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Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan Review

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  • Episode: The Angels Take Manhattan
  • Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Michael McShane
  • Written By: Steven Moffat
  • Directed By: Nick Hurran
  • Network: BBC, BBC America
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Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan Review

Well, this was it.

By Kimberly McCall     October 04, 2012

Well, this was it. With what many believe was an overstayed welcome, the Ponds have said their final farewell to the doctor and a faithful audience to conclude the Fall season of Doctor Who Season 7.

Steven Moffat returns to the pen and brings us trudging along with lumps in our throats through slow rising action to the dramatic climax that will, I think, ultimately please fans. What is different about this particular episode is that the Doctor (Matt Smith) is almost a helpless bystander from beginning to end as Rory (Arthur Darville) and Amy (Karen Gillan) take matters about fixing the universe into their own hands. 

Of course, what better ingredient for a finale than a classic and well loved “villain”? The weeping angels are back and creepy as ever as they seem to have taken over just about every statue in Manhattan. Most of these statues, I might add, are very real city features adding additional skin crawling uneasiness. Rory, as usual, finds himself lost very quickly in space and time as an intended victim of the angels and off go the Doctor and Amy to his rescue. River Song (Alex Kingston) returns as their guide of sorts and to add another bit of heartache to the fate of her parents; a good watch for River fans.

From then on, it’s the usual race against the clocks (or angels, in this case) to the end of the world where the Doctor saves the day at the last possible moment. But wait.. he actually doesn’t. In order to (once again) solidify their love to the audience, Rory and Amy take the ultimate plunge together and risk it all in hopes of creating a paradox profound enough to stop the weeping angels. And, for a moment, everything seems to work out... until Moffat throws us his famous curve ball and our stomachs sink.

Whether or not you’ve been a fan of Amy Pond, it’s hard to deny the emotional impact of her character as we are reminded, through a heart wrenching montage, of the chubby little girl who waited for the return of her magical Doctor all those years. For me, the episode was enough to take me out of my general annoyance of Karen Gillan and enjoy the end of an era. Now that the Ponds are gone, we have a golden opportunity to become reacquainted with the character of the Time Lord, who has definitely taken a back seat to his traveling companions as of late.

One of the spots where “The Angels Take Manhattan” falters is the development of the supporting characters, Granted, I realize the focus is intended for Rory and Amy, but one almost sees a waste of potential talent in the casting of the likes of Michael McShane (I mean, really... where have we seem him since the 90’s?) and Burnell Tucker, a supporting yet familiar face in such genre favorites as Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Superman, Flash Gordon, and The Shining?

As usual, you can pick at the splinters in any Doctor Who episode, but none of them ever seem large enough to prevent enjoyment. Most of us end up sucked into the story whether we intend it or not. Despite the stumbles Doctor Who has made over the last season or two, this finale is certainly enough to keep us watching.

Next Time on Doctor Who... 


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jetpackjesus 10/4/2012 3:31:42 AM

I still haven't watched, but I've been a much bigger fan of Rory than Amy for some time.  He's basically been the heart of the show since he became a regular, except when they force Amy upon us (see A Town Called Mercy).  

Of the New Who principal companions, I'd slot the Ponds behind Donna (easily had the best story arc of any companion) and probably Rose, but ahead of Martha.  

As for companions as a whole, my favorites are Jack, River, Rory and Rose. Martha's story was just myeh, though I liked her character.  Amy is often annoying but has her moments; however, if there was no Rory I probably couldn't stand her character at all.  

Hopefully Oswin is a good companion with a strong story arc.

Dazzler 10/4/2012 4:06:40 AM

I will miss the Ponds.  They did last a long time however. 



Statue of Liberty Weeping Angel made me almost crap my pants!

HudsonTaco 10/4/2012 7:39:07 AM

 Loved the Ponds my favorite companions by far. I had a feeling of "what? Was that it?" after this episode. Thought they deserved better, companions rarely have a happily ever after ending, so I guess it's in line with what has come before. Just needed a bit more closure, than that is all.

Noovtere 10/4/2012 10:32:20 AM





I thought this was by far the weakest episode of the 5.  It was also the weakest of the Angel stories.  Too much was recycled from Blink, including the last page of the book.  Short of killing them, though, I don't know that there was any less contrived way to make a clean break with Rory and Amy.

wrrlykam 10/4/2012 4:03:26 PM

Give me Wilfred Mott any day.

wrrlykam 10/4/2012 4:09:06 PM








Some massive plot holes the size of the Statue of Liberty in this one. How about some solid story telling and not just "look at this I'm clever for having this idea" that doesn't do anything for the story.

Still not too bad, I enjoyed it more than last season's stories. Quite suspenseful as long as you didn't think too hard about the why's and wherefores. Just wish RTD was still in control.

jsmulligan 10/5/2012 3:09:31 PM

An enjoyable episode, so long as you don't look at it too closely.  Then things fall apart a bit.  I did think it was a fantastic goodbye to Amy and Rory.







Angel Statue of Liberty was stupid.  Interesting visual, but you can't tell me no one would look at Lady Liberty as she went stomping through New York.

Tonebone 10/6/2012 5:03:16 PM

Well, an emotional impact can be denied when you really never felt no emotion for the character to begin with. I just never warmed up or bought into Amy Pond. I just feel it was pushed WAY to hard that Amy was the center of the universe. I was sad to see Rory go and have quite had my fill of River, though she doesn't really annoy me persay.



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