Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 5

Flesh and Stone (2)

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 01, 2010 on BBC America
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Trapped among an army of Weeping Angels, the Doctor and his friends try to escape through the forest dome. Meanwhile, Amy finds herself facing an even more deadly attack.

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  • Flesh and Stone

    10
    Flesh and Stone was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of great character and plot development. The story was well written and very engaging. The characters were awesome and the actors played their parts well. It was intriguing to see River Song interacting with The Doctor and I liked their scenes together. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • finally, the doctor has arrived..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9.5
    fantastic .... simply brilliant......i was very disappointed with the start this season had, but man, this episode was just wat i needed...yes sir, it had just the right amount of creepy, humor, comedy, and most importantly heart...!! i am once again hooked... man am i glad to say that....!!!!!
  • the weeping angels and hunting the doctor and Amy but a bigger threat soon makes itself known.

    9.5
    This was an awesome conclusion to an epic to parter, the doctor and Amy are being hunted by the weeping angels but it soon turns out that they have bigger problems when A crack in time appears that can wipe someone out of time and make it so they never existed. There was a pretty scary bit where Amy had to pretend she could see the angels even though she had to keep her eyes closed. those soldier dudes were wiped out of time but i don't really mind since I didn't really like them anyway. the angels were devoured by the time crack so their no longer a problem but something tells me we haven't seen the last of those cracks in tine.moreless
  • The Doctor and co. must escape a large group of the Weeping Angles, in the decent conclusion of this two-parter...

    9.0
    This review contains spoilers.



    Everyone I know, who even just watches 'Doctor Who' casually, has been on all week about it (and not just the infamous intrusive on-screen animation at the end of last week's ep) and looking forward to the second part.



    I liked this one. It had a good plot, and Amy having to keep her eyes clothes was creepy and yet strangely sexy at the same time. Both Karen Gillan (IMO the best modern 'Who' companion by far) and Matt Smith put in top-notch performances once again. Although I respect David Tennant for what he did in the role, I just believe in Smith so much more in the part.



    One of my (few) gripes of last week's instalment was that I found Alex Kingston was hamming it up as River. Thankfully, this week she didn't seem to as much, and the story was better for it. I know there are legions of River fans, but personally I find her interesting but am rather take-or-leave-her. I took her hints about killing a man to mean that some time in her future she tries to kill the Doctor. We will have to wait and see for that, but I hope they resist temptation from bringing her back TOO often.



    So were they right to bring the Weeping Angels back? I mentioned last week that I was worried it might tarnish the classic, stand-alone original, 'Blink'. ... Well, 'Time of the Angels' and 'Flesh and Stone' aren't as spectacular as 'Blink', but they do very well and do not spoil the original IMO.



    I also wondered with Part 1 if this Angels story should have been a single parter, and the badly cramped down 'Victory of the Daleks' been allowed to instead develop into the two-parter it was clearly designed to be. Well, in a perfect world, both would have been two-parters, but in a series of thirteen episode slots, it sadly wasn't to be.



    Anyway, overall I liked this episode, though if I must pick fault, I found some of it, particularly the first half, to be a bit over-talky and stretched. However, this was made up for by a great second half. As with all of this new fifth series, I'll have to watch the episode again to fully take it all in (a good sign, as seldom did I watch any Tennant-era more than once).

    I wasn't sure about Amy trying to get it on with the Doctor at the end, but I think I was more jealous than anything!! =)



    All-in-all, not quite perfect, but a decent two-parter, and as always, I can't wait for next week's episode, 'The Vampires Of Venice'.moreless
  • Moffat proves that he was the perfect man to take over Who with the second part of this story that continues with the scares and pace with the Doctor and Amy realising that the Angels are not the worst thing out there.moreless

    10
    If it was anyone other than Moffat writing this two parter I might have been worried after last week that such a perfect first episode could be followed at the same level.



    However 45 minutes later Moffat is confirmed as one of the best writers on television. This episode had scares, energy, a decent link to the main story (and a nice revelation at the end which you know is going to be something amazing when revealed) and along with the excellent Matt Smith and Karen Gillen Moffat has produced something wonderful.



    Alex Kingston also deserves praise for her performance as River Song, a character who has managed to become even more mysterious now that we know more about her. Can't wait to see when she appears again.



    Without wanting to give anything away about the story this episode as such wonderful touches and writing that produce so many stand out and memorable moments (two are the conversation between the doctor and amy before he leaves, and when the doctor and the father as they discuss how to deal with a sticky angel problem).



    I also like that some things from the previous episode are not answered (why did the angels kill and not zap though time like before) and the sense of dread that you get from the cracks.



