Doctor Who

Season 7 Episode 5

The Angels Take Manhattan

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2012 on BBC America
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In New York, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory meet River, but the Weeping Angels threaten the city as time periods overlap and time runs out for two of the travelers.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I love Doctor Whople walk up inside of it.


    I love Doctor Who and why not it's better then most of the crap written here the so I'll always give it a 10 until the day it really turns to crap. Honestly I thought the whole Statute of Liberty thing was really cheesy to say the least. I also think it's sort of crappy Rory and Amy couldn't just live happily ever after. We've had Doctor Companions leave happily ever after before. Why not now ?

    Of course I feel for the doctor. He has just looss so much. But honestly, this was a loss he need not suffer. I don't see the sense of bringing them back miraculously time after time only to have them die one last time so as to write out there characters.moreless
  • Tear-jerker

    The tears are out. I promised myself I wouldn't cry at Amy and Rory's demise but I couldn't help myself. But the point of this episode is mis-direction. Admittedly, the plot twists could be seen a mile off and I predicted it the moment the trailer was released. But, it was wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey at its best and it was good to have River around without her stealing the show or being stupidly important to the plot, whilst still having some good hints towards her demise, which for her at this point, is close. Likewise, the Angels themselves, back to basics, at their best and most dangerous. But the real trick of this episode is not the fact that you're crying or why you're crying, its WHO you're crying for. When it was revealed this episode would be heart-breaking, he didn't say who for. And you expect it to be tragic for Amy and Rory, but it isn't. Just one episode previously, they were considering giving up. Now, they get to. Happy. No, this episode has you crying for the Doctor. The man who has lost so many friends, loses two more. And the moment where he is practically begging Amy not to leave him is as sad and poignant as anything this show or any have produced. Top quality but predictable entertainment.moreless
  • Not the best send-off for the Ponds

    Aw, we're back to this stuff now, then? Man, I hate this stuff. I hate Moffat when he decides that Doctor Who is not about plot or pacing or, you know, good writing, and he just comes up with random cool ideas and images and smears them all over the script.

    See, under Moffat the Doctor goes beyond the usual silly Deus Ex Machina and into the realm of masturbatory non-storytelling. Who cares if the plot doesn't make sense, or if there is no buildup to the emotional payoff? It's Doctor Who! You can do anything!

    But... you can't. You can't spend two seasons getting abusing time travel plots and then come up with arbitrary restrictions to time travel when it suits the need to write some characters off. You can't spend several minutes on inconsequential characters only to gloss over what is ostensibly the plot. The plot, by the way, is that a demented collector mob boss is seemingly feeding people to Weeping Angels who in turn have set up a human farm in an apartment building that can only be wiped out by paradoxing it out. I'd say that takes a bit more than a quick, confusingly shot chase and a dramatic declaration to resolve, right? You can't just jump straight to the end from the beginning with no middle in between, no matter how timey wimey you get.

    Or, well, you can, I guess, but then you get a half-assed episode. It's telling that the one saving grace I found here were those nice fancy glasses that actually give some personality to the Doctor's costume (and that keep very deliberately sliding down Karen Gillan's nose in a disturbingly cute way).moreless
  • Angels Statues

    This episode gave me emotional whiplash. I've been trained by the episode Blink to find the weeping angels really terrifying, so seeing one always makes me jump and squeak. A Weeping Angel Statue of Liberty? Nearly had me on the floor laughing from the ridiculous. Um.. okay. No. Just no.

    Rory dies again! At at least the freaky aspect of being stuck in a building full of moving statuary really gave me then creeps. But then the Doctor ruined it by saying that Rory never left that room. Which made me think.: "Wait, how did he get food then? Unless you're trying to say that the statues go to the market."

    I enjoyed seeing River and I like how well she just gets the Doctor. And her reaction when he used some of his regeneration energy on her? Perfect.

