analysing the ponds

Analysing The Ponds #5: The Man Who Wasn’t Real

We’re looking at Rory now! There’s a lot of interesting things going on with him in S6. They’re rather subtle, but definitely there.

Poor old Rory. He goes through so many identities-

-Amy’s sort-of boyfriend
-Amy’s boyfriend
-Amy’s fiance
-Amy’s ‘brother’ (Vampires Of Venice)
-A nurse
-A doctor (Amy’s Choice)
-A policeman (The Hungry Earth)
-A plastic soldier
-The Last Centurion
-Amy’s husband
-The Doctor himself (“You’re turning me into you”) – who is the other man who wasn’t real, in a way
-A human soldier (unmarried)
-A father to a baby girl
-A father to an adult woman

…that it’s not surprising he doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore. That’s not to even mention all the times he was dead or non-existant! This forms the crux of Rory’s character arc, I feel. A lot of it is actually terribly sad once you unravel it, making me feverently hope that Rory leaves the TARDIS happily in the end.

The Almost Person

Rory meets Jen in The Rebel Flesh, and she’s a parallel to Amy. Both lost girls, in red wellies…

A lot of people picked up on the fact that Jen’s situation- What am I, am I even human?- mirrors Rory’s in TPO. “I’m Rory!” vs “I am Jennifer Lucas.” It’s no wonder he became attached to her- not only is she someone he can nurse, she’s someone who’s going through the same thing he went through. She has to be real, because that means he was real, that everything he went through as the Last Centurion was real. It’s not just behind a door in his head, it’s something he can take out and process…

Jen betrays him, of course. But less than an hour later, the stakes are even higher, as Amy’s reality/humanity is called into question. She’s a Flesh avatar.

It’s not just in The Almost People that Amy’s called ‘not real’, either. Rory wants all the people in his life to be real-

The Rebel Flesh:
RORY Don’t be like that. Listen, she’s real, okay?
AMY I said I agree with you, so drop it. [This can only be heard in the background, listen out for it!]

The Girl Who Waited:
DOCTOR No, she’s not real.
RORY She is real. Let her in!

Rory wants things to be real again. But it keeps ending in death. Jen betrays him, Amy is a Flesh avatar, Old Amy dies…

And then there’s the worst thing of all. Rory wanted to be a father…look at him tenderly touching the mobile over the cot. And then he is, and then in no time at all he isn’t– he has River, true, but she doesn’t really need a father. Like Jen, like himself for a while, Melody wasn’t real. He never even got to hold the ‘real’ her, only the Flesh her. He has River, and he had Mels…but he’ll never have Melody, not really. No-one will ever sleep in that imaginary cot, in that yellow room…

It is made clear that Rory cares deeply for Mels and River, though. When Mels is dying, Rory’s expression shows frantic desperation. On seeing River shot he cries “No!”, and on seeing her dancing with Amy in the garden, he’s pleased. That can’t have been the first time River’s visited her parents, either, as neither Amy nor Rory are surprised to see her. So Rory did get to be a father in some sense, I guess, which is something. We’ll see how it plays out in Season Seven…

That’s Your Weapon, Prayer?

Now, I always thought Rory was a Christian, or had some kind of religious faith at least. This little deleted scene from Cold Blood is what ignited the idea:

Rory to Alaya: I want to understand you. You’re our predecessors here. You’re our history. I want to know what it feels like. I’m not going to harm you. (gently touches her face) What do your people believe? I mean, do you have a god?
Alaya: A deity for simple-minded apes.
Rory: I should’ve put you in a room with my dad. He’d soon put you right on that.
Alaya: We see how you live your lives. The beliefs you cling to for comfort. And now we laugh at you. Aren’t you confused now, ape? Doesn’t my existance disprove your ape religion?
Rory: People’s beliefs aren’t that fragile.
Alaya: What do you believe, ape?
Rory: I never used to believe in anything. Except the healing power of sweet, strong tea. But being with the Doctor, the wonders he’s shown us, it’s given me…faith. I see why Amy kept waiting for him. Cos now I believe there are far greater things in the universe than we can ever imagine.

(The fact that we’re due to meet Rory’s dad, possibly, has me very excited.)

