I saw this post I made a little while ago come back across my dash recently and it made me want to kick up the idea of a Farm-Boy Danny AU again, so let’s start this sucker off-
At the end of TUE, Clockwork doesn’t save Danny’s family and friends and they all die in the explosion. Now faced with the very real possibility of following his evil future self’s path, he outright refuses to live with Vlad and instead begs his Aunt Alicia to let him stay with her.
She really doesn’t have the space or experience to take care of a teenager but Danny is determined. He even counters the child service’s complaints about lack of space and amenities by offering to let Alicia use his inheritance to renovate her home, and even sells off some of his parent’s inventions to the GIW for extra money (it’s not like he’ll be around for them to use it on)
In the end through sheer stubborn force of will he gets everyone to agree and starts a new life helping Alicia to cultivate her farm, which begins to prosper much more thanks to Danny’s extra cash getting in some new livestock and veggie gardens. Unfortunately the entire time is spent with Vlad breathing down their necks looking for legal loopholes to get Danny out of Alicia’s custody and into his. He even stoops to having Skulker seek them out, raise a little hell and just make things all out difficult for them to keep the farm in one piece since if Alicia can’t keep up a good cash flow to take care of them both then Vlad can have Danny taken from her.
Part of the reason Danny’s mental condition stagnated in his original aborted timeline was because living with Vlad and having everything handed to him he had nothing to do but lock himself in his room and dwell on his thoughts and make himself more miserable.
Living on a farm Danny finds himself far more busy and finds less time to dwell on his thoughts. The times when he does think about his family and friends he has Alicia there with him, who’ll notice his funk and immediately start sharing funny stories from her and Maddie’s childhood. Danny will, in return, share funny stories about the shenanigans him and his friends would always get up to. Having Alicia understand his pain (after all, she did just lose her only sister) and help to keep him dwelling on positive memories helps him to heal just a little bit more easily.
He keeps his ghost powers a secret from Alicia, mostly because he hasn’t yet figured out her opinion on ghosts and he hasn’t seen any reason to tell her. As it is he rarely slips into ghost form any more except to go out on late night flights and occasionally kick Skulker off the premises, but he does use his powers to help him with farm work whenever he feels like it. Although some days when he’s in a particularly bad funk he’ll do it all like a regular human.
Things go fairly well (besides the occasional sabotage attempt by either Vlad or his cronies) until Danny’s ice powers start kicking in. Having no way of controlling them and no access to the Far Frozen for help besides Vlad’s portal (he’d had the Fenton portal deactivated and taken apart before leaving Amity Park, he didn’t want the ghost’s coming through and destroying everything while he was gone) Danny’s powers continue to grow out of control. Of course eventually Alicia notices that something’s up and Danny can’t play it off as an illness for very long, especially with his temperature consistently plummeting. When everything he touches starts turning to ice under his fingers he realises that he has to come clean with Alicia, or she’s going to discover his secret herself.
But even then it might not matter if he can’t get his powers under control and stop himself from slipping him into an unintentional hibernation.
The three-act pod format would work really well for a theme like this.
This is how I’d structure it (assume the team was sent through time at the end of the previous season. Also assume Yo-Yo and Robbie were upgraded to series regulars):
Pod 1, Old West: The gang lands somewhere in the 1800s and team up with Marvel’s Wild West characters, like Rawhide Kid, the Phantom Rider, and the Two-Gun Kid. Imagine Robbie Reyes teaming up with the Phantom Rider and the two of them racing across the desert, Robbie in his Hell Charger and Carter Slade with his Hell Horse.
Anyways, Fitz and Simmons attempt to fix the time machine while the rest of the group protects them from a gang of cowboys, who believe that they are devil worshipers…which is not too far off from the truth because of Ghost Rider.
Pod 2, mix between 2099 and present day: Fitz and Simmonsmanage to repair the time machine but half of the group gets sent too far in the future. Let’s say Fitz, Daisy, Mack, and May are stuck in present day while Simmons, Robbie, Coulson, and Yo-Yo are sent to the far future. Also, the Two-Gun Kid decides to follow SHIELD and ends up with the present day group.
2099 is a dystopian world, ruled by the rogue time traveler who is responsible for the disturbances in time. The rogue time traveler is also the main antagonist of the season. While trying to find a way back in time, the group teams up with Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099), a very old but still alive Daisy Johnson, and a SHIELD agent who is later revealed to be Fitz’s grand-daughter.
