Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 4: The Time of Angels  » TV  »
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  • Before they showed mercy by sending you back in time and feeding on the resulting energy, here, they seem to have no problem snapping people's necks
  • Credit to her for making an effort to close one eye at a time in order to avoid blinking
  • Sadly, as I've seen this two parter before, I know his fate, but still, good work on making him somewhat that the audience wants to root for
  • There was humor, it was creepy, intense, and it raised the stakes in an interesting way


    • by David Finniss

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      This episode features the return of not only River Song, but the Weeping Angels, the nightmare fuel inducing monsters from “Blink”. It makes for quite a few continuity nods, which are always fun. Interestingly enough, not only are there nods to previous episodes, but there is quite a bit of foreshadowing. Amy constantly asks River if she’s the Doctor’s wife and the seeds for her arc regarding the Doctor’s death are planted here as well. We also confirm that the two are meeting out of order, though in this case it doesn’t matter as much, seeing as both parties are familiar with the other by this point.

      While River wasn’t that bad in her initial outing, this episode pretty much showcases why a lot of people don’t like her. Her smug attitude, the fact that she seems to be able to one up the Doctor in many respects, even being able to pilot the TARDIS better than he can (given the nature of her origins, it makes sense to a certain extent, but as that hasn’t been revealed yet it still comes off as bothersome). It all makes for a Mary Sue type character. Amy seems to get a kick out of it at least. In regards to the TARDIS


      noise, I have to side with the Doctor, it really is rather brilliant. I really can’t imagine the TARDIS running silently, it would lose some of its charm.

      “Blink” featured a small group of angels, but this episode features a whole cave full. Even Moffatt himself said this was like the “Aliens” to Blink’s “Alien”. That concept comes through in spades as you have a military unit (representing the church interestingly enough) dealing with a swarm of menacing extra-terrestrials.

      Oddly enough, the MO of the angels changes a bit. Before they showed “mercy” by sending you back in time and feeding on the resulting energy, here, they seem to have no problem snapping people’s necks. It’s especially odd as they’ve been starving for centuries, you’d think that they would want to feed to regain their strength.

      In any event, the angels are creepier than ever as they actually do engage in a bit of psychological warfare, stealing victims’ voices (in a more literal sense than what we saw with the Midnight entity) and using that to taunt the Doctor. We also get some more information about their nature as its revealed that any image of an angel can become an angel and that it is a very bad idea to look into their eyes ...


      • for a long time as the eyes are the doorway to the soul.

        This becomes a problem when Amy comes face to face with an angel. I loved this scene, it did what “Blink” tried to do, only it did it several times better and it actually pulls you to the edge of your seat. Not only is it intense and creepy, but Amy shows resourcefulness and quick thinking, managing to save herself just as the Doctor bursts in to the rescue. Credit to her for making an effort to close one eye at a time in order to avoid blinking.

        I’m still not sure how turning to stone is the ultimate defense mechanism. I mean, yeah, bullets are more or less useless, but have one person look at the angel while another person smashes it to pieces with a sledge hammer or just blow the things up; this doesn’t seem complicated. Then again, if they are “sapient ideas” that might just make more angels, either that or they would reform in some capacity.

        While the Doctor and the Bishop seem to butt heads, I still like him as a character. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and he makes a good foil for the Doctor. Sadly,

        as I’ve seen this two parter before, I know his fate, but still, good work on making him somewhat that the audience wants to root for.

        The cliffhanger was…unusual. Normally, the two parters end with the Doctor caught in some seemingly hopeless situation. This episode deviates from that a bit. Yeah, the angels have them cornered, but rather than end it there, we get an awesome speech from the Doctor as he warns them that there’s one thing you never put in a trap, him. It somewhat robs the ending of any suspense, though it was still rather awesome.

        Even though I was familiar with the quote, hearing it within the context of the story and accompanied by the swelling orchestral score made it a sheer moment of awesome. I was rather giddy hearing Smith deliver that line.

        This episode was fantastic. I’m not all that crazy about River as a character, but the rest of the episode more than made up for it. There was humor, it was creepy, intense, and it raised the stakes in an interesting way. People were worried that bringing back the Weeping Angels would take away from the horror of “Blink”, but Moffatt managed to do it better and I can’t wait for part 2.




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