I was genuinely surprised when I went online and found that this episode was not very popular, but in fact, a little bit of the opposite. I know, there are people out there that actually liked it, but we are the minority.
To me, this episode was different, and in a good way. In fact, and I know the majority will disagree with me, but I enjoyed it more than Asylum of the Daleks; an episode I felt was over rated.
When I heard the title and saw the trailer my reaction was that it would be an episode with not much depth and perhaps just plain silly, yet I was positively surprised, and it left me with some thoughts about it:
The Doctor: Brian Pond, you are delicious.
Brian: I’m not a Pond.
The Doctor: Of course you are.
About everything of this character was delicious, as the Doctor said. Rory is by far one of my favorite characters of the Whoverse, and seeing him interact with his father was very interesting; it let us dig deeper into his personality.
But what really fascinated me about Brian was the fact that he just went along with the whole thing, freaking out just a bit at the beginning, but accepting the situation and even enjoying it by the end. He was ready to help whenever it was needed, instead of being scared about the whole chaos that was going on around him. For a first timer meeting the Doctor, I think he did great.
Needless to say, the actor choice was spot on, as he had great chemistry with the trio, specially with Rory.
The Doctor and his Decisions
Amy: I know. I just worry there’ll come a time when you never turn up. That something will have happened to you and I’ll still be waiting, never knowing.
The Doctor: No. Come on, Pond. You’ll be there ’til the end of me.
Amy: Or vice versa.
The Doctor likes to walk a fine line. You see, he is not very fond of goodbyes, even his own. As much as he keeps risking his live, in the end, he is still looking for more, and is in no hurry to die; and, of course, can’t bear to see his loved ones die.
Since NewWho (I have yet to watch the whole old series) the Doctor picks up a companion (talking about the main ones, not the temporal ones from the specials), has a heck of an adventure with them, and then leaves them safe and sound; one way or the other, he never goes back to be there for them when they die (at least, not by choice). Why is that? Perhaps he feels that if he is not there for that, he can still have a random chance of encountering them along the way and have one more adventure (and there can always be one more).
Yet Amy has just asked him to be there. She has perhaps requested the most difficult thing for the Doctor to do. Never mind fighting the Daleks, or being stranded in another timeline without the Tardis, this is different. This is him, saying a final goodbye to her. And he silently agreed to it, because, how can he not? After all the companions give to him, how can he not grant them a wish as special as this?
Solomon: You think I won’t punish those who get in my way, whatever they’re worth? (he shoots the triceratops)
The Doctor: You must be very proud.
Solomon: Bring her to me or the robots will make their way through your corpses. Bring her now!
The Doctor: No.
And then there is Solomon. Oh, the Doctor passing judgement on Solomon. At first I was a bit shocked, and I am sure some of you thought that it was rather cold of him to execute Solomon by sending the missiles after him. But once you think about it, it makes sense. Yes, the Doctor is famous for giving second chances, but the thing is, Solomon had run out of chances. He injured one of his companions, strike one. He commits cruel and cold genocide, strike two. He murders a harmless and extinct creature on cold blood, strike three. You see, Solomon had not one chance, but three unspoken ones.
So, that is it for now. We will have to wait and see the heartbreaking departure of the Ponds that has been promised, and perhaps, then, their song will come to an end.