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30 April 2011 @ 09:30 pm
"Day of the Moon"  
Would you like some Amy/Rory meta? Here, have some Amy/Rory meta.

Oh, my loves, my slightly dysfunctional, willing-to-die-for-each-other-all-the-time darlings. I love these two so much. Rory broke my heart several times over in this episode (see below), but his fear and determination and love and bitter disappointment, all layered together, were just wonderful. That moment when he says that Amy can always hear him and that she knows he's coming for her, always (and Rory stresses the "I" there, of course; he's not always competing with the Doctor, not quite, but he's setting himself in opposition here, because the Doctor is not the Boy Who Waited, and he couldn't be, that's not who he is; he skips the boring bits and only lands on important days, and you can't make a life out of only important days)... all that is lovely Rory, and the fact that it's seemingly undercut by Amy's small, terrified voice calling for the Doctor is heartbreaking and disillusioning: she doesn't call for him. But Rory is also selfless Rory, and he modifies his earlier declaration to include the Doctor: "I'll bring him. I swear."

But here's the thing. When Amy calls out to the Doctor, she asks for him, uncertain and scared: "Doctor, are you out there?" But she doesn't ask with Rory, doesn't even call for him, because she knows; when she talks into the darkness, with no hope of an answer, she knows that he is listening if it's at all possible--just like we see that he's going to keep that firefly-pulse, that lifeline, cupped carefully in his hands, and not let go. Amy's failure to tell Rory "properly" that she loves him is classic Amy, just like Rory's misinterpretation of her words, of her love for him, is classic Rory, but what's especially revealing is that Amy acknowledges that she knows how Rory feels: "I know you think it ought to be him." She recognizes Rory's insecurity and self-doubt--even if she can only tell him she loves him obliquely, because of her own vulnerability. But she can show him: she's willing to sacrifice herself for him so that he can get away. And of course, when Amy says "Just get your stupid face out of here," and Rory actually hears it: that is Amy telling him, after all, in her way. So I love their ridiculous hug at the end, and Rory's comment that he'll never stop being stupid, because that's his way of saying he'll always be hers.

Other stuff! (Mostly character, very little plot):

--Rory gets ALL the best conversations this season so far. So happy about this one between him and the Doctor. The fact that Rory remembered being the Last Centurion was already canon--"I was plastic!"--but here we delve into how he remembers, and how much he remembers. I have been hoping for this conversation since the S5 finale, but never really thought we'd get that acknowledgment in the show. And of course the Doctor is the only one who could really ask--because he knows what remembering so much is like--and of course the Doctor is the only one Rory could really tell about it; and of course Rory answers that question just like the Doctor would have done, with the protective lie, trying to gloss it all over. Oh, boys. I love their closeness here, and I love the exchange that opens it: "Personal question" followed by Rory's somewhat bitter "What, seriously, you?" He could have gone for "now?" there instead, and it would have been fair, but I love that he doesn't: he's less surprised by the timing than by the fact that the Doctor is asking a personal question at all.

--River: argh, when she realizes that as far as the Doctor's concerned, they've never kissed before: she knows she's running out of time with him, and that broke me a little. Also, all the people pointing out that it's kind of a problem that River can escape from Stormcage so often unless she's staying there for some personal reason basically got confirmation with this episode, and River's allusion to a promise she has to keep. (Incidentally, the Doctor invites her along, asks her into his space for the first time.)

--The Doctor goes all sharp and wary when he and Amy talk about her pregnancy, sure that Amy must have some ulterior motive for telling him: "Why tell me?" The childlike simplicity of her response is lovely: "You're my friend. My best friend." (And if you're looking for continuity between Ten and Eleven, here's a bit: in the same way that Ten never imagined that human John Smith might fall in love in "Human Nature," Eleven can't imagine that Amy could tell him a secret because he can't imagine being something as simple as someone's friend. He can be Amy's imaginary friend with no problem, all wild and magic and always leaving, but that is an entirely different kettle of fish custard.) And Amy's answer is also an answer to her hesitance in "The Impossible Astronaut": "He's my friend...if 'friend' is the right word."

--Random cute things: the Doctor kissing Rory's head as Rory struggles out of the body bag. The Doctor trying to bite his way through his handcuffs. Rory in nerdy sixties clothes and glasses.

