“We’re all stories in the end”

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Some thoughts about the Pond era so far, before the broadcast of the last story…

“And you won’t even remember me. Well, you’ll remember me a little. I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s OK. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Cos it was, you know. It was the best.”

The Doctor’s words to Amelia, from The Big Bang.

picThe Pond era, it all began in Leadworth, with The Eleventh Hour.

Leadworth. Anagram. Dr Who tale.

picEvery tale needs an audience, and these four most recent Doctor Who stories all share this idea.

Oswin is the audience watching the story of her potential rescue unfold on her view-screen.

picAmy’s ingenuity allows her an audience with the tale told from the Silurian view-screen, allowing her an understanding their situation better. The story of the spaceship, of the dinosaurs.

picThe whole of the story of the town called Mercy is a legend, a tale that’s being told to audiences across the decades.

Amy tells the story of “the time the Doctor came to stay”, and the audience: is us.

Okay, so it’s not as obvious as, say, Cloud Atlas, but there’s a definite strand there of story-telling.

So what does it all mean? Why are stories told?

So we will remember, and not forget.

As Sally was told by the DVD in Blink

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“don’t blink”

So these four stories, of the season so far, are not the only “audience and story” Doctor Who tales. Will this fifth and final story of Series Pond be another such tale, too?

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