|Posted by ducktr who? on August 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM|
What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I dunno, there's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?
It just is, is it important, the duck pond?
Amy asks the Doctor a good question “Is it important, the duck pond?” In this blog I hope to convince you that, yes, the duck pond is very important.
Ever since that scene in Matt Smith’s debut as the Doctor there has been endless discussion about the significance of the duck pond with no ducks in it. Perhaps even more so than the age old question “Doctor who?”. In an interview recently, Matt Smith added fuel to duck pond speculation when he said “There’s something coming up in the final days of the Ponds that was in The Eleventh Hour…there’s a shot in that. He’s [Moffat's] been thinking about it that long. He always knew how she was going to… I’m saying too much already.” This has led many, including myself, to feel that maybe all our duck pond questions are about to be answered.
So, why does Amy call the pond a duck pond when there supposedly has never been any ducks in it? The obvious answer is that, like Amy’s parents, the cracks in the universe consumed the ducks, and therefore never actually existed. This theory seems to be supported by recent comments by Doctor Who show runner Steve Moffat. “From the start, I had this single idea: that the ducks, like Amy’s parents, had been sucked through the crack in time,” he said. “And to round everything off, in the very last shot of the series, we’d see the TARDIS fade away, leaving us with a shot of the duck pond, and some happy little ducks. Then, at the last minute, we had to relocate the scene to Amy’s back garden, and it never happened. So! There you go! Nice thought, never happened. Oops!”
But there is one thing I have learnt about Steve Moffat. He lies. Not that I don’t believe that the ducks were “sucked through the crack in time”. I just don’t believe that is the only significance of the duckless duck pond.
So here is my theory. There seems to be a couple of words that keep popping up in Moffat’s writings. Duck and Pond.
When the Doctor is driving the fire engine in “The Eleventh Hour” he sends a text message to Amy and Rory saying “DUCK!” just before the ladder on his engine crashed through the window above their heads. And then, perhaps more significantly, in the 3rd series episode “Blink” Sally Sparrow discovers a message from the Doctor (1969) under wallpaper in an old house, including the same word “DUCK!”. She ducks just in time to miss a projectile, presumably thrown by a weeping angel.
Given that we know that Amy and Rory are about to go missing in an episode featuring the weeping angels, I believe that the duck pond is not just a pond that’s ducks have mysteriously disappeared from. It is a warning to Amy of things to come…… “DUCK, Pond!”
In the next part of this Blog I will discuss some of the other interesting theories regarding “The Eleventh Hour” and in the third and final part I will present the Eleventh Hour theory that blows my mind.
Duck, Pond! and other theories part 2 HERE