Television: Doctor Who and the Angels Take Manhattan

"The Angels Take Manhattan"

The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. But the Weeping Angels are lurking here too. When one of the TARDIS crew is zapped back to 1938, Amy discovers that time can’t always be rewritten, not once it’s written in stone.

It’s time to say goodbye to the Ponds.

For weeks now, I’ve been saying that I’m ready. While I don’t want Amy (Karen Gillan) or Rory (Arthur Darvill) to go, I have accepted that they will be leaving the show. But not like this. Not without a promise of a return. I’m sorry. I’m a little emotional right now. Spoilers ahead.

The first time we’ve encountered the Weeping Angels was in the episode Blink. And the stakes introduced were high. A displacement from the Angels meant forever. Unlike the other Doctor Who monsters, what they offer is a kind death. But being displaced to a different time is still a scary predicament. And the way they go about moving you, the darkness, their fast–and yet slow–movement… There’s a reason why I maintain that Blink is the scariest episode of the current run of Doctor Who.

But along the way, the Angels lost some of their scare factor. Their second appearance, back in Series 5, was still a scary affair. But with the new rules that were attached to their mythology, they became less. Less scary and more monstrous. And let’s not mention the cameo they made in Series 6’s The God Complex. The Weeping Angel went the way of the Daleks, scary Who monsters–but always beaten.

Not this time though.

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill deliver their most heart-wrenching work in this episode. As the Doctor and Amy race to save Rory, as they discover the mechanics they must subvert to save him, and as they understand the predicament of what has happened–and what must happen. The play of emotions they show are a hundred percent heart-breaking.

After three good adventures and one character-driven story, the emotions of this episode should come left of field. But we’ve known about the Ponds’ exit for a while now. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. The past four episodes had prepared us for goodbye. And yet the forever aspect caught me completely unaware.

This is one of the best written Doctor Who episodes.

But I don’t think I can ever watch it again.

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