Doctor Who commentaries: “What was Amy Pond thinking?”
Okay, as problematic as some of Amy’s storylines (read: pregnancy arc) were, I look at what’s being said here and my first feeling is actually relief:
Amy gets a lot of criticism for not being ‘normal’ like Rose, Martha or Donna. And hey, that criticism has a grain of truth to it, because you know what? Amy isn’t normal. She’s not like Rose, Martha or Donna- but she is like me: I’m not normal either. Doubting your own mind? Being embarassed about doubting your own mind? Wondering what everyone else will think, or is seeing? I do that a lot.
I’m never going to fly in the TARDIS or swordfight pirates or float in space. I’m also never going to fight a werewolf, or walk the Earth, or whack a Sontaran in the back of the head. But one thing I know for certain I will do is disbelieve my own eyes, doubt my own thoughts, try to convince myself of things - so yeah, even if this part of her is slightly less developed than I’d have liked, even though some awful things happened to Amy throughout her story - I am very very glad she’s not normal.
fandom is still like "amy pond and clara oswald aren’t normal people" and i’m sitting here like. sure, maybe their pasts aren’t as broad or relatable as being out of school without a job, but y’know what? people with abandonment issues exist. people with loved ones who mock and dismiss their experiences exist. people who want to travel but can’t for whatever reason exist. people without guardians or parents exist. people who get called crazy exist. there are kids out there with aunts who leave them alone at night and there are kids, teenagers and adults who feel like outcasts. there are people afraid to say “i love you” because the people they love and trust always leave
and okay maybe these don’t apply to everyone. that’s cool, i don’t relate to being a temp after all. but people who relate to these things exist. so however you feel, these characters are important to people and you don’t get to tell those people the’re wrong. because chances are they’ve been hearing that all their lives
You’re a mother aren’t you?
How did you know?
There’s a kindness in your eyes. And sadness.
Amy Pond A to Z [inspired by]
do u ever get really sad cuz amy pond is a beautifully complex, unique and multilayered character but fandom reduces her to a couple of traits and disregards everything else about her because they hate the person writing the show
Amy Pond + violence
She defaults to violence and weaponry from the very beginning — our introduction to adult!Amy is her cricket bat — but she’s not always effective. Gradually she gets more dangerous, but doesn’t think about what that means until she kills a human* being. After that she moves away from automatic/reckless violence.
This is one of the things I find most fascinating about Amy: she’s BY FAR the most casually violent companion of New Who.
One thing I always kinda liked about Amy/the costume department that dressed her was that she tended to have particular clothes she kept coming back to. (Accessories, too - not pictured here: her red scarf and the little A necklace she wears in almost every episode.)
I know, I know, it’s probably more a case of reusing clothes that’d already been bought rather than a concious character decision or anything, but I still like it.
I don’t know. Well, my life has changed so much. There was a time, there were years when I couldn’t live without you.
This is stunning in every concievable way.