Amy Pond’s Best Episodes
I should note that the posts I’ll be making over the month of April may be spoilerific depending where you are in the show. If you’ve seen all of series seven, you should be fine. I won’t be spoiling anything from season eight or nine.
With that out of the way, I can’t think of a better way to start this little Doctor Who/blog challenge than with one of the best characters to ever come out of the show.
Amy Pond was a companion to the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) through series five and six, but only part of seven. Stupid weeping angels.
Amy Pond was someone that we all wanted to have as a companion. Literally. Like a friend. She’s funny, and goofy. Just as likely to be the butt of someone else’s joke as she is to hit someone with a witty zinger. She’s balanced.
I could go on for far too long. Instead I’ll give some proof in my personal five favorite Amy Pond episodes:
The Eleventh Hour
The very first Amy Pond episode. Amy is only a girl when she meets the Doctor and her childlike wonder at the madman in a box is adorable. The next time we see her, she’s grown up and she’s strong and sassy. It’s the first, but not that last time, we see her stop the Doctor mid-sentence because she’s not willing to put up with his crap at that moment.
The Girl Who Waited
This fantastic episode shows many different levels of Amy. Without going into too much detail, we get to see an older, self-sufficient, loner version of Amy face off against an Amy who is young, hopeful, and kind of confused. We get to see Amy be both the damsel in distress and the knight in shining armor. We get to see one Amy sacrifice herself for the sake of the other in a speech that evokes so much emotion it could make a Cyberman cry. (Okay, probably not.)
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
Okay. I’m cheating a little on this one. It’s two episodes, but they tell one story. Amy dies (almost), gets put into suspended animation for almost 2,000 years, meets her younger self, helps remake the entire universe, gets married, and then brings the Doctor back from non-existence.
Asylum of the Daleks
At the end of the sixth series, Amy and Rory are happily married. This episode starts the seventh series, at which time we find out Amy and Rory are just about to get divorced. Not cool. The story that unfolds gives us some very emotional moments of professed love, near deaths, and a passing of the torch (though we won’t realize that for a few more episodes.)
The Angels Take Manhattan
This is a tough one. It’s the one I love, and the one I hate. She’s so strong in this episode, she makes everyone else seem like bawling infants, which is probably how most of the audience was left by the end. Her sheer willpower moves the episode along, thwarting death at its every chance until she meets it on her terms. The episode hints at her death so much that you can’t help wincing at every close call, fearing it will be her last. Then a cruel joke is played when her death turns into a rebirth that saved everyone, including herself. Everyone celebrates…for a moment. The moment is pulled out from under us and she’s gone again, this time for good. Stupid angels.
Amy Pond is a wonderful character that doesn’t come along very often in any show. As a Whovian, I can only hope the future will bring us another. But if there isn’t, there’s always Netflix.