Sunday, September 30, 2012

Doctor Who - Angels Take Manhattan or Amelia's Last Farewell ****Spoilers****

I experienced the season finale of Doctor Who last night. I say "experienced" because it was a thoroughly emotional experience for me from beginning to end.

***Please do not read any further if you haven't seen this episode as I would hate to ruin it for you-although staying away from what happened is hard if you are at all connected to entertainment news...***
The episode starts off with the three travelers having a picnic in Central Park. The Doctor is reading a novel by "Melody Malone" about a 1930's woman detective and there's lots of banter about him reading aloud when he notices something different about Amy. She explains it's the reading glasses she's wearing. When the Doctor looks closer he notices some lines around her eyes that hadn't been there before and he tries to deny to himself that his Pond is getting older. He tears out the last page in the book because as he says then the story never ends and how he hates endings.
Rory goes off to get coffee and gets sucked into a time vortex that puts him in 1930's New York. As the oblivious Doctor and Amy read on, they see the passage that mirrors what just happened in their time and realize the book is written about them. As Amy reads and exclaims something like "You made me break it.", the Doctor warns Amy not to read ahead, as that makes what happens permanent and the timeline unchangeable, even by him.

Turns out it's all the doings of the Weeping Angels who have set up New York as a perfect place to gather energy by sucking people from the current time into the past and holding them captive there, draining their life force as they live until they die there, unable to leave.I loved that ALL the statues of New York were Angels, including the iconic Statue of Liberty. This scene was hokey yet interesting..
The Doctor figures out that it is River Song that wrote the novel, and although they cannot read ahead, the chapter titles give some clues as what's to happen. Being that there's a time vortex around New York in that time period, The Doctor cannot just program the TARDIS to go to Rory. This is where I got confused..he goes back to the Ming Dynasty era and has one of the painters at the famous pottery making plant inscribe a message to River on one of the urns that shows up in the house that Rory is at. Somehow THEN Amy and the Doctor are able to use that, maybe as some sort of anchor to go to River and Rory.

Amy uses the chapter title"The Roman in the cellar" to go look for Rory, as The Doctor finds River with her wrist in the grasp of an Angel. He laments that because Amy read ahead about the break, that River can't be rescued without breaking her wrist, thus showing the permanence of this timeline.

Later in the episode, River, Amy, Rory and the Doctor go to a room that has Rory's name on it and find an older Rory in the bedroom, dying. The Doctor realizes somehow that this is what IS going to happen. It cannot be changed and tells Amy that Rory will die, alone in this time period and there's nothing they can do.

I was confused again as to why this time period was unchangeable since the Doctor has dealt with time paradoxes before...but Amy and Rory decide that they aren't just going to accept  that there's no way out. They run from the room, being chased by the Angels and separated from The Doctor and River. Ending up on the roof, Rory concocts a plan to jump off the roof,killing himself, thus rendering the timeline where he dies at the same time in this period alone invalid.
Amy won't let him jump alone. She loves him and he is her everything so they both jump over the edge, and die as the Doctor arrives.
They "wake up" in a graveyard alive next to the TARDIS, The Doctor and River, thwarting the Angel's plans and defeating them. Just as they are about to get into the TARDIS and leave New York, Rory notices the writing on a tombstone, and it is his name..alone with the age of death in his 80's. Suddenly he disappears and everyone realizes the Angels were able to catch him after all. (this sort of confused me as well..was it that because his name was written and he READ it, that made it true? Had he just left, would they have escaped the fate?)

Amy is hysterical, sobbing for Rory as an Angel appears in front of her, its arm outstretched. The Doctor in one of his rare moments is emotional, pleading with Amy to keep her eyes open and go back in the TARDIS with him. She asks if she lets the Angel have her, if she will be back in that room, living her life in the 1930's with Rory. The Doctor won't answer her but River pipes up telling her that yes, that is probably will happen, that Rory won't die alone. The Doctor pleads with her to just come back with him and get in the TARDIS..but Amy makes her choice, telling River to be a "good girl" and to take care of the Doctor and not to let him travel alone. She closes her eyes, and..disappears.She doesn't want to be without Rory and cannot leave him to live without her again.

The lettering on the gravestone changes to include Amy's name and date of death, showing that it did work and they were together at the end of their lives.
River takes charge and escorts the Doctor into the TARDIS, and operates it while the Doctor sits,numb and stunned at the loss of "his Pond". They talk about how River will now have to write the novel about Melody Malone and give it to Amy to be published.(I'm confused yet again as to why River will be able to go see Amy in the past, and why the Doctor will never be able to visit her again.)
River suggests that Amy would likely write an afterward to the novel as a message to the Doctor, and so he goes to Central Park where they had the picnic in the current time frame and retrieves the last page that he had thrown away earlier.
The Doctor wearing Amy's reading glasses
 It turns out to be a note from Amy reassuring him that "We lived well and were happy, and above all else, know that we will love you always...once we're gone you might be alone, which you should never be." She asks him to go back and check in on the little girl who waited and to reassure her that she has an amazing life waiting for her. "Tell her that this is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.."

The Last page..

Amy Pond was my favorite companion ever. She grew and changed as her story progressed, from a scared little girl who introduced the Doctor to fish sticks and custard to a fearless woman and mother who loved and was loved deeply. I cried at the end, partly from happiness that she lived the rest of her life happy with the man she loved, and partly from my particular loss. The Doctor may find other companions, but I wonder if the loss of "His Pond" will change him, and not for the better..

Well done and thank you for the wonderful moments you have given us Amy!! I will miss you!


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