Since the writers love fucking with Fitzsimmons, it’s revealed that Fitz moved on at some point in the 2030s and got married to someone else. Imagine the angst potential here, with Simmons having to talk to Fitz’s granddaughter.
Pod 3, 1955: Both groups reconnect in 1955, the year where the rogue time traveler came from. The Two-Gun Kid and Miguel O’Hara follows SHIELD into the past.
While in the past, SHIELD teams up with Agent Carter and her team. This is a way to provide a solid ending to Agent Carter.
Anyways, the season ends with the rogue time traveler’s defeat. The Two-Gun Kid and Miguel O’Hara stay in the present day since the time machine was destroyed in the final battle with the time traveler. Also, Coulson finds an old, never-before-seen picture from Agent Carter’s collection, which is of her and Coulson’s team together.
As one final cliffhanger to end the season, SHIELD recruits a new agent, who is revealed to be a Black Widow agent who was raised in the Red Room alongside Natasha Romanoff. We then learn that the Black Widow agent was Fitz’s wife from the aborted timeline (let’s say the granddaughter revealed the name of her grandmother in the 2099 arc).
That’s the arc for next season; BLACK WIDOW
(EDIT: Completely forgot that Black Widow agents are sterilized. Let’s just say Fitz and the Black Widow agent adopted and Fitz’s granddaughter just got used to saying grandma).
I know you said that in the unfuck verse, the twins would be born until after the end of the war, when Anakin is like 24-25. But I had an image of, it's the middle of the Clone Wars, Anakin and Padmé are sorta-fianced, trying to keep everything above board but there is a war on, emotions run high, so do hormones, and well, they sleep together once, ONCE. And they were using like 3 different birth control methods between them 1/2
2/2 (They’re on birth control because you never know, and Mace is paranoid, and they both agree it would be a terrible time to have kids)…. And of course Padmé ends up pregnant. Mace just throw up his hands. Clearly it was the will of the Force. Message received Force.
Probably they’d be born even later, honestly, Mace might finally be like “okay NOW Ani can get knighted” post-war (still with GREAT HESITATION because Anakin Skywalker could probably ALWAYS use Adult Supervision, okay, he is kind of just that kind of person), but as I’ve been thinking about it more I’ve been thinking it’s very unlikely that Padmé would insta-drop politics in a post-war recovery period and Anakin wouldn’t have any desire to leave the Order without her also retiring, especially not with all the attachments Mace has been encouraging him to foster. Mace would probably be like “please take a desk job” and Anakin might actually even listen, but yeah, he’d have no reason to actually out-and-out resign until Padmé did. And then they would get super-married and probably immediately get knocked up THEN. Or maybe just he’d retire and he’d be her house-husband while she fixed shit in the Senate, but even then, yeah, that might be a couple years too.
But yeah, Anakin having big emotions and letting them make his decisions for him was a major downfall in canon, obviously, so MY GOD, the amount of stress Mace Windu would be under if he and Padmé actually got pregnant, just–MY GOD. He might age ten years. He might just go jump out a window right THEN. It would, at the very least, scare the shit out of him just on principle. Which, fair: Anakin is also scared as shit, and Padmé is doing only slightly better.
Qui-Gon totally ends up having to talk Mace down from at least one windowsill, though. “It’s only the second floor, Mace, you probably wouldn’t even manage to break anything. Also, I realize you are VERY intense about your visions but just because the birth control failed doesn’t MAGICALLY mean they suddenly want a child right now, they are literally already discussing abortion and adoption and other options.”
“I just REALLY didn’t want electrocuted again,” Mace says despondently.
“… is this your sense of humor again or should I take you to the mind healers?”
Four Reasons River Song is NOT Married to the Doctor.
I’m sorry to everyone who likes the whole River/Doctor relationship (or Steven Moffat’s writing). I find it very, very forced, far too convoluted and basically completely lacking in any kind of sense–even while accommodating for the reversed timelines–to take seriously or believe, among other things. Therefore, this list.
1. It happened in an alternate (and aborted) timeline. If the timeline doesn’t exist, neither does the marriage. Simple.
2. It was forced. The Doctor flat out states that he doesn’t want to marry her and she pressures him into it because it’s the only way she’ll let him touch her. If there is any kind of pressure, blackmail or abuse to get someone to marry another person, the marriage is forced. The Doctor was absolutely pressured into participating because not participating would’ve ended the universe.
