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‘Doctor Who’ blogging: “The Time of Angels”

(all spoilers! don’t read till you’ve seen the episode! and no comments from party poopers — this is a love fest only / previous: “Victory of the Daleks”)
Holy shit, River Song is cool as fuck, isn’t she? (Alex Kingston, too.)

She speaks Old High Gallifreyan, she knows how to fly the TARDIS, and she’s comfortable enough to take her shoes off in the console room:

She is the Doctor’s wife, isn’t she?

The Moffat. I hateses the Moffat. Hateses him. And loveses him. Because no one — no one — but me is worthy of the Doctor. But I have to admit that River is awesome, and totally worthy of the Doctor, too. How can that be? She is clearly a better woman than I am, because she’s not jealous of Amy. (Oh, they’re so much more sophisticated in the 51st century, aren’t they?) I am, I have no shame in admitting, jealous of River.

And how is Amy not jealous of River? Is it merely that, at first, she doesn’t really realize that River is someone she might need to be jealous of? Because she’s only teasing the Doctor with all that “She’s kinda like, you know, ‘Heel, boy.’ She’s Mrs. Doctor from the future, isn’t she?” She’s not expecting the Doctor to admit that yes, she is his future wife. Yeah, he’s gonna be sonicking her all the damn time some day…

Except… do we even know that she’s the real River Song? Not that we know who the “real” River Song is… But clearly Octavian knows something about her that she doesn’t think the Doctor would like to hear. It can’t just be that she’s been in prison, can it? I mean, he’s a criminal, too. There’s gotta be something else going on that it’s “too early in his timestream” for him to think about, or accept, or even know.

I also wonder about her comment: “I’ve got pictures of all your faces.” All his faces? Or just the ones since David Tennant’s Doctor? Because she tells him in “Silence in the Library” that he’s younger then than she’s ever seen him. So she can’t have met earlier Doctors. Except: timelines can be changed. Wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey. Argh!

(Naturally, I went back and rewatched “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead” and “Blink” this weekend. And I cried — I sobbed — at River’s “death,” which I’d never done before. Hateses the Moffat! Hateses him!)

Oh, right: and there’s Weeping Angels in this one, too. I wanted to see new baddies, but at least if they’re gonna reuse old ones — not that the Angels are very old — they’re advancing their story, too. The Angels don’t always throw people back in time and let them live to death? Great. Now I’ve got something else to worry about next time I walk through Woodlawn Cemetery: I might get thrown back in time with no way to escape, or I might get turned into a Weeping Angel myself.

Random thoughts on “The Time of Angels”:

• Hallucinogenic lipstick? That’s almost like what Saffron used to knock out Mal…

• Damn! Another idea that was so mine: the Doctor enjoying walking through museums and pointing out what’s wrong…

• That ship

is a bit Blake’s 7, isn’t it?

(Damn, I need to start rewatching and writing about Blake’s 7…)

• And now, a Scotsman in a uniform:

I love Iain Glen.

• Amy’s a bit presumptuous, isn’t she, thinking she knows so much about the Doctor even though she’s only just met him: “You’re letting people call you sir — you never do that.” She doesn’t know him well enough yet to say that. “The way she talks to you,” about River, “I’ve never seen anyone do that.” But Amy hasn’t seen many people talk to him at all yet! The fact that she says that he promised her a planet and she hasn’t seen one as of the beginning of this episode means there can’t be much of their adventuring that’s happened offscreen. Or is she just being smug and young?

• Commando priests: very Knights Templar. Dan Brown would have a field day.

• “Quantum lock.” That is one most excellent bit of technobabble.

• Someone’s been watching The Ring:

• The Doctor kicks the gravity globe light waaay high up above them. Nice. Is Matt Smith — former wannabe footballer — gonna be a real athletic Doctor like Peter Davison’s was?

