The Eleventh Doctor wanted to take Amy and Rory somewhere fun in the Series 6 episode, The Girl Who Waited. He would end up taking them to the #2 destination for the discerning intergalactic traveler, Apalapucia. Upon arriving on Apalapucia, they find none of the “sunsets, spires and soaring silver colonnades” the Doctor promised them. Instead they find a white room and a couple strange buttons. After pushing a button, Amy finds herself separated from the Doctor and Rory. She finds herself in quarantine and in a separate timeline. In the minutes it takes the Doctor and Rory to contact Amy, she’s been in quarantine for a week. By the time they can save her from her quarantine, she’s been in her separate timeline for 38 years. When Rory reaches out to this older Amy to help him rescue his younger Amy, she originally says no (as she herself had been told no). She knows that if old Amy helps Rory save younger Amy, older Amy will never have been trapped on Apalapucia and she will, in effect, cease to exist. And that is a fate as worse as death, even with all the hardships she’s faced for the past 38 years.
Rory and the Doctor left Amy Pond on Apalapucia accidentally for 38 years. In order to save the younger Amy they have to recruit the older Amy who initially refuses to help because she would cease to exist. Tomorrow we’ll look at if it’s better to never exist, and what makes a life worth living, as we tackle this question.
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