This headcanon post of mine made me wonder again about the relationship between Amy and her aunt, and not for the first time I’m coming to some not-so-great conclusions…
Leaving a seven-year-old alone at night (no babysitter, no-one to check on them, nothing) for seemingly no good reason is…not great parenting, let’s face it. According to the clock on the wall in The Eleventh Hour, Aunt Sharon was absent from about 8:30 pm to about 11:20pm- I dunno what was going on for four hours at night that was more important to her than her niece, but there you go. And the fact that Amy doesn’t seem too bothered about this kinda implies it’s a pretty regular occurence, too. Not great. I know Doctor Who isn’t remotely set in the real world, and the absence of parental authority figures adds to the fairytale feel, but I think in the real world people would be asking Sharon questions before too long. Or I hope so.
There’s that, and then there’s The Big Bang, where we actually meet Aunt Sharon. She doesn’t seem particularly approving of Amelia’s flights of fantasy, and has hired a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist seems perfectly nice and gentle when questioning Amelia about her ‘stars’, but Sharon’s frustrated sigh of “Oh, Amelia!” when Amelia talks about it implies to me that Sharon has no patience at all with what she probably sees as her niece’s mental issues. Her facepalm at the wedding when grown-up Amy makes her “imaginary friend” speech says the exact same thing. That’s not a look of concern, more a look of “oh god not this again.”
So yeah. I don’t think Aunt Sharon was abusive, not that at all, but based on what we know about her I don’t think she was a very good parent, and it’s not really surprising that Amy (in Series Five, before she gets her parents back) is a bit abrasive and afraid of abandonment. And that she took the Doctor accidentally leaving her behind for so long so badly- she’s used to being let down by adults.
screencap meme > Ponds / colours abound for such-heights
Noooo, she may very well know him! The Doctor can’t see the Ponds again, but it was never said River couldn’t. She totally knows her brother. (The alternative is just too sad.)
Like grandmother, like granddaughter.
The Ponds in white.
So Amy and Rory adopted a child called Anthony did they
Arthur Darvill at the recording of the new video, Doctor Who: P.S.
Rory’s dad, Brian Williams, only appeared in two episodes but swiftly established himself as a favourite amongst Doctor Who’s audience. After Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking departure in The Angels Take Manhattan we received many emails asking what happened next to Brian. Did he ever find out what took his son and daughter-in-law? If so, how? And would Brian – and viewers - ever learn more about Amy and Rory’s life after the Doctor?
A special scene was written by Chris Chibnall that revealed some of the answers but sadly, the sequence was never shot. However, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be bringing you the scene tomorrow. Using animated storyboards and a voice-over specially recorded by Arthur Darvill, we’ll discover more about Brian and the Ponds, post-Angels.
It begins with Brian alone, doing what he once told the Doctor must be done – watering the plants. But his life is about to change forever…
Doctor Who’s Executive Producer, Caro Skinner, said, ‘We’re delighted we can present this lovely scene written by Chris Chibnall. People took Rory’s dad, Brian, to their hearts very quickly, so it’s fitting we can give the character a degree of closure in this poignant piece.’
P.S. is a short video written by Chris Chibnall and will be essential viewing for anyone who wants to know more about what happened to Brian, Amy and Rory. It will be available to watch on this site tomorrow, Friday, 12th October.
OH GOD OH GOD YES
ALSO A LITTLE NO
BUT MOSTLY YES
Amy took the name Amy Williams by the time of Season Seven, or at least officially- she signs her divorce papers Amelia Williams, and of course she’s buried under that name. It’s a point that bugged me when I first saw it, bugged me quite a lot- especially since Rory has always been implied to take his wife’s last name. Heck, there’s even this interview with Arthur Darvill from SFX in 2011-
What would it say on Rory’s gravestone?
Rory Pond, bumbling hero.
So what we actually got on the grave is disappointing for those of us who really liked that here was a man taking his wife’s name. (In fact, Steven Moffat even specifically said in an interview, Rory has taken his wife’s name- why change that, why?)
Now, within the context of the show, I’ve got to work out why Amy ended up a Williams instead. Because in A Good Man Goes To War, it’s pretty obvious she hasn’t taken the name- she clearly states Melody is going to be a Pond and not a Williams. Sure, she might have just preferred the way the name sounded, but that sounds like a outright rejection of traditional naming conventions to me.
Perhaps her terrible experiences on Demon’s Run were what actually made her want to change her name: bad things happen to Pond girls but they may not happen to Williams girls. Or perhaps when she realised how many bad people were keen on acquiring Amy Pond, she changed it- Amy Williams, bearing a much more common name, would be harder to find.
There’s an awful lot of headcanon you can make to fill in the gap: perhaps Amy changed her name due to pressure from her elderly relatives (many women have been there); perhaps she even fell out with her parents and changed her name to spite them (Pond, after all, is not just her name, it was most likely originally her father’s). She might even have changed it because there was another woman called Pond in the modelling industry- I guess there could be any number of plausible reasons.
Anyway, there would be things to consider after being sent back in time by the Angel, too. Had Amy wished to shake things up considerably in whatever time period she landed in (and can you picture her doing anything else?) she may have been careful to refer to herself as ‘Williams’ from then because she knew there was no famous figure called Amy Pond- her younger self, growing up in Leadworth, would have noticed.
I suppose somewhere around here we’ve got to consider what Amy thinks of her own name- as a little girl, she was Amelia Pond -“like a name in a fairytale”. After becoming disillusioned by the Doctor, she started to call herself Amy Pond, a rejection of the Doctor’s fairytale world. Her name is sort of tied to the Doctor, always has been. And you know, I think Amy’s name on the gravestone is meant to be the ultimate, final rejection of the Doctor’s world (a world that took away her baby, don’t forget). She no longer wishes to ‘come along, Pond’.
Or I think that’s what we’re meant to take from it, anyway- Amy changed her name because Amelia Pond is the Doctor’s companion and Amelia Williams is not. I’d still have much, much rather both Amy and Rory were buried under the name Pond, but I guess I can appreciate what Moffat was trying to do- demonstrate that Amy no longer wished to be a character in a fairytale. After all, bad things tend to happen to them. And I like to think no more bad things ever happened to Amelia Williams.
It suddenly hit me: Amy said that- “Changing the future, it’s called marriage”- because she’d heard River say it. In what she thought might have been her and her husband’s last moments, she was taking a piece of her daughter with them.
Like all good parents, she didn’t just love her child, she learned from her.
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