But by the time we get to The God Complex, Rory’s lost all faith. He’s got nothing for the Minotaur to latch on to, and when I think of that deleted scene it makes me so sad for him. But for a man with no faith, he still clasps his hand in prayer when witnessing death…

And only when kneeling (as if in prayer) does he find what he seeks: a exit-

Travelling with the Doctor, Rory lost so much. His child, his identity and his faith. No wonder he wants a way out…

The Warrior Nurse

Faith or no faith, Rory suffers through a terrible thing. He’s a healer, and a cruel twist of irony made him part of the greatest military machine in the universe- he became a soldier trained to kill and kill cruelly. Being in the Roman army can’t have been fun:

Being held personally responsible for the training and discipline of the legionaries under their command, centurions had a well-deserved reputation for dealing out harsh punishment. In The Annals, Tacitus tells the story of one known as ‘Cedo Alteram’ – which roughly translates to ‘Gimme Another’: “The mutinous soldiers thrust out the tribunes and the camp-prefect; they
plundered the baggage of the fugitives, and then killed a centurion, Lucilius, to whom, with soldier’s humour, they had given the nickname ‘Gimme Another’, because when he had broken one vine-stick across a soldier’s back, he would call in a loud voice for another… and another.” (from Wikipedia)

Makes ya wonder. (I do actually have a fanfic in the works about Rory’s time in the Roman army.)

It’s oddly fitting that Rory ended up in the Roman era. Of course, it happened because Amy was a fan of Roman history to begin with (and the Alliance extracted that from her brain), but also Amy’s father/Rory’s father-in-law is named Augustus, which is the name of the first Roman emperor. And on a meta level (which I love), Karen Gillan first appeared in an episode set in the Roman era:

In the episode A Good Man Goes To War we see Rory develop a kinship with Strax the Sontaran, who’s a soldier (from a race where military might determines worth) forced to be a healer. That isn’t the only time we see a Sontaran as a mirror of Rory:

Heck, that isn’t the only time we see a member of a soldier-race as a mirror of Rory:

There’s always gonna be a soldier- a killer– in Rory, and sure enough, when The Wedding Of River Song rolls around he’s a soldier again. The Doctor notices it too. “Always the soldier, waiting to be noticed, why is that?” Interestingly, though- unlike the Sontarans and Judoon, Rory doesn’t blindly follow orders. His commander, Amy, tells him to take his eyepatch off, but he doesn’t – he needs it on so he can save her life. And Amy realises, by his willingness to die for her (and note, he doesn’t even really know her, in this universe!) that he’s the One True Love she’s been searching for.

All through Day Of The Moon to The Doctor’s Wife, Rory repeats that “I’m a nurse,” in times of stress or tragedy. Almost like he’s clinging to it. But in A Good Man Goes To War, when Rory’s daughter is gone, his wife is devastated and his friends are dying, he can’t bring himself to say those words. Actually, from then on he doesn’t bring up his career at all…he never says “I’m a nurse” again.

You’re Turning Me Into You

In The Girl Who Waited Rory dresses almost exactly like the Doctor, even mirroring his movements. Heck, with the glasses on, he looks a little like Ten:

And the Doctor sees through Rory’s eyes (much like he will later see through the eyes of the Tessalecta- are his companions still weapons?) but he can still only see himself, rather than Rory. “Hello, handsome man!” Our Doctor, bless him, is so very selfish- and yes, he did just turn Rory into him…

And of course everyone noticed this-

But in The Girl Who Waited, although Rory fears he’s becoming the Doctor, he actually turns into Amy. All that talk of faces- Amy calls Rory ‘stupid face’, but when she tells her older self how beautiful her husband is, it’s his face she references.

Amy won’t save herself, so Rory tells her to “Look me in the face and say that now.” Amy looks at his stupid face and sees herself:

So in the end- just like he did when he married her and became a Pond- Rory shared his identity with Amy. She’s what keeps him real…

Analysing The Ponds #4: Naming The Ponds

Yeeeees…I know I said I’d be doing The Timeline Of River Song next. But because a) it’s taking longer than I expected and b) it’s not really analysis, I’ve decided to make that a whole seperate project and finish Analysing The Ponds first. (I’ve gone back and edited some of the previous posts with new observations, too) So here we have…names!