• “They stripped my cerebral cortex from my body and reanimated a version of my consciousness to communicate with you,” says Sacred/Scared Bob. Ugh. It’s like the ghosting of “Silence in the Library,” which was sad and creepy and disturbing, too.

• “Read it to me…”

I’ll admit to fantasies about the Doctor demanding that I read him something… though it’s usually more Venusian poetry than the ravings of a lunatic scientist.

• Re the two-headed Aplans and the one-headed statues: of course the Doctor and the rest of them are all suffering from the inevitable unicranialism. They all have only one head each, so they assume the rest of the universe does too. It’s just the default assumption — you know, “normal” people have just the one head.

Makes me think of Zaphod Beeblebrox, and especially of Zaphod’s pickup line to Trillian at that party in Islington: “Hey, babe, why don’t you come and talk to me: I’m from a different planet.” The Doctor pretty much said the same to Amy.

• Oh, and here we were all upset thinking — after getting teased with this image in the series’ coming attractions — that the Doctor was pointing that gun at someone, and not at a crashed, dead spaceship:

Here’s what I think: the Doctor had previously noted that “that whole ship’s gonna be flooded with… gravity storms…” and then he tells Octavian and his troops: “I’m about to do something incredibly stupid and dangerous. When I do: jump!” So they’re all gonna jump waaay up into the wreckage of the ship, right?

• Apparently many fans in the U.K. are upset about having to see Cartoon Graham Norton interrupting their geeking out at this dramatic moment. I saw it and thought, “Ah, so they have to deal with the same shit U.S. viewers have to deal with, eh?” Sometimes those damn TV banner ads take over the bottom third of the screen here.

• Great quotes (I want to quote the entirety of this brilliant episode, but just a few of my most favorite lines):

“But it didn’t make the noise…” –the Doctor, moaning to imitate the sound of the TARDIS materializing/dematerializing
“It’s not supposed to make that noise. You leave the brakes on.” –River
“Yeah, well, it’s a brilliant noise. I love that noise.” –the Doctor

“I can run away from anything I like — time is not the boss of me.” –the Doctor

“I’m not gonna be there every time you feel like jumping out of a spaceship.” –the Doctor
“And you are so wrong.” –River

“It would be good, it would be very good, if we could all remain calm in the presence of decor.” –Octavian

(next: Episode 5: “Flesh and Stone”)


MPAA: not rated

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  • Kenny

    I loved the episode. The revelation that all the statues were angels was a real creep out moment for me. So was the Bob on the radio really the evil angel moment.

    There’s something about the idea of talking to something totally horrifically evil on the radio… knowing that it’s on its way to where you are right now to get you… and for it to have a completely innocuous voice. What’s hiding behind that voice? What does it really sound like?

    Next week’s preview was chilling :D

  • I liked this a lot, but am withholding my love until I see the second half. The weeping angels are scary enough on their own, why oh why did they have to “borrow” the bit from The Ring, which is easily the scariest movie I’ve ever seen?? Sleep did not come quickly for me last night!

  • Martin

    Not that it surprised me but I love that I’m not the only one that thought Zaphod when I heard of a race of people with two heads.

    And to be fair, I think Zaphod would marry his other head…

  • Matthew

    I think that Amy is behaving the way she does because, to her, it feels like she’s known the Doctor for 14 years. Most of that is the Doctor she’s invented, of course.

    As for your guess about the cliffhanger, I’m pretty sure that the thing he shot was the gravity globe – you see it bursting and liquid pouring down.

  • Lisa

    I loved it – loved the reveal of the not 2 headed statues that was genius it was literally staring you right in the face!!

    Hated the ring bit eek! that was a scary film!

    I love that noise too worp worp worp

    Apparently the Graham Norton thing was only for viewers in England – the rest of us weren’t affected.

    Iain Glen brought a lot of grit to the episode – he was fantastic.

    I really really liked it I’m really really excited for next week this is the first one I’ve liked so far this year! I’m so pleased!!

