Amy Pond is a flame haired, no-nonsense, impulsive, reckless and aggressive tornado of a Botticelli heroine. She’s the Wendy Darling of the 21st Century that flew out of her bedroom window in her nightie on the night before her wedding, to travel the stars with her very own imaginary friend.
Amelia Pond is fierce. She’s sparky, she’s not afraid of her own sexuality. She’s sarcastic and changeable and sulky and tempestuous. But beneath it all is the cynical bitterness of a little girl that had her experiences invalidated, lived a lonely life, was told repetitively that her memories weren’t real, and was heavily encouraged to ‘grow up’.
She’s one of my favourite NuWho companions and on a base level, her character is largely relatable. Most of us occasionally struggle with the demands of adult life and sometimes wish for the simplicity and magic of childhood to save us from bills and work and exams. Amy Pond represents a flat-out refusal to give in. She is stubbornness personified. Amelia Pond fights for her imagination, she fights to have fun, she fights so she won’t have to grow up and face the dull responsibilities of adulthood. She pouts and she glares and she snaps, in a an act of open rebellion against her impending future.
She is a young woman whose childhood was stolen. As a seven year old girl, the Doctor dropped into her life, promised her the world, and then disappeared into the ether, leaving her confused as to whether it had all been a dream or a beautiful fantasy in the first place.
Moffat labels her ‘The Girl Who Waited.’ Life went on around her, people grew up and matured, but brave Pond refused to back down. That takes a certain amount of courage and inner strength, I’d say, to cling to your own perceptions, even in the face of the world telling you it’s all in your mind.
She became obsessed with the Doctor, making dolls of him, drawing pictures, even asking her close friend Rory to dress as him, since to Amy, the Doctor embodied the perfect fairytale hero.
Series Five Amy is an enjoyable character study, if sometimes stripped of humanity in exchange for making her more palatable to the male-gaze and male viewership.
Aside from the way she sexually assaulted the Doctor (Flesh and Stone) and the casual sexism that litters the Moffat Era, she made for an interesting companion, and certainly ruffled a few feathers.
But after Series Five, Amy’s characterisation just sort of, well… stopped. What happened to my glorious Pond? Where did she go?
I wrote this character meta on the Tenth Doctor to help out a friend, and I really like how it came out. Ten’s such a complex character, so I hope you like my little take on him… (crossposted to my blog)
• born from love
We first meet the Tenth Doctor just after a crucial juncture in the Doctor’s overall characterization, particularly the defining guilt that he’s been carrying in his Ninth incarnation about his final action in the Time War, namely the destruction of Gallifrey for the sake of all creation (proof of the veracity of this action here: x). Nine finally absolved himself from the mass murder he committed by choosing to be a coward, and not to kill so many lives again. It was at this point he absorbed the Time Vortex from Rose Tyler, to save her life, and regenerated. It’s been said that the Tenth Doctor was born out of love, and I believe that’s true. The Doctor did love Rose, and it was her love and care for him which directly aided him in recovering from the hardened, vengeful soul he had grown into because of the Time War. It was her love, and her humanity that changed his worldview on the human race, from “stupid apes” (Nine) to people “full of potential” (Ten). The reason he raves about the splendor of humanity the moment he emerges in his new body in “Christmas Invasion” is a direct result of the humanizing influence of the woman who changed his life. The Tenth Doctor is very vulnerable, and malleable by the people he cares about. Rose made him human, and that trend would continue with each companion he meets, until that very vulnerability opens his heart so much that it is hurt almost irreversibly after he loses everyone he loves at “Journey’s End.”
• rude and not ginger
Ten was at first ruder than the self he became later, part of the hangover from his ninth regeneration. When he chided Rose for not trusting him post-regeneration, he remarked: “Is that what I am, rude and not ginger?” (“Christmas Invasion”). It’s his Nine-self that was rude, his Ten-self that was beginning to see that that kind of attitude wasn’t the most ideal. Nine was quite rude and often insulting of humanity, and if they acted stupid he wasn’t afraid to call them out, and that attitude itself was a result of the bitterness inside of him due to the Time War. Ten shared the cocky streak of Nine, but it was tempered a lot by his own renewed amazement with life around him, and the humanizing influence of his companions, as well as by the continual losses he faced throughout his regeneration.
