Karen Gillan's first appearance as Amy Pond in The Eleventh Hour

Will You Miss Amy Pond?

Flesh and Stone - the (later) Eleventh Doctor and Amy PondWhat will I miss most about Amy Pond and her relationship with the Doctor?

‘Come along, Pond.’

Amy might have been the girl who waited all those years for her raggedy Doctor to return – bringing with him a world of impossible things and endless choices – but she wasn’t one to get overawed by these brave new worlds.

The Doctor’s command is as much an admission that domestic life perplexed him as it is a sign that he’ll never have it any other way.

Amy taught this more alien incarnation of the Time Lord the power of love and friendship – she’s a constant reminder of his adopted humanity – she’s taken her childhood hero and made him real.

There’s an easy, playful tone to that statement that belies the time they have spent together –  might be promising a ‘heartbreaking storyline’ but I can think of nothing more tear jerking than seeing easy friends parting ways.

They were companions in every sense of the word.

When she first burst onto our screens she was all long legs, impossible skirts and cascading red hair – that first impression took awhile to shake (if its ever been shaken free of) – it overshadowed the generousness of Gillan’s acting – she may have played big but it was inclusive and never detrimental to her co-stars or the show.

Over the course of her time onboard the TARDIS which in terms of length ranks just behind Billie Piper’s Rose, she’s gone from an aborted pre-marital fling with her bemused friend to almost limitless determination – be it chasing her kidnapped daughter across the universe to providing constant banter.

Perhaps when time has passed you’ll look back on these things and see everything differently – time has that effect – perhaps her lessons in humanity underlined her blasé attitude towards the Doctor (remember she was the girl who waited; her awe may have been used up in the years of psychotherapy she endured because of his absence), maybe she was too shrill.

Maybe she lost her fierce free spirit… perhaps her relationship with Rory and the Doctor had reached its natural conclusion midway through Series 6.

Of course she won’t be gone for awhile. It’ll take a good year or so for the press to stop using variations on the ‘What Amy Did Next’ theme – and even your own brain will scream ‘Look! It’s Amy Pond!’ every time she makes a non-Who related appearance in whatever medium she tries next.

It all comes back to that first impression again – you never really let go of it, not entirely – Karen will always be competing against your internal image of Amy and every time she does something Amy wouldn’t it’ll feel awkward and wrong – like if Winnie the Pooh got fed up with Pooh Sticks and bought a PS Vita.

In a sense her absence will only go on to strengthen her character as she changes and becomes the confident actress we saw in We’ll Take Manhattan.

I’ll miss Amy Pond but I’m not sure I’ll miss her as much as I’ll miss them all together.



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.


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