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30 September 2012 @ 07:45 pm
The Angels have the Ponds  
...or perhaps what the episode should have been called.

When Moffat forgets he's writing a family show everything's so much better

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I like this. At it's best Doctor Who can be terrifying jekyll style and Moffat seems to be the only one who knows how to explore the insidious, twisted nature of time. No, it doesn't have to make perfect sense. To quote 10, time is 'wibbly wobbly'. It just has to be compelling and that's exactly what Moffat's writing is.

Finally, we have two companions departing as they should - with their memories intact and lives worth living. Amy gives up the universe for her Rory - as it should be. Rory the Roman and Amy Pond, living their lives in New York.

The angels are back to being freaking creepy, as they should be. I'm not sure I care about their human farm, or the statue of liberty stomping through the street. They're at their best in close quarters, leaping at you when the lights flicker, always coming for you. I would have liked them to go after the Tardis as they did in 'Blink' - or for this to have been some plot to bring them to a time lord, something that should be pretty tasty to angel that feeds off potential time. Oh well, it didn't matter because the point and strength of this story was its characters. They really are all a family, one that gets ripped apart. As River puts it, 'it's all right' - because it is. It's a bittersweet end to a story about exploring the universe and living through time, rather than in time.

The dialogue is the strongest part of the episode (which is a pleasant change from the rest of the season). There are so many scenes that I want to quote and should become icons... It's not just that - all the actors were on form too and it all felt genuine. I wish Moffat had written all of this season - the rest of it was flat in comparison to what it could be - and that makes me a little bit mad.

Also, I can't help but love that the doctor has a wife. Sort of. His flirting is adorable and it seems fitting that so late in his life he's matured enough to have whatever sort of relationship this is. Healing her with the time energy was adorable. Given her line about, 'you embarrass me', I take it that she is getting older and starting to sound like he did in 'the wedding of river song'.

Other writers take note, this is a show about time travel

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It seems appropriate that in a show about time travel, Amy Pond and Rory Williams are out of time - out of the doctor's time. They live their lives in a time that he cannot visit and that is one of the curses of his life. They also took the time to foreshadow about 'the doctor does not like endings' and 'don't let him see you age'. I have a feeling that this was not for the benefit of this episode - but for a future episode to do with River.

I wonder how far through her time line we were in - and just how much the universe's time line has changed since he's started writing himself out of history. I have a sneaking suspicion that the time lords are coming back, and that river is not going to die in some computer.

Amy, Amy, Amy... I love the simple clip with her at the end. She was a little girl that went on a journey and FOR ONCE the doctor's presence in someone's life did not destroy it. Someone pointed out that the doctor is very similar to a weeping angel, feeding off other people's lives in a fashion. Here he proved that he was different - that unlike an angel, he could let go...

I wish that doctor who would stay like this, both funny and dark, twisted and immense with playful ideas and a grand story about time travel.

Feeling...: mischievousmischievous