DOCTOR… ‘…sometimes knowing your own future is what enables you to change it, especially if you’re bloody minded, contradictory and completely unpredictable.’
RORY… ‘So, basically, if you’re Amy, then?’
DOCTOR… ‘Yes, if anyone could defeat pre-destiny, it’s your wife.’
Series 6, Episode 10 is called, ‘The Girl Who Waited’; but Shakespeare was on to something wasn’t he? I mean, ‘To be or not to be?’…..in the end, that was the question, for Amy especially. It was all about their choices wasn’t it?
Green Anchor, or Red Waterfall? Sit by a loved one’s bedside for 24 hours and watch them die, or sit for 24 hours and watch them live out their life in a speeded up time stream? Aquarium, or Garden? Old Amy, or young Amy? Two Amy’s, or one Amy? Let her in, or keep her out?
You see, Amy was caught in two separate time streams; alone and aging almost forty years in one while waiting to be rescued but remaining ‘herself’ in another. Confronted with that final choice between ‘Amys’, Rory says to the Doctor, ‘It’s not fair; you’re turning me into you.’ No doubt; playing with time travel always raises the issue of free will versus predestination (if you let it).
In the end Rory’s choice is made easier when ‘old Amy’ says, ‘I’m giving you my days,’ and insists that Rory leave her behind to ‘never have existed’ while he and young Amy continue their lives together in the TARDIS and beyond.
There is a lot to think about here.
Rory is in two minds about living with two Amys; he does see a bright side, ‘Amy, you always say, cooking Christmas dinner, you wish there was two of you.’
There is old Amy’s anger at God, sorry, at the Doctor, over the life she has lived in that ‘kindness facility’; ‘Don’t you lecture me, blue-box man flying through time and space on whimsy. All I’ve got – all I’ve had for 36 years – is cold, hard reality. And I call my life what it is… Hell.’
There is young Amy’s bargain with Rory; ‘Rory, I love you. Now, save me. Go on.’ (no pressure, Rory)
And as always (at least, so far) there is the Doctor’s solution; ‘I’ve worked out how to hijack the temporal engines and then fold two points of Amy’s timeline together. We’re bringing her out of the then and into the now! Amy, I just need to borrow your brain a minute, it won’t hurt, probably – almost probably…and then, Amy Pond, I’m going to save you.’
Aren’t you glad that your choices are not that complicated?
Yes or no? this one or that one? go or stay? chicken or pizza? to be or not to be?
Sometimes it comes down to one thing as it did for ‘old’ Amy.
‘It’s not about what I’m doing, but who I’m doing it for.’
Jesus, in Gethsemane, faced the choice between his own will as a man (to avoid the horror of crucifixion and death) and his father’s will, which he shared as Son of God (to bear our sin in his own body so that we may live). That ‘blue-box man’ has never, will never, face anything remotely as vital in all of time or space as this. He is, remember, completely fictional, after all.
But Jesus did.
‘Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.’
And he chose that for us.
‘For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
1 PETER 1:18-21