History Recap / DoctorWhoS33E05TheAngelsTakeManhattan

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->''[[TitleDrop The Angels take Manhattan!]] Because they can. Because they致e never had a food source like this one: [[BigApplesauce the city that never sleeps]].''
-->'''--The Doctor'''

-> Written by Steven Moffat

The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. The Doctor has found a nice trashy detective novel about one "Melody Malone" in his jacket pocket, and Amy teases him about how he's obviously started to fancy the lead FemmeFatale. The Doctor rips out the last page, claiming that he hates endings. While they banter, Rory goes to get coffee and, in the grand tradition of ''Series/DoctorWho'' companions wandering off, gets himself into trouble almost immediately. He encounters a Weeping Angel and is zapped back to FilmNoir-era New York, where he runs into Professor River Song, who's investigating the angels while posing as a private detective.

The Doctor starts to properly panic when his novel suddenly starts describing exactly that. He puts two and two together and realises that Melody Malone is Melody Pond, and that Rory's in a whole lot of trouble. By the time he and Amy have managed to land the TARDIS near River (after an initial failure caused by heavy time distortions in that space-time region), Amy has already read ahead just a bit too far in the book, and there are far too many mentions of deaths, and endings, and goodbyes. The Doctor tells her to stop reading, but they do need to comply with what's already been read. River, who hasn't even ''written'' the book yet, finds herself forced to break her own wrist.

She and the Doctor engage in SlapSlapKiss for a while, and both try very hard to be what they think the other wants them to be. River tries to hide her broken wrist so as not to scare him and remind him that his loved ones can break, the Doctor gets extremely sad that she lied to him and uses some regeneration energy to heal her wrist, and she slaps him hard in the face for his senseless waste of regeneration energy and tells him it's so, so hard to love an ageless god with the face of a twelve-year-old who can't cope with the idea of change. It's also revealed that River was eventually pardoned from Stormcage when the man she killed turned out to have never existed -- the Doctor has been systematically removing himself from every database in the universe.

Meanwhile, Rory has been zapped around again by a nest of Weeping Angels, but this time just spatially. The rest of the group catches up with him, and they find the Angels' harvesting grounds: a place where people who are sent back in time are forced to live out the rest of their lives, to be fed on by the Angels forever. Rory arrives just in time to watch his withered old self die, saying goodbye to a heartbroken Amy one final time. Really, properly scared, he escapes to the roof, where the Statue of freaking Liberty is waiting to feed on him. Rory decides to kill himself to create a paradox, poisoning the Angels' temporal energy and preventing his future death from happening in the first place. (He also reasons that he may even survive -- he usually does.) After a very emotional exchange, Rory and Amy jump off the building's roof, clinging to each other. With that, the harvesting grounds never existed, the Statue of Liberty never moved about New York and Rory never died of old age in that small room.

They actually do survive, and end up in the graveyard where the story started, although the web of time is stretched to the point where the TARDIS should really stay out of Manhattan for the rest of her life. However, Rory notices his name on a gravestone right before a surviving Weeping Angel zaps him back in time again. Amy decides that the very small possibility of a life with Rory is better than a secure life without him, and despite the Doctor begging her to stay, she turns away from the Weeping Angel and lets herself be dragged back in time as well. Her name appears below Rory's on the gravestone, both having lived a full life together and died of old age.

River knows she must visit her parents with her vortex manipulator one last time to complete the StableTimeLoop, and sets about writing her novel to get Amy to publish it. River then tells the Doctor that she'll tell Amy to write an afterword for the Doctor, and the Doctor [[ChekhovsGun remembers about the last page of the novel he ripped apart right at the start of the episode]]. He then proceeds to race back to the park and reads the page that contains Amy's last words:

->''Afterword, by Amelia Williams. Hello, old friend. And here we are, you and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And, above all else know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think, once we're gone, you won't be coming back for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor. ''

->''And do one more thing for me: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour There's a little girl waiting in a garden]]. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her, tell her a story. Tell her that if she痴 patient, the days are coming which she値l never forget. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot go to sea and fight pirates]], she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang fall in love with a man who値l wait two thousand years to keep her safe]]. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E02TheBeastBelow save a whale in outer space]]. ''

->''Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.''