  • NorthernStar

    Now this is a bit more like it! After last week’s disappointment, we’re served up something enjoyable.

    I still have reservations about the character of River Song, but I’m hopeful those will be buried next episode.

    I agree with you on Amy comments. I know she’s the audience stand in and therefore has to say what we’re thinking (or meant to be thinking!) but they do jar since she and the Doctor do feel so new together.

    Thank God for BBC HD, which has the sense not to ident its drama programmes and didn’t show the “coming up…” banner.

    And lastly…thank you so much for the unexpected but so welcome image of the Liberator. Much as I love the iconic shape of the TARDIS, Liberator is still the most gorgeous ship put on the TV screen. That they managed that the BBC of the 70’s budget of 50p and some sticky back plastic is amazing.

  • Yeah, I loved this one too. Moffat is a living legend.

    It’s interesting that you ponder how much is going on in between episodes – it constantly frustrated me that the previous couple of seasons often mentioned that they’d visited places we’d never seen – especially because they could travel ANYWHERE IN TIME AND SPACE yet always ended up in contemporary London.

    I think Amy was channeling many viewer’s complaints when she begged him to take her to a planet.

  • Isobel

    I thought this was a brilliant episode – breathed a huge sigh of relief as I was feeling a bit wobbly about the whole thing last week.

    I loved Matt Smith’s TARDIS noise imitation, and the ‘boringers’ comment.

    Question – The Doctor swooping through the museum going ‘Wrong! Wrong! A little bit right but mostly wrong!’ and Amy works out he’s keeping score. Keeping score of what? What am I missing?

    I had half wondered, watching the episode, whether River Song is somehow Amy but apparently this idea is rife throughout the fandom so it must be too obvious for Moffatt.

    Oh, and also, what’s with the injection that River gave Amy? It’s got to me more than something to help her with the environment, given that they made such a point of it. . .

    I ended up watching this episode on the iPlayer as my Sky+ went phooey and didn’t record it, so no banner for me. This is an American TV custom that we definitely should not be copying!

  • Matthew

    Question – The Doctor swooping through the museum going ‘Wrong! Wrong! A little bit right but mostly wrong!’ and Amy works out he’s keeping score. Keeping score of what? What am I missing?

    She works it out when he points at things and says, “Mine!”

    It’s his way of keeping score of his significance in history. The “wrong!” stuff is typical Doctor arrogance.

  • David

    Without a doubt my favorite bit was the Doctor aruging with River about piloting.
    Boring-ers, that’s what they are Blue Boring-ers.

  • VT

    Loved this episode. Love, love, loved it. Of course, it remains to be seen if next week lives up to its promise, but this was pretty fantastic. The bit where the Doctor imitates the noise the TARDIS makes was hilarious, as was the bit where he bites Amy. Interestingly, I found River a lot more annoying in this than in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead…but I think we’re supposed to find her ultra-confidence annoying here, and the Doctor sort of does, too, along with the various other highly mixed feelings coming from his last encounter with her. I’m pretty sure this is all deliberate on Moffat’s part, and the character will become more likeable while retaining her awesomeness.

  • Dave

    So out of four episodes it’s now two Hitchiker’s thoughts for me (two headed Zaphod, and Amy’s Arthur Dent gear in Starship UK).

    Moffat sure knows how to do scary.

    While I loved Matt making the Tardis sound the fact that the Tardis isn’t “supposed” to make that noise kinda bugged me. That also leads towards someone other than the Doctor teaching her to pilot a Tardis which might be part of what the Doctor wouldn’t like.

    Next week we get our first glimpse of what the cracks could be about. Looking forward to that.

    Loved the episode so much the abrupt cliffhanger left me screaming at the tv and cursing Moffat’s name.

  • RyanT

    I liked the episode, but it reminded me too much of Blink/Silence in the Library. I was expecting something new and not just an amalgamation of Moffat’s greatest hits.