Names in Doctor Who are chosen well. Sure, a lot of this probably wasn’t intentional…but I don’t care!

Amy– you know already that it means ‘beloved’. But Amy’s full name is Amelia, which means ‘Industrious and striving’. A very fitting name for a woman who later a) started her own perfume business and b) saved the world several times.

Amy’s middle name is Jessica, and this is quite interesting- it means ‘God is watching’. If you consider that Amy basically holds the Doctor up as a god, that name becomes a very suitable one. The Doctor has watched her throughout her entire life, from childhood to adulthood…

And of course, Amy’s last name is Pond– she’s named after water. Water is very much Amy’s element, associated as it is with intuition, imagination, emotion, and the feminine. Plus, well, water brings life. If not for the Ponds and the Rivers, life on Earth would simply not exist as we know it…

There may also be something to be said about the fact that a Pond stands still while a River flows, but our Ponds have travelled the universe and have not really stood still even back on Earth, so I’m not sure that bit quite stands up…

Rory, as I may have mentioned, means ‘red’- ‘red king’ to be specific (see icon!). Red like Amy’s hair. The name has both Irish and Scottish roots, apparently- Scottish, like Amy herself! And I like the ‘king’ part, as Rory very much grows into a (symbolic) King- one with a red cape, as well.

I also like that ‘Rory’ can be a male or a female name, as Rory himself has a few feminine qualities.

Williams next- Wikipedia has a whole page on the name. “Derived from an Old French given name with Germanic elements; will = desire, will; and helm = helmet, protection.” Desire, will, protection and helmet- ah, those words are very much Rory-related. Desire for Amy, will to do the right thing, protection of Amy/Doctor/Melody, and helmet- he had a Roman helmet as the Last Centurion.

Melody means- you guessed it- music and song. Alas, there’s not a lot else to be got there! But…what can always break the Silence? A Song.

Mels in Leadworth takes the name Zucker. When we first heard Mels’ surname- I think it was on a trading card or something- people pointed out that it sounded like ‘Sucker!’ Which is a very, very Moffat thing to do, considering that Mels herself is a walking plot twist. But it is also a German name meaning ‘sugar’…now, “sugar” is often used as the pet name for a partner or lover, and of course sugar is the primary ingredient of sweets. Hello, sweetie

Ah…and then there’s Mrs Robinson, the Doctor’s occasional name for River. Mrs Robinson is the quissential name for ‘the older woman’ after the film The Graduate, which showed a young man (played by Dustin Hoffman) falling in love with an older woman. But interestingly, in the end Dustin Hoffman leaves with the woman’s daughter instead. Maybe the Doctor should have called Amy Mrs Robinson…

Let’s move on to the elder Ponds, as they are of course important figures in Amy, Rory and Melody’s lives…

Amy’s mother is called Tabitha. There’s a famous Tabitha in the Bible who was raised from the dead by by Saint Peter…and Tabitha herself, along with her husband, is (technically speaking) raised from the dead. Neat!

Augustus was the name of the first Roman Emperor. Amy, of course, was fascinated by Roman history, to the extenct that the Alliance built a whole army of Auton Romans from her mind- was Amy’s love of this era a subconcious connection to the father she never had? (I like to think so.)

Sharon means Forest. A word that plays an important part in Amy, Rory and Melody’s lives- the only water in the forest is the river.

And then there’s the people who play various roles, however tiny, in the lives of the Ponds-

Lorna is a popular name in Scotland, Amy’s land of origin. Her surname Bucket is more significant, though- a bucket is of course used to transfer water, and what does Lorna do? She makes a Pond (via her prayer leaf) a River, of course.

The name Renfrew means “Dwells near the still river”- and Dr Renfrew dwells with and looks after the girl who will grow to be River. (That one was definitely done on purpose.)

Kovarian, the woman charged with delivering Amy’s baby, very nearly has the word ‘ovary’ in her name. ‘Madame’ I think is a title given to women of high rank (and Kovarian does seem to be the only woman working for the Silence.)

