality product I see no reason to change,

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