Young people relax during their lunch break along the East River while a huge plume of smoke rises from Lower Manhattan after the attack on the World Trade Center. Brooklyn, New York, September 11, 2001.
Night view of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge’s viaduct. View looking southwest from East River, late 1962.
Photo: Shostal, New York.
Source: Roland Gööck. “Maravillas del Mundo. Prodigios de la Naturaleza y realizaciones del hombre, desde las cataratas del Niágara hasta las bases espaciales”. (España, Barcelona, Ediciones Nauta, 1968).
Karen Gillan whom was off-camera sat next to Matt Smith and read to him Amy Pond’s farewell letter. When the director called ‘Cut!’, Matt Smith broke down into tears and started crying.
Hello, old friend, and here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well, and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you, always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think once we’re gone, ‘you won’t be coming back here for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait two-thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived and save a whale in outer space. Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.
I keep thinking back to Amy’s afterword and how it says everything the doctor needs to hear: she’s happy, she found Rory, and how they lived a good long life together. But then I think of River’s words “Don’t let him see the damage” and I can’t help but wonder if anything in that afterword is true
The Brooklyn Bridge is easily recognizable by its double-arched brick towers and its massive webbing of steel cables and mesh. If you’re in New York City and can find the time, take the subway over to Brooklyn Heights and walk the bridge back to Manhattan. The views of the skyline of the city are well worth the effort.