In The Angels Take Manhattan, the fifth episode of Doctor Who’s eighth season, we said goodbye to the Ponds–to the girl who waited, and to her loyal centurion. I’m pretty sure there were only a few dry eyes, if any, at the end of the episode, especially after the heartbreaking ‘afterword’ that Amy wrote for the Doctor. I said ‘only a few dry eyes’ so people can claim the episode didn’t make them cry, because manly men don’t cry. I, for one, had a twig in my eye. Or a branch. Something. *sniffs*
I’m not going to give you a blow-by-blow account of the episode because there are only two reasons why you’d be reading this: (1) you’ve already watched the episode and you want to relive it with my insights, so there’s no point in telling you what’s going to happen; and (2) you haven’t seen the episode yet, and I won’t be doing you any favors by spoiling anything.
So I’m going to focus on the things you already know, and work from there. For instance, most Whovians already know that this is the last episode where we’re gonna see the Ponds. The next episode in the series will feature the new companion, Jenna Louise-Coleman, and won’t be aired until Christmans. Bummer, I know. Also, I’m pretty sure you already know that this episode’s baddies are the Weeping Angels, which are widely considered as one of the best (if not the best) monsters in the series. There have also been rumors going around for weeks now that the Statue of Liberty is one of the Lonely Assassins. Well, they’re not wrong.
Let’s go about this logically, without giving away any gigantic spoilers.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are spending time in Central Park, just lounging about with a picnic basket and such. The Weeping Angels take over Manhattan. It’s up to the Doctor to save the world or, at the very least, the borough. Someone from the past makes an unexpected–and definitely unorthodox–appearance. The Ponds say goodbye and will never see the Doctor again. Also, references to Silence in the Library. You understand?
Side note: I absolutely loved how Rory was dressed for their final outing with the Doctor.
What I really loved about the episode though, and what really made me start bawling like a little kid who just lost his candy, was Amy’s ‘afterword’. You see, as I’ve mentioned above, Amy and the Doctor weren’t going to see each other anymore after this. So Amy wrote the Doctor a note. And it was the saddest and the sweetest thing that has ever found its way into this show. This is what Amy wrote:
Hullo, old friend.
Here we are, you and me, on the last page. By the time you read this words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well, and we’re very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you, always. Sometimes, I do worry about you though. I think, once we’re gone, you won’t be coming back here [to Earth] for a while. And you might be alone. Which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor.
And do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who would wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived, and save a whale in outer space. Tell her…that this is the story of Amelia Pond.
And this is how it ends.
If that didn’t make you cry or crawl into a corner and curl up into a ball, then something is very wrong with you. Amelia Pond, the girl who waited, has finally stopped waiting. And yes, I know, we’ve known about this since The God Complex. We’ve always known that no companion will last forever. But you have to admit, Amy (and Rory too, to a certain extent) made a big impact on the Doctor. I wonder what he’s going to be like without her, while he’s recovering from the loss. Do you think it would be as bad as that time when he lost Rose?
We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess. And here’s hoping that the new companion will be every bit as awesome as Amelia Pond. Judging from the great, and fairly surprising, season premiere, she has a lot of potential.
I know this isn’t a proper review. But who’s to say what’s proper? At the end of it, though, I’ll leave you with this little thought. Remember how Rory spent two thousand years guarding the Pandorica, just to keep Amy safe? Well, the Doctor’s about eleven-hundred years old now. That means Rory is way way older than the Doctor. So don’t you say Rory isn’t important.
Well, everything has an end, even if the Doctor hates endings. The whole Pond era has ended, and this quasi-review has to end too. I think I’m gonna do that by echoing the sentiment of the majority of Whovians:
We’re going to miss you, Amy and Rory.