Thursday, March 22, 2012


Timeline of a Timelord.
'Ello, e'rybody!

Welcome back, friends, family, strangers, whedonites, aaaaand-- my beloved Whovians. That's right folks, we're going international! 

Welcome to the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, ignoring the fact that the science in the show is the equivalent of soft serve ice-cream, but we're not here to reverse the polarity or jelly-babies! We are here to talk about the farewell of Amy and Rory, the Eleventh Doctor's faithful companions. 

Can you guess which character is more important of the basis of simple framing?
In the show's mythology, the Doctor has always had a companion, if only so that he'd have someone to explain the technobabble to, or for someone to scream and get kidnapped by the baddies. Well, since the transition of the show from Russel T. Davies' character-driven, emotionally-traumatizing stories, to the whirlwind of chaotic intricate plotlines that Steven Moffat brings to the table, we have been dished up a full on serving fish fingers and custard, the oh-so sexy Scottish lass, Karen Gillan and the easily relatable everyman, Rory, played by Arthur Darvill

... Not to mention the absolute zaniness brought to the table with Matt Smith's youthful exuberance and possible senility. 

One has to wonder if they give him a script at all, or just let him loose on set ....
So here's where I personally stand. I never liked Amy. She was fun and had plenty of redeeming qualities ... but she had little of the resonance I had with Rose, Donna, or even Sarah Jane Smith. Several things irked me about her. She kissed the Doctor on the eve of her wedding, and it was okay because ... the Doctor had a time machine? Call me old fashioned and stodgy ... hell, call me a crotchety old man (all my friends do, the li'l bastards), but that annoyed me, if only because Rory was a nice guy. 

I totally believe that he knows what he's doing.
Amy also annoys me with her rather constant habit of trying to undercut whatever wackiness the Doctor is doing. It's not too different than what Rose or Donna might have done ... but it lacked any of the vulnerability that they brought to the table, a certain reliance on the Doctor that they expressed, which, in a way, made it acceptable. Amy snubs the doctor while refusing to admit, (most of the time) that she was and still is the girl who waited

And lastly, if Rose could settle on a Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor to live with, you'd think Amy could put up with the Eleventh Doctor's Ganger for the period of a single bad day. I mean, the Meta-Crisis genocided an entire culture and got a kiss, the Ganger had a different pair of shoes and got the boot. Amy's a harsh critic. Harsher than I am ....

"I can't even tell you what I'm thinking right now." ~ Captain Jack Harkness 
To get to the point, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill announced that they are returning to the show during the seventh season, and, according to head writer Steven Moffat, their "story is going to come to a heartbreaking end." He also revealed that they are bringing back the Weeping Angels and said that, "Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time." 

It is certainly an ominous revelation. I fear what may occur should Moffat ride to the glorious emotional apotheosis enjoyed by much of the Davies era and most Joss Whedon shows. It could prove to be "an interestin' day," as Jayne Cobb might say. 

So, with the Doctor whirling about on his own, it's only natural to expect a new companion. We now know this companion will be Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Woah, her shirt totally forms a parabola.
According to Moffat, "It's not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it's about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him on his merriest dance yet .... Even by the Doctor's standards, this isn't your usual boy meets girl." Jeeze, and after the convolution that accompanied unraveling the Amy-Rory-River-Doctor family tree that is quite the tall order.

I get the feeling that she's excited.

Jenna had this to say, "I'm beyond excited, I can't wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure." Speaking of a huge adventure ....

The Three Doctors, 21st Century Edition, anyone?

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