I find it incredible that in all of season six Moffat has somehow avoided talking about Amy’s family. Do they even still exist? What kind of effect does not knowing them for years and suddenly having them turn up have on Amy? Are they fine with her running away with the Doctor? Most important of all, why is this not adressed? If they’re gone now, they could just say it.
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This is a really interesting point that I’ve never really thought about. Considering the emphasis that was placed on Amy’s lack of family through the entirety of the fifth season, you would definitely expect them to play a bigger role in those that followed. However, like so many other aspects of the show that could be explored in more depth, this one seems to have been shoved aside as unimportant.
I think that learning more about Amy’s family would be really helpful in understanding her character better. While there are many problems with the RTD era, one thing that I always appreciated was the fact that the companions had lives outside of the one that they led with the Doctor. We got to see how companions interacted around people other than the Doctor - people who care about them just as much, if not more, than he does. This also gave them more depth, since their families often provided insight into why they decided to travel with the Doctor. I think this was a real strength of the RTD era, and I would really like to see Amy’s family explored more.
Yeah I am forever pressed about what happened with Amy’s parents. I thought it was disappointing enough that growing up without a family was never broached — I think it takes away from the “surprise! your family’s back!” if we never see Amy miss/mention/discuss their absence in the first place. But hey, I figured, maybe we’ll get to see how having them back influences Amy in s6!
You’d think that, maybe, after the incredible trauma of being kidnapped without knowing she was pregnant, forced to give birth, and then having her child stolen, she might want to, like, talk to her mom. GUESS NOT. So what was the point in bringing them back? Where’s the ~triumph~ of them being restored if it never mattered or changed anything in the first place?
There was a book I saw when I was in the UK — I forget whether it was a DW Adventures magazine or what it was — that had a letter Amy had written to her parents. Which is cool, except that it really highlights how unimportant that aspect of Amy’s life is, since it’s just relegated to really secondary media most viewers will never see.