Doctor Who – The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone

I know that with the passing of the series last Saturday it make seem a little out of date for me to continue these, but I intended to do them all and do them all I shall. Exams got in the way but as of yesterday they are over and so I can get back in this lovely place and write to myself again; should distract me from doing anything actually important until my A level grades come if nothing else.

Anyway, tardiness aside this was the first two-parter of the series and probably the best move the writing team could have made considering the success of ‘Blink’ in series 3; and the return of River Song, who it would seem most people (including me) had dismissed as an empty promise but I was wrong, and gladly so. The way The Doctor interacts with her in these episodes is truly a marvel to watch, they are displaced from each other, they both know each other’s futures and that makes their encounter especially awkward for The Doctor, who watched her die in the series 4 ‘Silence In The Library’ two-parter. This makes for a very interesting character dynamic, as River insists that she will play a bigger role in his life, something that, with what he knows, is a curse. She is already haunting him before they even know each other.

Onto the monsters though, and the weeping angels are back to nobody’s surprise; considering Stephen Moffat’s position, it was a move that had to be made and was pulled off with great quality. What every episode featuring a recurring villain should do is add to their character; this applies to all ongoing/long serials/series and this did this well without making an arse-end of it like ‘Daleks of Manhattan’ which still remains my least favourite Doctor Who story ever. Thinking of it like lost’s smoke monster, every time it appeared, the audience learned something new about it, and although some people weren’t happy with the ultimate explanation, I believe that it did the mystery justice and that there wasn’t really any scientific way they could determine the formation of a creature made of smoke, and who would want that anyway, to draw the mystery out of the mystery is to take all that is interesting away from it. In the same way, we learned something new about the angels- ‘the image of an angel’ can itself become an angel, which did a good job of keeping Amy’s character interesting in a situation where otherwise she would have been a little bit redundant, the very fact that you have to look at the weeping angels to keep them from snapping your neck is bad enough without being told if you open your eyes you die, the momentum added by this mere statement is unrivaled throughout the two episodes.

Although the cliffhanger for the first episode was a nice callback to the cliffhangers of the Russel T Davies years, the ultimate cliffhanger was really fun; the revelation of the date of the time explosion took me by complete surprise and was something I didn’t expect from Doctor Who at all, a clever ending to a great story, not to mention the return of the crack in time, the foreshadowing of ‘The Pandorica Opens’ and of course the scene in Amy’s bedroom; to which many responded with words beginning with S, but to really get into why they did that, Stephen Moffat was insistent that out of all the companions that had been infatuated with The Doctor, that one would at least try to take him to bed, which made for a fun scene and a great excuse to bring Rory into the show.

And now I feel I have exhausted my words, when brainpower returns and I have something vaguely interesting to say about the next episode, I shall return.


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