OTPS I Love To Pieces:


Who: Doctor Who, actually. They’re Amy Pond and Rory Williams (-Pond?), current travelling companions of the Doctor.

Who plays them: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill- plus Caitlin Blackwood and Ezekiel Wigglesworth play them as kids.

Why: Amy and Rory are my OTP of all time- few others come even close. They went through so much, did so much, became so much- and despite that they still remained so wonderfully, awesomely ordinary. Like us. Love isn’t always dancing through the stars- it’s also having to pay the mortgage, fix the DVD player, unblock the toilet…raise the kids…

They’re opposites in many ways: the faithless and the faithful, the healer and the fighter, the anchor and the waterfall. Yet they complement each other too- Rory’s caution and compassion coupled with Amy’s wildness and cleverness makes them into one hell of a team. (So it’s no surprise River turned out one hell of a person, either.) And they constantly save each other, defying time and space and even the Silence themselves. “She will never come back for you,” they said- but the Ponds always, always come back for each other.

They’re just a perfect mixture of looking into each others’ eyes and looking outward in the same direction. I don’t think I’ll ever love another TV couple as much as I love them.

Best moment: Old Amy, aged by a time loop, tells her husband she won’t save her younger self. “Look me in the face and say that now.” Rory says to her. He holds the time-glass up to his head, where an image of Young Amy flickers into being- Amy looks at her Rory’s stupid face, and sees herself. I love that moment, it’s so beautiful and so symbolic- Rory’s happy to disregard his own identity, always, in favour of Amy’s if it’s what she needs. He’s happy to become anything, anyone, for her. That’s why the mild-mannered nurse will always don the armour and weapons of an unstoppable killing machine if he thinks Amy wants it: so much of what he is is wrapped up in her. And vice versa.

Second-best moment: In The Big Bang, in the middle of various terrible events, Rory asks Amy if she’s okay. “Are you?” she asks. “No,” he answers. “Well, shut up then!” Amy snaps, utterly distraught. Rory says nothing…just hugs her tightly. And this was the long, long night before their wedding.