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Does it always have to be so dramatic?

This is the synopsis of an upcoming Doctor Who episode called “A Good Man Goes to War.”

Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demons Run and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love Doctor Who but, quite frankly, I’m becoming a bit weary of the new series. I used to think it was just my intense dislike of Amy Pond (which hasn’t improved with the few episodes I’ve seen of her second season) but now I think I’m just getting really tired of the end of the world happening every freaking season.

The Girl in the FireplaceThis started back with Tennant’s last season. The entire planet Earth was moved to a different region of space. Then, Matt Smith’s first season ended with all of reality being completely rebooted. Now, there’s this Silence thing going on and we’re about to see the ‘Doctor’s darkest hour.’  How are they going to end this season? They’ve already rebooted the freaking universe. How do you top that?

It would be nice if the show runners could just back off a bit and let the Doctor have more adventures that don’t have the fate of the universe, the time lord race, the Dalek race, the human race or all of reality hanging in the balance. A few more “Girl in the Fireplace” or “The Unquiet Dead” episodes would be nice. And could we have a season-long story arc that doesn’t lead to utter destruction?

Oh, and while we’re at it, could we have a new companion that isn’t the most important person in the universe? God, that’s getting old, especially when the most important person in the universe is a narcissistic bitch in a micro-skirt.

The problem with Pond

Amy's Choice

Amy's Choice

Last year, soon after it was released, the husband and I picked up the first Matt Smith series of Doctor Who. From the beginning I liked Matt Smith. He’s quirky, like David Tennant, but a bit more old-fashioned and aloof like past doctors. He has the exuberance we’ve come to expect since way back during the 8th doctor’s one time offering but he’s not quite as willing to get overly-close to the humans he picks up.

Which leads us to his newest companion. I have to say it. I don’t like Amy Pond. I adore Amelia Pond, but I loathe Amy Pond.

I’ve been trying to figure out why. My husband likes her and I think the public in general does as well. I have heard a lot of idiotic bleating about how she dresses and that it’s too sexy for Doctor Who. As the Brits would say, this is total rubbish. It’s obvious that the complainers either have a short memory or they have never watched any Doctor Who episodes before Christopher Eccleston. Teagan, who travelled with Peter Davison’s Doctor, wore very short skirts and Peri’s first appearance was in a skimpy bikini. And then there’s Leila who was most at home in her primitive and rather revealing animal-skin outfit.

So, no, unlike those prigs, my dislike of Amy does not come from her short skirts or because she’s very pretty. I’m not in high school anymore.

I think it boils down to the fact that she has no respect for anyone. If something conflicts with her ultimate goal, she seems pretty damned eager to just dismiss whatever it is that’s in her way without any regard to anyone else’s desires and/or feelings.

I think it most hit me at the tail end of ‘Flesh and Stone’ when the Doctor returns Amy to the same evening that he picked her up. As soon as they step out the T.A.R.D.I.S. Amy forcefully attempts to bed the Doctor.

I find the scene disturbing to watch and at first I thought it was just because I don’t like overly-forward people. But after thinking about it for a while, I realize it makes me uncomfortable because if it were the other way around – if the Doctor, or any man, was chasing Amy around her room trying to force her into bed after she repeatedly says no – would that scene seem so damned funny or whimsical? No, it would be disgusting and creepy. And that’s what that scene is to me – disgusting and creepy. I can’t even see it as an aggressive seduction because it is so very clear that the Doctor has absolutely no interest.

Fortunately, Amy does back off in subsequent episodes but she’s continues to make these comments about how she’s still trying to choose between the Doctor and Rory, her fiance. Rory obviously loves her – they are engaged – but the Doctor has never done or said anything to make her think he wants her around for anything other than friendship and to see the universe through her eyes. Perhaps it’s just the way Karen Gillian plays it – and let’s face it, she’s not much of an actress – but the fact that she just assumes there’s a definite opportunity with the Doctor is the height of arrogance and I find it very distasteful.

Amy Pond is pushy, arrogant, rude and insensitive. One or two of those traits may have been acceptable to me, but all together? No, I don’t like it.

Still, even with her awfulness, that’s not enough to make me stop watching the show. As long as the Doctor is intriguing I’ll watch the show. But I sincerely hope either Amy Pond leaves the show after this next season or they at least tone her down. Perhaps having her husband along for the ride (who I like very much) will humanize her and make her more likable to me instead of the bitch companion I just want to slap.

Not even Adric was this annoying.

Looking for the spare key?

Looking for the spare key?