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29 September 2012 @ 10:07 pm
The Angels Take Manhattan  
I'll...just sit over here in this corner and cry, shall I? Don't mind me.

Oh, Amelia Pond, you brave, fierce, stubborn, glorious girl, never anything less than fully and unapologetically yourself: I will miss you. And Rory Williams, patient centurion, always being left behind; voice of caution and caretaker: you too.

Bye-bye, Ponds.

And goodbye, Karen and Arthur, you ridiculous hipster stupidfaces you. I am so going to miss watching you three be ridiculous and darling.

It's the very ending that gets me - because of the way the Doctor runs to that last page of the book, and the way the shot of little Amelia in her garden is intercut with the Doctor at the TARDIS console: he's running to hear from her again, to see her again. Because it's time travel, and even though Amy's gone, he hasn't lost her; time steals, but it also provides a touch of grace. That's what makes it a hopeful ending, against all odds (and Amy's afterword specifically tells him to go and give little Amelia some hope; that's so important to this iteration of Doctor Who) - that and her voice telling him that she and Rory will always love him, which is one of the two things that I wanted from this episode. The other was that Amy and Rory would be together and happy, and I got that too. I would have wanted it another way, I think, especially after "The Power of Three" and its insistence on everyday life, but they'll have an everyday life in the past, too, and be happy, so I'll make my peace with it, in the end. I just hope the Doctor listens to River and Amy, because when they're saying "Don't be alone," they're also saying "Don't blame yourself for this." And he needs that message, because Amy - like River - made her own choice to travel with him. "Was it worth it?" "Shut up, of course it was." And she chooses, too, to go after Rory; she isn't tragically ripped away from the Doctor. It's all been Amy's choice. (Yes, yes I did. Because she does the same thing here that she does in that episode: the Doctor will always be her beloved Raggedy Man, as she calls him at the very end of this episode, her childhood hero and her imaginary friend, but it's not the real world without Rory. And she makes that choice, both times, so bravely, regardless of the consequences to herself.)

Later, when the tears have dried, I'll worry about how the Ponds' loss will affect this Doctor - like he said in "The Power of Three," Amy was the first face this Doctor saw, his first companion, and his family, and I don't know whether my beloved Eleven will emerge on the other side of that loss. Who will he be, now? (I just--argh. I hope that he can remember what he himself said in "Vincent and the Doctor": the bad things don't cancel out the good things, or make them any less important. I hope he can believe that, because it's so true.) But for now, farewell, dear Ponds. It's been lovely.
the cold genius: team tardis ftwangevin2 on September 30th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
I totally want there to be Ponds Have Adventures in the Forties fic now. BECAUSE PONDS. HAVING ADVENTURES.
tempestsarekind: amy and her boystempestsarekind on September 30th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
They would get up to SO MUCH! I'm sure fandom will take that prompt and run with it.
the cold genius: globe = giant TARDISangevin2 on September 30th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I hope so. Because there is SO MUCH POTENTIAL for awesomeness.
tempestsarekind: amelia pond (ready for adventure)tempestsarekind on September 30th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
And 40s-era fashions! :)
the cold geniusangevin2 on September 30th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
YES. Amy can wear seamed stockings (well, except when the war happens and there's rationing)! And Rory can have a fedora! And they can make millions investing in stuff because they're from the future! And adopt or at least look out for Brooklyn-accented urchins who play stickball!
tempestsarekind: rory and amytempestsarekind on September 30th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
There is no downside to any of that! Even the rationing, because they know everything will turn out okay; they just have to wait.

And Amy works in publishing (at least in my head; if River just needs to get the "Melody Malone" manuscript published, why give it to Amy specifically, unless Amy has an in? Plus she was a travel writer in "The Power of Three"), and Rory wears his fedora to the hospital every morning.
the cold geniusangevin2 on September 30th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Also Rory totally revolutionizes the field of medicine with his 21st-century (and future space thing) knowledge!

Also also now I have a bittersweet mental image of Brian seeing his son and daughter-in-law in a photo of the VE Day celebrations in Times Square. Which. WAH. But also: AWESOME.
tempestsarekind: rory died and turned into a romantempestsarekind on September 30th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
Aww...That would be so sweet and sad! I love it. I may have to keep it as my headcanon - and it fits, because people in Moffat's Who are always using objects from the past to leave people messages. It's what they do - and in this case, the message is "we're happy."
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on October 2nd, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Ask and ye shall receive.

He came upon the photo by chance--pure chance, really. It was on the wall of the 24-hour diner where he was just about to tuck into breakfast at half past nine in the evening simply because he could. New York was a marvellous place, really.

Had he been anybody other than Brian Williams, the thought wouldn't even have occurred to him.

The photo was dated 8 May 1945--VE Day in the United States--and there was something terribly familiar about it. A Navy officer kissing his lady as ticker tape rained down around them. Cut out of Life magazine, or so the logo in the corner told him.

Except that the officer was his son, Rory. He would stake his life on it.

He peered more closely at the photograph, looking for the ungainly figure in mismatched tweed, bowtie eternally askew. There was no sign of the Doctor.

Brian had long ago resigned himself to a lifetime of unanswered questions. The signs would have to do.
tempestsarekind: rory and amytempestsarekind on October 3rd, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Awwww. Poor Brian! *sniff* Thank you for this, though. :)