(Source: my-ponchoboys, via amyjpond)
The Doctor - IX. X. XI.
“You look sad when you think he can’t see you”. Why? Why is Sherlock sad? why would he be sad anyway? I’ve always been wondering about this.
It’s like the story about Molly’s dad:
Molly: You’re a bit like my dad. He’s dead. No, sorry.
Sherlock: Molly, please don’t feel the need to make conversation, it’s really not your area.
Molly: When he was dying, he was always cheerful, he was lovely, except when he thought no-one could see. I saw him once, he looked sad.
Molly: You look sad, when you think he can’t see you.
Molly’s dad knew he was dying, and this naturally made him sad. But he hid that sadness from his family and pretended as if it wasn’t affecting him. The only time Molly saw his face reflect what he was really feeling was one time when he didn’t hide the sadness because he didn’t know she was watching him.
Sherlock was sad because he knew he might die. Jim was a truly scary opponent, and he’d told Sherlock twice by then (at the pool and at 221B) that he was going to kill him. Sherlock knew the kidnapping case was the beginning of the end of Jim’s game, but he hadn’t worked out exactly what was going on yet. Unless Sherlock managed to get his brain working a step ahead of Jim’s (which luckily he did), Sherlock would’ve ended up dead. And that’s sad. It’s sad thinking you’re probably going to die soon, even if you are unsentimental Sherlock Holmes.
But Sherlock did the same thing as Molly’s dad, and didn’t share that sadness with his loved ones. He only let himself look sad when John couldn’t see.
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