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12 October 2012 @ 12:25 pm
oh doctor who  
If you ever needed further proof of how disinterested Doctor Who is these days with the lives of its main characters, check out this: a written-but-unshot scene that gives a bit more detail into what the fuck Amy and Rory did in New York, as well as what happens to Rory's spontaneously-appearing plant-watering father:

only arceus can have a perfect blog: never tickle a sleeping dragonspud14 on October 12th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
that kid better not end up being tony stark although i'm sure tumblr will go with it
Kali_thirty2flavors on October 12th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
idk is Tony 60 in 2012
only arceus can have a perfect blog: can i be a lord?spud14 on October 12th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
probably since when has that stopped them
Kali: got :: a man has said_thirty2flavors on October 12th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
but what does that mean for roski
Pied: the doctor is sonicwheatear on October 12th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Kali_thirty2flavors on October 12th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
lol "because this show is run by incompetents" is the only reason I can think of, to be honest.
Circle-dot-dot, swirlything-circle, dot-dot-linemoonphased on October 12th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Wow. That four minutes and thirty seconds got me closer to tears than anything in the finale. Maybe even in the entire s5+ run...
Kali: dw :: cloen :: i like blue_thirty2flavors on October 12th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
lol yep. I mean, I don't think I was close to tears, but I thought it was way more emotional than... like... the rest of TATM.

The hilarious side-effect is that I now choose to believe no one ever mentioned Anthony to the Doctor because the Ponds are smart enough to want to keep one of their children away from him forever.
sherrilina: Arthur/Chicken (Merlin)sherrilina on October 14th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Lol, "Fool me once..."
alephlacunaz on October 12th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Even though this was extracted virtually unaltered from that scene in "Blink", it's still more emotional than all of TATM and would have been an excellent closer. Even if they had just a tiny shot of Anthony holding out the letter to Brian while Amy did her voiceover, that STILL would have been better than nothing at all.

Oops I forgot Moffat is the showrunner and is allergic to emotions, nm.
Kali: dw :: amy :: the girl who waited_thirty2flavors on October 12th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah IA.

In some sense I can see how, if this had been the last scene in TATM, it would've been focusing on Rory (and Brian) and not so much on Amy and the Doctor. But there are ways the episode could be structured to get around that, like you said.

This was just like "Blink", but all of TATM was a remix of Moffat's "greatest" hits, and Amy's entire fucking life is GITF 2.0 so at this point, who cares if this one extra scene isn't particularly original.
Opalshinyopals on October 12th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)

I mean, it's Blink-ctrl-c-ctrl-v but like... still way more emotional than the episode.

Also looollll I couldn't hear the voiceover from Rory very well so all I could make out was "we finally adopted in nineteen ninety six" and I'm like ANTHONY'S A BIT OLD TO BE ADOPTED THEN, ISN'T HE? I legit couldn't hear any better, which made it a bit funnier.
Kali: dw :: rory :: spoiler alert_thirty2flavors on October 12th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Amy and Rory's whole life is like Moffat's Greatest Hits so LOL stealing this scene from Blink is w/e. But yes it was pretty obvious what was going to happen. I like the idea of Amy and Rory adopting though, I wanted them to since APPARENTLY THEY WANTED KIDS BAD ENOUHG TO DIVORCE.

lolol they adopted an adult man okay jeeze they had no baby-raisin' experience
lorelaisquared: DW Rory: Nerdylorelaisquared on October 12th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Wow this was... touching. Big mistake keeping it out of TAIM. I'm sure they could have fit it in in some way. At the very least they could have filmed it and aired it online as a little mini ep the way they did with "Pond Life".

Still, glad Brian got closure in some way and I like the idea of Amy and Rory adopting.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: otp: A/Zrosaxx50 on October 13th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I saw this on tumblr, but I didn't know it was an actual scene that was never shot -- I thought a talented fanficcer wrote it.

Why was this never shot though.

(The one time you don't want Chris Chibnall's stuff to be edited out, IT GETS EDITED OUT.)

It would have made a lot more sense than the Doctor going to see little!Amy at the end of TATM.

Though I still wish it had been something on Amy's side of the family, but I suppose at this point it wouldn't have had as much emotional impact.
mildlyconfusedmildlyconfused on October 13th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Well, I, for one, am relieved that all those touchy-feely emotions and human connections (character exploration – yeuch) have been cut in favour of some good ol' whizz-bang effects, the casualisation of the disappearance of a daughter (children ruin EVERYTHING and must be rid off after they've served their plot device function of further weakening/endangering the female character in question with a pregnancy; X Files taught me that) and general "Phoaw, Ey? Retro NEW YORK and shit! Walking Statue of Liberty! And you say this show has been letting you down"-ness.

Bravo, powers that be.

julesjulesndairyland on October 13th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
There's a reason I haven't watched *any* Doctor Who with Eleven. I am still not ready. And this casual toss-off of what is a fairly important emotional issue just strengthens my resolve.
morneamornea on October 14th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
It was very sweet, but I'm glad the story, on air, was left open ended. I'd like to imagine River was able to take him back to, say, 1940 Cleveland, and he was able to take a bus to NY and live with his kids. I don't even want to think about Amy's folks (granted, I didn't get attached to them as I did to wonderful Brian).

I look on this storyboarded story as a sweet bit of fanfic (with a fantastic narrator).
morneamornea on October 14th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
one other thought... we don't know what time period Amy and Rory were sent to. this little coda gives a date, and it might not be the date Moffat had in mind. I prefer to think they were sent back to 1969 NY (there has to be a reason they are in NY) and got to find that toddler in the alley in NY (the one who had just regenerated)
Kali_thirty2flavors on October 14th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Finding Mels would've been a nice tough, but to be honest I'm pretty sure Moffat himself completely forgot Melody was even in New York in 1969 given how easy it would've been to make that canon but there wasn't even a nod to it, anywhere, at all. And it's stupid to me to introduce the conflict of "Amy and Rory really want kids but can't have them" and not take that anywhere other than "I guess they are okay with not having kids and don't know how adoption works or anything lol". Likewise, I'm pretty sure he forgot that Amy has parents now. I mean, we know he's forgotten that in this timeline, Amelia Pond never waits in her garden. Moffat's ~genius~ plots are so fucking convoluted he himself can't keep track of them.

Anyway in sum Amy and Rory (but especially Amy since she's supposed to be the ~chosen one~)'s lives were given fuck-all attention by their creator so it doesn't surprise me that something like this, which actually would flesh out their emotions, would get left unshot.
sherrilina: Arthur/Chicken (Merlin)sherrilina on October 14th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
Hmm, well good to know Brian wasn't left wondering what the hell had happened to his kid...(nice of the Doctor to not pay him a visit and inform him...). Now I wonder about Amy's hypothetical parents...maybe if the show had ever bothered to show them, we could have had all this info in the epp AND had it focused on Amy.

Also was that supposed to be a 1940s hairdo/get-up in that sketch of Amy?!