--Pregnancy stuff: No, I don't know what to do with it; yes, I am kind of worried about Moffat handling pregnancy; yes, I adore Amy's worried "What if it had a...time-head?" I still think Amy needs timing lessons, but last week's pregnancy "cliffhanger" makes a little more sense now that we know that Amy needed ("needed") to tell the Doctor while Rory wasn't there, and that it's an ongoing mystery: I still think it was handled kind of clumsily, but it's not a deal-breaker.

--Things I don't get (beyond stuff that just hasn't been explained yet): why Nixon was really in the episodes, except as a "get out of jail free" card and also a way of indicating that This is a Big Deal. Why Canton and the others felt the need to perpetrate a con on the U.S. government, besides "you know, for the lols" and "easier than trying to explain what's actually happening." I did like the shift it afforded, though, from Canton-as-enemy to Canton-as-insider in the middle of his explanatory speech about the "perfect prison." (Shades of the Pandorica, yes, but this one was never actually intended to be a real prison in the first place.) I wish we could keep Canton, actually.
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: eleven/tardis otp [doctor who]sadcypress on May 1st, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
I'm so glad Rory is getting these amazing character moments- he deserves them and he deserves the recognition of his incredible steadfastness and bravery.

I eye-rolled a bit at the time, but I do love the idea that Ten and Donna really were mutual best mates. They fit together that way, the sort of friends who've known each other for ages and see the best and the worst in each other and can point put either of those when it's necessary, but would rather just have fun and take the piss out of each other. Nine and Rose, well- they were so damn necessary to each other that a friend label seems almost inadequate.

How do Amy and Eleven fit together? Amy has that wonderful possessiveness about her Raggedy Doctor that I love about her character, but I wonder about his perspective.
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on May 1st, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes, the first two episodes of this season have been very careful to give Rory some moments in the front-and-center, which I love.

As much as I have issues with Ten, and problems with Donna's storyline (and, okay, the way my being a total crazy Martha fan means that it bothers me, the way Donna gets all this complete, easy acceptance and support that she never has to work for, while Martha barely got a "thank you" every once in a while), I really do love the way Ten and Donna interact. It's why I'm sad that I can't love season 4 more than I do.

But yeah, Amy and Eleven...I think they're both sort of protective of each other. And I think Eleven still sees Amy as Amelia. I think sometimes they're best friends who twit each other, and then sometimes Amy sees the Doctor as her childhood hero, and sometimes the Doctor sees Amy as the little girl whose life he needs to fix because he broke it.
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: eleven wall [doctor who]sadcypress on May 1st, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
and sometimes the Doctor sees Amy as the little girl whose life he needs to fix because he broke it.

OOO, YES. THIS. The idea that the Doctor thinks he's "broken" Amy fits in so nicely with his self-loathing as well, and I do love me some self-loathing Doctor. :D
tempestsarekind: amy and her boystempestsarekind on May 1st, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
I mean, that's one of the things that always grabs me about last season's finale: he can give her back her parents and take himself out of her life...and of course he's relying on the fact that she'll remember him, but by then she's all grown-up. And I think he means it when he says "You won't need your imaginary friend anymore."
viomisehuntviomisehunt on May 1st, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Wheeeeeee! "It's a figure of speech, moron." Non-PC language, and oh no, we're going to shoot ET, hopefully we know the difference between the Silence and that cute little gardener.

Wipe tears away now.

tempestsarekind: eleventempestsarekind on May 1st, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's specific to the Silents, yes.
litlover12 on May 7th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Just three episodes in and I already see why you love Amy/Rory so much.

In fact, I *may* have rewound their romantic scenes in this ep and watched them again. :-)
tempestsarekind: amy and her boystempestsarekind on May 7th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
They are so utterly darling. And I love that they work together, in spite of the fact that they don't seem immediately to make sense.
litlover12 on May 7th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
The look on his face when she yelled, "Get your stupid face out of here!" was just too perfect. Most romantic line ever, no? :D
tempestsarekind: a sort of fairytaletempestsarekind on May 7th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yes--in that moment he gets it: that's the way she says she loves him.