the ponds farewell

10

“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 awhile. 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 see 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.”  

The Ponds' Last Page

 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 awhile. 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 see 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.

8

“Another profound change came to the Doctor’s life with the arrival of someone completely unique: River Song. She’s an archaeologist, time traveller, TARDIS pilot, detective, and the Doctor’s future wife. Or is it past wife? Marriage is so complicated!” - Alex Kingston, narrating Farewell To Matt Smith [x]

Dear Matt,
I cannot even begin to describe how much I loved your doctor.

He stayed with us through sadness….

And made us laugh whenever he could.

He brought the Ponds along who taught us that love is timeless….

And Clara who believed that if you love someone, you would sacrifice anything for them…..

His big heart touched everyone around him.

Eleven will always be my favorite doctor,

But the clock had struck twelve now.

So farewell Matt Smith, you raggedy man, and remember the days that you were the Doctor.
We will never forget you. 

With Love,

The Doctor Who Fandom

Doctor Who Matt Goodbye Reaction Post (SPOILERS)

Watching the Matt Smith tribute show beforehand…

When the episode started..

The Doctor perfectly fine with being Cara’s boyfriend…

Going off to Church and seeing the Silence…

Then on the planet the Weeping Angels..

When the crack appears again…

And you find out it is the Timelords trying to return…

But the Doctor won’t let them otherwise there would be a war..

So basically he is refusing his kind refuge because of everyone’s safety..

Knowing that she would age, he sends Clara home…

So in turn, he is stranded in the town. Fights the baddies and ages into an old man…

When he gets all the cards from the people who love him so…

When Clara returns to him…

When he brings her to experience dawn and Handles dies…

When they get aboard the ship and it is over run with Daleks…

But they get back fine, and Eleven tells Clara he is on his last life.

And after promises to never send her away again, sends her away…

Then that scene with Clara’s grandma about seeing her to-be hubbie standing all beautifully on the pier…

When the lady comes and get’s Clara telling her she doesn’t want him to die alone…

(LITERALLY ALL I WAS THINKING OF)

When Clara finds the Doctor sitting all frail and old in the room of his cards….

And he tells her goodbye..

So Clara runs to the crack and gives that beautiful speech…

And they give him the regeneration power so he saves the town…

When Clara returns to the TARDIS to see Eleven again, young…

And you see the Fish Sticks and Custard on the console…

He starts to say goodbye and young Amelia Pond shows up..

And he says “The first to see this face.”

When he hugs Clara goodbye…

And then Amy Pond showed up.

Then she says “Goodnight Raggedy Man”…

When he regenerated…

Then the like 5 seconds of Capaldi…

So overall….

Because…

So…

10

Final Farewell to the Eleventh Doctor’s Era: Countdown of My 25 Favorite Episodes. Number 1 - The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

I have made my bitter sweet arrival at the top spot of this list and I suppose, for some people, this might seem like an odd choice to make above all the others, but for me, it represents everything that is the Eleventh Doctor’s era. This is a normal episode of Doctor Who featuring all four core members of the cast playing off of each other as relationships unfold in the middle of a plot that pulled me in like no other.

Coming just after a huge finale to end series 5, this episode brings the characters back together creating what is my favorite consecutive run of episodes to come out of the last seven series. If the series 5 finale has one of the best ever cliff hangers in The Pandorica Opens, this episode has one of the best opening sequences in Day of the Moon as the characters have been torn apart and are seemingy being hunted down like animals to be killed or locked in a cage.

But everything begins much more calmly at home with the Ponds. In series 5, Amy wants nothing more than to run away from her marriage, her real life, and her future. In series 7, Amy has doubts about how much longer she can keep traveling with the Doctor avoiding her real life. But in series 6, we are right in the middle of Amy’s journey as she is both happily living with Rory yet itching to continue adventuring with the Doctor and her husband, combining the two worlds.

Then, arrives a Tardis blue envelope summoning them to America to join the Doctor and River in a sweet picnic that spirals quickly into darkness while the three Ponds witness the Doctor calmly walk to his death. As the Doctor falls to his knees on the side of Lake Silencio, we have a heart wrenching scene that rips at the souls of these two women who love the Doctor so much. Amy pleads with River to tell her he isn’t dead as she is unable to control her emotions while River, so much older and knowledgeable, collects herself despite the pain written over her face and proceeds with the situation maturely. With the silence controlling so much of her memory, it is said that she doesn’t really remember much of that day on the beach the first time she was there, but certainly she knows what is happening and it’s still killing her. The Doctor will get in trouble for making her live through this later, but she needed to be there for so many reasons.

As the Ponds bid farewell to the man they all a loved, an old man arrives with a message and the adventure begins. Canton Everett Delaware III is a great character for more reasons than his name. He is a strong, intelligent man who was kicked out of the FBI for being open about his relationship with another man. As a guest character with who’s relationship has no role in this episode, we are watching a small slice of this man’s life as he does his job and does it well. His love life has no impact on his performance as an FBI agent, yet he has been kicked out of the FBI for it. It’s a very subtle yet poignant story.

But of course, the real story unfolding here is the arc we had long known is coming. Who is River Song? If the series 5 finale was the one to really wow me with the plotting of this era, this is the beginning of me falling in love with it and that was solidified with nearly perfect, yet soul crushing jail cell kiss. I love the character of River Song, her relationship with the Doctor, and the unfolding mystery surrounding her.  If I am going to be 100% honest, if it wasn’t for River Song and the arc behind her character, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing about this show right now.

But River alone wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with the era. The man who leads it all, the Eleventh Doctor, is a character who is not as instantly likable as David Tennant’s Doctor. The Tenth Doctor is the man boys and girls across the world would take home to meet the parents, but the Eleventh Doctor would never be quite so passable as a boyfriend. As time passes and his character grows in depth, the less that matters as he forms this incredibly nuanced character who can spin in circles with glee one minute and then threaten to destroy an enemy the next.

This episode is the true beginning of the Eleventh Doctor’s fall into a darkness that consumes him for the rest of his era. The dichotomy between light and dark in this character is what made me fall in love with him. He is a good man, a great man even, but he has done horrible, terrible things and he knows it

The traits that show just how dark he’s getting are written all over him. He loves his bad girl, he fights the Silence, and he will proudly win, but he will suffer the consequences. It will ultimately take a massive failure and that woman with her own dark side who can see straight into his own to make him see the error of his ways. He listens; he always listens, but it is going to be a long journey that pushes the Doctor in every direction as this character develops into an even more fascinating man.

Matt Smith gave an amazing performance that defied age and one that made casting a 26 year old with the capability of playing an old man a brilliant move. And you know what, he was fantastic.

I would like to congratulate the UK on once again overestimating its own worth in this postcolonial world.