Monday, October 15, 2012

Doctor Who: The Pond Finale, My Theory, & Other Thoughts

If you haven't seen it and don't want spoilers, you obviously don't want to read this. Fair warning, kids.

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"This is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends."

If you wish to read my pre-finale prediction on what was going to happen, you can find it here.

I would have written a follow-up before now, but I've been wallowing in Post-Pond Depression. :)

No, really. I knew I'd cry, but I didn't expect it to affect me as much as it did. I didn't just cry, I sobbed for well over 24 hours. I sobbed in my bed. I sobbed in the car. I sobbed in my bowl of soup. I...could...not...stop...weeping.

Even two weeks later, I still gush over tribute pics and vids. I'm a mess.

So to all the people I snarked at a couple years ago for having complete meltdowns over the Lost finale, this is my payback. You're welcome.

To be fair, my emotions were already running high. A friend had just passed away, and prior to that, several loved ones of close friends had passed away. Five people in three weeks, in fact. Some of my tears were a matter of bad timing...the straw, if you will. But besides that, it really did affect me deeply. The Pond farewell was beautifully devastating, and I was surprisingly right on the money with how Rory and Amy would go out. Hard to believe how accurate my prediction was, although I admit the episode "Blink" was somewhat fresh in my mind as I had seen it only a month prior (I'm new to Who and watched long marathons while stuck in bed over the summer).

I was quite off the mark about Brian, and like the rest of the Whovians out there, was sorely bitter about him not being included in the finale. Along with everyone else, I wondered what became of him. Surely, he had to be told that his son was dead. I couldn't believe we were left hanging like that.

As it turns out, Brian's scene was written but ended up on the cutting room floor. And here it is:

Just when I thought I was done boohooing, right? I thought this was beautifully done...heartbreaking. I'm actually in tears just typing about it. Congratulations, BBC. You've hooked a devoted non-fiction nerd with your fiction television program.

There have been some questions concerning why the Doctor can't go back in time to rescue the Ponds. Thanks to my recent Who marathons, I believe I can answer this.

As the Doctor himself explained in The Angels Take Manhattan, once he reads about an event in history, it becomes fixed and time lords cannot interfere with or revisit a fixed point in time. To do so would rip an unrepairable hole in the universe, and Amelia's crack in the wall was rather symbolic of that. Amy could be zapped back in time with Rory because she's human, but the Doctor cannot ever return with them because it would "tear New York apart", as confirmed by both the Doctor and River Song. If New York was torn apart, well they would all die anyway, wouldn't they? The answer is yes. They would not only die, they would die young. And take all of New York and eventually the rest of the world with it.

Let's flashback to a few previous episodes that reflect this truth (spoiler alert if you haven't seen these):

Season 1 (of the reboot), Father's Day: Rose and the Doctor screw up by going to a fixed point when Rose's father was going to be killed. Rose saving him ripped a hole in the universe, and in came the monsters to kill them all. Sadly, her father then had to save the world by making his own death happen. Repairing that fixed event in time is what repaired the hole in the universe, thus saving everyone else.

Season 4, The Fires of Pompeii: Donna and the Doctor arrive in Pompeii on the day of the eruption. He knows he cannot change anything but he tries anyway and nearly brings on the destruction of the entire world. He was then forced to cause the volcanic eruption himself to repair the fixed point in time, thus saving Earth (except Pompeii, obviously).

Tennant Special, The Waters of Mars: The Doctor knew he shouldn't have messed with the fixed point in time, but he saved Adelaide anyway. This caused the destruction of Mars, and eventually the universe. When Adelaide figured this out, she committed suicide to save the world for the sake of her Granddaughter. Her death was a fixed event in history that had to happen, and the way it went down because of the Doctor's mistake became part of his downfall (the following episode being his last...The End of Time).

So imagine if the Doctor did go back to Amy and Rory's fixed point in time to be with them. The universe tears apart and everyone is going to die. The only way to repair the tear is to repair the fixed event, which is Amy's death. Can you imagine the Doctor being forced to bring on Amy's death? He would never do it, and rightfully so. That is why the Doctor flipped out when he read her death in the book's table of contents, and why he knew it was over when he read Rory's and Amy's names on the tombstone. It was officially a fixed point in history, and it cannot be changed.

The fixed event rule is part of the Doctor Who blueprint. I suppose it always has been. I hope this helps everyone to understand why he can't just go back and sweep them away to the TARDIS. The universe and everyone's lives therein depend on it. Very sad, and very brilliant.

What an incredible show this is. I'm a fan for life.