Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Noun Of The Doctor Edition

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This week, in my house anyway, there was nearly as much buildup to the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special as there was to the arrival of the Christmas Dragon himself.  (Long story, but suffice to say not all children are sanguine with the idea of people seeing them when they are sleeping.)  Having now experienced the whole arc of Eleven’s character, I find myself looking back and re-analyzing his entire run with new eyes.  While I agree with those who say that, dramatically, the show-runner controlling the fate of Eleven wanted to have his cake and eat it too, undermining drama for the sake of a ‘happy ending’, it’s hard for me to ignore that Smith’s Doctor has had a great deal of character growth, on a scale unseen since at least his Seventh life.  This, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Whovians and Spoilerites alike to reserve judgement based on the 45 or so seconds we have of Peter Capaldi, instead asking:  On a scale of brilliant to bleah, what’s your overall assessment of Matt Smith’s tenure as The Doctor?