Spoilers abound below for "Doctor Who's" "The God Complex." If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?
His adventures through the universe started with the theft of the TARDIS and the Doctor running away. Little Amelia Pond, suffering from a scary crack in her wall and a dislike for her new English hometown, packed her tiny suitcase and waited for the Doctor so that she could go with him. Later, grown up, she again ran from her small-town life, leaving her wedding dress hanging in her closet and her feelings for her then-fiancé Rory hanging in space.
The Doctor and his companion, Amy, have been running for a long time now. The question is, after "The God Complex," have they stopped?
The Doctor sees his failures everywhere, and though he's fled them for a while now, they keep turning up, even, symbolically, in the monsters he's faced. Like issues that grow if they aren't dealt with, stone angels can only exist when no one is not looking at them; and in a flip of the simile, like anyone trying to pretend a problem isn't there, the Silence seem to cease to exist and are wiped from your mind the moment you look away.
Both "The Girl Who Waited," and "The God Complex," start with the news that the Doctor, Amy and Rory were trying to go fun places to look at fun things: in "The Girl Who Waited" it was spires and in "The God Complex," it was giants.
What they were not looking for, however, was Amy and Rory's missing child, Melody Pond. While it was revealed in "Let's Kill Hitler" that she found a way to grow up with her parents, would the parent of any child just let her go, with a mere "If you see my daughter, tell her to give her mum a call," upon Amy's parting with the Doctor?
Despite Amy Pond's unwavering belief in the Doctor, he's repeatedly failed her. As Amelia, he left her waiting for years. Amy technically died in the Pandorica though the Doctor managed to bring her back. A pregnant Amy was kidnapped and replaced by the Ganger version, and the Doctor did not figure it out until she had already delivered Melody and it was too late to rescue the baby.
In "The Girl Who Waited," Amy finds herself stranded for 36 years, and in the end, loathes the Doctor. He leaves that Amy behind, keeping the Amy who still has faith in him. The old Amy is an embodiment of what will happen the one time he is not able to get to her, and a reminder of the times he hasn't protected her.
But then, in "The God Complex," instead of a world of giants, they find themselves in a place that manifests fear and feeds on faith. This time Amy's faith in the Doctor, it appears, has directly put them in harm's way, as it is that faith that brought them to the prison. There, the Doctor sees his own greatest fear, unnamed to us, and with the first head-on stare at the real issue - it's only a matter of time until he fails Amy irrevocably - he returns the former Ponds and the now-Williams to earth, giving them the parting gift of a house and car for their trouble, taking off after a warm talk with Amy and without saying a word of goodbye to Rory.
So there's Amy, nestled in the life she once tried to escape, with a house and a husband who has proved his devotion, making all the other husbands look bad. She looks like she isn't running any more.
But what about the Doctor?
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