I find it significant that the woman killed by the Silence in front of Amy was called Joy, as her death definitely symbolises the end of any real joy for Amy in Series Six. She’s already seen her best friend die, but things get even worse- she even loses her baby, which is most likely the most traumatic thing to ever happen to a Companion.

And then there’s places-

Leadworth as a name doesn’t seem to actually mean anything, but lead is a metal that soon turns to a dull greyish colour. And to Amy, Leadworth was often dull and grey. Not only that, but lead is poisonous- maybe the Amy we know would have ‘died’ had she stayed in Leadworth.

Stormcage contains the wife of “The Oncoming Storm”…

Byzantium was a city which became the imperial residence of- who else- the Romans. Romans are everywhere in Series Five! (The city is now the place called Istanbul, in Turkey.)

Lake Silencio is, of course, named after the Silence. (It doesn’t actually exist, by the way. I checked.)

And then, of course, there’s the Doctor’s name- the one great secret. But you know…he’s married into the Pond family, where the tradition so far is for the men to take the wife’s surname. (Although Amy has been called Williams from time to time, interviews, promo material and Amy herself have firmly labeled Rory as a Pond.) Could the Doctor maybe get around this whole thing by simply announcing to the Silence…

…”I am Mr Song?”

Analysing The Ponds #3: Colours And Costumes- Amy, River and supporting characters

Second part of Colours and Costumes!

Amy

One part of Amy’s costume I really like is the ‘A’ necklace-

A for Amy. She wears it in almost every episode- it’s absent in A Good Man Goes To War, which makes me sad- her captors took her identity from her. But by Let’s Kill Hitler, it’s back. It’s prominently on display in TDTWATW too. Amy is Amy, no matter where she goes.

Now, little Amelia wears red, as she always has done:

And plaid, of course. Blue plaid…even as a little girl she was all red and blue. This shirt is very similar to Rory’s favoured plaid, too:

When Amy is lost in the woods, she’s wearing red. Just like the fairytale girl lost in the woods. Amy is Little Red Riding Hood(ie), trying to get away from the monsters hiding in the trees. And of course Flesh And Stone is where Amy is most confused about what she wants (the Doctor? Rory? Marriage?) – she’s lost-

Ah, and red is the colour of Lust:

Then, of course, there’s all this other colour stuff going on too!

River

River’s character is quite opened up by means of costume, I sometimes feel.

Melody is of course all wrapped in up white as a baby. As Mels, she starts off wearing white and then graduates to dark colours:

When we first meet Mels, she’s still in black, mostly:

And then River purposefully changes into black and dark colours (With costumes borrowed, ur, from Nazis, if I remember correctly). She still has a hint of that pinky-beige colour she wore as Mels, though:

Ah, but the Doctor got changed to match her, he’s in black too:

But at the end, when River’s overcome her brainwashing and reconnected with those who love her, she’s wearing white, the usual colour of the Good Guy. (Why this has to be the usual colour of the Good Guy I don’t know) and a sign that her slate has been wiped clean.

It’s dark colours from here on in, though. As River goes to study archelogy, she’s wearing dark red (Red being the colour of her parents. Also, interestingly, the colour of her school tie. Melody + schooling seems to = that colour):

In Closing Time, she’s in black and the same colour red-

And in The Wedding Of River Song, she’s all in black. Not the colour you’d usually choose for a wedding, her life and marriage will be tinged with sadness:

Now that she’s married to the Doctor, River starts dressing like the TARDIS, all blue. (Her Victorian dress is quite reminisent of Idris’s dress…)

And lots of green, the colour of life.

Ah, here’s an interesting thing. Amy’s prayer leaf is entirely in River’s colours- the greyish-green of her dress, and gold. A clue that seems obvious in hindsight…

To The Pandorica Opens! As befits a woman who has many identities (Melody, Mels, River), River has tremendous fun dressing up in different costumes:

Not unlike her mother:

Throughout the rest of The Pandorica Opens, River’s wearing white again. Interestingly, this is an episode where she connects with her parents a lot, returning to Amy’s old house even- the white seems to bind her to her parents and past…

At the end of The Big Bang, at her parent’s wedding, River’s wearing black. Again, odd colour to wear for a wedding. Maybe she knows that shortly her parent’s lives will be tinged with sadness… (although she’s not exactly dressed for a funeral either)

Black again in Time Of Angels. Every time (before Let’s Kill Hitler) when River shows her mysterious side, she’s wearing black. And at this point the Doctor doesn’t know if he can trust her or not-

(Course, she has a bit of dark red in there, for her parents and her profession…)

But she’s soon back to a lighter colour:

Similar to her Doctor…

And her mother.

