I’ve just been re-listening to Verity! Episode 2, and something just occurred to me. (If you haven’t heard it yet, you probably should. Go ahead. I’ll wait.)
Pretty good, wasn’t it? (…she says with no false modesty…) Anyway, on to my revelation!
Tansy points out that in “The Eleventh Hour,” it’s not so much the Doctor’s fault that Amy grows up a bit damaged, but that it’s really the fault of the TARDIS—its explosion causes the crack in Amelia’s wall, and the fact that the Doctor is 12+ years late to pick her up could be chalked up to the TARDIS as well. Upon first hearing that, I thought it was an amusing theory.
Now that I’ve heard it again, something much more far-reaching has occurred to me. What if that’s all true, and the TARDIS did it on purpose? We still haven’t really learned why the TARDIS explodes, and we don’t know for sure if the Doctor mis-set the controls for his “5-minute” jaunts, but what if it really is the TARDIS, and those things are deliberate?
Amy grows up to be the person she is, in great part, because of these events. The person that she becomes travels with the Doctor, and later brings her fiancée/husband along. Then they play in their bunk beds, and Amy gets pregnant. Her child (River) is referred to as a “child of the TARDIS.” What if that nickname is quite literal indeed?
Is it possible that the TARDIS engineered all of these events—set everything in motion—in order that River would eventually exist? And if so, why? Does the TARDIS have some maternal (or at least, parental) instinct that it wanted to play out? Did it create a companion/lover/wife for the Doctor because it sensed that’s what he needed (or would need eventually)? Did the TARDIS, seeing all of time at once, just know that this is how things were supposed to happen and ensure that they did?
This idea takes on even more plausibility given “The Doctor’s Wife” and the revelation that from the TARDIS’s perspective “she” stole the Doctor, and she’s the one that takes him places, rather than the other way ‘round.
I have just two words for this: Mind. Blown.*
That said, let me be clear here: I hate this idea. I’d like to choose not to believe it even one tiny bit. I simply thought it was interesting and worth mentioning. Feel free to completely disagree with me (I do!), or on the other hand, you can take this idea and run with it. Either way, it makes for some interesting cogitating.
*Apologies to anyone who’s already had this idea—I’ve never come across it, and it just occurred to me!