“Come along Pond, please!” A Mid-Season Doctor Who Farewell
I. Fucking. Cried.
“The Angels Take Manhattan” was an amazing, bitter sweet farewell to the Ponds. It brought Amy’s companion arc to a satisfying, yet gut wrenching conclusion in so many perfect ways. The Weeping Angels were as creepy as ever bringing with them terror and heart break. But enough gushing, let’s get into it!
City of Angels
The notion that the Angels can take over all kinds of statues is fucking terrifying, especially when you walk around New York and see statues pretty much every fuck where. The smiling Angel is the stuff of absolute nightmares. And the cherub Angels will forever haunt my vision whenever I look at a baby.
I liked the idea that the cherub Angels couldn’t quite zap you back into time, but could zap you to their little Angel farm, the Winter Quay.
The one Angel that I didn’t quite buy was the Statue of Liberty. I know she was played for dramatic effect, but in the “city that never sleeps,” there’s always at least one pair of eyes on her. She’s lit up twenty-four seven so I highly doubt she’d be able to move. Still, it was a great effect and had me punching in the air when she first arrives at Winter Quay.
“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”
I’m sure Winter Quay is a reference to something, but it reminded me a lot of the Eagles song, “Hotel California.” Once you get checked out of your timeline, your stuck in the past to live out your days in a room with your name on it. Somehow, they’ve got to feed the people in there. Maybe there’s a support staff or something.
I wonder how many planets have Angel batteries like the Winter Quay. Also, how many other cities? I’m sure Rome is a good candidate for a shit ton of Angels as well as Paris. I bet they have Angel batteries.
The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Story
As a show, Doctor Who plays fast and loose with time. Historical events are constantly being rewritten. Timelines are constantly muddled with. The life of the Doctor is carefree because he can bend time to his will. Time can be rewritten. Unless it can’t. The writers will trot out the whole “Fixed Point in Time” idea whenever something serious is going to happen.
The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Story is the latest agent of the old “Fixed Point in Time.” Like River’s notebook that’s full of spoilers, her novelization of the episode recounts a specific series of events that cannot be changed once read. Even cheating, by reading the chapter titles, seems to fix these moments in time. So even with Rory’s clever paradox jump, his fate was already sealed.
In a very meta sense, now this episode is a fixed point in time for us. No matter how hard we might try, we will never be able to stop the Ponds from leaving.
Oh my god, they killed Rory!
Rory finally gets that he’s the Kenny of the show! I fucking loved it when he responded to Amy asking if he thinks he’ll come back to life after jumping off the roof, “When don’t I?” Rory has died more times than any companion I can remember. I loved that Amy jumped with him. The scene with them falling together was just beautiful.
Raggedy Man, goodbye.
And then, she was gone.
Amy’s choice was so powerful. God, I was crying through that whole scene. The Doctor breaking down, begging her to stay. River breaking down, telling her to go. And Amy staring fear right in the face. It’s such a bitter sweet ending. The Doctor can never see Amy ever again because of the wacked out time distortions created by the Angels. But we know that Amy and Rory had a nice long life together. So we can’t help but be happy for them through our tears.
I think what hit me most was Amy’s name on the the headstone, Amelia Williams. To me, it means that she totally committed to her relationship with Rory. Not that you have to change your name to be committed to someone, but Pond is what the Doctor called her. It always felt that she held on to her given name rather than Rory’s because that’s how the Doctor knew her. And though she was married to Rory, part of her still longed to be with the Doctor. Changing it to Williams meant that she was ready to let the Doctor go.
I think is one of the best companion send offs I’ve ever seen. No death. No mind wipe. No stranding. A good and proper happily ever after even if it leaves the Doctor a broken mess. I don’t think we’ll ever see Amy and Rory again. But somehow, I’m okay with that.
So it’s on to the Christmas special where we’ll be reintroduced to Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion.