so i’ve been thinking a lot about why i love amy pond. and it got long.
the first and foremost reason is because she’s a character type we really rarely see in women— the loose cannon with a past. you know the type: the cop who lost his partner and can’t quite bring himself to trust again, the divorced man who can no longer believe in love. she’s the bad boy with a motorcycle, james dean in a miniskirt. ’but wait,’ i hear you say, ‘amy is so cheerful and perky! she likes colorful clothes and making fun of people! what is this tragic past you speak of?’ and that is the thing about amy pond that is so glorious to me.
amy pond’s entire life was deleted by the universe itself. she grew up alone in that house, never even realizing why that was wrong, with everyone thinking she was mad because she believed a man in a box was going to come take her away. amy pond is fundamentally unable to believe in people because, against her will and theirs, everyone in her life has been ripped out of it and she has been forced to become her own inertia simply to move at all. oh, she had rory— rory who she clung to specifically because a) she knew he would never leave her, had he a choice and b) she could construct him into the life she wanted (i.e. the magical man in a box who told her she was special). and amy chooses a life where she gets to dress up and kiss people— a life where she gets to be all of these interesting, special people she knows she SHOULD be, and a life in which she gets to connect with a great number of people on a regular basis. and amy becomes this immense, untouchable figure in the community— the beautiful crazy girl, who everyone kisses and nobody loves.
when amy is seven years old, when her parents have already been taken from her (and probably her aunt, as she’s alone in that house very late), when she is praying to a magical man who comes from the sky to come and help her because she is alone and scared— miraculously one comes. she likes him. she has a rapport with him. and most importantly, he likes her— he wants to take her on miraculous adventures through time and space, but not only that, he thinks she’s interesting, he wants to help, he’s someone she can feel comfortable with. he says he’s going to make her special. and then he deserts her. and makes her look like a madwoman for twelve years, taking this girl who the universe has forced to be alone and removing her permanently from any possibility of emotional closeness. but when he comes back, he stays. because she asks him to. he tells her repeatedly that she is magnificent, that she is important, that her opinion matters to him. she has control over him; he stays on planets because she wants to see a planet, he comes down from a towering, murderous rage because of her logic, he goes back to get her boyfriend. he’s the most powerful man in the universe, he made her a joke to her whole town, and she owns his soul— not because he’s worried that he broke her, he can see she’ll make it out, but because he genuinely thinks she’s wonderful, respects her opinion, wants to make her happy. he doesn’t have to cede any power to her in order to defer to her, and thus she gets all the power— power she has never had, from a person she knows is up to her level. (she has had control over rory, yes, but that was never actually her control— he loved her, she tolerated him because he loved her, because she knew he would be there when she turned around, because he would pretend to be the man she wanted to own. she comes to love him back, but only when there is a being she respects who loves her, proving to her that she is in fact a creature made to worship and not just the projected selfish desires of a submissive fool.) (rory, despite season six’s efforts to make him such, is not merely a submissive fool, but that is how she sees him, because from her viewpoint he is so much lower.) she makes out with the doctor, yes, because that is her go-to method of interaction, the only one she really knows— rory is her only person and he’s been in love with her their whole life, she’s chosen kissogram as her method of human contact, devoid of people coming to her she comes to others voraciously). when river shows up and she thinks the doctor might love someone more than her, and that more importantly someone might influence the doctor more than her, she tries to pin him down. but that isn’t what their relationship is about, they both learn that in that moment, and that subject is never broached again. she knows, then, that her ownership of him is not predicated on her untouchable beauty, the way it is with rory. but it’s not a coincidence that all of her most dramatic moments come after the universe tries to take rory from her, rory who has no power but will always be devoted. if the doctor can’t make rory stay, rory her only constant in life, ‘what is the point of you?’ he can’t make her important by proxy if he has no power himself, and especially if he has no power over the force that takes her people away.
and it is that that allows her to love rory back in a real, even way, that isn’t just forced tolerance due to lack of choice. when the doctor gives his existence for her happiness with rory, when he brings rory and her parents and her town back at his own expense (but also saves himself in the process), she reaches complete catharsis. she is certain, then, that she will always own the doctor. she reads him back into existence because she wants him at her wedding. she is sure of her own importance and power, and rory through learning to trust his place in her heart, has proven to her that he can love the actual woman amy and not just the idolized dreamgirl who dressed him up into something bigger, that he can be secure in his role as second place in amy’s life (but not her heart). she loves the doctor more because he illuminates her, but she loves rory most because he is human, immediate, and permanent, and will be wherever she is always. amy pond is a melting icewoman but it’s not because she needs to be taught anything about romance or emotions or life, but because she is owed the power and importance and surety of her own relevance and belovedness that the universe has actively denied her. her opening up isn’t because she doesn’t know how to love, but because she knew she was meant to love more. she was meant to be a force in the universe, but the universe took her power away. and she wins it back on sheer force of personality. there aren’t a lot of women like that in fiction— women who are broken but not because of heartbreak, women who need fixing but not by the love of a good man. women whose pain is part of a larger universe than love, women whose pain makes them frightening, women need external healing yes, but not because they themselves have done wrong but because wrong has been done to them, and who will be healed not by their own change but by power and light and truth. standoffish, difficult, emotionally unavailable women who don’t need defrosting and to be taken down but who require those who want to melt them to rise to their level. that’s why i love amy pond.
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When we first met Susan Foreman it was never known who was her parents. We just seen in Classic Who/The Name of The Doctor where the doctor is quickly hurrying Susan into a TARDIS. Where then our Time lady Clara quickly warns him to chose the other TARDIS and then they…
This theory is very good, and fully feasible.
I remember doing a theory like this, by the fact that in the Classic series never see Susan’s parents, and never mentioned.
Besides that, I think I read a rumor somewhere (I can not say that this is true, and if anyone can assert that, please do) that the First Doctor recognizes as his granddaughter Susan, because he feels the blood bond . This apparently happened in the Gallifrey airport, before stealing the TARDIS.
I have a theory where link to Nina (the girl who is mentioned twice in the 7 series, a friend of Clara and of we know nothing) with the Doctor, Susan and River.
'Nina' means 'great-granddaughter' and also 'flower', Susan is the 'granddaughter' of the doctor and his name means 'lotus' in ancient Egyptian. Remember that River is obssesed with ancient Egyptian, besides the fact that these flowers grow in ponds and rivers.
In this case, and following the clues, we could say that Susan is the mother of Nina, and the Doctor with River her great-grandparents.
But who are the parents of Susan?
And here we could complete theory of the son of River and the Doctor, who married Clara and had Susan, who then has to Nina, who is a time traveler, and that could explain the fact that not only the oriniginal Clara of 21th century, but an echo of she, Oswald Oswin in AOTD (century 50, 60?!) talk about Nina, like if known she all her life…
but we know that the ‘Clara Original’ and ‘Oswald Oswin’ have centuries apart from one another.
John Hurt’s Doctor wearing 9’s jacket with 8’s clothes underneath