The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to New York, where the Weeping Angels are waiting for them. River Song returns.

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The Doctor, Amy and Rory are in New York City on a beautiful summer's day. Rory sets off to get coffee and walks into a 1930s film noir where daughter River Song is a private detective, Melody Malone. Actually, Amy and the Doctor have the whole story written down in a cheap paperback but the Doctor forbids her to read too far ahead because once they know what happens, it cannot be changed. As for Rory, he finds that the Weeping Angels are there. Several attempts to travel back in the TARDIS are unsuccessful but they manage to break through. They find that the angels have taken over New York and the only way to stop them is to create a paradox - but not everyone will survive. Written by garykmcd

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Originally, when the TARDIS was unable to materialise in New York, it was shunted back in time to the Viking era. See more »

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The Statue of Liberty is shown with the current "Gold" torch, but the story takes place in 1938. The Gold torch wasn't added to the statue until the renovations between 1984 and 1986. See more »

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Sam Garner: [voice over as a typewriter prints the words] New York, the city of a million stories. Half of them are true, the other half just haven't happened yet. "Statues," the man said, "living statues that moved in the dark."
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Englishman in New York
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Nonsensical ending that insults your intelligence
22 March 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Nonsensical ending that insults your intelligence and ruins the whole episode. This season already had many disappointments, but a poorly written farewell to Amy and Rory are the worst.

Let's ignore Statue of Liberty running across the city and nobody noticing it. Let's ignore the fact that there was a scene when no one was looking at a "Angel of Liberty" just so that we could have a cheesy romantic moment. Let's ignore so many plot holes and absurdities that could make a 5 year old scream because of the complete lack of any logic. Let's focus on the worst part of this episode- the ending. I love tragic endings in Doctor Who because predictable and completely happy endings get boring very quickly, but what makes me rage is poorly written, pathetic plot twist that was supposed to shock viewers. It did shock me, not because of the tragedy, but because Moffat probably thought that his fans are stupid.

The finale of this episode is just as bad as the finale of Journey's End, that one episode when Russel. T. Davies decided to force a happy ending for Rose, where he went so far that he created a magical human-time lord hybrid clone.

In this episode,Moffat wanted to get rid of two Doctor's companions in an unpredictable way and the final result was a really terrible ending. Everything would be fine if Amy and Rory were tragically stuck in the past and Doctor couldn't find them, no matter how hard he looked....but this? What the hell is this supposed to be? Suddenly, Doctor can't rescue Amy and Rory from the past because... paradox!? Amy and Rory are suddenly unable to travel to other places in the whole world because Doctor mysteriously cannot use TARDIS to travel back in time to rescue Amy and Rory a month or a year after angels took them? Doctor cannot return Amy and Rory to their own timeline the day after they disappear? What kind of frickin paradox? Doctor saved himself from the weeping angels before, did Moffat forgot "Blink", his own episode? Fixed point in time!? Moffat, are you even reading your own script? THERE IS NO PARADOX HERE! They die happy because they are not trapped in a hotel, which confirms that the whole hotel is gone for some magical, paradoxical reason. They are not trapped. In episodes written by Moffat himself, Doctor saved himself (literally, his future self saved the day) from impossible situations. Doctor is going to do nothing to get rid of a whole city of Weeping Angels that could become a serious threat to humanity? Yeah, very convincing, unless you watched more than two episodes of Doctor Who and know how the last three Doctors think.

5/10 and I am being generous because this episode was actually enjoyable before the ending. Mostly.


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