Sorry for the delay on this one, I got a week behind on viewing duties (which sucked, btw) and am finally caught up on all things Who, so here’s my thoughts on…
The Girl Who Waited
This episode took a turn that I was not expecting. Emotion. This was Series 6’s Vincent And The Doctor in the way that I was thoroughly affected by the sentiment. I’ve only cried twice while watching Doctor Who, which in itself is a bit weird, and both were with 11.
At first when Amy (Karen Gillan) got trapped on the other side of things, I expected some timey-wimey stuff in regarding how she was already there a week in Rory (Arthur Darvill) and The Doctor’s 10 minutes, but this really took a turn. It went from science fiction time travel story to an extreme emotional bout between Rory and the versions of Amy whom he loves so much, and with that – the morality of the situation.
The cinematography in this episode was striking. The stark white of the initial world against the landscape on the garden was breathtaking, very Wonderland-ish. And I loved seeing both Amy’s side by side through the looking-glass, as it were. The conversation between them was absolutely brilliant and yet haunting. There are so many quotes from just that one interaction of which my favorite must be:
Older Amy: “You’re asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself, for a boy.”
Amy: “You’re Amy — he’s Rory. Oh, yes I am.”
Ultimately though, this episode has to come to the decision by Rory to keep one and let the other perish. Even after the Doctor states that he can (or the TARDIS, really) handle the double Amy paradox, this just cannot be allowed. (The Doctor lies, after all). Poignant was Rory’s angry pitch to The Doctor, “”This isn’t fair, you’re turning me into you.”
Older Amy: The look on your face when you carried her. Me. Her. When you carried her away. You used to look at me like that. I’d forgotten how much you loved me. I’d forgotten how much I loved being her. Amy Pond in the TARDIS — with Rory Williams.
Rory: I’m sorry I can’t do this.
Older Amy: If you love me, don’t let me in. Open that door, I will — I’ll come in. I don’t want to die. I won’t bow out bravely — I’ll be kicking, screaming, fighting — to the end.
Rory: Amy, I love you.
Older Amy: I love you, too. Don’t let me in. Tell Amy, your Amy: I’m giving her the days — the days with you, the days to come, the days I can’t have. Take them please. I’m giving my days.
SLAYED. Again, I dare you. Good on you, Tom MaCrae. Beautifully scripted.
A few other points to be made about this episode is that it didn’t lack the humor, albeit it was more scarce given the heart of the episode. The thought of Rory balancing the two Amy’s in itself was rather amusing and of course the Doctor’s response to Rory’s ability to handle them both – “I don’t know, it is your marriage!”
Another thing I have to address is that Karen Gillan acted her ass off. From the way she carried her older self to the slight change in her voice. However, she was still our Amy, just a bit more pissed off. It’s the best I’ve seen her yet. And of course, the raw emotion. I completely saw her as another character, not just another Amy. That’s a huge feat for an actor. I was immersed in the new world she had to create to survive 36 years.
All in all, an overall 8 out of 10 for this episode. A wonderful look into the depth of the characters we’ve watched parade in front of us over the past couple years and a really amazing acting turnout for both Karen and Arthur.
Now, onward to “The God Complex”!