The Angels Take Manhattan will be the final Doctor Who episode before Christmas. More importantly, it’s due to be the last ever episode for erstwhile companions of the 11th Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams. But while Steven Moffat has teased a tragic ending for the couple, the situation couldn’t be as straightforward or as obvious as their deaths. Could it?
Let’s recap: Moffat has said that their ending will be tragic. Not that they die, either one or both of them. Although Rory has got an unfortunate tendency to die from time to time, he’s kind of bucked that trend recently.
- First up: Moffat always lies. Steven Moffat has proved himself the undisputed king doublespeak and dropping vague hints that fandoms blow out of all proportion. And even when it seems that he’s giving a straight answer, it’ll turn out that he’s misleading the fanbase. It’s frustrating but fun, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The problem is: does Moffat want us to think Amy and Rory will die, just so that he can redeem himself by having them walk away unharmed but definitely finished with their TARDIS travels?
- Amy and Rory are gradually weaning themselves off The Doctor. If The Power Of Three proved anything, it’s that real life has been appealing to them for a while. And they’ve had a long, twisted and complicated relationship with The Doctor, including giving birth to the mixed-up part Time Lord child and his future wife, Dr. River Song. Perhaps one final altercation with Moffat’s sometimes-terrifying Weeping Angels will be the final straw that causes them to leave?
- Likewise, the Weeping Angels. Well, we know they’re capable of killing. They’ve certainly done it in the past. But their schtick is really displacing people in time. That was the best bit of Blink, when the Angels would touch you and you’d be blown back in time, unable to cross the intervening years. And we know that’s how they go about trapping The Doctor, Amy and Rory in downtown Manhattan – so perhaps the Ponds will end up displaced through time?
Karen Gillan also seems to think rumours of Amy Pond’s death are greatly exaggerated too. She told the Big Issue:
That doesn’t necessarily mean death, but it will be pretty final. So yeah, you are going to cry. I hope so, anyway. I like making you cry. That makes me happy…
So, a sad ending for the Ponds, certainly. And also a so-called ‘final’ one. My guess is that they’ll be blown across time, maybe scattered or seperated by decades. Which would play nicely with Centurion Rory’s 2,000 year wait for Amy – which has already been referenced this season. Here are a few other ideas:
- Rory dies or is lost in time. I mean, even with the TARDIS it would be virtually impossible for The Doctor to lock onto him and rescue him. But he’s either lost or dead, and a heartbroken Amy leaves The Doctor forever.
- Both Amy and Rory die at the hands of the Angels. In one of the teasers, they’re both seemingly falling from a building. Could be a bluff. I doubt a teaser trailer would contain actual Pond death footage! On the other hand, The Doctor told Rory’s dad that he wouldn’t let them die. It would be heartbreaking to watch The Doctor have to go back and tell Brian that he’d failed to protect them.
- River Song dies. Again, picking up on a line in one of the trailers – we see Alex Kingston behind Matt Smith and he seems to be addressing her when he says “You just died.” With the death and incredibly complex relationship with their ‘child’, Amy and Rory may be distraught enough to leave The Doctor permanently. This would also wrap up the entire River Song arc and the Ponds at the same time, leaving the door open for a new era of Doctor Who.
- In keeping with the “Doctor as fairytale character” theme that launched Amy Pond, maybe Amy will somehow wake up from a coma to find she’s dreamed the whole thing. It’s a Bobby Ewing-inspired long shot, but this is Doctor Who and if they can reboot the universe, Amy can wake up to discover she dreamt it all. And Rory is her nurse.
So, there you have it – my what will really happen to Amy and Rory in The Angels Take Manhattan? It’s a brain dump of theories and ideas. What’s your line of thinking? And what would be the ideal exit for Amy and Rory?