#DoctorWho: The Angels Take Manhattan

River Song (Doctor Who)

River Song (Doctor Who) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Just you wait til my husband gets home.” -River Song

“Together, or not at all. It’s called marriage.”-Amy Pond

I just wanted to share a few words about tonight’s episode, the mid-season finale of Doctor Who. It was a send off for Rory and Amy Pond. The family, the Doctor, River, Amy, and Rory are trapped in Manhattan, trying to avoid  Weeping Angels.  What makes Doctor Who so special is that it’s a blend of family friendly humor, horror and science fiction all rolled into one master piece.

Lately, I have found myself critical of the show, seeing the criticism that a few of my peers have levied against Doctor Who.  Doctor Who has been transformed from a show about (in my view), an awkward college professor teaching his students about history to a journey in cultural studies, and for the 11th Doctor, it’s more like the Doctor + family.  Besides issues of race [color-blindness]  and gender, one of these criticisms is that Doctor Who has started to carry this “everyone should have a family; no one should be alone” mantra. Much like the backers of the (fake) Gospel of Jesus’ (fake) Wife) who wanted to ‘ship Jesus, being human is defined as being together with a significant other. Single persons are once more excluded, from a secular show too! The theme of family and normalcy is valued in our culture, and the media is the teacher of this value, so much so that singleness and individuality becomes marginalized.


Amy Pond, from Doctor Who

Amy Pond, from Doctor Who (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For example, take River Song, and her  mother, Amy Pond, their identities are based on their relationship to men. For River, it is being Doctor Who’s wife, and for Amy, it’s being Rory’s wife. Yet the feelings really are not that mutual when it comes to the men.  The question I have is, why does being in a relationship have to be all that important at all? Are people who are not ‘shipped up (by choice) somehow less human? I have my doubts about that. So while I do enjoy Doctor Who, I do understand why there are those who do not. And that’s okay. I like it, and I can criticize it.

Just can’t help it. Well, maybe I can.

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8 thoughts on “#DoctorWho: The Angels Take Manhattan

  1. doug

    well, this was the first time a married couple has traveled together on the tardis with the doctor. In fact, this may have been the first time a female companion chose happily to leave to be with another male. Other female companions seemed to have fallen hard for him. I think, that you are wrong about Amy being defined by the males. Certainly at first, Amy was a more dominent character, and Rory stood in her shadow. Well, I loved those two characters and I am happy to see they lived happily every after, and that Rory only had to have one more death.

  2. Amanda

    “For example, take River Song, and her mother, Amy Pond, their identities are based on their relationship to men. For River, it is being Doctor Who’s wife, and for Amy, it’s being Rory’s wife.”

    Rod, I’m going to disagree with you on this one. Amy’s identity is not based on her relationship to Rory. It’s the other way around. Rory’s identity is based on his relationship to Amy. Hence the Doctor, and the audience calling them “the Ponds” and not “the Williams.”

      1. Charles

        I completely disagree, Rod. They are called the Ponds because Amy is CLEARLY the dominant force in the relationship. Rory is so devoted to Amy that the moment I saw that they were divorcing in the first episode, I immediately knew that it was Amy who did the breaking, not Rory. Two thousand years guarding a box. Rory would never leave Amy.

        As for the general “no-one should be alone” thing, I consider this a good move. Leaving aside the obvious problem (that The Doctor isn’t human), relationships being necessary is fundamental to human nature. There is a reason that solitary confinement drives people insane. There is a reason that loneliness feels like a slow death. Family is important, and the tragedy of outliving everyone you love adds depth to The Doctor.

        As for the less-than-human thing, I would grab (and bastardize) this from Aristotle: The man who can live without relationships is either a god or a beast. Not a man. I’m not saying that single people are inferior to married people (I didn’t get married until I was 31), but genuinely-alone people suffer because of it.


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