Some Fan Art I did for practicing portraits. This one is of 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston. Reference et cetera belongs to the BBC and such. Made strictly for practice and not for commercial use in any way.
Allow me to explain what I mean by that and maybe you’ll understand the reasoning behind said statement.
The 11th Doctor was always a mischievous, adventurous fellow who really enjoyed himself, even in the most dire of situations. I mean look at the start of Time of the Doctor, he goes to two different ships carrying a part of that ships inhabitants and ends up getting blasted at until he escapes. Is he upset or mad at it? NO! He enjoyed it! Eleven was annoyed a bit, but you could tell he was enjoying himself.
Which is what has been the message all along - the Eleventh Doctor is one of fun, adventure, constant excitement, and always on the move. He acted witty, erratic, going this way and that seemingly confusing everyone around him while remaining constantly in control of the situation no matter what it was. Only on a rare few occasions did he lose his cool and composure and thus revealed what was lying underneath (his anger at the Daleks, his rage at the Weeping Angles, the fury he showed to the Colonel that had his reptilian friend take in a breath of fear since she knows the Doctor’s anger could potentially knows no bounds. Once the situation got back under his control, he would always have that smirk on his face, the same one he has above.
Context for it? He’s giving Clara that mischievous grin, being adventurous until the very end and facing his impending regeneration with resolve, accepting the change that is to come. This is most signified by his removal of the bow tie moments prior to emphasize the change that is to come. Still, in the last few seconds of his “life” so to speak he didn’t accept his flaws and finally came to terms with his actions like his 9th incarnation did nor did he spend an exhausting amount of time attempting to outrun his destiny and then resisted the change up to the very end when he could no longer contain it. No. Instead, Eleven *knew* Clara was distraught about his impending demise and *knew* that his next incarnation will take care of her because of the retained memories. The 11th incarnation accepted his fate and gave Clara one final act of assurance in his whispered, “Hey” along with the above smirk before allowing the regeneration take place.
EVEN AT THE END OF HIS LIFE, THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR IS A MISCHIEVOUS ASSHOLE WHO TAKES JOY IN SEEING OTHERS BEWILDERED BY HIS ACTIONS.