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And They Covered up the Sun Until the Birds Had Flown Away: Seven Reasons We're Ready to Say "Adios Amygo!"

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | September 27, 2012 | Comments ()


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I don't dislike Karen Gillan, but I pretty much despise Amelia Jessica Pond. And, I suppose my dislike of Pond is more about the way the character has been written--I guess I don't like Steven Moffat? No, that's not true either, so I'll have to go back to blaming Amy. Try as we might, wait as we may, rather than growing on us Amy has divided and conquered us all. While most have been won over by Eleven, too much of Series 5, 6 and 7 have been spent negotiating the Perils of Pond. It's time for new blood. It's time to say "Goodbye, Amelia...and your little dog Rory, too!"

1. "Doctor Who" Is Not a Soap Opera.

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So much time was frittered away with the Amy, Rory, Doctor triangle. Were all the double entendres ("I love you. I know you think it's him. I know you think it ought to be him. But it's not. It's you. And when I see you again I'm going to tell you properly, just to see your stupid face. My life was so boring before you just...dropped out of the sky...") meant to keep us on the edges of our seats? If we wanted that sort of malarky, we'd be over on Soapnet.


2. How Much Does Amy Really Love Rory Anyway?

She barely paid him any attention--presuming him gay--until her own daughter explained that Rory had a crush on her.

She tried to hit on the Doctor right before her wedding.


3. She's a Killer Queen. (How Many Times Did Rory Die or Almost Die Because He Was with Amy?)

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1. "Amy's Choice:" Killed in alternate dream reality

2. "Cold Blood:" Shot

3. "Day of the Moon:" Seemingly shot

4. "The Curse of the Black Spot:" Nearly killed; resuscitated

5. "The Doctor's Wife:" Nearly killed by House


4. And Yet, She Stil Had the Audacity to Say That Shit?

Rory: "It's just arithmetic. It'll take longer with me because... we both know... we've both always known that... basic fact of our relationship is that I love you more than you love me. Which today is good news because it might just save both of our lives."

Amy: "How can you say that?"

Rory: "Two thousand years, waiting for you outside a box. Say this isn't true. And since you know it's true, give me your arm. Amy!" (She slaps him.)

Amy: "Don't you dare say that to me. Don't you ever dare."

Rory: "Amy, you kicked me out!"

Amy: "You want kids, you have always wanted kids. Ever since you were a kid. And I can't have them!"

Rory: "I know."

Amy: "Whatever they did to me at Demon's Run, I can't ever give you children. I didn't kick you out. I gave you up."

Rory: "Amy, I don't..."

Amy: "So don't you dare talk to me about waiting outside a box because that is nothing, Rory, nothing! Compared to giving you up."


*Note to Amy: You already had a child together. Granted, you didn't get to raise her, but she still counts as a child.

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*Second Note to Amy: Ever heard of adoption?

This little broken up marriage scenario may have been one of the worst Moffat's ever served up.


5. Let's Get Real--Amy Is a Spoiled Child Who Puts Hers Own Feelings Above All Others.

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Amy has been a selfish, angry child her whole life. She can blame it on the Doctor or the loss of her parents (fair enough), but just like everyone who's had a difficult or traumatic childhood, there's a time to grow up. There's a time to stop being angry at the world or thinking everyone owes you, a time to stop looking for someone to prove his love to you over and over. There's a moment where you learn to not always put your feelings first--like maybe you think about the love of your life's feelings before you flirt with the Doctor on your wedding day. We kept waiting for Amy to grow up, but it's never happened.


6. The Doctor Belongs to Everyone and No One, Not Only You.

One of the most irritating (and disrespectful to longtime "Who" fans) bits involving Amy was this opening, which managed to reduce the Doctor to Amy's "Raggedy Man" possession.


7. We Can't Wait to Say "Hello" Again (Jenna Louise Coleman Has Captivated Us).


Like a breath of fresh air, in only a few short bursts of airtime, Coleman's Oswin captivated us with her intelligence and snappy repartee. She already feels like the anti-Amy.


On the other hand, Gillan bowling is impossible not to love:


Now go read Courtney's Most Hearbreaking Doctor Who Moments!


Cindy Davis is ready for the Angels to Take Manhattan, and Amy...




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  • Guest

    I'm confused, I've never seen the titles for point 6. Were they pre-titles for a particular episode?

  • Strand

    B-b-b-but... Leeeeggggs!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I fear I'm over Matt Smith. His shtick is starting to get old, and I'm afraid a new companion won't change that (although I hope it does).

  • Rob

    I've loved Amy and Rory, I'm not afraid to say it. They will be missed.

    And this? "1. 'Doctor Who' Is Not A Soap Opera"? Someone should have told RTD and killed the Rose/10 love story shortly after series 2. Killed with f*cking fire.

