Exceptionally well put. Amy was realer in that moment than Rose or Martha ever were.
Amy Pond had a few bad appearances with The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, the Silurian 2-parter and a dodgy baby plotline but otherwise she was really terrific and episodes centred on her like Amy's Choice or The Girl Who Waited are the finest New Who has offered. Would take her over any of the previous companions and just hope her exit isn't ruined with a pointless return.
Still early days for Clara but I have high hopes. JLC is excellent, just wish she had a centric this series like Donna did with Turn Left or Amy did with Amy's Choice. Clara made a very strong impression when she was in the foreground in episodes like Cold War and Hide.