If Amy married Rory, and Rory was Melody’s father, why didn’t she call her Melody Williams?
Doctor: Amelia, from now on I will be leaving the kissing duties to the brand new… Mr. Pond.
Rory: No! I’m not Mr. Pond. That’s not how it works.
Doctor: Yeah it is.
Rory: Yeah, it is.
Absolutely. I respect a woman’s decision to take her husband’s name as equally as I respect her decision not to: it’s a personal thing, and we shouldn’t judge women for their decision. I’m so glad to see Amy not only keeping her name, but giving Melody and Rory her surname too. And it’s true, Melody Williams is a Geography teacher’s name.
According to Steve Harris (XFM radio DJ), he always sings one of Pete or Carl’s parts. Does anyone else do this? I think I probably sing Pete’s parts with more gusto.
“Nothing is every forgotten, not completely”
Sorry that this is hideously overdue.
I could never really choose the best quote, but this is one of my recent favourites. First of all, such a simple one-liner sums up so perfectly Series 5, for so many reasons. It gives hope, for Amy who has lost so many who she can’t even remember. Rory is not lost forever, and Amy will remember one day; this is the line that we must keep on repeating to ourselves when the Doctor flies into the Pandorica, to convince ourselves that such a great man surely cannot be forgotten overnight.
And yet, this line cannot, must not, be restricted to series 5. This line gives a glimpse of the Doctor’s past, reminds us with a jolt all that he has lost. When we first meet the Doctor after so many years in series 1, he has a new face, and a whole history of sorrow. The Time War will never truly be forgotten by the Doctor, no matter how many reincarnations, no matter how many years, and the pain and horrors will remain with him. The same goes for the companions that he has had to leave behind- Rose, Martha, Donna, and so many more. When it comes to Donna, for me it gives hope that maybe, on a sunny afternoon, a tiny little bit of that life will creepy into the back of her mind. Of course she will dismiss it, but it will always be there.
All these brilliant and wonderful people that he’s had to leave behind, all these horrific and tragic events that he’s had to live through; this line reminds us that these will always be with him, he will bear the memories every day, and find a way to carry on, for he cannot forget. “Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely”. And it’s not the intelligence, the wit, the bravery, the charm, that I love about the Doctor: it’s that despite all this things, he carries on regardless, and he never ever gets absorbed in his own problems.
Sorry about how late this is- I’m trying to catch up :).
Holly Cricket (as Hermione Granger once memorably said)! This is a very tough one. One of the things that I love so very much about Doctor Who is that its episodes can range from the ridiculous, to the boring, to the incredible, to the sublime, to those that never quite leave you, they’re *that* special. In the last category, there was, and will always be, the double-parter episodes Family of Blood/Human Nature.
The best Doctor Who episodes for me remain those who do not simply tell a story of a monster trying to take over the world, but include universal themes on human nature, and turn the scenario into a much more frightening, psychological affair. These are the stories that remind us that sometimes, humans are the true monsters. It does not really matter what it is that is banging on the wall of the ship in “Midnight”; the crux of the story comes when we see how the passengers react to it; they turn against each other, start accusing each other, and as the paranoia mounts, so do the murderous instincts. In the same way, what the gangers are planning to do in “The Almost People” matters little; it is the way that the originals respond to this that is the interesting part, and makes us question the idea of identity- what makes us, *us*, so to speak. What’s so different between the humans and the gangers, really? And just like one of the characters, we are forced to question who the real monsters are.
HN/FoB is not really a psychological thriller like the two episodes that I have just mentioned are; really, it was just a cheat’s way of including a few examples of other favourite episodes. However, there are two scenes in it that contain such powerful drama that every now and again, my brain with no prompting whatsoever recalls them. This is where many of my favourite Doctor Who storylines come into their own: no matter how far from our own times or our own world, we can still identify characters, scenarios, dreams and wishes, fears and nightmares, that are oh, so relevant to us. The first is the scene where the boys get ready to fight the scarecrows; the episode is set a year before the war, and this scene brings the true horrors of the attitudes to war and glory to mind. In those times, to be the brave and valiant soldier was the dream of most schoolboys; those kids, with terrified, fearful faces as they load their guns, followed by Son of Mine saying “Do you think that they will thank you, the man who taught them it was glorious?” is one of the saddest scenes in Doctor Who. In World War One, many of those boys would sign up, lying about their age; it’s enough to reduce anyone to tears.
The second scene is the one in the cottage; John Smith must face the impossible choice. It brings to mind Dumbledore’s quote: “you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy”. John Smith knows that the easy choice, the choice that would bring him so much happiness, to remain human and marry Joan Redfern, will come at a certain cost. That scene is full of so much sorrow, and whilst this is not really the Doctor, it does bring to mind one of the saddest prices of being the Doctor; he will never have that normal, settled, human life he so craves. “The one adventure I can never have”, as he tells Rose; John Smith rages “Falling in love, that didn’t even occur to him? Then what kind of a man is that?”. John Smith is so very far from the Doctor, yet one of the Doctor’s most secret desires burns at the centre of this scene.
Of course these are not the only reasons that this episode is my favourite; but they’ll do for now. These are a mere fraction of why these are my favourite episodes. One other reason, is this wonderful, fantastic, sublime, and absolutely true quote from Timothy Latimer:
He’s like fire, and ice, and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns in the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And- he’s wonderful.
This line just gives a fleeting glimpse into the real John Smith/Doctor, and whilst providing a stark contrast, makes his desperate desire to stay human all the more sorrowful.