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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Episode complete credited cast:
Grayle (as Mike McShane)
Sam Garner (as Rob David)
Ozzie Yue ...
Burnell Tucker ...


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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The Chinese foreman reappeared later in the script: Grayle was transported back to his workshop by the Weeping Angels, and was put to work making the very things he had collected as antiques. The final script instead saw Grayle wind up as a slave during the Renaissance, as depicted in one of his paintings; however, this was lost during editing. See more »


When the Doctor tears the page from the book, he puts it in the basket twice. See more »


[first lines]
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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The Doctor Who nameplate bears an episode-appropriate design, in this case, a motif featuring the Statue Of Liberty. See more »


References The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) See more »


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Written by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Same Old Same Old That Gives Cynicism De Ja Vu
30 September 2012 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Angels In Manhatten opens with one of the greatest opening hooks NuWho has ever come up which intrigued and drew in this bitter old cynic , so much so that I seriously considered finding out Steven Moffat's contact details so I could write him a heart felt handwritten apology asking to be forgiven for all the nasty comments I've written about him on this website . Forty minutes later I thought I should thank him - thank you Steven , you've saved me money on a stamp

So what did we get ? Stone angels , River Song , running around , angst ridden emotional drama , timey wimey nonsense , Karen Gillan sounding like she's having a stroke every time she's told to emote and Arthur Darvill being sidelined down to the fact he's by far the most talented cast member . Same old same old , just like nearly every story going back to Smith's debut

I can certainly understand why people will claim this is the greatest piece of television in the history of mankind , and it is if you think drama is composed of intrusive music , slow motion mis-en-scene , and facial expressions that suggest the cast are being stabbed to death by red hot pokers. The greatest drama should mirror reality however . The most life affirming moments of our lives don't involve slow mo , gurning or cacophonies - they involve a certain look from someone or a subtle smile that can stay with us a lifetime. This episode isn't drama

  • it is merely overwrought melodrama

And talking of life what's the odds that Rory and Amy aren't really dead ? This is yet another dire case of de ja vu that's plagued Moffat
  • everyone lives and I expect we'll see Amy and perhaps Rory appear

later when Moffat leaves the show . I say " perhaps Rory " because Darvill will probably move on to better things whilst other members of the cast will be joining the ever growing queues at the job centre

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