    Having said that, it was MILES better than that awful episode last week and I have very high hopes the second part will pull it all together.

  • MaryAnn

    And to be fair, I think Zaphod would marry his other head…

    Nah, he’d just have a torrid affair with it. :->

    I think we’re supposed to find her ultra-confidence annoying here, and the Doctor sort of does, too

    We’re seeing her out of order, just like the Doctor is. Clearly, her experiences with him mellow her a bit.

  • We’re seeing her out of order, just like the Doctor is. Clearly, her experiences with him mellow her a bit.

    if she’s the real River Song.

  • Alli

    So are the evolving angels part of the crack in time/reality? They’ve gone from displacing you in history, to snapping your neck. Also, I’m wondering if the other angels weren’t “angels.” We learn that there’s a human colony on that planet, the statues all have one head, and Amy is slowly turning into one herself. Could these all be humans turned into angels?

    Change and evolution seem to be the big theme this season, which makes sense with a new doctor and companion. I’m interested in seeing how the “bad crack” is influencing this evolution.

  • MaryAnn

    Could these all be humans turned into angels?

    That’s what I think is the case.

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    Anyone else get the feeling that “Wife” is too damn obvious? I’m staking the outside bet that River Song actually the regeneration of “Jenny” from “The Doctor’s Daughter”.

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    Of course, the second I hit post I see the big gaping holes in that theory. Ah well. Let’s see what happens. Still think “wife” isa red herring though.

  • Not that it surprised me but I love that I’m not the only one that thought Zaphod when I heard of a race of people with two heads.

    Just to be a bit nit-picky, Zaphod was not originally a two-headed three-armed being – they were add-ons. Ford clearly states that the extra head and third arm really suits him. Even Arthur comments that he only had the one head and two arms (and called himself Phil) when he picked up Tricia MacMillan.

    Great episode, can’t wait for next week.

    And, yes, thankfully I got to see the HD feed of this episode – so no Norton.

  • (Damn, I need to start rewatching and writing about Blake’s 7…)

    Oh please, please, please, please do! I could never find anyone who was as obsessed with this as I was!

  • Isobel

    Cheers Matthew, that makes sense!

  • Dave

    I don’t think Amy’s actually turning into an angel. She just thinks she is (hence why the Doctor could bite her) I think he even says something to the effect of “It’s not stone the angels got into your head”

    Also it didn’t turn any of the others it killed them and stripped them for parts so it could communicate.

  • Amy’s a bit presumptuous, isn’t she, thinking she knows so much about the Doctor even though she’s only just met him

    I have been saying that to friends since the first episode. It is why I am not 100% in love with her character. Rose was of a comparable age to Amy when she started traveling with the Doctor, and I don’t remember her acting that way with him. I kind of wish he would call Amy out on it.

  • Lisa

    I think this was one of the first episodes filmed

    Rather ironically Karen played one of the Soothsayers in Fires of Pompeii wasn’t she turning into stone in that one, too?

  • I read somewhere that Stephen Moffat had watched the Ring on an aeroplane and keep jumping (and possibly shrieking) with fright. Now we can see just what an effect it had on him.
    Just rewatched it with my five-year-old daughter – we still think new Who is brilliant. The Moff rocks!

  • Matthew

    I don’t think Amy’s actually turning into an angel. She just thinks she is (hence why the Doctor could bite her) I think he even says something to the effect of “It’s not stone the angels got into your head”

    I think that’s correct – it definitely is from what we’ve seen so far, but it remains to be seen what other effects there are.

    Amusingly someone tried to start a rumour about Amy being turned into an angel, a few months back. They did an image search for “Weeping Angel” and turned up the Haserot Angel, which is actually male but has long hair and a fairly delicate face. A close up makes a half-decent basis for a spoof rumour. I’m linking to it, because it’s pretty good in its own right.

