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She's Feisty, She's Ginger, She's Scottish, She's Amy Pond: The Girl Who Waited

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11/17/2013 1:58 pm
She's Feisty, She's Ginger, She's Scottish, She's Amy Pond: The Girl Who Waited
Media Courtesy of the BBC

Morgaine Craven

Staff Writer

If the 11th incarnation of the Doctor still isn't ginger, at least his first companion was. Enter Amelia “Amy” Pond, the fiery-spirited, fiery-haired, short-skirted Scot to Matt Smith's Doctor. The pair met when a newly-regenerated 11 crash lands the TARDIS in seven-year-old Amelia's yard in the home where she lives with her aunt. Completely unfazed by 11's antics, she invites him in to take a look at the mysterious crack in her wall. After a brief stint trying to find some food to suit the Doctor's new taste buds (hello, fish fingers and custard!), 11 checks out the crack, only to have the TARDIS' klaxon bell sound. [youtube=] He rushes off, promising lonely Amelia he'll be back in five minutes to take her travelling with him in the TARDIS. He returns, but due to a slight slip up, he accidentally arrives twelve years later, and finds a resentful, cynical Amelia, now “Amy,” all grown up and working as a kissagram. Despite the bitterness of being left behind, when the Doctor returns a third time, two years later, Amy joins him as a companion, regardless of her wedding to childhood friend Rory Williams the next day. The relationship between the Doctor and Amy remains a platonic one, despite Amy's early attempts to seduce her “raggedy man,” the Doctor, early in the series. They soon develop a bantering, brother/sister relationship as the Doctor becomes less of a make-believe fairytale of a man Amy holds on a pedestal and more of a friend, and someone she needs to look after. tumblr_mho0pcal9L1rv3a9bo5_250 As with all the companions, travelling in the TARDIS with the Doctor in space and time changes Amy, and we see her grow from a rash, impulsive, distrusting girl in a woman's body who holds relationships at arm's length to someone who realizes her feelings for others. Her changes in her character are best reflected in her relationship with Rory. When she first joins the Doctor, she really is running away from her wedding and commitment to Rory, abandoning it without a second thought. When the Doctor brings Rory aboard after the failed seduction, Amy treats Rory as if he's spoiling it all, and it isn't until Amy's Choice, where Rory dies in an alternate universe that Amy realizes her love for him. Their love survives Rory's erasure from the universe and Amy's consequential forgetting of him and his return as an Roman Centurion Auton. In possibly the most touching show of devotion and love that we could think off, Auton Rory becomes the Last Centurion, opting to protect an in-stasis Amy inside the Pandorica for almost two millennia instead of jumping forward in time to meet her after she is released. “What I love about that relationship is that we really saw it develop to get to the stage where they were happy together,” Karen Gillan said in an interview with AV Club. “Because we started off at a point where Amy didn’t want to be committed to him, and he absolutely did, and that just gave us somewhere to go with it, rather than just them being happy together. So it was interesting, and it evolved, and Rory really became a hero in the process. He was the lone centurion in 2,000 years. So yeah, that relationship really developed. And what I love is that we’re seeing a lot of it.”
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We do see a lot of it. Amy is the first companion of the new series that we really get to see grow up. We see her first as a girl, and then as a young woman, and then a married woman, and a mother. Her life, and Rory's, are tied to the Doctor and the TARDIS. Even starting a family is affected by timey wimey-ness as they conceived their daughter while travelling in the Time Vortex, making her a sort of, kind of but not really Time Lord (she is human but she can regenerate), later finding out that their daughter is, in fact, their friend River Song, and that they did in a way raise her as she grew up with them as their friend in a previous incarnation of herself (they named their daughter Melody after their friend Mels, short for Melody). [youtube=] We see Amy become used to married life with Rory, but we also see Amy settle into a career, first as a model, later as a travel article writer and grow old enough to begin to get creases around her eyes and need prescription glasses for reading (does it break anyone else's heart that the Doctor still has Amy's reading glasses in the 50th Anniversary?). We also see how her adventures with the Doctor end, when Rory is zapped back in time by a Weeping Angel, and Amy allows the Angel to touch her as well, in the hopes that she will be sent back to him. Because the timezone is so frought with paradox that another visit from the TARDIS would break it, this means she will never be able to see the Doctor again. The Doctor's plea to “Come back into the TARDIS, we'll figure something out...come along Pond,” is heartbreaking, but we do see Amy realize her happiness lies with Rory, not with the Doctor in the TARDIS. It is such a difficult scene to watch because, as we remember that the Doctor is Amy's oldest and closest friend, we remember that Amy is 11's first companion, and, as he watched her grow up, she was there from the beginning of his regeneration. So, in a way, she has been there from the beginning for him, too. But as she says in the epilogue of that episode, she has had adventures that she will never forget, and through her, we did too. tumblr_mb5dfm577E1qe27pzo5_250 “Hello, old friend. And here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you though. I think once we're gone you won't be coming back here for awhile. And you might be alone. Which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me. There's a little girl waiting in a garden. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her she'll go to see and fight pirates, she'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived. And save a whale in outer space. Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.” [youtube=]


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