Looking back, I think we can identify where Amy Pond becomes such an accidentally interesting character.
Moffat writes that she’s had four psychiatrists growing up. Because that’s his joke, it serves his story, and it’s No Big Deal in the kind of depthless reality he’s writing in. People don’t have interiority in his fairytale/LogicProblem world so… four psychiatrists? Eh.
Gillan doesn’t pick up on that. So she plays someone who’s had four psychiatrists growing up. You don’t get treated under four psychiatrists for having a persistent childhood fantasy. But you might for being someone like the Amy Pond who Karen Gillan plays
There’s an interview where Moffat says, “I think Amy was probably routinely feisty when I wrote her. And Karen made her just a little bit madder.”
She didn’t though. She just had a go at playing what he wrote because it didn’t occur to her that he didn’t mean it.
(Reblogging for the evening crowd.)
Not to mention that four psychiatrists during your childhood is just… I mean, *what happened*?
It is possible that Aunt Sharon became concerned about Amelia’s fantastical make-believe and sought psychiatric intervention. There is a parellel in The Big Bang, where Amelia is so insistent that stars actually exist and her aunt brings in a psychiatrist, so it is plausible Aunt Sharon took a rather heavy-handed approach to (what adults would see as) a little pretend play about an imaginary friend.
But *four* psychiatrists? There is no way four trained mental health professionals would get involved in a child with an overactive imagination, even if she was prone to biting them. If Moffat is trying to hint that Amelia believed SO MUCH!!! in the Doctor that adults tried to take him away from her, he’s being woefully unrealistic.
(Not to mention that his conflation of ‘feisty’ and ‘a bit madder’ in the above interview suggests a fairly nasty misunderstanding of what mental illness actually entails, but I digress; I’m not surprised Moffat stereotypes mental disorders as well as women in general.)
For a child to have four seperate pyschatrists indicates a much deeper and darker problem.