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[Image description: Promotional image for Doctor Who Series 7, depicting the Doctor holding an unconscious Amy while they are surrounded by explosions and Daleks.]
The Misconception of Amy Pond
5.01 “The Eleventh Hour”
Rory: How can he be real? He was never real! It was just a game. We were- we were kids. You made me dress up as him!
Right here, with this quote, I knew the characterization of Amy Pond was going to go seriously awry.
Kids love to play pretend, don’t they?
Moffat was a Who fan as a kid, right? I bet he played Doctor Who pretend. Yet somehow I don’t think he assigned the role of Doctor to others. I mean, the Doctor is the hero! You don’t assign that role to another kid! You fight for your right to be the Doctor! Maybe you take turns with who gets to be him. Maybe there’s three Doctors running around at the same time and it gets a big squiggly. But whatever you do, you don’t freely abdicate the hero role.
Unless you’re a girl.
Steven Moffat could not conceive of a little Amelia Pond who would look at the magical Doctor and his blue box and want to be him. He assumed she would want to be with him instead.
Actual little girls, however, are well-versed in this problem. I know I had a lot of contradictory feelings about Indiana Jones. (“He’s so dreamy!” “I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up!” “Mom, can I have a whip for my birthday?”) Most of the heroes- the characters it’s most fun to imagine being- are dudes. If you also happen to find some of those dudes attractive, you’re going to develop the “I want to be you/I want to be with you” duality. This is something that straight guys like Moffat have not needed to deal with, as characters for them were nicely divided into a binary of those they want to be (male heroes) and those they want to be with (the hot ladies male heroes get).
So when Moffat created Amelia he projected this binary on to her, but reversed it. She’s a girl! The Doctor is a dude! Obviously she wants to be with him! I’m not even sure he realizes it’s possible for Amelia to want to be the Doctor. Yes, if someone asked him directly if he thought little girls wanted to grow up to be the Doctor he’d probably agree, but the point is it didn’t occur to him when he was actually writing her character.
And so she becomes The Girl Who Waited, waited for the hero’s return, and not The Girl Who Dreamed, dreamed of being the hero.
Amelia Pond, drawing Doctor fanart in crayon- are you our on-screen fangirl cypher? Dreaming of what male creators think we want: romance! With an awkward, unnecessary love triangle! Uh, girls love that, right?
Enter the series 7 promo still.
I look at this and think- what fantasy does this appeal to? That’s no hero shot, not of Amy Pond.
The girl who waited, carried away.
It’s everything that’s been there from the beginning, that we’ve tried to put aside. The misconception of Amy Pond. As the love interest, the sidekick, and not the hero. In the hero’s arms and not the hero.
Where is the image of Amy Pond, hero? Why can’t that sell the show? Why a damsel in distress shot?
Ah, but we don’t want to confuse the little boys, the mini-Moffats, by making them want to be her, instead of just be with her. How weird that would be!
So Amy will stay as she is, in the Doctor’s arms, safe.
While I love Amy Pond a lot, and while she is more heroic, seeing as she saved Eleven and Rory a BUNCH of times over two seasons, I found myself agreeing with a lot of this. Moffatt’s Who is problematic in all the important (to me) respects, which I could ignore when Eleven, Amy, and Rory first started because I loved them all so much, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that it’s going to get to the point where I can’t ignore it and just enjoy the show anymore. He keeps fucking up the amazing women I fell in love with and nothing about the seventh season makes me want to watch it.
Starting with this graphic, which fundamentally misunderstands Amy’s relationship to the Doctor. She isn’t his damsel in distress, she isn’t his sidekick, she’s his equal, his conscience, and, at times, his savior. She should be walking beside him, not being carried by him. This is why the graphic upset me so much, because that’s not the Amy and Eleven I had fallen in love with.
Reblogging again for added commentary. As horrible as it sounds the only part of series 7 that I’m looking forward to is the music.
All of this.
hey, quick question:
it’s possible for a time lord to regenerate into a different race (river song/melody pond was a black chick for an extended period of time), so why hasn’t the doctor, in all his eleven regenerations, come out a different color?
maybe it’s just because no PoC actors are coming forth and auditioning, or the ones who do aren’t sufficient. i don’t want the doctor cast as an Armenian dude if the guy can’t even fill the role right.
but i’m saying, as a PoC, it’d be nice :] or maybe the doctor could be mixed? that’s always friggin awesome. i would love a mixed race doctor.
Lol the bold.
Imma laugh at you now.
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Pro Tip: Search “whitewashing in Hollywood/the media/entertainment” or just Whitewashing in general and wait for the pieces to come together.
LOL OH MY GOD DID I JUST REALLY SEE THAT
NO PoC APPLY FOR ROLES
OH MY GOD
I JUST CAN’T…
Also, they pretty much never even MENTION River having been a Black woman after her regeneration because MOFFAT IS “COLOURBLIND”. That should have clued you into how they really feel about POC.
Steven Moffat responds to the Beatles + Doctor post
"To really examine how incredibly messed up this is for Amy as a character, you have to look at how River is introduced. In the previous Doctor’s tenure, once Moffat had been named the future show runner, he introduced a woman called River Song, who was The Most Important Woman That Will Or Has Ever Existed To The Doctor, but she couldn’t reveal why because she was meeting him out of order (curse of the time traveller). The next season, Amy is introduced.
The main purpose of Amy Pond was always for her to be the mother of the magical child who would be both the Doctor’s Girlfriend and Ultimate Foe. This was Moffat’s long game. Her relationship with the Doctor was predestined not because of her own, unique self but because of what would be in her uterus. And Steven Moffat expects us to think this is the most amazing plot twist ever in the near fifty-year history of Doctor Who."