We saw him for only two episodes, but Rory’s Wealsey dad Brian breathed new life into the Ponds story and became the character we worried about the most after the Ponds were trapped back in New York in the 1930s. Would the Doctor go back and tell him?
Apparently the script contained an answer. But due to time and budgetary reasons, it was cut last minute.
But that’s ok. BBC One had it storyboarded for us, and Arthur Davil provided the necessary voice over. Because they knew we needed to know.
Did I mention you need tissues? You need fucking tissues. Or maybe that’s just me….
Amy: Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.
I thought I was going to cry inconsolably like when Rose was left behind. But somehow I didn’t. This was our Farewell to Ponds. It was their time to go. At the end we learn that the mysterious person who carried the sleeping Amelia into the house and tucked her into bed that first night she waited was the Doctor, after he read the last page of Melody Malone’s book. (Nice touch with the use of River’s real name.) Thus the story has come full circle. As much as I am sorry to lose Brian so soon upon meeting him, when it comes to our main Ponds, there should be no tears.
Doctor: “I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”
I will admit, going in, I wasn’t expecting much. I felt like a farewell to the Ponds should be a proper two-parter, and instead their penultimate journey and final were each a 50minute piece. I didn’t think it would work.
Doctor: “Amelia Pond. You always will be. I’m running to you, and Rory, before you fade from me.”
But how it worked. Not only did it work, but how suddenly sorry I am–after months of feeling the Ponds have over stayed their welcome–that we will suddenly lose such a wonderful character who I am so attached to. I am, of course, talking about Brian.
As if to make up for last week’s glaring flaw, “A Town Called Mercy” not only was a fantastic episode, but it addressed the problem head on.
Doctor: I see “Keep Out signs as suggestions more than actual orders. Like “Dry Clean Only.”
An interesting tidbit dropped in this episode–the Doctor is now 1200 years old. That’s a full 100 years since marrying River at the end of last season. If we are to take the Pond appearances at their only times spent with the Doctor (with a pick up and drop off after each back onto their “slow path”), he has essentially spent an entire century companion-less.
I think we all know that’s not good for his mental health.
Well that was silly.
There seems to be least one utterly silly, slightly pointless episode per season. Last year it was the pirates. This year it was dinosaurs. Considering the title, I am sorry no one ever said a version of “I have had it with these motherfucking dinosaurs on this motherfucking spaceship!” I thought Riddell was in a perfect spot to say it at least twice–and considering everyone else seemed to show up on this episode, would it hae really been that much more expensive to have Samuel L. Jackson show up?
I think we’ve all come to accept that Moffat and Co. don’t quite know what to do with one off episodes. Where Davies was very good at one offs, but rather bad at paying off arcs, it feels like Moffat doesn’t really know how to care about things if they aren’t part of his over all arc. Even so, this episode felt disjointed, even for him–and was sadly lacking in hilarious quotes. And then there is the real issue I had with the episode:
The Doctor kills someone.
Amy: It’s not one of those things you can fix like you fix your bow tie. Don’t give me those big wet eyes, Raggedy Man. It’s life. Just life, that’s thing that goes on when you’re not there.
As we begin our season, the Ponds were living through one of those portions of life. The crappy ones. Where you get divorced because shit isn’t working and you don’t even quite know why. Who knew it would take a Dalek rescue to fix their relationship?
Rory: Amy, 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.
But really, who cares about the damn Ponds? I mean, I do. I teared up when they got back together.
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.
But really, all I want to talk about is Oswin.
THE THRILLING CONCLUSION!
Well, sort of.
To quote the Doctor: “Love an Ood!”
Bonus material: Posters for the first five episodes (or if you prefer to think of it, the last five episodes with the Ponds) after the jump.
I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday’s installment of “Pond Life” so here are episodes Two and Three together in one post.
Today’s episode, after the jump.