Steven Moffat on ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’. (via waiting-for-the-tardis)
Translation: Steven Moffat is TRYING TO KILL ME!!! Steven, you do not write lovely sentences about how the Doctor’s found a home and a family, and then imply you’re going to TEAR THEM AWAY FROM HIM!!!! I know we’ve had a whole year to prepare for the leaving of the Ponds, but summaries like that DO NOT MAKE THIS EASIER.
Actually, despite all of the tags surrounding this being about feels (and believe me, there are LOTS of feels), the first thing I noticed about this was something rather beautiful, in a sense. You all know I’m not a fan of Moffat, but IF he did this intentionally, it was brilliant (if not, it’s a brilliant coincidence, as I’m not always sure authors are aware of everything us fans see while they are writing)
A man (who no matter how old he is, he acts like he’s still a child) shows up in a young girl’s house one night. After meeting him she grows up telling stories about him, tells them to all her friends, and cherishes them. She believes in him. One night, quite some time later, he shows up again and whisks her away on adventures and to new worlds. He enjoys impressing her, and at first she thinks she is in love with him, but time proves otherwise (but they are still best friends). But eventually she must return home. He, however, ever young and ever old, visits her often. He shows up now and again, just to check in and say hi, and make sure she’s still alright. They still go on adventures sometimes, but she never stays as long. She has a life now, back on earth. She even has a family. Each time he visits she is older than last time they spoke, but he doesn’t seem to have changed. He doesn’t notice at first, and honestly believes that she is just the same girl that he knew, and that at any moment they might be off again to a new world. There are some things that should never change - a constant in his life of adventure - and she is one of them. Until one day he comes to her and realizes that she is no longer a young woman. And he’s missed it. He’s missed so much that he can never get back. And he can’t believe he didn’t notice. And he can’t believe that his best friend can’t come with him any more. She can’t run with him into new worlds and new adventures. He must find a new companion. And it’s all terribly sad.
Do you recognize the story? Because I actually wasn’t talking just about Doctor Who. I was talking about Peter Pan.
Ever since little Amelia found a strange box crashed in her yard and stayed in the garden all night waiting for it to come back, (and especially since “The God Complex” when we saw her watching for him out the window) I’ve loved the fan-made image of the Eleventh Doctor as Peter, which of course makes Amy Wendy (remember that Wendy doesn’t marry Peter. I’m not shipping Amy/11, I like Rory waaay to much for that). However, if this is going to be Peter and Wendy we’re talking about, well… all adventures come to an end.
As I said, it is VERY sad, don’t get me wrong, but if Moffat intended this, or even planned it all along, then… well this is the biggest compliment I can give the man, seeing as I’m not a fan of most of what he’s done in the last series - it is BRILLIANT. And, well, beautiful. What was that line he wrote? Sad is happy for deep people? I think he honestly believes that.
I absolutely LOVE literary references like this. sometimes I think I just make them up, but I think this one is VERY clear. Perhaps by the end we can rename series five “Amy’s Adventures in Neverland” :) I mean really, all that’s left is for the Doctor himself to say it (I would love this!):
Second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning.
(Oh, I almost forgot to mention: Both Peter and the Doctor end up traveling with their respective companion’s daughter, Jane and River, respectively. But I’ll admit that River’s story is a bit more complicated.)