Ten siphoning off the extra energy and not regenerating is actually the more ‘mature’ choice anyway. The Daleks had just invaded Earth, were moving it, and were bent on destruction. Regeneration can go WRONG. Weird things can happen and the Doctor could be out of commission for a long time…
So much Rose/Ten goodness.
Can we just talk about how the Tenth Doctor fought a lion, a bear, a tiger, leopards AND guards whilst wearing a toga in a Roman amphitheatre, and then proceeded to pole vault over a wall with a trident. Only in an audio book.
"It looks like everything is coming up Roses" Oh you cheesy man.
"Rose is prettier than you."
“Rose’s youthful beauty captured forever.” Shame you didn’t learn how to preserve that then, hey.
"No one could look at this and not realise what a special person she was."
*He unconsciously reached out a hand to hold hers*
Mickey: “Whoever made this must have really known her.” Aw. Admitting Ten knew Rose better than him.
"She deserved more than me; someone who could give her the whole universe."
"She wasn’t a Time Lord, she was an ordinary girl."
Doctor: "Rose wasn’t ordinary."
"What was I supposed to do? Wrap her in cotton wool?" Well you did once call her jeopardy friendly.
"I could give you the universe, but I’m not going to in case you get hurt." And you wonder why so many of your friends die?! The Doctor doesn’t realise how dangerous he is.
Mickey: "What am I going to tell her mum? She won’t even have a grave." FORESHADOWING. On this planet Earth anyway.
Rose possibly being an amputee. "It’s better than no Rose at all." - Doctor
*His hand brushing against her face*
Doctor: "Do you believe in Gods?"
Doctor: "Well right now, I do. I think Fortuna is smiling on me." OTP: I believe in her.
Doctor: If anyone ever asks me what sort of friend you are, I’d tell them: “Rose Tyler, I’m lost without her. Rock solid that’s, what she is.” And we know how lost he really gets.
"Abominable snowmen, demons, vampires." Reminds me of Eleven.
Wow. Rose caused a man to accidentally kill himself by jumping on him. I’m never piggybacking someone again.
Rose and Vanessa are trapped in nothingness. Reminds me of the void.
Rose: "What if the stupid wish meant the Doctor never met me in the first place." Would have saved you, your mother and Mickey a lot of heartbreak.
"I really, really don’t like people messing with my head." Remember when Rose got annoyed at the TARDIS translating for her.
*intense brown eyes* get a room you two.
*Soft lips pressed hers* TEN AND ROSE KISSED. I’M CALLING THIS CANON AND YOU CAN’T TELL ME OTHERWISE.
Rose’s response: "I think you must be real. My imaginations’s not that good." Shame you didn’t do it more often then. No wonder why you got it on at Bad Wolf Bay.
Doctor: "Humans always muck things up though, don’t they." There he goes again, insulting species. And people call him the most human Doctor.
Rose: "Still like us though, don’t you?"
Doctor: “Love ya.” Shame you couldn’t admit that about Rose directly.
Doctor: "Could be catastrophic if I met myself." And don’t we know it. But also a lot of fun. And a lot less genocidal.
On Rose pretending to be Fortuna: "Like a bride catching her bouquet." But you didn’t know Donna was wearing wedding dress in The Runaway Bride?!
*This Doctor had a look of such despair in his eyes that her heart almost stopped in pity. She wanted more than anything else in the world to jump up, go to him, and tell him that everything was going to be all right* Bless you Rose.
"Rose is prettier than you." "Thanks." SHE HEARD HIM.
Eleven had Handles. Ten had GENIE.
"I wish that the Doctor’s nose was green." "Oi!" *The Doctor went off to get a mirror*
No wonder why Eleven said “Number Ten had vanity issues”. But for good reason too, I should say.
"It was sculpted by someone who knew you pretty well" *smirk*
"Is my bum really that…" "YES!" THE DOCTOR’S BEEN LOOKING AND HE LIKED IT.
Rose: "It is perfect." Doctor: "I was inspired." seriously you two.
Doctor: "I think you bring me luck. My Fortuna, that’s you."
Doctor: “You’re my lucky pants.” Hey nonny nonny.
So in Jackie’s flat, there was a photo of Rose/Fortuna. I always wondered who cleaned it out after Doomsday.
All the awards to David Tennant’s voice acting.
Can I just point out how entertaining it would be for Captain Jack to be brought back to Doctor Who, mistake the Doctor for Frobisher and punch him?