(I’m totally allowed to promote on this. It’s my face.)
To add on a bit of my personal perspective, I loved Ten and Nine because they were in love with humanity. They believe in them, in their ability to be kind, to have empathy, to make a change, to be so much more. Eleven? Eleven looked down on humanity from his very first episodes.
Ten and Nine were in love with the universe, its coincidences, or seeming coincidences, its laws, its cultures, its diversity, its power. Eleven thought it didn’t care.
PLEASE ALLOW ME TO ADD:
THIS WAS DUE TO MOFFAT’S WRITING, NOT MATT SMITH’S WONDERFUL TALENT AS AN ACTOR. FROM THAT STANDPOINT, LET’S JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE HOW WONDERFULLY HE MANAGED TO TAKE THIS CRAP AND TURN IT INTO AN AMAZING AND FUNNY AND ADORABLY CARING GOOFBALL WE SEE ON-SCREEN.
THIS ISN’T MATT’S FAULT, IT’S MOFFAT’S.
But seriously, Matt took what he was given and ran with it. He seriously did a damn good job at making the Eleventh Doctor a whimsically fun Doctor, which is why I love him.
Bullshit sexist writing aside, I love the Eleventh Doctor for the effort and HEART Matt gave to him.
There are moments I have absolute, unqualified love for Eleven, and they are all due to Matt’s earnestness and sense of emotion. He deserved better, and more importantly, so do we.
this period of the simpsons where homer is pretty clueless but still tries hard to be a good father because he does love his kids is my favourite, so many feelings
Something I really really liked about a few of the Homer/Lisa episodes in the earlier seasons of the show was how it paints a really sweet yet unconventional father/daughter relationship, basically in the way that Homer is a parental force to Lisa, so too is Lisa a parental force to Homer.
It’s really highlighted in one particular scene in the “future” episode “Lisa’s Wedding”, where Homer has a nice conversation with her just before her wedding.
Homer: Little Lisa, Lisa Simpson. You know, I always felt you were the best thing my name ever got attached to. Since the time you learned to pin your own diapers, you've been smarter than me.
Lisa: Oh, Dad --
Homer: No, no, let me finish. I just want you to know I've always been proud of you. You're my greatest accomplishment and you did it all yourself. You helped me understand my own wife better and taught me to be a better person, but you're also my daughter, and I don't think anybody could have had a better daughter than you--
Lisa: Dad, you're babbling.
Homer: See? You're still helping me.