  • Lisa

    I’m not surprised it scared him that thing crawling out of the tv is the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen

  • MaryAnn

    I have been saying that to friends since the first episode. It is why I am not 100% in love with her character. Rose was of a comparable age to Amy when she started traveling with the Doctor, and I don’t remember her acting that way with him. I kind of wish he would call Amy out on it.

    But Amy is Amy. Amy is not Rose. I’m glad Amy is not perfect or not without faults and blind spots. But surely Amy herself knows that most of what she “knows” about the Doctor must be only her own fantasies about him.

    Or maybe she doesn’t know that. Maybe she does know things as a result of, I dunno, a crack in the universe or something…

  • RyanT

    But Amy is Amy. Amy is not Rose. I’m glad Amy is not perfect or not without faults and blind spots. But surely Amy herself knows that most of what she “knows” about the Doctor must be only her own fantasies about him.

    That’s my thoughts about Amy. She’s a bit like Donna in that way. She has had time to build on her expectations of who this Doctor was. Rose and Martha didn’t have the luxury of waiting for the Doctor before they went off in their adventures.

    Or yeah, timey wimey crack. We’ll see.

  • Janet

    I have to admit that I’m with Left_Wing_Fox on River Song. They are just pointing us viewers down that “they are married in the future” thing so much that there has got to be something else. Something that makes just as much sense but we’re just not seeing it.

  • Alli

    I don’t think Amy’s actually turning into an angel. She just thinks she is (hence why the Doctor could bite her) I think he even says something to the effect of “It’s not stone the angels got into your head”

    I loved that part. Who else would think to bite her at that moment? Still, I wonder if Amy thinking she is turning into stone actually causes her to turn into stone. Metaphysics, and Descartes “I think therefore I am,” might play a role in this crack in reality.

    Another thing, if River knows the Doctor’s history so well, shouldn’t she know who Amy is? She knew who Donna Noble was. Is that because Donna is a Legend among worlds? Or does the future Doctor not talk about Amy? Hmm.

    Ps. I want to thank Maryann for blogging about Dr. Who. I’m not sure I would have started watching the show if it wasn’t for your enthusiasm.

  • Bill

    Don’t mean to drag the conversation off topic, but I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere on the net, so I’ll just throw it out here…I think Riversong shows up in two stories this year. Go back and look at the “Coming Soon” trailer at the end of Eleventh Hour. Riversong, in military garb with her back to camera is shown first, then a flash or two later there is a shot of the Doctor, Amy and a very informally dressed Riversong opening a huge door to some long unseen crypt/tomb/cavern/rock quarry. They are also seen running up to Stonehenge a few quick cuts later.
    I saw an interview with Alex Kingston online a few days ago and she mentions being with the Doctor at the opening of the Pandorica.
    Episode 12 is titled “The Pandorica Opens”.
    Looks like more awesome is on the way!

  • Mo

    I love how I can pick up on all the clues of something and still completely miss what they mean. I spent a lot of the episode thinking “those statues sure look like worn angels. I’m surprised they don’t have to mark them with chalk so that they know which ones they’ve checked.” When the Doctor was going on about the architect having two heads I was thinking “I wonder how many species lived on that planet? Because the statues all only have one. Were they based on off-worlders maybe?”
    I never once put it together. *facepalm* You notice they had to cut into the catacombs to get in? It’s like the angels had been intentionally sealed off there…

    It’s interesting how after the previews for Silence in the Library so many people were speculating whether River was a Time Lady, only to settle on future wife by the end based on the clues. Now a series later and “wife” is written all over the episode, but the actual clues are starting to point back to Time Lady… I vote for a third option.

    Also, Mike Skinner! I spent the longest time trying to remember where I’d seen him before. Heh…does it mean something that he gets a ten-second cameo -on a kid’s show- and he’s drugged out of his mind for it?…

  • Mo

    I’ve been thinking about Amy: there’s more going on with her than just a crack and a wedding. She’s holding something back.