And finally, at the end of River’s life, she’s wearing white, the eternal Good Guy. (I’m quite sure the white dress at the end of Forest Of The Dead was meant to bring to mind a bride):

One more note on River’s costume: here’s the first time we see her…

…an astronaut…

We should have seen it coming.

Supporting characters

When we first meet Ambrose Northover, she’s wearing almost exactly what Amy was wearing in Amy’s Choice, (same long shirt, same sort of top, same hair, even!) but with the colours reversed. Both are mothers, one created, one destroyed. Ambrose is the reverse of Amy. But in some ways they are similar- both kill a woman because of what that woman did to their child.

After the Ponds have become parents, the Doctor encounters another couple of parents. Both families have a child that they love, but don’t understand. Their costumes bind the two seperate stories together-

The Doctor was right to fear for Amy and Rory in The God Complex. The two dead girls are wearing their clothes:

Howie is dressed like Rory, too (which I like, since Howie is the one Rory builds a connection with):

Ah, this- this is bloody sad. Must’ve been done on purpose, too. You’ve got a young couple- a man in a blue shirt, a woman all in beiges and light colours. But one couple has a baby to raise, and the other one…

That’s it for now. Next up is River Song herself!

Analysing The Ponds #3: Colours And Costumes- Matching The Ponds

I was gonna just do one post on colours and costumes, but the post got so long I split it into two. This one is about how the Ponds have matching outfits. Well, kind of…

Amy and Rory

Rory and Amy dress alike from the beginning. In their first episode, they’re both wearing uniforms.

In Vampires Of Venice, they’re both wearing red and blue. Aha! Red and blue. Remember all that stuff? Amy, always associated with red, has to chose between her red man and her blue man- the man whose name means Red like her hair, or the man in the Blue box? But the colours, even hers, are all confused now…she’s wearing both, and so is Rory, no-one can decide what they want to be. Fiancee? Husband? Brother?

In Amy’s Choice, Amy’s in red and blue again, but Rory’s all in blue- TARDIS blue, almost. A sign that if Amy really was living with him in this world, she would be using him to replace the Doctor and TARDIS rather than loving him for himself?

And, once the Doctor turns up, Amy puts on a coat the same colour as the Doctor’s.

At the end, Amy’s in red and blue again- no Doctor coat now- and Rory’s in red. Although they still currently want different things, their colours (like in Vampires Of Venice) complement each other, and they can see each other for what they are.

Amy and Rory are wearing complementing colours again in The Hungry Earth:

In Vincent And The Doctor, Amy is wearing blue, Doctor blue. But she’s still got a red scarf to bind her to the fiance she’s forgotten:

And underneath the blue, it’s all red. Rory is still with Amy, deep in her subconcious…

As Amy and Rory’s relationship becomes stronger, they start to wear each other’s clothes. This is nicely demonstrated by The Pandorica Opens, where Amy wears trousers and Rory wears a skirt:

Amy’s flowing red scarf is also reminisent of Rory’s flowing red cape…

All throughout Series Six, they’re dressed alike quite a lot- the same styles (plaid! lots of plaid!) and colours:


Even as teens- on the day they realised they liked each other, they were wearing colour-coordinating clothes:

At the end of Series Six, Amy is wearing Rory’s jacket under her blanket:

One could look at this and say it means that Amy has been completely consumed by Rory and being his wife. But I think it’s a way to keep Rory in the scene- he doesn’t show up til the end of that scene, after all- and a way of showing that Rory and Amy are so comfortable in their married life that they borrow each other’s clothes. (Or that Rory knew Amy was waiting in the garden and lent her his coat to keep her warm.)

Or- the last time Amy wore a blanket like that was at the Byzantium, the first time she met River, and where River has just come from.

And the last time either Pond wore that red jacket (yay! more red!) was during Let’s Kill Hitler, when River met River, so to speak. So a lot of the Ponds’ journey is summed up neatly in that one outfit of Amy’s. More on that scene in a sec!