3. He DIDN’T tell her his name. River admits this after things are fixed and back to normal. This assumes that marriage is the one and only time the Doctor would tell someone his name.
RIVER: Okay. I’m going to tell you what I probably shouldn’t. The Doctor’s last secret. Don’t you want to know what he whispered in my ear? AMY: He whispered his name. RIVER: Not his name, no. AMY: Yes, it was. He said it was. RIVER: Rule One? AMY: The Doctor lies.
(This, of course, invalidates earlier canon, namely a scene in ‘Forest of the Dead’…though, it could be construed as the first instance of Moffat’s new 'Rule One’–the Doctor lies…Either way, it is, to me, typical Moffat writing and therefore very frustrating and eye-roll-inducing.)
4. It was the Teselecta who participated in the ceremony, not the Doctor himself. And yes, I know he was piloting (or at least helping to pilot) it. Still, the case can be made that while he was present at the ceremony, he wasn’t actually the one participating. River Song married a puppet of the Doctor. That’s not the same as actually marrying the Doctor. It’s just not.
Life may not be smooth going, but that is no reason to erase the painful experiences. They have happened, and with support, strength, and *forward* moving time, the wounds will scab over. Remorse and regret are perfectly normal emotions to feel... But they aren't the only ones that people feel. Until the final irredeemable moment, erasing them should not be so easily considered. A happy ending isnt something so shallow that time gets to be the fix-it
* precisely. we all make mistakes… ‘n we have to live with ‘em. as much as we wish we can take the pain away… well. for some things like the needless loss of life in a loved one… i can certainly understand wantin’ to amend that.
* but if you keep expanding it, makin’ more and more slippery decisions to fix every little thing… are you really learnin’? what justice is bein’ done when your mistakes leave an aborted timeline and you relieved ‘n whistlin’ your way through the one you figure you ‘fixed’? what else didn’t happen that would’ve been good if you had moved forward and tried to grow and learn and shoulder your mistakes?
* … time’s messy. life is messy. unless you’re talkin’ a total extinction or genocide of a people type of thing that can’t be turned back and all… you shouldn’t consider trying to play god with time. hell, there are countless timelines that are the messy remains of someone with that power runnin’ from it to a ‘new chance’… not thinkin’ about what they’re leaving behind or causin’ in the original timeline.
Attacks On Abortion Clinics: An Explainer & Timeline
NOTE: The shootings today at a Planned Parenthood have not been confirmed to be carried out by anti-abortion extremists. If this is confirmed, it will be added to the below list.
In the United States, violence directed towards abortion providers has killed at least eight people, including four doctors, two clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort;[I 1][I 2]Seven murders occurred in the 1990s.[I 3]
July 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot to death outside another facility, the Ladies Center, in Pensacola. Rev. Paul Jennings Hill was charged with the killings. Hill received a death sentence and was executed on September 3, 2003. The clinic in Pensacola had been bombed before in 1984 and was also bombed subsequently in 2012.
December 30, 1994: Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, were killed in two clinic attacks in Brookline, Massachusetts. John Salvi was arrested and confessed to the killings. He died in prison and guards found his body under his bed with a plastic garbage bag tied around his head. Salvi had also confessed to a non-lethal attack in Norfolk, Virginiadays before the Brookline killings.
October 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot to death with a high-powered rifle at his home in Amherst, New York. His was the last in a series of similar shootings against providers in Canada and northern New York state which were all likely committed by James Kopp. Kopp was convicted of Slepian’s murder after being apprehended in France in 2001.
According to statistics gathered by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an organization of abortion providers, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, there have been 17attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, 13 wounded, 100 butyric acid attacks, 373 physical invasions, 41 bombings, 655 anthrax threats, and 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers.[I 6] Between 1997 and 1990 77 death threats were made with 250 made between 1991 to 1999 . Attempted murders in the U.S. included:[I 1][I 7][I 8] IN 1985 45% of clinics reported bomb threats, decreasing to 15% in 2000. One fifth of clinics in 2000 experienced some form of extreme activity. 
August 1982: Three men identifying as the Army of God kidnapped Hector Zevallos (a doctor and clinic owner) and his wife, Rosalee Jean, holding them for eight days.[I 9]
August 19, 1993: Dr. George Tiller was shot outside of an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas. Shelley Shannon was charged with the crime and received an 11-year prison sentence (20 years were later added for arson and acid attacks on clinics).
