“Two thousand years, Rory. You won’t even sleep. You’ll be conscious every second. It would drive you mad.”
Puncher: The Last Centurion
Punchee: The Doctor
Memorable Lines: “Welcome back Rory Williams!”
Why it’s Awesome: Rory Williams has just had the absolute worst day of his life. His fiance doesn’t remember who he is, he’s just learned that he’s not only dead but in fact erased from time, which is as nothing compared to learning that he’s also a killer robot made of solid plastic (rather than either a mild-mannered nurse from Leadworth OR a badass Centurion from Ancient Rome), which he in turn discovered by accidentally/on purpose murdering the girl of his dreams, and to top it all off the universe just imploded. But none of that is what makes this particular punch so awesome. Firstly, that’s the Doctor getting punched in the face there. Some of us have been waiting nearly fifty years to see the Doctor get punched in the face, so it’s about freakin time. Secondly, the Doctor’s been generally abusive to Rory all season (well, up until he died, because after that he felt bad about the whole thing), so he really really has it coming. And thirdly, because the Doctor knows this and does it on purpose. He deliberately provokes Rory into punching him in the face, in order to ensure that he’s still one of the good guys. The Doctor gets himself punched in the face, because he’s manipulative and is not above manipulating even himself. It’s like “Good for you! I totally deserved that!” And he really did deserve it, you have to admit - and Rory is still man enough to turn him around and punch him in the face, because even if you’re a twice dead killer robot at the end of the universe, you don’t hit people from behind. Not when you could punch them in the face.
Where to find it?: Doctor Who, “The Big Bang” by Steven Moffat
Because there is a Tumblr dedicated to important punches in entertainment history. Of course.
“Just tell me. The Doctor, is he worth it?”
“Yes. Yes, he is.”
Doctor Who: The Big Bang (S05E13) | Asylum Of The Daleks (S07E01)
In which the Doctor likes to interrupt the Ponds’ kisses.
From Doctor Who Series Five: The Big Bang
In your dreams, they’ll still be there; the Doctor and Amy Pond and the days that never came.
- The Doctor, Series 5: The Big Bang
Happy Valentine’s Day
And we may have just rewinded and watched the ‘drunk giraffe’ scene over and over and over again.
The first was for the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form award:
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
The second was a book award under the category ‘Best Related Work’:
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea
From the description:
In Chicks Digs Time Lords, a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show’s fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast.
Congrats to all!
Can we talk about the fact that Amy wears a necklace with an apple on it for her wedding? :D A bit familiar, right?