First off talking about Amy Pond is one of my favorite things to do so thank you.
For a pretty comprehensive analysis I’d like to direct you to this meta that I did a while back (and am still pretty proud of) because it breaks it down pretty well. I’m going to treat this ask as a supplemental to that to avoid repeating myself so I’m going to elaborate on parts of the meta (so I suggest you go read that first).
I mean there’s references to serious depression, self-isolation, and even suicidal thoughts, all because she felt the world turn its back on her because the Doctor never came back.
To name a few of these references there’s the part in Victory of the Daleks where the scientist-robot tries to kill himself and Amy says “I know what you’re going through, really, I do” and tries to stop him. There’s also the parts of Vincent and the Doctor where the Doctor references Vincent’s suicide and Amy gets really emotional, asking him to please stop. In both of these instances, too much of a personal, sympathetic reaction to just be kindness. She’s empathizing with these depressed people because she knows what it’s like to go through that herself.
In terms of self isolation, we know that Amy has commitment issues. She had very few friends growing up, we only seem to know about two (Rory and Mels), and she has a very carefree and flippant attitude towards making more meaningful relationships by writing off people in her life as unimportant (like she does to Rory in The Eleventh Hour by calling him her “kind of boyfriend.”) It’s why she ran away the night of her wedding; she’s too scared to be attached to people. This stems from serious abandonment issues, and depression is one result of such abandonment issues. Often, people with abandonment issues and depression willingly isolate themselves both to protect themselves and to prevent “ruining” their current relationships with their depression.
I don’t understand how anyone could blame her for finding hope in the impossible when everything else she had was fading away, and especially as she got older and was branded as delusional as more and more things disappear from her life.
This is such an important point that I have to stress. This is something the fandom really glosses over but it’s true. Amy’s entire world is disappearing around her. Everything is being sucked through the crack in her wall and all she can remember is that she’s sad and she doesn’t know why. That’s textbook depression. Sure, it comes from extraordinary circumstances, but it’s still depression. It’s so typical of people with depression to retreat into their minds and use their fantasies to help them get through the day, and that’s why Amy did with the Doctor.
She looks at all of the sadness and darkness in her life and she never let it take her, and the show is beautiful in showing that if you fight the demons inside you can be rewarded with a literal universe of happiness and adventure.
This is the most important part though: she doesn’t let it take her. She’s Amy and she’s a fighter. Doctor Who shows that you can still be strong with mental illness. You can still be smart and witty and attractive to others and even confident. And even if you aren’t, that’s okay, because Amy Pond clawed her way up to get that way, she fought and fought to make it to who she is today, she lived with her mental illness and came out on the other side, and that’s a beautiful thing to have in a show about hope. To show that your struggle doesn’t define you, but it helps to shape you, and to have a character as confident and relatable and likable as Amy as a textbook case of depression is so amazing. It gives people like me who’ve struggled with mental illness a hero, someone we can relate to and love, to show that you can be strong and you can have a life, and that your mental illness doesn’t define you.
I hope I answered your question! Sorry I posted this so late, it was sitting in my drafts but I wanted to finish it up for you.
They’re always brave.
Amy & Clara + admiring themselves
I realy like that (I think) *every* female companion so far in modern-day Who has been openly body-confident.
amy pond meme: favorite moments [6 & 7/7]
#LET ME RECALL TO YOU THAT AT THIS POINT AMY HAS A) THOUGHT HERSELF CRAZY AS EARLY AS CHILDHOOD AND FOR A DECADE#B) HAD HER DAUGHTER AND HER OWN AGENCY AS A LIVING BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM HER MULTIPLE TIMES #C) HAD SOME REALLY DARK MOMENTS IN HER CHARACTER WHERE SHE HAS BEEN THE PERSON HOLDING A GUN #AND AFTER ALL THAT SHE COMES BACK TO THIS #SHE REELS THE DOCTOR BACK IN AND REMINDS HIM WHAT HE IS ABOUT AND WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT AND WHAT BEING HUMAN IS ABOUT #IT’S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING DARKNESS BUT NOT LETTING IT CONSUME YOU #BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD AND SHE’S EXPERIENCED HOW IT DAMAGES PEOPLE#SO DON’T YOU EVER EVER TELL ME AMELIA POND ‘ISN’T A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HUMANITY’ BECAUSE THIS IS AS HUMAN AS IT GETS #[SOBS INTO THE ABYSS] (via medleypond)
But but but Eleven didn’t get called out for anything, guys!
Does anyone else think that we should put together a small, maybe a few pages long, list of things we’d like to see in DW? One without any rudesness or criticisms like moffat is used to? I think he doesn’t listen to the fans because we’re all rude about it, rude with good reason cause he’s ruining a loved show, but sometimes we ought to suck it up and give positive criticism instead.
1. Make the companions more relatable, we’ll care about them that way. Please call someone for help, someone with beloved characters that aren’t just loved for the culture, that you know….
You have no conceivable idea how incredibly offensive I find the first one. I didn’t even get to the rest, so I can’t comment on it. For all I know it’s perfectly valid stuff, absolutely reasonable, respectful to both Moffat and fans.