July 29, 1994: June Barret was shot in the same attack which claimed the lives of James Barrett, her husband, and Dr. John Britton.
December 30, 1994: Five individuals were wounded in the shootings which killed Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols.
December 18, 1996: Dr. Calvin Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana was stabbed 15 times, losing 4 pints of blood. Donald Cooper was charged with second degree attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years. “Donald Cooper’s Day of Violence”, by Kara Lowentheil, Choice! Magazine, December 21, 2004.
October 28, 1997: Dr. David Gandell of Rochester, New York was injured by flying glass when a shot was fired through the window of his home.[I 10]
January 29, 1998:Emily Lyons, a nurse, was severely injured, and lost an eye, in the bombing which also killed off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson.
Arson, bombing, and property crime
According to NAF, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric acid (“stink bombs”).[I 6]The New York Times also cites over one hundred clinic bombings and incidents of arson, over three hundred invasions, and over four hundred incidents of vandalism between 1978 and 1993.[I 11] The first clinic arson occurred inOregon in March 1976 and the first bombing occurred in February 1978 in Ohio.[I 12] Incidents have included:
May 26, 1983: Joseph Grace set the Hillcrest clinic in Norfolk, Virginia ablaze. He was arrested while sleeping in his van a few blocks from the clinic when an alert patrol officer noticed the smell of kerosene.[I 13]
May 12, 1984: Two men entered a Birmingham, Alabama clinic shortly after a lone woman opened the doors at 7:45 am. Forcing their way into the clinic, one of the men threatened the woman if she tried to prevent the attack while the other, wielding a sledgehammer, did between $7,500 and $8,000 of damage to suction equipment. The man who damaged the equipment was later identified as Father Edward Markley. Father Markley is a Benedictine Monk who was the Birmingham diocesan “Coordinator for Pro-Life Activities”. Markley was convicted of first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree burglary. His accomplice has never been identified. Following the Birmingham incident, Markley entered the Women’s Community Health Center in Huntsville Alabama, assaulting at least three clinic workers. One of the workers, Kathryn Wood received back injuries and a broken neck vertebrae. Markley was convicted of first-degree criminal mischief and three counts of third-degree assault and harassment in the Huntsville attack.[I 14]
December 25, 1984: An abortion clinic and two physicians’ offices in Pensacola, Florida, were bombed in the early morning of Christmas Day by a quartet of young people (Matt Goldsby, Jimmy Simmons, Kathy Simmons, Kaye Wiggins) who later called the bombings “a gift to Jesus on his birthday.”[I 15][I 16][I 17] The clinic, the Ladies Center, would later be the site of the murder of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett in 1994 and a firebombing in 2012.
March 29, 1993: Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula, Montana; at around 1 a.m., an arsonist snuck onto the premises and firebombed the clinic. The perpetrator, a Washington man, was ultimately caught, convicted and imprisoned. The facility was a near-total loss, but all of the patients’ records, though damaged, survived the fire in metal file cabinets.[I 18][I 19][I 20]
May 21, 1998: Three people were injured when acid was poured at the entrances of five abortion clinics in Miami, Florida.[I 21]
September 30, 2000: John Earl, a Catholic priest, drove his car into the Northern Illinois Health Clinic after learning that the FDA had approved the drug RU-486. He pulled out an ax before being forced to the ground by the owner of the building, who fired two warning shots from a shotgun.[I 27]
December 12, 2005: Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana. The device missed the building and no damage was caused. In August 2006, Hughes was sentenced to six years in prison, and Dunahoe to one year. Hughes claimed the bomb was a “memorial lamp” for an abortion she had had there.[I 29]
September 11, 2006 David McMenemy of Rochester Hills, Michigan, crashed his car into the Edgerton Women’s Care Center in Davenport, Iowa. He then doused the lobby in gasoline and started a fire. McMenemy committed these acts in the belief that the center was performing abortions; however, Edgerton is not an abortion clinic.[I 30]Time magazine listed the incident in a “Top 10 Inept Terrorist Plots” list.[I 31]
April 25, 2007: A package left at a women’s health clinic in Austin, Texas, contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death. A bomb squad detonated the device after evacuating the building. Paul Ross Evans (who had a criminal record for armed robbery and theft) was found guilty of the crime.[I 32]
December 6, 2007: Chad Altman and Sergio Baca were arrested for the arson of Dr. Curtis Boyd’s clinic in Albuquerque. Baca’s girlfriend had scheduled an appointment for an abortion at the clinic.[I 34][I 35]
January 1, 2012 Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, firebombed the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Florida, with a Molotov cocktail; the fire gutted the building. Rogers told investigators that he was motivated to commit the crime by his opposition to abortion, and that what more directly prompted the act was seeing a patient enter the clinic during one of the frequent anti-abortion protests there. The clinic had previously been bombed at Christmas in 1984 and was the site of the murder of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett in 1994.[I 38]
April 1, 2012 A bomb exploded on the windowsill of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, resulting in a fire that damaged one of the clinic’s examination rooms. No injuries were reported.
