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The Angels Take Manhattan 

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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Amy asks the Doctor to return to meet a young Amelia Pond the morning after he left her waiting in the garden in "The Eleventh Hour" to tell her about the adventures they will have together. The older Amy was dreaming about that morning when the Doctor came back to pick her up the night before her wedding at the end of The Eleventh Hour. Steven Moffat said of the scene, "After showing Amelia Pond in the garden as a young girl in The Eleventh Hour, Karen's first episode, the final shot in Saturday's The Angels Take Manhattan is a punchline I have been waiting to tell for two and a half years." 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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The Doctor Who nameplate bears an episode-appropriate design, in this case, a motif featuring the Statue Of Liberty. See more »

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References The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) See more »

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Englishman in New York
Written and Performed by Sting
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Farewell Amelia Pond (and Rory)
30 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For all The Doctor's talk of 'spoilers' in the past there can be few viewers watching this episode that hadn't heard that it would be the last to feature Amy and Rory... which of course lessened the impact of the ending. I still really enjoyed the episode but wish the BBC had at least kept the knowledge of their departure to saying it was 'some time during the seventh season' if they didn't think it could be kept a total secret.

The episode opened with an interesting prologue; it featured none of the regular characters; instead it showed a 1930s New York private investigator who takes on the case of statues that move. A lead takes him to a hotel room where he finds an old man. The man is the detective; shortly afterwards he is sent back in time by one of the Weeping Angels.

After the opening we see Amy, Rory and The Doctor in Central Park; The Doctor is reading a trashy detective story out loud; which irritates Amy somewhat. Rory then pops off to get some coffee but something strange happens; he finds himself back in the '30s... with River Song. Even stranger The Doctor realises the book he is reading mentions Rory's arrival in the '30s and even mentions them. If Amy is to see her husband again they will have to go back to the '30s and face the Weeping Angels once again.

After a great season opener there had been a few weaker episodes; thankfully this one was great... I'd have been really disappointed if Amy and Rory had left in an inferior episode. Once again the Angels were creepy in a way that gave me goose-bumps for the first time since there original appearance in 'Blink'; equally chilling was The Doctor's pronouncement that anything they read later in the book was unavoidably going to happen given the final chapter's ominous title. The story was well paced with plenty of scary moments all of which lead up perfectly to the finale when Amy and Rory are lost to The Doctor; it isn't a tragedy but the sort of bitter-sweet ending that may cause a few tears to be shed.

It was sad to see Karen Gillan and Arthur Duval leave the series as I though they did fine jobs as Amy and Rory; I am rather pleased though that it was made clear that The Doctor could not go back to see them... it is best that once a companion has departed they stay departed otherwise it just lessens the impact of their loss.


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