    I just can’t stop thinking about that scene in Eleventh Hour when we first see her as a cop. It took me a few viewings to figure out what was off, but she’s faking an English accent the entire time up until the moment she yells about “5 minutes”. She learns there’s a sixth door, sees a scary alien that has been living with her, is scared enough to scream and think they might die, and yet never once does her fake accent slip. It’s almost like she’s trying to punish the Doctor for not coming back by making him think she’s gone and no fright is going to take that moment away from her.

    I wonder how much the latest episodes have been like that on a bigger scale? She’s very in the moment right now because she’s seeing all this amazing stuff for the first time, and yes on one level she needed time before her wedding so that’s a thing, but is there still something more she’s holding back? Maybe like Rose in “Father’s Day”? She had a pretty messed up life when he met her the first time, and then he became a sort of focus point for all of her troubles for all the years afterward, and yet she hasn’t made a deal of it at all lately, like she’s waiting for a good moment to go off. Maybe she still thinks he’s imaginary? In that case, of course she thinks she knows him really well, he’s been living in her head for fourteen years.

    Every time I see the end of Eleventh Hour with all of the dolls I think there must be an extra level of crazy underneath that she’s keeping hidden. Looking forward to seeing how it’s going to come out… (sorry for the doublepost)

  • Max

    This episode randomly reminded me of Earthshock…thinking River might have been at the Doctor’s deathbed…hoping Amy isn’t alien like Turlough…hearing a touch Davison in Matt’s performance. I love it that this show keeps me engaged in its history!

  • Vanessa

    I also wonder about her comment: “I’ve got pictures of all your faces.” All his faces? Or just the ones since David Tennant’s Doctor? Because she tells him in “Silence in the Library” that he’s younger then than she’s ever seen him. So she can’t have met earlier Doctors. Except: timelines can be changed. Wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey. Argh!

    I think you have hit the nail on the head MaryAnn. There is definitely some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff going on in River’s relationship with the doctor. The doctor may very well change River’s timeline between now and Silence in the Library. I can’t see this River Song sacrificing herself for the Doctor.

    Some folks are speculating that the terrible thing she is imprisoned for is that she kills the doctor–so one could imagine an amazing finale where the dying doctor sends Amy off in the Tardis to find one of his other regenerations so that Doctor #? can change River’s timeline and she is reformed. Oops–fanfic alert!

    With regard to the book, I assumed that the Doctor gave her images of him so that she would recognize him when she saw him–knowing that she could meet any version of the doctor in any order relative to her own timeline.

    Which reminds me–why is there such a sense of haste in the Doctor’s stealing the home box, and entering the coordinates to pick River up in empty space? Whenever he left, he would still end up at the same time–he could have thought it over for a few seconds–perhaps given some exposition to Amy? Of course, given his record in the past few episodes, it strains credulity that he would arrive at exactly the moment she needed her “taxi”.

    Love your “who” blogging and fan fiction–thanks!

  • Chris

    I really enjoyed angel-bob. The apologetic informative style of his speech, even when informing them that he was coming to murder them, was excellent

  • Lisa

    Tardis likes her^

    from what I hear River does appear in the finale can’t wait for that

    Maybe he’s following Whedon even more closely than RTD and the crack is the little bad?

    11 drs and river song – that would be an interesting episode!

    He saves her life – she ultimately saves his? could it be as simple/complicated as that? He’s always going to run to save her because she saves him. He has an instant bond with her because of that which she never understands because she doesn’t know that she’ll end up dying for him. So she can treat him badly, be untrustworthy, lie to him (be a murderer?) and never call and he’ll still be there for her. He’ll still “timelord” love her, perhaps she ultimately loves him back because he’s kind to her and trusts her?