  • FrayedMachine

    Ugh. All of this is just so spot on. Amy is, by far, my absolutely least favorite companion. There's nothing particularly engaging about here, and we're constantly being forced to care about everything that's going on with her. But The Ponds have turned Doctor Who into a seemingly never ending episode of Dr. Phil where we try to patch them up all over again.

  • AngelenoEwok

    People's reactions to #4 have been, well, weird to me. I've seen want kids vs. don't want kids and want kids vs. can't have kids become an insurmountable issue in several relationships and marriages. It's the only issue that comes to mind when I think of "what could cause my marriage to end." Granted, the Melody/River factor and the waiting outside of the box history don't apply to any of those real world scenarios.

    Nevertheless, I think that many (most) people have very intense, sensitive stuff going on in their minds when it comes to their desires and ability (or lack thereof) to reproduce/build a family. Some of the smartest, best communicating, most ducks-in-a-row people I know get sputter-y and emotional and tongue-tied when the subject comes up in any serious way. But we know Amy's NOT the best at communications and feelings and relationship-y things, and so in light of all that, her "gave you up," speech was one of the most relatable moments in the show for me. In hindsight, It's possibly my favorite Amy moment in the show.

  • Aisha

    The whole Amy "setting Rory free" because she couldn't have children was really insulting. It made it seem like Amy's value in the marriage was her ability to have children. It made it seem like Rory's love as finite. Whether or not Amy is good at communicating (she's not), she's still freaking married and deciding to leave Rory instead of talking about the problem was bullshit.
    Also, they could adopt or get foster kids or hey maybe their time traveling friend can take them to a future where they can fix Amy's broken uterus.
    Out of all the options they had, Amy up and leaves Rory. It was a stupid plot point that was only there to cause tension between the character and then later have them profess their love for another (it's the only thing the writers do with these characters, which is the long drawn out Doctor/Amy/Rory love triangle was pointless).

  • AngelenoEwok

    "It made it seem like Amy's value in the marriage was her ability to have children."
    I would get that vibe if he left her for that reason.

    "It made it seem like Rory's love as finite."
    Love is always finite.

    "Also, they could adopt or get foster kids or hey maybe their time traveling friend can take them to a future where they can fix Amy's broken uterus."
    I have health issues that would probably affect my fertility, and I know people who've struggled with infertility as well. The whole, "just adopt or foster or pursue the wonders of modern medicine," line of advice can come across as, "hey why don't you do a bunch of risky and expensive stuff that might not even work out and leave you more heartbroken than you already are." Not everyone is up for it. If I had been dating someone who wanted kids when I got my diagnosis, I would have ended that relationship, and I would have viewed that as being a sacrifice I made with the other person's future happiness in mind.

  • Alyssa

    I never really minded Amy--she wasn't my favorite, could get annoying, but she was fine, and she brought my beloved Rory along for the ride, so that was alright. But yeah, that whole exchanged in the first ep this season about her not being able to have more kids turned me completely off her (I will also blame Moffat here, but I'm not his biggest fan, so, grain of salt). Like, did she not even TALK to Rory about the kids thing? She just "gave him up?" Did she really think that a man who waited 2000 years for her would dump her when she couldn't get pregnant? Did she not consider that they know a man who can take them to literally the best fertility clinic in all of time and space? ugh.

  • Rummy

    Good points all. However, in the big picture, the decision to make River Song a season long mind fuck ruined any chance anything with Amy/Rory made any sense anymore.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Yeah, my head still hurts when I try to work it all out.

  • Tinkerville

    THANK YOU. I was actually an ardent Amy defender for a long time, but then she just kept getting worse..and worse..until it became impossible for me to continue liking her. I can't wait for the Pond's story to be tied up for good (how many times have they "left" already?) and to embrace Oswin completely.

    What pains me the most about them is the Ponds could've been amazing companions, but the convoluted mess that was made of their personal lives and problems dragged down their characters until there was no way of getting out of that hole.

    That said, Karen Gillan is certainly delightful and I wish her all the best. I had the chance to meet her very briefly last year and she was sweet and funny. And complimented my backpack.

  • Amy is my favorite companion. But the show can't get it's footing again until the Ponds leave. It's kind of in limbo now.

  • dsbs

    Hell yes. I like Gillian, and I usually like Moffat, but Amy is the reason I stopped watching this show that I used to love, for all the reasons you listed. Maybe when her arc is over I'll get caught up, but I've had enough of the Ponds. And you're right, Smith did manage to grow on me, even as Amy became more and more unbearable.

  • Blake

    My heart is evenly spilt on losing the hottest that is Karen Gillan and the new hottest to come with Jenna Louise Coleman... At least there will be no more River Song stories (fingers crossed). I'll miss you Amy Pond...

  • Ted Zancha

    You take that back! I think Amy and Rory should be gone. But River Song is awesome and this season needs more of her.

  • Brian Stevenson

    River Song needs a spin-off. Just sayin.

  • In a River Song voice..."spoilers".

  • DarthCorleone

    I'm ready for a new companion, but...

    Boo. :- )

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