The popularity of Doctor Who has skyrocketed since Matt Smith took over the role of the 900+ – now 1200+ – year old Time Lord, especially here in the States. When the series triumphantly returned in 2005 is was still very much a cult show with a small, yet devoted fanbase. Over the seasons the show’s audience grew. David Tennant‘s four year run as the Tenth Doctor did much to bring the series into the spotlight; ask almost any new-to-Who fan and they’ll say he was their first Doctor. Today, Doctor Who is a bonafide, mega-hit. In the last few weeks leading to this Saturday’s premiere Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman have been featured on dozens of magazine covers, appeared on late night talk shows, and their faces are plastered on ads everywhere. Doctor Who is BIG.
Which is only fitting, really, as the series enters its golden anniversary, celebrating 50 years. In this, the first part of a two part list – hey, if they can split their seasons in two, why not us? – we’ll be covering the best episodes of the Eleventh Doctor. These episodes are listed chronologically, not in an order of great to greatest. Ready? Let’s dive in, GERONIMO!