    Oh, I'm so going to miss the Ponds. I adored them being with the Doctor but I'm also content that they got to live their lives out together although I will always be questioning the fact as to why the Doctor can't pop over for a visit.moreless
  • Sacrifice of Angels

    "If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loing them, bulidings burn, people die but real love is forever."

    Sarah Weber

    Movie: The Crow

    The only problem I have is both River and the Doctor don't really have much to do. But I can let this slide because due to what the sittuatio dictates it makes sense but this episode by it's nature really was Amy and Rory's.

    I liked seeing some of the emotion the Doctor expressed as he was faced with a problem that unfortunately he is unable to solve. It really shows how the Doctor really isn't perfect, despite how smart he is he doesn't have all the answers and he learns the hard way fate and death are the two opponents he can't beat. River was also really good she showed some emotion as well as even she was powerless to help her parients.

    But of course the best moment for me was of course Amy and Rory. That moment ontop of the building was suspenseful and emotional as we see Rory is about to self sacrifice himself in order to save Amy and all of humanity. But then just as he was close to falling Amy then comes with him and I love what she says to him which I find touching but I feel thats another part of what love is giving the other the feeling they can do anything be more than what they are. When I saw both of them jump, I was thinking noooo I really wasn't sure both were going to be alright. But we then see that their action worked they created a paradox which vaporized the Angel's Hotel Hell and both were back in the present and survived, it was almost a relief but like I said almost.

    The final minutes are just heartbreaking, as we see Rory killed by an Angel from the present it then comes down to Amy as she is faced with the dilema of joining her husband which would mean she'll die too. There was just a lot of emotion as the Doctor didn't want Amy to go but it's not his decision to make, and we just see the emotion Amy expresses which made my heart sink because I knew she already made her choice. I'll admit once we see Amy's name on the same tombstone as Rory's, I couldn't help but cry because it ment both were gone.

    Farewell Amy and Rory, you two made the Doctor as well as the adventures less lonely,

    I love you both which is why you be missed but most importantly never forgotten.moreless
Michael McShane

Michael McShane

Julius Grayle

Guest Star

Rob David (II)

Rob David (II)

Sam Garner

Guest Star

Bentley Kalu

Bentley Kalu


Guest Star

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

River Song

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sam Garner: 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.

    • River: The Angels are predators. They're deadly. What do you want with them?
      Grayle: I'm a collector. What collector could resist these? I'm only human.
      River: That's exactly what they're thinking.

    • River: Turns out the person I killed never existed in the first place. Apparently there's no record. It's almost as if someone's gone around deleting himself from every database in the universe.
      The Doctor: Umm, you said I got too big.
      River: And now no one's ever heard of you. Didn't you used to be someone?
      The Doctor: You might be the woman who killed the Doctor.
      River: Doctor who?

    • The Doctor: But how did you get your wrist out without breaking it?
      River: You asked, I did. Problem?
      The Doctor: You just changed the future.
      River: It's called marriage, honey. Now hush, I'm working.

    • The Doctor: Why did you lie to me?
      River: When one's in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a 12-year-old, one does one's best to hide the damage.

    • The Doctor: It would be almost impossible.
      River: Loving the almost.
      The Doctor: But to create a paradox like that takes almost unimaginable power. What have we got, eh? Tell me, come on. What?
      Amy: (taking Rory's hand) I won't let them take him. That's what we've got.

    • Rory: I always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. I guess she got impatient.

    • Amy: Rory, stop it, you'll die.
      Rory: Yeah, twice. In the same building on the same night. Who else could do that?

    • The Doctor: What the hell are you doing?!?
      Amy: Changing the future. It's called marriage.

    • River: What matters is this. Doctor, don't travel alone.
      The Doctor: Travel with me, then.
      River: Whenever and wherever you want. But not all the time. One psychopath per TARDIS, don't you think?

    • Amy: And do one more thing for me. There's a little girl waiting in a garden. She's going to wait a long while so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her she'll go to sea and fight pirates. She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter that'll ever live. And save a whale in outer space. Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond and this is how it ends.

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