‘You’re Scottish; fry something.’

I haven’t yet gotten around to adding my name to the list of people who loved, loved, loved Matt Smith’s premiere as the 11th Doctor on “Doctor Who,” which aired some weeks ago in its native UK but this past weekend here in the colonies.

Anyway, I was far from the only one watching; the show drew the biggest audience ever for BBC America. I think SyFy is going to be sorry they let the show get away.

As so many others have said, any concerns about Matt Smith’s youth disappeared within minutes after the episode started. Simply put, he was The Doctor. You weren’t thinking about the cast change or the executive producer change; you were just sitting there caught up in a great story. And I am just as smitten with Karen Gillan from the full episode as I was from the previews.

I know it was a fanboy moment, and I am guilty as charged, but one of my favorite things was the moment, late in the show, when aliens are projecting a sort of holographic image of various moments from the history of the series. Finally, you see the faces of the ten previous doctors: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee (whom I once saw in person), Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Smith suddenly walks right through the projection into the foreground.

“I’m The Doctor,” he says, before telling the aliens to high-tail it from the planet, which is under his protection. Goofy and manipulative? Sure. But I loved it anyway.

I can’t wait for this week’s episode:

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John Carney is a journalist, a certified United Methodist lay speaker, a veteran of foreign and domestic short-term mission trips, and author of a self-published novel, Soapstone.