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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When the scene where The Doctor reads Amy's letter was filmed, Karen Gillan who was off-camera, sat next to Matt Smith and read to him Amy's letter. When the director called "Cut!" Smith broke down into tears and started to cry. See more »

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Whilst River Song's wrist is gripped by the Angel, the position of the statue's grip changes between shots. 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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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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Stunned!
29 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Ever since we first saw the level of writing that Steven Moffat brought to the whole Whovian Mythos, we've been stunned. He's created brand new and very terrifying enemies for the Doctor with the Vashta Nerada and the Weeping Angels, both sets of episodes ('Silence in the Library' and 'Blink') are on my personal favourites list alongside classics like 'Rememberance of the Daleks', what does this have to do with 'The Angels Take Manhatten' you ask? Well, I personally believe that Moffat has done something here that can be seen as possibly his best work in Dr Who, and it should instantly be on a Whovian's list of great episodes. The story, as we've all known is how Rory and Amy leave the Doctor, as the recent years have never really had his companions freely leave the Doctor(save for Freema Agyeman's Martha), with Rose and Donna they've done things to help and had the consequences hit them for it (it can be argued that most of the Doctors Companions have been collateral in his epic fights) does Moffat go the way of Davies? Nope, from the start of the episode the tension is building, we see shots of statues in the beautiful New York and know the Angels are back, it was thrilling to feel the tension build as we know Rory has been kidnapped by the Angels and thrown back in time, a thing that-until now, has meant we see the death of that person immediately afterwards. What Moffat has done brilliantly here is to pull the rug out from under us, you think you'll see a 30-something kid of Rory's appear and tell Amy that her Husband re-married and had a wonderful life? No, we get to where Rory is and find him looking at himself dying inside a pen for Humans that allows the Angels to constantly feed on their 'lost days'. From there Moffat scales up the tension with the Doctor stating that he's powerless to stop Rory living and dying as a captured slave for the Angels, then the masterful scene where Amy and Rory decide to try and make their own destinies by both jumping off the building to stop the whole event from ever happening. In a word:Stunning! This episode is by far the very best of the whole 5 thats been so far, notable scenes that I really loved were the Statue of Liberty becoming an Angel, the horribly creepy Smling Angel(Yes, we finally get one smiling and its scary as hell) and the wonderful scenes between the Doctor and River and Amy and Rory talking about marriage, though most new fans won't know this, there was (hopefully) a line in this episode that might be foreshadowing for the answer to the question (god I hope the BBC doesn't do it again-old fans will know what I mean) all-in-all this is going in my faves of all time along with the other greats of the whole series. Roll on 2013!!


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