|Name:||Amelia Jessica Pond|
|Relationships:||Rory Williams (husband), Melody Pond, Eleventh Doctor|
|Other:||played by Karen Gillian (with Caitlin Blackwood portraying her as a child)|
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Amy Pond is a character in Doctor Who, the companion of the Eleventh Doctor. She first meets the Doctor as a little girl and goes travelling with him as an adult, leaving on the night before her wedding to Rory Williams.
We first meet Amelia as a little girl when the newly regenerated Doctor crash lands in her back garden. She is Scottish, and living in the English village of Leadworth with her Aunt Sharon. It is implied that her parents are dead. She is initially suspicious of the Doctor but strikes up a rapport with him, particularly after discovering his newly developed craving for the strange meal of fish fingers and custard.
She is frightened of a crack in her bedroom wall because sometimes she can hear voices coming from it. The Doctor investigates it and discovers that it is in fact a crack in the fabric of spacetime, and that an alien prisoner has escaped through it. The Doctor then hears the ominous sound of a cloister bell from the TARDIS, and rushes to fix his ship, promising Amelia that he will return for her in five minutes. Amelia eagerly rushes to pack so that she can travel with him, and sits in her garden waiting for him to return. He never comes back.
Over the next twelve years, Amelia's belief in the events of that night are unshakeable. She makes arts and crafts depicting her adventures with the Doctor and makes her friends play dress-up games, with Rory being co-opted into dressing up as the 'Raggedy Doctor' on multiple occasions. She becomes known in the village for being strange, and is sent by her aunt to see several psychiatrists who attempt to convince her the Doctor isn't real, a suggestion she responds to by biting them. At some point, she begins a relationship with Rory, and becomes known as Amy, deciding that 'Amelia' was too fairytale, after a comment the Doctor made when she was a child.
Twelve years later, and the Doctor reappears in her life. She is initially extremely wary of him, knocking him out with a cricket bat and then handcuffing him to a radiator. She wears a police officer outfit that she owns for her job as a kissogram and fakes an English accent so that the Doctor does not work out who she is. However, after coming face to face with Prisoner Zero, an alien that has been living undetected in her house for the past twelve years, she helps the Doctor to allow the Atraxi to recapture their prisoner and save the Earth from destruction.
The Doctor then detects that the TARDIS has finished repairing herself and runs off to see. Rory and Amy chase after him, but only arrive as the TARDIS dematerialises, leaving Amy abandoned again.
Two years after the above events, the Doctor finally returns for her on the night before her wedding.
(further character biography)
(Amy's Choice, The Big Bang)
(Early discussions/wank re: kissogram = sex worker.)
Many fans were initially taken by Amelia Pond. As the season developed, some of those fans began to feel that Amy's character was being sidelined. Some fans felt that Amy's strength was being downplayed in order to make Rory appear stronger.
- This episode is everything I hate about this season wrapped up in a neat little package. Fuck this shit, fuck it. This is not what I signed on for. Misogyny both casual and structural. Stories about men masquerading as stories about women. Who the fuck cares about Rory. Who the fuck cares about the Doctor. Who the fuck cares about Amy if the only version of her worth anything is the helpless, pretty, UNCONSCIOUS version with no agency.
The Doctor calling Amy "Amy Williams" drew a strong reaction from many fans.
- The one word I didn't like: "Williams." I could see where they were going, that Amy is to some extent in a state of arrested development and, even after her marriage, has been unable or unwilling to see herself as a truly adult person. She's still little Amelia Pond (UNEXPECTED CAITLIN BLACKWOOD!). But using her husband's name to signify growing up didn't work for me.
Moffat, Amy Pond, and sexism: http://meggannn.tumblr.com/post/31001608977.
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