Amy and Melody

Amy and River always had very similar red shoes (ha! Saw that before, weirdly enough!)

The episode after Amy discovers she’s River’s mother, she’s dressed up quite similar to her, all in denim:

And of course in The Wedding Of River Song, the pair are dressed almost alike, both in black (of course, both have good reason to mourn…)

And at the end of The Wedding Of River Song- a few years in River’s future- they’re wearing the same beige colour. Mother and daughter!

Edit 24/2/12: Ah! The trend’s being carried on into Series Seven! Matching stripes!

Analysing The Ponds #2: A Tour Of The Pond Properties

The second part (there’s more to come, too!) of Analysing The Ponds. This time, we’re looking in the bedrooms and houses of Amy and co. The set designers did a really good job here, as you soon will see…

The Nursery

Here’s the nursery Amy and Rory made for their unborn baby in Amy’s Choice. We know now that that child would have been River…

I talked about colours before– Amy and Rory are red, the Doctor is blue. I think River is yellow, the same colour as her hair. (The rest of Amy and Rory’s house in Amy’s Choice, what little we see of it, is mostly yellow too.) What else is there in the nursery?

Horses:

A space poster on the wall:

And a picture of her parents:

(That makes me sad.)

Poor Melody, of course, doesn’t grow up in that yellow room- she has an orphanage instead. Look what’s in her room there-

A mobile very similar to the Doctor’s first stars. River and the Doctor slept under almost the same starscape. Who made Melody that mobile? Did she make it herself? Guess we’ll never know.

Melody’s room isn’t too bad, considering it was where a bunch of nasty aliens put her. She does at least have toys and light. And interestingly, her room seems like a mixture of yellow, blue and red…

This picture on the wall is quite reminisent of Amy herself, a beautiful woman with red hair and long legs.

Melody has a clock, of course, she’s a child of time. And the clock’s blue and red, no less.

And this is interesting, very much so! Probably a coincedence, but:

An early clue as to the identity of the girl? If only I’d discovered this before A Good Man Goes To War…

Edit: And then there’s this!

And, I can’t believe how I didn’t notice this before! The mobile in the nursery is all water related things- a fish, a lighthouse, a life-ring…

Amy’s Room

Now, Amy’s room is fascinating, and it says a lot about her. It’s covered in photos and drawings, because Amy is a very creative person-

As seen in Let’s Kill Hitler, her room has always been that-

Amy’s room has a lot of flowers in it. Interesting for someone who later makes a career out of scent. And, as I mentioned in part one, Amy is associated with flowers a lot…

One of Amy’s drawings looks quite a lot like a woman in a wedding dress:

The design of Amy’s room says a lot about her sexual side too. Her bed has fairy lights around it (any takers on the symbolism of the fairy lights? A sign of her childlike outlook?), it’s a double bed, and it’s the center of the room.

And above her bed is a drawing of what seems to be the legs of a naked woman. Here’s a better look at it, from Confidential:

It’s a really interesting picture, because it presents a female body but not in a sexual sense. I’m guessing we’re meant to think Amy drew this- it looks like her style. I really love that it’s there.

And lastly, Amy’s room is blue, like the TARDIS. Her room niftily sums up almost everything about her: her love of art, her obsession with the Doctor (there’s still Doctor dolls dotted all over the place), and her appreciation of her body and sex.

Rory’s room

We don’t see anything of Rory’s room (well, his bathroom…) other than it appears to be the same colour as Amy’s room. They’re a perfect match.

The Pond House #1

Just like in Amy’s room, flowers are everywhere in the Pond house. And art is everywhere- look at that wall. You can make out the photo of Amy and Rory at the fancy dress party (as seen in The Pandorica Opens) too.

This is my favourite shot of the Pond house. You can see a tapestry on the wall (there’s an art form older than Rory himself, and it’s in Rory’s Roman colours, red and gold), there are flowers- and there are sunflowers! Amy’s favourite flower, surely, and a souvenier of her friendship with Vincent. And- at the top-right…there’s a statue of a soldier and a woman. A Roman centurion statue, to be exact, by the looks of things. I really like that.

