Doctor Who: Matt Smith’s 11 Best Understated Moments
Matt Smith was great for the crowning moment, the glorious defeat of the bad guys, the heroic save and the slightly-too-smug laugh. That stuff was important, and it was wonderful. But that alone didnt make him a great Doctor. No, what made Matt Smith great were the quiet moments. When things went unsaid, or when the few words spoken expressed far more than they said. With a twitch of his eyes, with a glance filled with emotion, or with an almost infinitesimal motion of his face or body, Matt Smith could convey more emotion than in any three-minute monologue. In every English class you ever take, your professors and teachers will tell you to minimize, to be concise. And with a part like the Doctor, overacting was easy. But every time the writing called for it, Smith rose to the challenge, imbuing tiny words with endless layers of meaning. And because these moments of understatement were so soft, so minimalist, they allowed interpretation. They allowed for wonder. These moments are easy to miss. But they were impossible to forget. They were the best kind of quiet, and the highest level of acting. What follows are Matt Smiths eleven best understated moments (in chronological order).