  • They are just pointing us viewers down that “they are married in the future” thing so much that there has got to be something else. Something that makes just as much sense but we’re just not seeing it.>/blockquote cite>

    She’s the Rani? A female incarnation of the Master? (The Mistress?) A forerunner of a coming crossover episode involving that other famous sci-fi show who has a female character named River? Possibilities are endless…

    I must admit, though, that for a while there I kept wondering why Gretchen Mol was on the show and why the heck she was playing River Song. But that’s just me.

    And at long last, an episode that adds new meaning to the term “Church Militant.” Given the philosophical biases of the show’s last producer, I really didn’t see that angle coming. (Though, given the name of this episode’s alien of the week, it seems obvious in retrospect.)

    I kinda wish it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. And I kinda liked the fact that “Blink” never had a sequel till now but it’s not an easy episode to top and it seems like cheating that the show’s writers basically got away with making a sequel by changing the villains’ m.o. I’m not one of those continuity buffs who demand that the Daleks do the same thing they did in each and every episode but I’m also not really wild about the fact that they’re taking one of the most unconventional villains the Doctor ever fought and making them more conventional.

    Oh, well. Let’s see what happens next week.

  • Oops! I’ve had a long day.

    Please delete the last post.

    They are just pointing us viewers down that “they are married in the future” thing so much that there has got to be something else. Something that makes just as much sense but we’re just not seeing it.

    She’s the Rani? A female incarnation of the Master? (The Mistress?) A forerunner of a coming crossover episode involving that other famous sci-fi show who has a female character named River? Possibilities are endless…

    I must admit, though, that for a while there I kept wondering why Gretchen Mol was on the show and why the heck she was playing River Song. But that’s just me.

    And at long last, an episode that adds new meaning to the term “Church Militant.” Given the philosophical biases of the show’s last producer, I really didn’t see that angle coming. (Though, given the name of this episode’s alien of the week, it seems obvious in retrospect.)

    I kinda wish it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. And I kinda liked the fact that “Blink” never had a sequel till now but it’s not an easy episode to top and it seems like cheating that the show’s writers basically got away with making a sequel by changing the villains’ m.o. I’m not one of those continuity buffs who demand that the Daleks do the same thing they did in each and every episode but I’m also not really wild about the fact that they’re taking one of the most unconventional villains the Doctor ever fought and making them more conventional.

    Oh, well. Let’s see what happens next week.

  • JohnnyInc

    I noticed the other angels aren’t weeping. They seem to have no problem looking at each other. In “Blink”, Sally Sparrow trapped the four weeping angels by sending back the Tardis and making them all look at each other, forever freezing them in that position. In this episode, when the Doctor goes back the way they came and sees the angels following them, they are looking at the back of the angel in front of them. Am I missing something or does multiple angels in a group not make much sense? Or are these different angels like some commenters have mentioned? Ones that are not bound by the same rules as the “Blink” angels?

  • Mo

    ^Interesting observation. But the feral angels in the caves have been living in complete darkness for probably centuries or more before they fell asleep. Covering their eyes wouldn’t have been a necessity there until some humans blundered in with their flashlights and gravity globes.

  • Newbia

    Random thoughts:

    1. Favorite part of the episode: “You made it BORING!”

    2. First thought upon seeing River Song: “Oh my God, it’s Lady Gaga!”

    3. The multiple-timeline issue with Song and Doctor is extremely confusing. Whose past and whose future is it? What is ging on?

  • Lisa

    His future is her past (mostly) her death is his past yep see what you mean

  • MikeS

    Perhaps River Song was jailed for murdering an incarnation of the Doctor?

  • Perhaps she’s the female reincarnation of Wilf…

  • maureen

    I think this episode made me love River Song more than I already did, and I was pleasantly surprised that Matt Smith managed to make their relationship seem so believable after David Tennant.

    I’m also glad that I’m not the only one picking up on Hitchhiker’s references. Personally, I feel like Moffat has been channeling Douglas Adams in all of his new episodes.

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