Really, Amy? She’s FINE?
Have you MET River Song? She’s not fine at all! She’s been traumatized into thinking that this Doctor who she’s only met a few times is the love of her life, so much so that she’s willing to sacrifice the rest of time itself to avoid the pain of being in a world without him.
If there is one complaint I have about this series of Doctor Who it’s Amy and Rory’s parenting skills. They care very much about their baby in A Good Man Goes to War, but once she’s gone, they hardly mention her for the rest of the series up until the finale. I think we’re supposed to accept that because they knew River before they knew she was their daughter, they never felt that it was in their power to raise her as their own…but I find that very hard to believe.
I get that it’s a wibbly-wobbly time travel trip and Amy and Rory are used to shit like this happening, but it was strange how quickly they accepted that River was their daughter and that they “raised” her as their friend Mels. River as an adult is smart, she’s sharp, she has great instincts but she is not someone who I would consider stable or emotionally well-adjusted.
Amy and Rory were LIVID when the Doctor didn’t save Melody in A Good Man Goes to War, and then what…they find out that she’s already an adult in the future (as are ALL kids) but because they already know her in their past, they decide they don’t need to go save her anymore? You’d think that because Amy and Rory know that their daughter becomes a murderer, they’d want to go and save her as an infant to prevent her from growing up apart from them and conditioned into an assassin by a religious order. I don’t get it!
the more i think about it the angrier i get
the god complex
this was a great episode but this really bothered me
In “The Eleventh Hour”, the adult Amy chooses the name ‘Amy Pond’ for herself — rejecting the Doctor’s favoured name for her, Amelia Pond, which she associated with the childhood she left behind when the Doctor broke his promise to her — and she continues to go by ‘Amy Pond’ after she marries Rory in “The Big Bang”. This is the name she has chosen for herself, as part of the adult identity she has created for herself. This is why it’s so disgusting that the Doctor frames ‘Amy Pond’ as a name which Amy has to shed in order to become an adult. It’s not a question of whether Amy is ‘allowed’ to take her husband’s name — of course she is, and if Amy had chosen to go by ‘Amy Williams’ when she married Rory in “The Big Bang” there would have been nothing contentious about it — but Amy did not take Rory’s name in this episode: it was bestowed upon her by the Doctor, as part of an ‘adult’ identity which he created and defined for her. Amy implicitly rejected the name of ‘Williams’ when she kept going by ‘Pond’ after “The Big Bang”, and she explicitly rejected it when she chose to name her daughter Melody Pond. The fact that this episode frames ‘Amy Williams’ specifically — the identity she’s expected to assume by the patriarchy as a holdover from a time when women were quite literally the property of their husbands — as the identity that Amy has to assume in order to be a grown-up (the fact that it associates her maiden name of ‘Pond’ with immaturity, as if her decision to keep her maiden name when she got married was nothing more than a childish whim) is almost a tangential detail, merely the icing on the misogynistic subtext cake. It’s not the name itself that’s the problem: it’s what it means specifically within the context of Amy’s storyarc. Doctor Who conflated the adoption of your husband’s surname with the idea of growing up. That’s the problem.
Review: Doctor Who 6.11, “The God Complex”
Many people would assume that the hero of Doctor Who is the time-traveling main character, played by the rakishly British Matt Smith. But it’s not so. The real stand-out hero of the new series is the steadfast (and studly) Rory Williams. And we’ve got the video collection to prove it. Watch the evolution of the show’s true hero, in our collection of the sexiest moments featuring Rory, played by Arthur Darvill.
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Rory Williams appreciation blog.