Saturday, 29 September 2012

A Pond Farewell - To Amy and Rory

So that was it.

We said goodbye to Amy Pond and Rory Williams last night.

Just over 2 years ago, we all sat down to watch The Eleventh Hour. Of course, it was a new Doctor, but it was also a new companion. A fresh start.

Of course, what we didn't realise, was that it wasn't just one companion that'd be joining the show that week. It was 2.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the new companion(s) when Series 5 started. To be honest, I'd spent more of the run up wondering what I'd think of the new Doctor.

But also, I'd almost forgotten what it was like to have a constant companion traveling with The Doctor in the TARDIS. We'd had 5 specials (4 stories) worth of David Tennant finishing his tenure as The Doctor, and in pretty much each one, he had a different companion with him for that story.

But the Ponds came along, and like the new Doctor, they were funny, and brilliant, and different, and just amazing.
Look at that picture above of the two of them - they're beautiful. 

We completely have fallen in love with The Doctor, Amy and Rory, over the past couple of years, and them being the longest-serving  companions since the series came back, then a part of me (and I'm sure a part of a lot of Doctor Who fans) subconsciously thought that they'd be there for many, many years to come.

But, to quote one equally amazing companion, "Everything has it's time, and everything ends."

I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Gillan last year. I was doing some volunteer work for The National Youth Theatre's Our Days Of Rage, and she came along to see this piece, taking place in the Old Vic Tunnels. Being the huge fans that we were, me and my friends, James & Beth, asked her quietly (so as not to draw too much attention to her presence) after the show if she wouldn't mind having a photo with us (no flash, due to being down in the tunnels, and again, not to draw too much attention).

Done various edits to this since  it was taken because of the lack of flash - this is the final one.
Came out pretty well in the end without flash, methinks ;)

She was absolutely lovely, and everything you could hope her to be. She was kind enough to chat to us briefly when we first met her in the interval, and after the show when we got our photos with her.

Quite honestly, before that day, then as a character, I had fallen in love with Amy Pond.
After that day, I had fallen in love with Karen Gillan.

Of course, we've already fallen in love with Jenna-Louise Coleman, thanks to the genius of Mr Steven Moffat.

But there's absolutely no denying how much the Ponds will be missed in Doctor Who. We bid a very Pond farewell to Amy and Rory this weekend.

"It's the end...", The Doctor once said. "But the moment has been prepared for."

The Last Days Of The Ponds:


But is it, though?

If there's one thing I've learned from watching Doctor Who, it's that, with this show, Anything Is Possible. ;)

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