I’m going to start off with the gossipy bit. Never has an episode of Doctor Who been so… hot. Excellent episode aside, Karen Gillan throwing herself at the Doctor… wow.
The conclusion to the Time of Angels was as to be expected – a perfect balance of fear, excitement, sadness and triumph. This is by far the best episode so far this series and it really shows Matt Smith settling into the character and Amy really starting to understand what it means to travel with The Doctor.
One thing I love about Matt Smith’s portrayal of The Doctor is that he gets angry, REALLY angry. You didn’t really see that too much out of David Tennant – though when you did it was shocking. Tennant mastered that quiet, solemn anger. Matt Smith’s Doctor is really quite ready to go off the handle when he’s pissed. It’s great.
River Song continues to be a mystery wrapped in a mystery. We still don’t have much of a clue as to her role in all things – all we glean is that she was in prison for murdering an ‘important man.’ Which, I suspect we’re supposed to take the hint that it’s the Doctor.
I’m not really spoiling anything by saying that the Doctor manages to fix the situation but he really doesn’t do it on his own and it raises a even more mysteries about The Crack that appears to follow Amy everywhere, which the Doctor has become quite afraid of. I suspect it’s going to become more and more important as the series progresses.
The Church soldiers were interesting, but they were basically red shirts – which I guess that means they served a purpose but they just seemed kinda wasted and I was very annoyed that they looked like American Marines. I mean come on, it’s the future and you’re telling me fatigues haven’t really changed much?
And then there’s the end… I won’t give much else up, just watch it and enjoy. I’m not really sure how I feel about another companion romantically obsessed with the Doctor – but Amy actually makes it clear she’s not interested in that. Should be an interesting dynamic.
Overall, a very well done two parter. A huge improvement over the weak Victory of the Daleks and I hope it’s a sign of things to come. Next week looks interesting!
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