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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Matt Smith and Karen Gillan got very emotional filming the final graveyard scene. See more »


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 »


The Doctor: What the hell are you doing?
Amy Pond: Changing the future. Its called marriage.
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Written by Murray Gold
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Great location, but too many mistakes, again.
25 April 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Can you imagine a better opening for a mystery? New York in the '30s, you cannot go wrong ...or can you? Yes.

For instance you can write a golden episode such as "Blink" where, obviously, people cannot meet the older or younger versions of themselves, 'cause you know, in Doctor Who this is one of the few rules. Then, a few years later, you use again the weeping angels (it's the third time and I'm afraid they're not the Daleks) and in the first 5 minutes Mr. Garner speaks to himself, why?

OK, fine, small mistake, now it gets better... no it doesn't: River Song ladies and gentlemen! Tell me this is the very last time.

One more thing about the messed Moffat's logic: Amy cannot read River's book but the Doctor in "Blink" knew what to say in the DVDs because he had the script from the future. Am I missing something?

Rory dies, as usual, 2 or 3 times and finally Amy too. The two of them were not so memorable as companions, they didn't have many decent plots, though, in any case their farewell is not even close to the previous ones. Honestly, I was almost relieved.

I'm really disappointed by the Matt Smith era, I wasn't that crazy for Russel T Davies and I thought with Moffat in charge there was a chance for an improvement from "really good show" to "excellent". Until now it wasn't definitely the case.

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