Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 5

The Angels Take Manhattan (29 Sep. 2012)

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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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On Amy and Rory's gravestone, it is marked that Rory's middle name is Arthur and he died at the age 82 and Amy died at the age of 87. Arthur Darvill was born on June 17 1982 and Karen Gillan was born on November 28 1987. See more »

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The hands on the angel in the graveyard change place depending on whether the shot is from the front or from the back. See more »

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The Doctor: What the hell are you doing?
Amy Pond: Changing the future. Its called marriage.
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Exceedingly good, but
1 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This particular episode, for me, had only one truly big flaw: it followed "The Power of The Three". And in that episode, we learn how much Doctor really depends on having both Amy and Rory close to him and how Rory's father depends on Doctor to keep them both safe.

Well, to follow that episode and that message with the, if not death, then disappearance of these characters for good, is by me a huge flaw in the complete series timeline.

That said, I consider this to be a very good episode, with here and there lacking that certain "something" most of us was expecting to see, I believe.

Into its favor, this episode has a certain flavor of "unusual" even for this series (for which I think the interesting use of filters and wide shots can be "blamed" in the first place).

I personally like the back and forth moments, that keep the viewer on his toes...one moment things are progressing in the desired order, the very next there are as bad as they can be. Maybe Moffat used this here a bit more than usually, but I liked it. Hope never leaves the viewer until the very end and when it does, it does in style. Moffat is known as "no one ever dies" writer and stays faithful to that title here, as well.

Which didn't stop him from removing not only one, but two of much beloved characters from the series. Which, I think (and only speculating) is only the innuendo for removing River and regenerating Doctor by the end of this season (something I will regret with passion when it happens, but is beyond the subject of this review).

The episode has an interesting idea and brings up the new concept of angels and their behavior, telling the viewer more about their nature. It also has one of the most interesting cliffhangers ever made on television, right in the first few minutes. I won't tell you what this is, if you haven't seen the episode, go and check it out. You won't be disappointed.

There's few very emotionally heavy moments, but here I find the episode a bit lacking, in comparison to some other episodes. I'm not quite sure why...perhaps, it is just a matter of editing and quick jumping from shot to shot. Matt Smith is (I firmly believe, whatever some fans opinions might be) an excellent actor and I could easily picture him giving much more than he gave here. Why that wasn't given or used, I can't comprehend. But Doctor giving up on both Amy and Rory with one angry cry isn't enough for me. The complete ending gives me much of a "meh" feel from precisely Doctor.

Perhaps, it was meant to show us how Doctor is starting to come into terms with losing his companions. The parting wasn't worse than some partings in the original series...I just think that we, people of the 21th century, kinda needed more. But I might be wrong or to subjective at this.

For me, the shiny star of this is River. She was...River. And again for me, that was enough to carry much of the episode. She's a character with no weakness but one and since that one is Doctor himself, any fan would forgive. But seriously, her strength is once again underlined. If you like River, you would love that...if not, bad luck.

In general, this episode has it all: action, emotions, horror, suspense, humor. For some reason, it still does not develop perfectly as it could have. But it is still much above the average episode (which says plenty) and is one of the "must see", surely. Not only because of the ending, but also because it has much to give, despite the occasional flaw or two.


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