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question of the day: What do you think of ‘Doctor Who’s Amy Pond?

Today’s question comes from reader Hank, who thinks it’s time to talk about Amy Pond some more, not within the context of this season’s Doctor Who stories (links to my blogging of all of which so far can be found here) but just in general, as a character and as a companion for the Doctor. And it seems Amy is on everyone’s mind as the season winds down — the beginning of the end starts on Saturday — since Karen Gillan gets the Radio Times cover this week, with Matt Smith’s Doctor pushed into the background.

Hank writes:

Personally, I think Amy Pond is delightful. Her reaction to the Doctor is very much as a man she finds attractive, and isn’t buffaloed by.

I’ve found, though, two women friends of mine seriously dislike her, finding her overbearing and shrill. One of them rants a lot about how everyone’s giving her a pass because she’s young and good-looking.

Given the high level of disagreement, I thought it would be interesting to ask folks what they think of Amy.

I did a very quick survey of what fans are saying online, and I didn’t notice a marked gender divide. One female blogger likes Amy’s sass, another female blogger thinks she’s hot but her clothes are silly, another blogger whose gender I can’t determine offers a balanced look at the fan complaints about her. Gillan herself says she’s “a normal girl with normal impulses.”

So, apart from the questions about Amy and the crack in the universe and whether she’s gonna get a bit reboot at the end of this season: What do you think of Amy Pond? Do you like her as a person? Does it bug you that she’s so blasé about life with the Doctor… or is that a refreshing change? Would she ever really have married Rory, or is she just a free spirit at heart? How much do you think Karen Gillan’s performance affects — for good or bad — your impression of the character?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)

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