In the wide shot we can see a photo of Amy and Rory (in the top right) and more flowers. Interestingly, the room is painted red and there’s not much blue. A sign that it’s more Rory’s than Amys?

The Pond House #2

Obviously, the first thing anyone will notice about the new Pond home is that it has a TARDIS blue door. And its exterior is the same colour as Amy’s room, and it’s surrounded by flowers- the house is very much for Amy, while Rory has the red car. Which is, interestingly, a link to the daughter he never got to even hold, she had a red car too:


I love the similarity between those two shots…

Amy’s been associated with life and gardens, and here she is in a garden teeming, almost overflowing, with plant life. Amy the creator has a lot more to give:

Oh, and the fairy lights have moved from the bed to the garden…back where they belong, maybe?

Through the window behind River, there’s more flowers…

The wall is the colour of Amy’s room- blue. And there’s art on the wall. This is her house. And- I LOVE this detail- it says ‘Home’ on the wall, with four hooks for coats: one each for Amy, Rory, River, and the Doctor. The most significant sign of a happy ending, I feel.

Edit 24/2/12: I think I oughta mention…

The Library Room

At the end of Silence In The Library, River reads to ‘her’ children in this bedroom…

Which is a mixture of yellows, blues and pinkish-reds- and it’s oddly reminiscent of Amy’s room. Quite a fitting place for River to live on.

Tune in tomorrow (or maybe the day after…) for more!

Analysing The Ponds #1: Amy, Darling

After reading many LJ entries full of very good meta, and stumbling across this fabulous thread on Gallifrey Base, I thought I’d try my hand at my own analysis!

As you could’ve very easily guessed just from a glance at this journal, most of it will be centered on the Ponds- Amy and Rory, and sometimes River. Today’s Amy’s turn. So this is a chaotic and haphazard look at Amy’s personality, her role in the story, and the things she’s associated with. Okay? Okay! It does contain a minor spoiler for Series Seven, by the way.

Tomorrow (weather permitting) is A Tour Around The Pond Properties, looking at the set design of the Ponds’ bedrooms and houses…

All Children Grow Up

Here we have Amy floating in the sky, safe with her imaginary friend- just like that other girl who flew. The parallels between Amy Pond and Wendy Darling – both women who fled for adventure before the day came when they grew up- are made explicit in a deleted scene from The Beast Below (see The Eleventh Doctor Companion Volume One):

AMY: My aunt says your wedding day’s the day you grow up.

The name Amy means ‘beloved’- not far from ‘darling’. Like Wendy before her, Amy flies away with a boy who won’t grow up, meeting mermaids and pirates…and lost children. Like Wendy before her, Amy grows to leave the nursery and accept the adult world. In marrying Rory she is given the best of both worlds, and even though she’s left the TARDIS now the Doctor and adventure (we know she’s getting back on the TARDIS- thanks, spoilery press releases!) are still in her life.

The Temptation Of Amy Pond

This is a story as old as time: a woman is tempted by an apple. The apple in this case is not just an apple, however- it’s associated with Amy’s mother, and so associated with motherhood:

AMELIA: I used to hate apples, so my mum put faces on them.
DOCTOR: She sounds good, your mum.

– and of course it harks back to Amy’s first meeting of the Doctor. It’s a symbol of both a mother’s love and a Time Lord’s life. Two things that will later form the core of Amelia’s journey, all there in the apple.

And at her wedding, look what necklace she’s wearing. It’s hard to see, but it looks like an apple. (Amy is actually associated with plant life quite a lot, I realised, but more on that later.)

The Doctor said in The God Complex that he tempted people. It seems he did, with Amy. She took the apple and she kept it…

Amy’s great fear

We learned in The God Complex that Amy still fears abandonment. She fears being the little girl left behind with nothing- it’s happened to her so many times: The Eleventh Hour and The Girl Who Waited. It’s not even fear of being left behind by the Doctor (if it was, that would make his later action pretty callous) just fear of being alone, hopeless and helpless. Or that’s how I see it…I hope I’m right…see here for more!

Amy was seven at the age her Doctor abandoned her, and her terror lurks in Room 7- but something escaped from there, the last time we saw a Room 7:

Rory is the one person Amy knows won’t abandon her. “Rory wouldn’t, not ever.”

