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September 17th, 2011

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12:52 pm - Doctor Who, "The Girl Who Waited"
*ded of awesome and tears*

1. Holy crap, it's sort of the really dark version of my fic The Longest Road. O_o

2. What is this theme about waiting, and why has it become so very important? It's been in play ever since Moffat took over as showrunner, but now it's starting to become... not even text, but some kind of meta-super-textual element.

3. Amy Pond rules. Except when her husband does, but mostly Amy rules, with her sonic probe and her swords and her Rory robot-doll and her badass-ness. Older!Amy actually made me think strongly of Ripley from Aliens, or Sarah Connor. Very cool and survival-oriented older woman.

4. I want to know how they did Older!Amy's makeup. It was great; not too little, and yet not too much, unlike every other sci-fi show ever. I would love to see the means by which that was accomplished.

5. Amy/Rory. I've never had a pairing I was more invested in--maybe not even Megan/Larry. They love each other, a deep, real, mature love; not just romance or chemistry, not just a flat commitment. But everything, good and bad, jumbled together, to the point where not getting to grow old with each other is the worst thing they can imagine.

6. Speaking of which...
Future Amy: All those boys chasing me, but it was only ever Rory. Why was that?
Amy: You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, when you meet them you think, "Not bad. They're okay." And then you get to know them and... and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful.
Both: Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.

That is precisely how it is. <3 <3 <3

7. I thought this whole episode was well-done, particularly the character development. Older!Amy doesn't want to cease to exist, she values her experiences even though they hurt her grievously, and she tries very hard to have her cake and eat it too. But in the end? It's all about Rory, and she willingly chooses to sacrifice those years of hell for her younger self, and for her husband, and for their life together. Neither side is shirked, and I find that rare and beautiful.

Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:December 24th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
A bit late for a reply, but I really liked how this episode actually looked at the emotional and traumatic implications of the science fiction staple of altering a timeline. Most stories (that I've encountered) sort of hand-wave it, or give the older version of the character a "noble sacrifice" ("The Almost People" was guilty of a variation of this) where suddenly they seem to feel, uncharacteristically, that their life is expendable so that the writer can tie up a loose end. In this case, however, the older Amy makes it clear: she doesn't turn into the younger Amy, she doesn't lose her memories, she, as a person, actually *dies*, and another person takes her place. She will cease to experience anything.

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