This one’s been nagging at me for a while. A long while. I remembered it a few minutes ago, and I need to share it.
In Let’s Kill Hitler, the Teselecta (as Amy) says ‘You killed The Doctor’ to the recently regenerated Melody Pond. Melody replies something along the lines of ‘That was ages ago’….
I think you’ve misheard, which is causing a lot of your confusion!
Teselecta Amy: You killed the Doctor. Melody Pond: Oh, I know, dear. I hope you’re not going to keep on about it.
They are referring to the recent poisoned kiss. Originally, the Teselecta has Lake Silencio down as the Doctor’s point of death, but as the story unfolds, they realise it’s happening far sooner. Despite them not understanding the change of a fixed point, Melody is still the culprit.
After the Doctor survives, the Teselecta realise the fixed point hasn’t changed and therefore Lake Silencio is still going to happen. At which point, they are pulled into the plan to keep his survival a secret (as they allow him to use a Teselecta to fake his death.)
You know what struck me about the first screenshot? Matt “Fucking Beautiful Actor” Smith.
When I first watched this scene, I was so focused on Melody/Alex that I mostly ignored everything else to watch her beautiful face working it’s magic on the world. On my third way through, however, I started looking around the screen and I was struck by Matt Smith working hard in the background.
If you watch this scene again, you’ll see the Doctor suddenly look at his hand. Then he starts to stretch his fingers, flexing them back and forth. Why? Because Melody’s Judas Kiss lipstick has started to work it’s magic, beginning with his right hand. Right after this his hearts start to give and he collapses.
Matt Smith, I don’t know if that was scripted or if you threw that in later, but fucking kudos to you, either way. Even if it was scripted, the sudden spasm your arm had and that fantastic—What do you even call it?—Hand Acting was a nice subtle touch. You are a superb superb superb actor. You have my heart forever.
Agreed! It’s little things like this that make scenes so much more special.