But the first one made me feel sick.
How dare you.
How dare you.
Just… I’m done with this website for today.
This is utterly, utterly offensive, for those who see themselves in Moffat’s characters more than in any other characters on tv, who find inspiration and joy, and…
They are beloved.
I’m so so sorry that I can’t make everyone on this planet just see how utterly amazing these women and their stories are.
And I’m also sorry for my reaction, because I can rationally see that you didn’t mean to hurt a soul with this. I see the same sentiment daily, much less friendly. But I think can deal with “this character is crap and everybody who likes them is an idiot” better than with “he might actually listen to us”.
But this isn’t something to be fixed.
This isn’t something to be fixed.
Don’t you dare even insinuate that this should be taken away from me.
OP, honestly - this is a noble sentiment. I mean it. But this isn’t How It Works. Especially since this list oscilates wildly about between ‘things that are objectively wrong any any circumstances’ and ‘things I personally don’t like about this TV show’, and though I know full well it wasn’t your intention, it does look a little odd seeing sexism, racism etc put at the same level as the moon egg, or a complaint about an inadequate amount of respect being paid to Ten or the Brig.
The Amy/relatabilty argument has been gone over and gone over, by hundreds of people more qualified than me to talk about it. My defining feeling towards Amy is relief: here was a companion I didn’t just love, but whom I could point to and say ‘she is like me’. She doubted her mind, doubted her memory, that scene in The Big Bang where her parents and aunt groan and facepalm at her sudden supposed insanity hit me like a truck when I realised I’d been Amy in that scene. Relatives had groaned and facepalmed because of me, too. I had been the woman at that wedding table, saying things that couldn’t possibly be true, while my loved ones looked on in pity. (The difference here, I suppose, is that Amy’s thing actually was true. But I feel the point still stands.)
I am mentally ill. I don’t know if Amy, was she real, would count herself as mentally ill too; I don’t know if criticism critiquing her as ‘unrelatable’ or ‘not normal’ is truly ableist or just me projecting; I also have no idea what ‘loved for the culture’ means in the context you’ve used. But I do know that if you actually did put a list together and delivered it to the front steps of the BBC, I would physically fight you before Amy Pond was mentioned in the same breath as some of the genuinely terrible things you’ve listed here.
I started watching Doctor Who with Series One, in 2005. I was sixteen, I think, and I fell in love instantly. When Aliens Of London aired, I observed Rose casually say to the Doctor “You’re so gay”, meaning in that context ‘wimpy’ or ‘cowardly’ or something bad, anyway. When she wasn’t told off for that, a mild mounting horror crept over me. But I happened to have Russell T Davies’s email address. (It’s a really boring story, not even worth recounting here.) After some considerable thought, I wrote him an email, explaining that whilst obviously I knew he was gay, I didn’t want Rose to be homophobic, I didn’t want the people I went to school with to continue thinking it was alright to call each ‘gay’ as an insult, was there anything he could do about it? Never got a message back.
"River Song, Amy Pond and Clara Oswald are exactly the same sexy, sassy female character Moffat loves."
I think you mean
"River Song, Amy Pond and Clara Oswald -despite having vastly different story arcs, personalities, jobs, hobbies, lifestyles, relationships and…
I’m disqualifying River Song’s tenure as an Archaeology prof from this because RTD had oversight on that (and it’s her sole redeeming aspect as a multidimensional character).
I don’t agree at all with this. Reasoning under the cut.[snipped due to tumblr’s incomprehensible formatting]
So let’s see, the argument you’ve presented:
They all have the same story arc, except Clara’s is different. They all have the same personality, except Clara is a bit different because she’s not ‘an oversexualised snarkfest’. They all have the same jobs, except you literally and without a trace of irony described three different jobs, whilst also labouring under the curious misconception that being a writer is a job revolving around a man’s pleasure. They all have the same lifestyles except River’s is different. They all have the same relationships except you just described three different relationships. And they all have the same personal philosophies except Clara’s is different because she likes looking after people.
Well, I’m sold.
In celebration of Bisexual Awareness Day, reblog this with 3-5 characters you headcanon as bi!
it’s like… the more people insist on hating a female character… the more i love that character. it’s like my superhero backstory. they are gradually fueling my powers and soon i shall fly above the city skyline with hundreds of innocent female characters gathered safe in my arms
AMY POND APPRECIATION WEEK FROM SEPTEMBER 22ND TO SEPTEMBER 28TH
It’s been almost two years since Amy Pond left so what better time to remember and appreciate her? Let’s dedicate a whole week to our magnificent Amy Pond. Make graphics, gifs, meta, fic, fanmixes, headcanons, whatever you want.
Day 1: Favorite Moment(s) and/or Favorite Quote(s)
Day 2: Favorite Hairstyle(s) and/or Outfit(s)
Day 3: Favorite Relationship/Friendship
Day 4: Favorite Series/Arc
Day 5: One Episode
Day 6: Favourite Traits
Day 7: Free Choice
Tag things with ”#amyweek”