Red and Blue

Amy is associated with red from the beginning of her story- red hair, red cardigan. And the name Rory means ‘red’. (I love that detail.) The Doctor is, as he’s always been, associated with blue. Blue box, blue shirt, blue bow tie. (Rory does make his first appearence dressed in blue- maybe to hint that Amy is currently using him to replace the Doctor?) It’s almost like Amy’s choice is between her red man and her blue man, and in the end she picks Rory- he’s been her colour all along, he’s the one for her. But she still uses the old rhyme about something blue to save the Doctor. Amy Pond can have all the colours she wishes- she can save both her boys. And then there’s the Red Waterfall- of course Amy presses the red button…

The waters, and the gardens

And of course, a waterfall is water that runs wild and free, and also has the potential to destroy. (Rory, on the other hand, presses the green anchor- he is the thing that anchors both Pond women, and the Doctor.)

Amy’s been associated with water since the beginning, of course. She’s a Pond! And I always thought that the “duckpond” conversation in The Eleventh Hour meant something, although I haven’t quite worked out what, yet. A duckpond with no ducks = Amy as she is at that time? No-one to depend on her, no-one for her to look after, to save…maybe it means that a piece of her personality is still missing at that time? I don’t know.

Water brings life- Amy’s associated a heck of a lot with life, birth (obviously) and nature. And water itself, of course. Her first journey in the TARDIS has her saving a Star Whale, and fish people are the enemy in Vampires Of Venice. Heck, the last time we saw her she was holding a water pistol… (Maybe a sign that since she’s killed someone now, she no longer wants to use an actual weapon…)

Anyway, then there’s the fact that Amy’s around flowers quite a lot. In Amy’s Choice, a total dream world, as well…”I’ve crushed your flowers.”/”Oh, Amy will kill you.” Her bedroom and her house are packed with flowers too (see?). Look at her surrounded by sunflowers!

Flowers…interesting that later on she makes a business out of scent, right?

Sex!!

The other thing about flowers is: they’re often used in art to represent female fertility. Which made me consider that a lot of Amy’s character is bound up in sex– she starts off as a kissogram, she’s perfectly comfortable with the idea, there’s a drawing of a naked woman on her wall, she happily wears skirts that show her body off (and she should if she wishes to!)-

In The Girl Who Waited, there’s sexual images everywhere- naked statues, a red waterfall that’s almost symbolic of menstrual flow- I don’t actually know what it all means, to be honest. Maybe to say that Amy, regardless of her age (and contrary, kinda, to what society says about older women) will always be a sexual creature? Yeah, I like that…

The Life And Death Of Amy Pond

Amy is definitely Life to Rory and the Doctor’s Death. Her memories have saved them both- her memory is even part of the means of saving Rory in The Curse Of The Black Spot, since she had to remember what he told her. She can channel her creativity (see: her drawings!) and she is the creator to the Doctor’s destroyer- see this little essay (written before Let’s Kill Hitler) for more. The Doctor killed River (well, sort of); Amy gave birth to her. Rory was close to death: Amy brought him back. The Doctor was erased from existence: Amy remembered him back into being (Weirdly enough…she is almost the Doctor’s mother in a symbolic sense. She rebirthed him!). Amy frequently saves things using her ability to love, too- her love for her imaginary friend led her to look at the Star Whale differently, she knew beyond all doubt that love would save a dying cyber-human, and her love for her husband (and her desire for her younger self to know that love) leads her to sacrifice herself for them in The Girl Who Waited.

The only time she destroys something (well, I did say a waterfall has the potential to destroy) is when she kills Kovarian and the Silence, but that was to protect Rory and avenge her daughter- the lives that were taken or almost taken from her- and even that is undone when Time restarts. I hope Amy’s act of killing is addressed in the next series, I really do…

The Woman Who Waited

When Amy is asked by the Interface in The Girl Who Waited where she would like to go, Amy chooses the Garden. So far, she’s always doomed to wait in a garden-

But significantly, the last time this happens, the person she’s waiting for actually arrives when she expects them to, and doesn’t let her down-

At last, the couple who waited have someone who won’t make them wait.