Sunday, March 24, 2013

Doctor Who Season 7 So Far Part V


Well the time has come to finally say good-bye to Amy Pond and Rory Williams. As these two leave the TARDIS for good, we are faced with the question whether Steven Moffat  has written a script which is good at all. So, without further ado, let's take a look.

The TARDIS crew arrive in present day New York City. However, their pleasurable trip to the city that never sleeps turns sour when Rory is abducted by an alien race known as the Weeping Angels, who have sent Rory back in time to the 1930's. Teaming up with the Doctor's other stalwart companion, River Song (Alex Kingston), the Doctor and Amy must save Rory before it's too late.

Personally, I believe that "The Angels take Manhattan" is a tour-de-force. Everything about it, is wonderful - from the performances by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston, to the mood created by the Weeping Angels is genuinely creepy. The fact that the story is set in the noir-like 1930's is great, and this really lends some nice atmosphere which permeates the episode. The Weeping Angels have been considered one of the scariest "Doctor Who" monsters of all time. They debuted in Moffat's episode "Blink" universally recognized as one of the show's best episodes. They returned with great effect in "Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone" where they encountered the Eleventh Doctor.

The Weeping Angels Attack
(Spoilers Ahead) The only negatives concerning this episode is the gimmicky nature of one of the film's twists. The fact that the Statue of Liberty is supposed to be a weeping statue, is rather hard to believe. The scenes featuring the evil Lady Liberty are certainly interesting to look at, but it really does not add anything to the plot. As for the ending, it is perhaps a bit rushed and abrupt, it still packs the emotional punch that it needed. "The Angels Take Manhattan" is was certainly the wonderful send-off that Amy and Rory deserved. (End of Spoilers)

So, to sum up - "The Angels Take Manhattan" is a great send-off for the Doctor's companions. It features wonderful performances and a well-written script. This episode is rewarded with a 4 out of 5 stars.

Well, that's all folks - this has been a great look back at the five episodes which made up the first part of "Doctor Who's" seventh series. Next week marks the return of the show to the air, and you can be sure that a review will be posted shortly thereafter.

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