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Doctor Who: A Postscript from Rory

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Doctor Who Series 7 episode The Angels Take Manhattan. River Song always has spoilers

The last several episodes of Doctor Who have really played up the departure of Amy Pond and Rory Williams from Doctor Who. We've all known their departure was imminent, which is one of the reasons why their arguments in the episode Asylum of the Daleks (a worthwhile review by Adam Shaftoe) seemed needlessly angsty. Since that particular low point in their relationship, we've been introduced to Rory's dad, Brian.

Parents of the Doctor's companions has become a staple in the series since it's reincarnation by Russel T Davies. Brian's very much like Wilfrid Mott, Donna's grandfather, in a number of ways. They're kind souls, who understand the sense of adventure the Doctor brings.

When the Angels Take Manhattan ended, Amy and Rory were sent back to the past, where they lived out their lives in New York. It's a bittersweet ending for them, and entirely appropriate for the way their relationship has been running over the past several episodes. The Power of Three really emphasized their dual life.

The ending of the episode included a letter from Amy to the Doctor, giving her final goodbyes, as through some sort of timey wimey mumbo jumbo, the Doctor is unable to travel back to save them in New York.

Afterword, by Amelia Williams. Hello, old friend, and here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone, so know that we lived well, and were very happy. And, above all else, know that we will love you, always. Sometimes, I do worry about you though; I think, once we're gone, you won't be coming back here for a long while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor.

And do one more thing for me: there's a little girl, waiting in a garden; she's going to wait a long while, so she is going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that, if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her she'll go to sea and fight pirates, she'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived, and save a whale in outer space.

Tell her: This is the story of Amelia Pond - and this, is how it ends.

While this is quite touching, and brings Amy's journey with the Doctor full-circle, we are now left with Rory's relationship with his father, Brian, a man recently introduced to viewers within the past several episodes. The official episode leaves him out in the cold, presumably watering the plants forever, waiting for Rory and Amy to come home to him.

Well, it turns out that the writers hadn't forgotten about Brian, as the BBC has recently released a scene where Rory's fate is revealed to his father. It was never shot, so is filled out by storyboard renders.

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Does this give closure for Rory's dad? I can understand the narrative desire to focus on Amy's story with the Doctor, but it seems rather callous to introduce a character, and then leave him in the dark about his family's ultimate fate.

The Angels Take Manhattan first aired September 29th, 2012. It was written by Steven Moffat, and directed by Nick Hurran. The episode was produced by Marcus Wilson. Rory's postscript was written by Chris Chibnall, who also wrote the other recent episodes with Brian Williams, including Power of Three and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

TV Review

Here's a brief listing of some of the television shows I watch, and ones in which I've lost all interest. Castle starring Nathan Fillion.

This is my current favourite show. I always get the feeling that not only do the actors have a blast with the show, but the writing staff is having an absolute hoot. There are so many writing jokes in place, and other geeky references, especially with the character of Rick Castle. I can't see anyone other than Fillion in this role.

Big Bang Theory

A bunch of extremely nerdy theoretical physicists and engineers, with many geek pop references. While some of the characters are more than a little out there, this is a refreshing show. Also, as this show is lacking in the blood and gore, unlike most crime shows, this is appropriate to watch while my toddler is still awake.  I love the reaction when Sheldon receives a napkin signed by Leonard Nimoy. Classic.

Doctor Who

I've recently started watching Doctor Who, starting with the 9th Doctor, and have now watched all of the released episodes. It's playful, fun and very entertaining. I really appreciate the ability for the lead actors to switch out when the Doctor regenerates, as it allows the show as a whole to remain the same, but shift significantly in tone. The latest season, with Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor is an excellent example, as the entire tone of the series shifted from David Tennant's seasons. Part of this was also due to the changeover of the writing staff, as Russell T Davies passed the reins over to Steven Moffat.

Torchwood

After watching Doctor Who, I started watching Torchwood. Far more adult content than Doctor Who has nightmares of. I'll say this: If Joss Whedon and Russell T Davies ever collaborate on a project, kiss your favourite characters goodbye, because guess what? They're going to die. If they're like Captain Jack Harkness, they're going to keep dying again and again.

The Mentalist starring Simon Baker

This is another show which has a prominent lead actor. Baker puts forth a strong performance, and it's always interesting to watch his antics. It does get a little formulaic though, and there isn't near the amount of comedy.

Lie to Me starring Tim Roth

This bears some similarity to The Mentalist, as the lead character in both shows has an uncanny ability to read others. Lie to Me seems more gritty and grounded in reality. Perhaps this is due to the setting in Washington, rather than Mentalist's California setting.

NCIS

This is more of an ensemble show than most of the others, although Mark Harmon's Gibbs is a fantastic lead. The show would be severely lacking if any of the main actors were to depart. Abby, the goth lab tech fills me with glee.

CSI

CSI used to be one of my favourite shows, and while I appreciate Laurence Fishburne's character, the show is not the same without William Peterson.

Another show I love to watch is PBS' Nova. A great deal of very interesting science. The different specials often have great interviews with leading scientists, such as the wonderfully amusing Neil deGrasse Tyson. Thankfully, he's in a number of them.

I used to watch House, with Hugh Laurie, but it became less interesting as the seasons developed. Too often, it devolved into strange disease of the week, without enough character development. Also, when it focused on characters, House is just a jerk. It's part of what makes the show what it is, and the attempts to actually change his character just ruined the show for me.