9 times Amy Ponds hair is the main focus when it shouldn’t be
Amy Pond. Amelia Pond from Leadworth. Please listen to me. I know it seems impossible, but you know me. In another version of reality you and I were best friends. We traveled together. We had adventures.
Amy Williams, it’s time to stop waiting.
#This is fucking heartbreaking #Because she knows the Doctor is dead at this point and there’s nothing she can do about it #But it’s more than that. It’s the fact that she is still looking at the stars waiting for him to crash into her life but knowing that it will never happen again. The girl who has to stop waiting because she has no other choice. So she looks at the stars and thinks about her Doctor and how she has really never learned to exist without waiting for him. He has been such a large part of Amelia Pond’s tiny Leadworth life that to imagine a world without the Doctor is to simply imagine an empty world. The Doctor affects every person he’s ever met. He changes their lives for better or worse. In so many ways Amy’s life IS the Doctor. It’s Rory and it’s River but inside of this larger timey-wimey beautiful impossible world that she has shaped out of her life with the Doctor. Amelia Pond and her Raggedy Doctor forever and ever until death do them part.
In so many ways, Amy Pond is a stand-in for the audience in Moffat’s Who. This is the normal role of a companion, and has been since Ian and Barbara - to provide a character the audience can relate to and understand when the Doctor is so strange and alien, to give the Doctor someone to explain complex plot points or technobabble, etc. But I think more than ever before, Amy’s character is meant to be a mirror for the audience that Moffat is writing for. She’s a young woman who has seen and done a lot, but in her heart of hearts, she is still a young girl full of dreams and hope who believes in magic, and heroes, and the triumph of good over evil. Despite being one, Moffat does not write for old Who fans who want episodes that set up at a frankly agonizing pace and labor to introduce secondary characters that we will never see again, and then bash Moffat as someone who ‘forgets to tell a good story’ when he writes episodes that consist of a fusion of plot points, emotional beats, some twists and clever developments, and overarching threat that makes it all go. It’s very fast-paced and lively instead of laying everything out there and overcommiting to any one element. It’s not the only way to write Who, but it’s as legitimate as anything else, especially given that it’s written for kids and not forum junkies who hyperventilate and speculate that Omega or the Rani is hiding behind every curtain. Moffat does want to explore the lighter and darker sides of the magic that Doctor Who has always had. This show can get quite dark at times, but in the end, it’s mean for kids and kids at heart.
Maybe that isn’t your vision of Doctor Who. Maybe you wish it was something else. Well, the good news is that this show changes every few years, and Steven Moffat is not going to be around for more than another 2-3 years. Someone else will replace him, someone who almost certainly has a new vision, a new ideal of the Doctor and the companions and the Doctor-companion relationship.
To be fair, it does seem that Moffat is looking at a new direction, with a Doctor more engaged in self-contained adventures with an overriding arc lingering in the background, but not overly pressing. That has quite a bit of potential. The arc-based series experiment was a worthwhile experiment, but not the template the series should follow in the long-term. And I don’t doubt that Steven Moffat understands that.
He’s a fan, just like the rest of us. I don’t think ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ or ‘The Wedding of River Song’ were his best writing. I preferred the opening two-parter in a lot of ways. And the really stand-out episodes (Gaiman’s ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ and MacRae’s ‘The Girl Who Waited’) played within the arc without explicitly involving it. So it wasn’t perfect. River’s story was executed relatively well, but not without it’s problems. The multi-writer format of the show led to inconsistent characterization for Amy and Rory. But I had a whole lot of fun watching this series, especially when I was able to get away from the relentless negativity of the fandom (not to say there was not a bit to complain about, but this is the definition of an Unpleasable Fanbase).