“Does it ever bother you, Amy, that your life doesn’t make any sense?”
I just finished watching Series 5 of the new Doctor Who, and the finale confirmed my feeling that this whole run has been a Girls Underground story, with Amelia Pond as the protagonist more than the Doctor.
SPOILERS (as River Song would say), because they’re unavoidable to discuss this one.
So Amelia first meets the Doctor as a little girl, seven years old just like Alice. Her parents are inexplicably gone (although we find out in the end why they are curiously absent). She can sense that the crack in her wall is dangerous, and she prays for help, and he arrives. And he takes her on adventures, he is her initiator into the “otherworld” that is in this case all the worlds. Her boyfriend also becomes a companion on these adventures. It’s missing a strong, singular adversary, although there are many enemies along the way (and in a way, sometimes it seems that the Doctor himself is her adversary; he certainly endangers her life a lot).
Now here’s where it gets good. Amy doesn’t just spend a little time forgetting herself like the typical Girl Underground, it in fact becomes a matter of life and death for many people that she remember who she is and who they are. And as often happens, she needs to rescue her companion – this is simply done by remembering him. In a way, it also touches on the other classic element – exposing a fraud – in this case by remembering that the world was once different. She also does this by solving the riddle the Doctor planted in her in another version of her life, which brings all the pieces together.
There are other markers. She certainly returns home, actually several times in different ways along the journey. She even returns to her younger self. My favorite part, however, as it always is when it happens, is that she chooses to stay in the “otherworld” rather than to return to her boring life. Though in this one, she keeps her companion with her.
“Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely. And, if something can be remembered, it can come back.”