5. The Angels Take Manhattan: Amelia’s Final Farewell

One of the recurring themes in Amy’s story arc is the tension between her choice to follow the Doctor and her relationship with Rory. At one point she seemed to have it all. She could travel with the Doctor alongside her husband. She could play house and still go off on exotic and amazing adventures.  When the Doctor drops her off in the 21st century with a new house and car, at the end of The God Complex, it  signified the end of her and Rory traveling with the Doctor 24/7 and the possibility that her travels with the Doctor would soon come to a permanent end. Though, in reality, that is a possibility that none of the main characters want to entertain for long. In the episode, The Power of Three, Amy and Rory are fully aware about how they are living two lives:

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Later on in that episode, Amy and the Doctor have a heart to heart:


Traveling with the Doctor is of course dangerous, but incredibly exhilarating.  But the problem is, their second life, their “real life” is not given the same amount of devotion and attention. Even when they go months without seeing the Doctor, they live their lives as if they are in a holding pattern, simply going through the motions of their daily lives waiting for the Doctor to return. They can’t truly invest in their everyday life because they know that the Doctor will show up unannounced and they will drop everything to go away with him. But who could blame them? Who wouldn’t want to go traipsing throughout the universe for as long as possible? Amy and Rory are living two lives-and while it wears down on them both-I’m not sure either want to truly give up their lives with the Doctor. Brian points that out to the Doctor at the end of The Power of Three:

“… it’s you they can’t give up, Doctor. And I don’t think they should. Go with him. Go save every world you can find. Who else has that chance? Life will still be here.”

However, not surprisingly Amy is eventually forced to make a choice: stay with the Doctor and never see Rory again or stay with Rory, live a relatively normal life, and never see the Doctor again.

The first part of the episode can be described as a frantic attempt on the part of Amy and the Doctor to try and delay making such a final decision. Especially on the part of the Doctor. Amy isn’t the same person she was during the episode,  Amy’s Choice where she agonized right up until Rory is seemingly killed over who she wanted-Rory or the Doctor. It seems, at least to me, that from the get go she is pretty clear that she wants to do anything possible to get Rory back. Her focus has shifted. It’s the Doctor who can’t bear to permanently let her go.

The episode showcases Amy’s devotion to Rory, although there is one moment where it seems as if her devotion is called into question. When they enter Winter Quay, Amy, Rory, River and the Doctor see an aged Rory who just before he dies, sees Amy and reaches for her. The Doctor explains that the weeping angels are coming to get Rory and to zap him back into the same spot thirty-forty years earlier where he would live and die in that bed. Rory than wants to know about Amy:


It appears as if Amy made a choice to stay with the Doctor. However, Amy and Rory refuse to accept that this is how Rory’s story would end-how their story would end. The Doctor is stubbornly insists that the future cannot be changed-even when we have seen the Doctor in earlier episodes blatantly disregard that whole notion and insist on doing the impossible. (Perhaps because in that version of the future Amy stays with him. If the future can be changed, then there is still a possibility he could lose Amy). But  Amy is adamant that if Rory has to run from the weeping angels forever then she would run with him. And on the rooftop when Rory realizes that the only way for him to create a paradox that would destroy the angels was to jump off the roof and face death, instead of pushing him off the roof like he asked her to do, she decides to jump with him.


When River and the Doctor make their way to the roof, the look of panic on the Doctor’s face is palpable. He cares about Rory of course, but as he mentioned in a previous episode, Amy is the one who is seared onto his hearts. “The first face, this face saw,” he tells her. As a result he cannot bear the thought of losing her. Imagine the joy the Doctor feels when the paradox works and it seems as if everything would turn out OK. Rory and Amy are back and they can all go off on new adventures. But of course, it was never going to end like that.

One weeping angel survives the paradox and Rory gets zapped back in time. Amy, of course, chooses to follow him and live a life of relative normalcy (though of course the time period they were zapped back into, the 1930s, was a time of turmoil for the world…).

Amy in the beginning of her adventures with the Doctor was enamored with the man in the blue box and essentially afraid of settling down and growing up but this Amy was ready to let go of her raggedy man. She was ready to stop running away.  The Doctor, in contrast, is known for running away-he can never settle down. He cares about people-but he will leave them and move on with is life-he has too. His ability to vastly outlive all of his companions means that he can never stay with one person for a long period of time. As the Doctor admits at the beginning of the episode he hates endings and River Song tells Amy: “Never let him see the damage. And never, ever let him see you age. He doesn’t like endings.”

Whether they wanted to admit or not there was going to come a time when Amy would have to choose between the Doctor and Rory. And she was always going to choose Rory.

11. The Beast Below

10. Amy’s Choice

9. Vincent And The Doctor

8. The Girl Who Waited

7. The God Complex

6. A Town Called Mercy 


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