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An exploration of Amy Pond: her characterization and development.
Amy Pond is immediately presented to us as someone different.
We’re in the countryside; a village, after three consecutive companions introduced in London. She’s a child and a little bit quirky; she prays to Santa. Her “otherness” is something emphasized throughout the scenes. Her situation is unique – she’s alone, there’s a crack in her wall – as is her personality; she’s young yet unafraid, she’s fearless and intelligent and happily speaks her mind. The Doctor’s quirkiness appeals to her in a way; she’s not afraid of him or really frustrated by his mannerisms and unique behaviors. She’s portrayed as somebody lonely; an outcast – the Scottish girl in the English village – the underdog, and she sees these experiences in the Doctor, who represents – literally and metaphorically – an escape from the isolation and loneliness.
I find underdog to be the best description of Amy Pond at this point, particularly when she’s older and her “otherness” is addressed directly within the world. She’s someone different, but how she’s treated because of these differences is what we’re supposed to relate to, and why she’s the hero of the story, or one of them. The erasure of her experiences, the patronizing teachers and guardians, and – presumably – the teasing from adults and children alike; the invasive and abusive therapy… We’re told about and shown the unhealthy environment Amy Pond grew up in; even her boyfriend and guardian dismisses her stories, and it’s implied by this point Amy Pond has also dismissed her experiences. They’re a story in her head, the Doctor isn’t real, it’s a dream or something she made up, her impressive imagination... she’s someone who’s been mistreated – whether intentionally or not – by the people she’s supposed to be respected and protected by, and to such an extent that she convinces herself she’s wrong, or ill, or insane, or all three. Hers is the story of a victim; someone abused, dismissed and mistreated. Even in alternate realities she’s always someone different; in the finale she believes in stars, and she’s patronized and dismissed again. She’s someone who believes in the unbelievable and has faith in the impossible; she sees what other people can’t, and she’s hurt and dismissed because of it. Except the Doctor, who – above all else – symbolizes an escape. Amy Pond sees a way out, sees a way to confirm everything she’s believed and everything people have punished her for believing… and takes it, selfishly so, yes, but understandably, and because she’s afraid, and insecure, partially because of the Doctor’s actions and the consequences of growing up near a crack in time. She’s lost – almost – everyone she’s ever loved, or cared about; that’s going to leave a mark. Additionally, she’s also an instinctively adventurous person, and the idea of escaping the mundanity of “real life” is something she finds appealing. It’s why her acceptance of Rory and living away from the Doctor is a big deal, because until her third and final season – in Amy’s own words – she’s unable to live without the Doctor in her life. It emphasizes Amy Pond’s independence.
Because the Doctor is the life she wants at the beginning; no responsibility, an escape, an adventure, with someone as different and lonely as she is, but Rory appeals to her, too, and she loves them both, and when forced to choose between them, the decision is challenging. However, she gets both, before forming a preference, a more independent preference; one she’s able to choose without repressing another… a life based in the ordinary, with Rory, but a life with occasional adventures.
Because it’s Doctor Who, this happiness doesn’t last and she’s forced to face an ultimatum, but because she no longer requires that escape; she’s not dependent on the life the Doctor leads anymore, she’s capable of leaving without falling apart. Had this occurred seasons earlier, Amy would be lost. She’d be lost without Rory, and she’d be lost without the Doctor, but she’s able to choose a life now, and be happy despite losing a friend she loves; losing the Doctor would affect her, but she’d be alive, and she’d continue living.
Returning to the beginning of the story, her insecurity is a vital part of her characterization. She’s insecure about getting married, people abandoning her; she’s distrustful of everyone in her life, including the Doctor until he convinces Amy otherwise. She makes bad decisions because of her insecurity, and she’s self-destructive – sabotaging her marriage, kissing the Doctor, nearly killing her daughter, hurting the people she loves – she’s unpredictable in stressful situations; just as likely to stop and sob, as she is to pull out a gun and start shooting. She’s volatile, and represses and hides emotions until they explode – she doesn’t reveal her feelings for Rory until he’s dying, and hides her infertility as long as possible. Because she’s been patronized and dismissed all her life; she’s been raised to hide what she really thinks. When she tells people about the Doctor, she’s sent to therapists; she’s called a liar and she sees people roll their eyes or laugh. Even in the better life - a life with her parents - she’s still poorly treated in this regard; her mother and father are frustrated by Amy’s mention of the Doctor; apologizing to Amy’s guests and reinforcing the idea she’s a liar, or immature, or insane, or all three.
The suffering Amy experienced because of this is reflected in the people she meets. Bracewell is a machine; the definition of someone “different”, and he’s willing to end his own life because of it. Amy says she understands, but what makes him different doesn’t matter to her; only that he’s good. Vincent is a man mocked and hated by the people in his town, and lives life in recluse because of it; he sees things other people can’t, and they call him “insane” because of it, and punish him every day.
Amy’s strengths lie in the brain; she’s perceptive and intelligent, but additionally strong. Strength of wit is typically portrayed with intelligence, but Amy’s literally strong-minded. When Prisoner Zero invades her mind, she forces him out, and her moments of weakness involve a loss of this strength; the first time she’s really, properly scared is when an Angel enters her mind, and one of the pivotal talents she has – the ability to “notice everything”, as per the Doctor’s instructions - is taken away, and she can’t be perceptive and she can’t “notice everything” because she’s unable to open her eyes. She’s capable of remembering another universe, and remembering the Doctor and Rory, even when they’ve been erased from time. She saves the Star Whale through observation, and saves the Earth by thinking on her feet, and stops the Angel by examining her surroundings. She’s smart, in a way that’s highlighted in almost every story, yet she’s also physically capable and unafraid to be violent, particularly in earlier stories, and that’s something quite unique in a companion; it’s another unique aspect of the character, and a consequence of the volatile behaviors seen in Amy’s characterization.
Amy Pond is the underdog who becomes the hero. She’s the Scottish girl in the English village who finds a family in the stars. She’s the victim who validates her experiences; the girl who stands above her family and friends; the people who patronized and hurt her, and summons the friend they called imaginary. Amy Pond’s the outcast, the person who’s different, but no less interesting or relatable, or important.
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