This is the precise moment I fell in love with Capaldi’s Doctor.
Oh, to be sure, I liked him from the very beginning. He was funny, and intriguing, and obviously well suited to the part. And Capaldi himself has been stellar in everything I’ve seen him in, not to mention gracious and humble in his acceptance of the role and subsequent promotion of ‘Doctor Who,’ so I was primed to like him immediately.
But these few, silent seconds so perfectly captured the scary, cold, steely pragmatism that has always run through the character that it gave me chills.
The Doctor is not a pacifist. The Doctor is not a bastion of peace and love and forgiveness. The Doctor is a defender; push too hard and, one way or another, he will push back.