    Looking forward to the next episode and the eventual resolution of the crack saga (no doubt with many different alien creatures along the way to make things more difficult for the doctor and amy).



    long live new who...moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • At the very end of the episode, a clock in Amy's room is shown changing from 11:59am to 12:00pm, which should be in the middle of the day, however it is night outside. This may not be a production error, because when the clock changes to 12:00pm, the date changes as well which should only happen when the clock changes to 12:00am.

    • At the end of the episode it is revealed that Amy is from 2010. However this doesn't add up. At the start of "Eleventh Hour" the Doctor can be seen hanging from his damaged TARDIS above London. The O2 Arena (previously the Millenium Dome) can be clearly seen making it at least 1999. The current time Amy is from 14 years after that (as clearly stated at the end of that episode) so the earliest time she could be from is 2013.

    • The date on which the crack originates is the scheduled UK air date of the last episode in the series.

    • The Doctor gives his age as 907, which would mean four relative years have passed since the events of Voyage of the Damned.

      It would also mean that one year has passed between this and The End Of Time (or he's at least had a birthday) as he told Wilfred he was 906 in that.

    • The Weeping Angels are seen moving on-screen for the first time. This disproves the thought that their habit of turning to stone when being observed extended beyond the fourth wall, to the viewer.

    • In the episode "Blink", it is said that if an Angel touches you, you get sent back in time, and the Angels feed off of the life you would have lived. However, in this episode the Angels are physically killing the group, which the Doctor begins to say (before being interrupted) is not how they usually kill.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • The Doctor: It's nice in here. Consoles, comfy chairs, a forest. How's things with you?
      Angel Bob: The Angels are feasting, sir. Soon we'll be able to absorb enough power to consume this vessel. This world and all the stars, and worlds beyond.
      The Doctor: Well, we've got comfy chairs, did I mention?
      Angel Bob: We have no need of comfy chairs.
      The Doctor: I made him say "comfy chairs."

    • Father Octavian: Doctor, we're too exposed here. We have to move on.
      The Doctor: We're too exposed everywhere, and Amy can't move. And anyway, that's not the plan.
      River Song: There's a plan?
      The Doctor: I don't know yet, I haven't finished talking. Right, Father, you and your clerics are going to stay here and look after Amy. If anything happens to her, I'm hold every single one of you personally responsible, twice. River, you and me, we're going to go find the primary flight deck, which is... (licks his finger and sticks it in the air) a quarter of a mile straight ahead. And from there we're going to stablize the wreckage, stop the Angels and cure Amy.
      River Song: How?
      The Doctor: I'll do a thing.
      River Song: What thing?
      The Doctor: I don't know, it's a thing in progress. Respect the thing.

    • The Doctor: (fighting off Amy's advances) Amy, listen to me. I am 907 years old. Do you know what that means?
      Amy: It's been a while?
      The Doctor: Ye... No, no, no! I'm nine hundred and seven, and look at me. I don't get older, I just change. You get older, I don't, and this can't ever work!
      Amy: Oh, you are sweet, Doctor. But I wasn't really suggesting anything quite so... long-term.

    • River: You'll see me again quite soon. When the Pandorica opens.
      The Doctor: The Pandorica? Ha. That's a fairytale.
      River: Haha, Doctor, aren't we all? I'll see you there.
      The Doctor: I'll look forward to it.
      River: I remember it well.

    • The Doctor: Can I trust you, River Song?
      River: If you like. (laughs) But where's the fun in that?

    • River: (to the Doctor) You, me, handcuffs... Must it always end this way? (said with a smirk)

    • The Doctor: River Song, I could bloody kiss you!
      River: Oh well, maybe when you're older.

    • Father Octavian: We have to move, or the Angels could be here any second!
      The Doctor: Never mind the Angels, there're worse things than Angels.
      (the lights go out. When they come back on, an Angel has Father Octavian in a stranglehold)
      Father Octavian: I beg to differ, sir.

    • The Doctor: Amy, you need to start trusting me. It's never been more important.
      Amy: But you don't always tell me the truth.
      The Doctor: If I always told you the truth, I wouldn't need you to trust me.

    • The Doctor: I'll be back for you as soon as I can.
      Amy: You always say that.
      The Doctor: I always come back.

    • Amy: So what's wrong with me?
      River: Nothing, you're fine.
      The Doctor: Everything, you're dying.
      River: Doctor!
      The Doctor: Yes, you're right. If we lie to her, she'll get all better!

    • Angel Bob: Hello, Doctor? Angel Bob here, sir.
      The Doctor: Ah, there you are, Angel Bob. How's life? Sorry, bad subject.

    • Amy: Okay, so we've basically run up the inside of a chimney, yeah? So what if the gravity fails?
      The Doctor: I've thought about that.
      Amy: And?
      The Doctor: And we'll all plunge to our deaths. See? I thought about it.

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