September 4, 2015 A Planned Parenthood clinic in Pullman, Washington was intentionally set on fire. No injuries were reported due to the time of day, but the FBI was involved because of a history of domestic terrorism against the clinic.[I 40]
October 22, 2015 A Planned Parenthood clinic in Claremont, New Hampshire was vandalized by a juvenile intruder. Damaged in the attack were computers, furniture, plumbing fixtures, office equipment, medical equipment, phone lines, windows, and walls. The flooding that resulted from the vandalism also damaged an adjacent business.[I 41][I 42]
The first hoax letters claiming to contain anthrax were mailed to U.S. clinics in October 1998, a few days after the Slepian shooting; since then, there have been 655 such bioterror threats made against abortion providers. None of the “anthrax” in these cases was real.[I 7][I 43]
November 2001: After the genuine 2001 anthrax attacks, Clayton Waagner mailed hoax letters containing a white powder to 554 clinics. On December 3, 2003, Waagner was convicted of 51 charges relating to the anthrax scare.
The timelords didn’t let the Doctor die in Trenzalore, so Clara never jumped the timestream. She no longer is scattered through time, so the TARDIS doesn’t dislike her anymore (explaining why she closed her doors when Clara asked in TDOTD and why she protected Clara in the time vortex in TTOTD). Time was rewritten and because of the paradox created in Trenzalore Clara and the Doctor could no longer be trapped in the timestream. But even though the events of TNOTD no longer happened, Clara had to be the Doctor’s companion in TDOTD, otherwise Eleven’s arc wouldn’t have happened.
I think the exact instant that triggered the paradox that rewrote history was Eleven and Clara meeting the War Doctor at the bottom of the timestream. I believe they were forcefully expelled from there right then because Clara couldn’t know that the Hurt Doctor didn’t destroy Gallifrey yet, because she had to see the three Doctors ready to do it and then stop them (remember that they only stopped it because of her reaction and later speech? The reason Gallifrey was saved was because Clara was there). Because Clara was in the Day of the Doctor, the timelords weren’t killed and could find the crack in Trenzalore. And because Clara was in TDOTD, the TARDIS blew up, Melody Pond was kidnapped and the siege of Trenzalore began. However, if the timelords saved the Doctor because Clara saved them, the Doctor couldn’t have died in Trenzalore, the GI couldn’t have entered the timestream, neither Clara, and the Clara echoes shouldn’t exist. So Clara would have never become the impossible girl.
However, she still had to be a companion because, even though the events in TNOTD were rewritten, Clara still was in TDOTD and caused the entire 11th arc story to happen. And now comes the really clever move: The Doctor didn’t find Clara because he was looking for her. He found her because a mysterious woman in a shop gave Clara the number of the TARDIS.
The Doctor and Clara still remembered what happened in the aborted timeline (TNOTD) and consequently the echoes of Clara, the same way Amy remembered the aborted timelines in TWORS, TBB and series 5 as a whole and the same way Rory remembered he had been a plastic roman for almost 2000 years. Aborted timelines can still be remembered and that’s a constant in Moffat’s writing. So it’s not strange that Clara and the Doctor remember Clara being split in the timestream (that now never happened).
Now, the question is: who gave Clara the number of the TARDIS and assured the return of Gallifrey? Romana? Another timelady from the High Council?
(Dedicated to Megan – A slightly belated merry Christmas, dear, I hope you have had a wonderful couple of days!)
