Passionately disagree here.
Because Amy and Rory are leaving, then their characters should have been completely developed more than anything! Making their characters seem, well, complete, should have been one of the number one goals of the entire series.
But see, Amy hadn’t let go of The Doctor yet, she didn’t do that completely until The God Complex. I already said that the biggest problem I had with Amy’s character growth this series is that she seemed to have the same theme whenever an episode was centered around her: the idea of her depending on The Doctor, and then becoming ultimately disillusioned with her. This would have been fine, and actually really good, if all of those incidents were added up and mentioned again in The God Complex. But instead, the end of The God Complex seemed a bit anti-climatic and downplayed, because we’re already kind of seen this before in The Girl Who Waited, just with a bitterer take, and the events of the latter episode were never brought up again.
I already said that I was thankful for River’s development, but I felt it was far too uneven in that there were some episodes where information was just dumped on us, mainly the last half of the series, versus the extreme vagueness of the first half. This was frustrating to watch, just because the information we were just given didn’t feel deserved, and the vagueness made River seem more like a plot device than a character.
I felt like the whole “our baby has been gone for three months” thing was probably one of the most bothersome things of the entire series, because Amy and Rory’s feelings about their missing baby were never mentioned in detail after A Good Man Goes to War.
Your comment about them having “a whole 3 months” to be sad about the missing Melody reminds me of Sherlock’s reaction to the woman having scratched the name of her long-dead daughter onto the floor board in A Study in Pink, when he callously wonders why someone would still be upset over something like that. A bit not good, yeah?
For such a young couple to lose a child like that so soon…that’s devastating! And aside from one two minute mid-series promo, their feelings over this are barely touched upon in the second half of the series. This is just another example of the beginning of development of Amy and Rory filling these new roles as parents, development that’s almost completely forgotten as quickly as it begins.
It’s not that I would have liked to see Rory become a “fighter,” it’s that I would have liked to see him become something! I already listed the ways in my original post of how Rory’s character potential was confused and wasted, but as far as you saying how Rory has become a “fighter,” I shall point out his sporadic development and say again what I already said.
Yes, Rory becomes a “fighter”…for about an episode and a half. Then he becomes a “wimp” again, then he’s a bit of comic-relief, then he’s more tortured, and then we end with him almost identical to how he was in the beginning of series 5. His development was inconsistent and confusing, it’s like the writers tried to take him in multiple directions to see which one worked the best, but then forgot to pick one direction and go with it.
I didn’t dislike the focus on the relationships of Amy/Rory and The Doctor/River, and I already said that I loved The Doctor’s development. But focusing on proving a relationship between characters means nothing when the characters themselves have such sporadic development.
And that’s what I have to say to all that.