Doctor Who: Matt Smith’s 11 Best Understated Moments
9. Theres only one person in the universe who hates me as much as you do.
There were three big twists in Amys Choice. Both locations were dreams, and Amy really was in love with Rory. But the most important and most terrible was that the Dream Lord was the Doctors darkness. All the nasty ways he wormed under Rory, Amy, and the Doctors skin were the thoughts the Doctor didnt let himself have. He was the angel of the Doctors darker nature.
We dont find out that the Dream Lord and the Doctor are two parts of the same person until the end of the episode, when the Doctor says he thought it was obvious. But when you re-watch and look at the Doctor, you can see something strange when he realizes who the Dream Lord isand its all down to Matt Smiths complex acting.
He doesnt feel afraid, or repulsed. He feels victorious. Look at his face: hes figured out his own riddle, and hes proud. Why? The answer lies in his self-hatred.
We love the Doctor, but the Doctor hates himself. Because he knows more about himself than anyone, and what he knows makes him hate.
A few later moments Im going to talk about can be traced back to this moment, when the Doctor faced his demons and did not slay them.
Rebecca Kulik lives in Iowa, reads an obsence amount, watches way too much television, and occasionally studies for her BA in History. Come by her personal pop culture blog at tyrannyofthepetticoat.wordpress.com and her reading blog at journalofimaginarypeople.wordpress.com.