I believe that a considerable percentage of the criticism of River Song’s character or storyline is the result of a lack of understanding for her timeline. In particular, allegations with regards to her supposed failure to develop as a character always leave me puzzled, because nothing could be further from the truth. A lot of people fail to consider that we are observing River’s character development out-of-order, with glimpses of her character at different points in time, spanning at least decades for her life. The differences are always notable, even leading some to suggest that Moffat was messing up her characterisation as he went along. In a round-about way, these claims hold a grain of truth: We see River’s devolution, because we see her evolution to the person we met at the Library in series 4, in a primarily backwards manner.
To highlight the character growth which takes place over the course of River’s lifetime, it is useful to look at her appearances from her own perspective, in the order of her timeline and in the context of her life story. The scenes in which River features in Closing Time total to less than three minutes – and yet, as the only glimpse at her life and her character in-between Let’s Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song it is quite invaluable to look at it. I will also take the opportunity to talk about River’s choice of career here, because Closing Time is when we see her right at the point at which she becomes Doctor River Song and so it seems fitting.
River in this scene is different than in any other episodes we meet. There is a new-found innocence to River here which we will never truly see again. Even when something spooks her in a nearly-deserted library, she isn’t truly on-guard. When Madame Kovarian approaches her, out of the dark, reciting a poem, River is merely cautious. No guns are drawn, no other preparations made. In fact, the moment Kovarian makes an allusion to the Doctor, the resulting reaction in River is excitement – and when Kovarian mentions River becoming a Doctor of Archaeology, a smile of pride passes River’s face. This is a glimpse of the person River Song might have become if life hadn’t forced her off her chosen track. Unabashedly curious, young, with a yearning for knowledge. A person who jumps at the opportunity to talk about the Doctor, even if it is with a mysterious stranger.
Amy and Rory travel with the Doctor for approximately ten years of their life (give or take a dying universe and an aborted timeline), and that is not even counting the fourteen years which pass between Amy waiting in her garden and the Doctor inviting her to “check out” some other planets in the Eleventh Hour. Much of the Doctor’s and River’s time together takes place off-screen, over centuries left unseen and nightly trips when the Ponds are asleep. There are also prominent gaps, often months at a time, between Clara’s and the Doctor’s episodes.
What benefits and/or disadvantages does this approach have? (I’d be particularly interested in whether long-term storytelling with a lot of off-screen developments mainly adds or subtracts from the quality of a series, character writing, or your personal enjoyment. Or what the impact of unexplained but substantial jumps ahead is, for instance from The Name of the Doctor to The Day of the Doctor, when Clara’s life changes considerably. But any discussion would be very welcome.)
It's hard to believe that Amy Pond was in 2 more episodes overall than Rose Tyler...
… I just feel like we know Rose so much better. I can ‘hear’ her voice in fic, I know what makes her tick, I have a good handle on that innate quality that makes Rose… Rose.
Amy? Nope. Now, of course, part of this could be the constant different versions of Amy that we were given (I counted it up once… there are something like 5 or 6 alt version of Amy and/or aborted timelines that 'never really happened’ for her). But instead of putting me on the edge of my seat with anticipation… all that change and uncertainty from episode to episode puts me at a distance emotionally from her. I can’t read a fic with Amy Pond in it and definitively say “this is in character!” or “this is out of character!” because she, herself, in canon, is all over the freaking place whenever it’s convenient for the plot.
It all comes down to the quality and depth of the writing–if I don’t know who you are deep down inside, if the writing doesn’t show me who you are and makes me care about you or relate to you… then I suppose this goes to show that you can be in a crapton of eps and still be a stranger.
Steven Moffat answered peoples questions in this issue, one of them concerning the Doctor’s marriages. In relation to River Song marrying the Doctor he said:
“In The Wedding of River Song, there is no wedding, and River Song doesn’t get married. The Doctor never whispers his name to her, and is, in any event, miniatured inside a robot replica of himself (which even by bloke standards, betrays a certain reticence about commitment). Of course River swaggers about the place, calling the Doctor her husband, but, well, she would, wouldn’t she? At some point he does tell her his name - but she probably tickled him a lot or something.”
I just thought it interesting how my opinions of that episode agree with what the writer thought when writing it (after all, it even happened in an aborted timeline).
He also mentioned that we know nothing of the Doctor’s first wife, Susan’s grandmother, which I found genuinely intriguing. Perhaps one day we will see who she was (*cough* Clara? *cough*).
I’ve uploaded the full set of questions + the Jenna Coleman Interview on my blog.