You took my baby from me and hurt her. And now she’s all grown up and she’s fine. But I’ll never see my baby again.
One of the most chilling moments in Doctor Who comes from the look on Amy Pond’s face and the revenge in her voice as she openly defies any moral code she is expected to live by as the Doctor’s associate and kills the woman who kidnapped and tortured her daughter.
The most interesting thing here stems from the fact that River doesn’t know Donna or have any personal vested interest in her and yet she looks at her with such emotion. Donna doesn’t die traveling with The Doctor as the audience suspects in this moment. She forgets.
River has seen a lot of horrible things and isn’t one to be easily moved, but you can see how just the mention of Donna’s name completely affects her. The look on her face reflects the pain of what The Doctor told her about Donna. We are seeing a reflection of how much and how deeply what happened to Donna affected The Doctor long after she was gone.
I’m not running away from things. I’m running to them before they flare and fade forever. That’s all right. Our lives would never remain the same. They can’t….You were the first. The first face this face saw. And you were seared onto my hearts, Amelia Pond. Always will be.
Rory and River have an underrepresented relationship. He’s her father, but he never raised her — one day he just finds out the Doctor’s rather unpredictable wife is actually his kidnapped daughter and he will never actually get to be a father to his child. And I don’t think either of them know exactly how to handle that relationship, but here you see his face as he watches his daughter get shot at.
This is a very sweet and under-appreciated moment — a romantic date for her birthday. Ice skating and a personalized concert. Can you imagine The Doctor Ice skating? And he brought Stevie Wonder out of his own time just to sing for her. No chasing down Sontarans. No trying to save the universe. No drama. No tragedy. Just a cute romantic date with his wife.