From the beginning of the end, when it was announced The Doctor’s longest traveling companions – of the reboot anyhow – Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) we’re leaving showrunner Steven Moffat promised it would be heart-breaking. And heart-breaking it was, though maybe not how we expected it to be.
Clearly, this post will contain mad, MAD SPOILERS for Doctor Who “The Angels Take Manhattan.” Proceed with caution.
But, rule number one of Moffat-era Doctor Who is: The Moff lies. So when he told us to prepare for the worst, we over prepared. At least I know I did, so once the goodbye came I cried and was sad, but I didn’t lose my mind with grief.
As it turns out the ending could have been as terrible as our worst nightmares. Apparently, Moffat couldn’t decide just how he wanted to send off his beloved Ponds. One day the script ended tragically, the next it would be sad but hopeful. Obviously – and thankfully – he went with the more hopeful ending that had Amy and Rory zapped back in time by Weeping Angels to live out their long lives together, though without The Doctor.
Moffat shared with the Radio Times how he debated over and over just how to write their fond farewell,
So many times over those mad few days [of finishing the script], the fate of the Ponds changed. Alive, dead, alive, dead. Everything was wrong. Nothing felt right. Nothing felt inevitable.
…About four o’clock in the morning – with the gaspingly late script promised to the production team in a few hours – I remembered ‘The Eleventh Hour’… and the single moment we’ve been heading for, since the very beginning.
What did you think of the Ponds’ sendoff? Did you shed any tears? Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. Would you have preferred one or both Amy and Rory to get the axe?
If you haven’t seen it yet BBC has a wonderful video titled, “The Last Days of the Ponds,” which, if you didn’t cry at the episode you’ll cry here.
Losing Companions is a fact of being a Doctor Who viewer. We know it will happen. It always does, it always has. The trick to making us care is in how they leave, why they leave, and how The Doctor will go on. It’s Steven Moffat first such story as showrunner, and he chose his signature monster to bring it home. The result is one of the series’ most emotionally resonant episodes, by which I mean it made me weep uncontrollably for a good 15 minutes.
This Saturday we say goodbye to The Ponds and we’re all expecting a tearful goodbye, and the BBC won’t let us to forget it! I know I’ll be broken up when I watch Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill exit the TARDIS for the last time – however that comes to be – but even I’ll admit they really are laying it on thick with this new video. It’s a compilation of short interviews with them, Matt Smith, Caro Skinner, and Steven Moffat about the upcoming mid-season finale, “The Angels Take Manhattan.”
I wouldn’t consider any of this too spoilery, unless you’re shocked to hear The Ponds are leaving and that Moffat’s a mean man who finds pleasure in frightening and scarring young children! Okay, he’s not that malicious, but he does admit this episode was so sad it even made his son, who apparently never sheds a tear at TV, cry a little.
Really, Beeb? Did we need the slow pan of still photos coupled with the sad music?
Do you think you’ll let a few salty tears leak out when The Ponds say goodbye this weekend? Doctor Who airs this Saturday on BBC, BBC America, and Space.
The finale of this first half of Doctor Who Series 7 is looming ever closer. In only about two weeks time we’ll be saying goodbye to the Doctor’s longest staying companions (since the series restarted in 2005). These five episodes have been appropriately titled, “The Fall of The Ponds,” and ever since it was announced Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) would be leaving the show, Grand Who Poo-bah Steven Moffat has promised a heartbreaking exit.
So what do we know about what will likely be a tearful mid-season finale? In Doctor Who Magazine, releasing today, there’s an official blurb for the fifth episode, “The Angel Take Manhattan” as well as a quote from the show,
The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. But the Weeping Angels are lurking here too. When one of the TARDIS crew is zapped back to 1938, Amy discovers that time can’t always be rewritten, not once it’s written in stone.
River Song: “It’s like they’ve taken over every statue in the city.” The Doctor: “The Angels take Manhattan! Because they can. Because they’ve never had a food source like this one. The city that never sleeps”
Hmmmmmm. What’s all this then? Considering the little of Rory we see in the gallery of images, seen below, I’m wagering a guess he’s the one shot back in time. But then, where does Amy get those decidedly Harry Potter lookin’ specs? Is she lost in 1938 with only The Doctor able to see her? And what part will River play in this episode? Is she stoppin’ in only to say goodbye to dear mum and dad?
[Steven Moffat] was pitching the 50th anniversary at the end of this series and what everything was going to be about and it was a very exciting meal. No doubt he’ll come up with something brilliant because that’s the sort of man he is…
I hope that we mark it in the best way possible and lwe honour the people that have been in the show before us and we make it as grand and brilliant and inventive and as much an occasion as possible. What that is, I may have an idea, but I can’t tell you I’m afraid.
Who knows? I think it’s an exciting idea. Whether it would be possible, or whether it could ever happen I just don’t know, but whatever we can do to mark that 50th anniversary will be spectacular, that much I do know.
If I have one request for the 50th it’s multiple Doctors. Just somehow, some way I want a solid, undeniable connection to all those men who travelled in TARDIS before. Is that so much to ask? Probably, but a girl can dream.
But here’s the most important quote from that interview,
Nothing’s set in stone. I imagine there will be a script knocking around about Christmas and there we will develop further and shoot it next spring.
It’s Matt Smith’s assumption the 50th Anniversary special will begin shooting next spring! That’s basically official, right? No matter what work must begin soon, 2013 will be here before we know it.
What would you like most to see in the 50th anniversary special?
We are really, really, REALLY close to the Series 7 premiere of Doctor Who. The anticipation is killing me! Honestly, it’s agonizing. Then again maybe it was that suspicious smelling sandwich I ate for lunch. Anyway, we’ve already seen the darn nifty poster for “Asylum of the Daleks” that’s been floating around some time. Y’know the one, with The Doctor, Amy, and Rory’s reflection in a Dalek’s eyestalk.
Yeah, that one.
Now in addition to that poster there’s one for every episode of the first half of Series 7. Some are silly, like “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” but really what else would expect? Others are terribly ominous like the poster for “The Angels Take Manhattan.” And then there is one I just can’t figure out what it means, “The Power of Three.” What the hell could it mean!?
Check out the new posters below and feel free to weigh with crazy speculation about they could mean.