And the scene shifts back to when [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour the little Amy Pond waited for the Doctor]], and as was already briefly seen in "The Eleventh Hour", she hears the sound of TARDIS.
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!!This episode provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Arthur Darvill plays both young Rory and the old Rory, nearing death, that the gang encounters.
* ActorAllusion: Rory's middle name is Arthur, just like Creator/ArthurDarvill, whose real first name is Thomas.
* ArmourPiercingSlap: River slaps the Doctor when he [[CastFromLifespan uses his regenerative energy to heal her wrist]].
* AssholeVictim: Grayle chains an Angel and cuts up its face just to see if it can feel pain... causing its screams to attract the other Angels, who stalk him in revenge. He also has Rory dumped in the dark basement with a number of Angels and only a match-book to keep them at bay, seemingly just for the evulz. And also turns off the light so the chained Angel can grab River's wrist.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: The Statue of Liberty Weeping Angel. Oddly, since the angels use stealth as their greatest strength, it isn't as threatening compared to the other angels and is just background. It's also portrayed a lot smaller than the real thing.
--> '''Rory:''' I always wanted to see the StatueOfLiberty. I guess she got impatient.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: When confronted by old Rory dying in front of him and the realisation that he'd spend half a century without Amy and trapped as food for the Angels, Rory says [[ScrewDestiny to hell with that]] and decides to jump from the roof instead, creating a [[TakingYouWithMe Angel-destroying paradox]] and preventing ''any'' of it from happening in the first place.
* BigApplesauce: Takes place in New York City, even though the Angels' plan could have worked in ''any'' city with lots of people and statues.
* BittersweetEnding: In the end, Amy and Rory are sent to the past with the Doctor being utterly powerless to save them. However, they still get to live out a full and happy life together and Amy leaves a message of hope to the Doctor in the end. But, as shown in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33CINTheGreatDetective The Great Detective]]", this didn't help much...
* BookEnds: The episode ends with young Amelia still waiting in her garden for the Doctor after he disappeared near the beginning of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour]]''.
** Amy's first time meeting River [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E04TheTimeOfAngels was a Weeping Angels episode]]. Her last one is, too.
* CallBack: Multiple previous episodes and events are discussed.
** The concepts of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong changing fixed points in your own timeline]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary not reading ahead in books]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E9ForestOfTheDead from the future of your own time-line]].
--->'''Amy:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang Time can be rewritten]].
--->'''Doctor:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS1E8FathersDay Not once you've read it]].
** The Doctor has been [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E02DinosaursOnASpaceship erasing himself from every database in the universe]] because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar River said he had got too big]]. River has also been [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary released from prison and become a Professor of Archaeology]].
** The final scene in the graveyard
---> '''Doctor:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E03VictoryOfTheDaleks Come along, Pond]] ...''please.''
---> '''Amy:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour ...Raggedy Man]] ...goodbye.
** Amy's entire speech at the end of the episode.
--->'''Amy:''' And do one more thing for me: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour There's a little girl waiting in a garden]]. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her, tell her a story. Tell her that if she痴 patient, the days are coming which she値l never forget. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot go to sea and fight pirates]], she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang fall in love with a man who値l wait two thousand years to keep her safe]]. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E02TheBeastBelow save a whale in outer space]]. Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.
** The Doctor uses the Tenth Doctor's CatchPhrase "I'm sorry. I am so, so sorry."
* CastFromLifespan: The Doctor gives up some of his regeneration energy to fix River's broken wrist. She's unimpressed.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The last page of the book the Doctor rips out at the beginning of the episode.
** The chapter titles in the same book.
** The headstone in the graveyard.
** The book itself.
* ChekhovsGunman: The lone Angel in the graveyard.
* CityOfWeirdos: New York is ''full'' of Weeping Angels and ''no-one'' notices. They don't even notice the Statue of Liberty!
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Grayle, the art collector who wants to add an Angel to his collection. It doesn't end well for him.
* ContemptibleCover: The cover of the book features a cleavage-baring picture of Melody Malone (the Doctor loves it, River hates it.) It's his wife, he's allowed.
* ContinuityNod: A few background references to previous episodes are also present.
** Amy now has the reading glasses her optician left a message about in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]''.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Extractor fans on!]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong Doctor Who?]]"
** River asks the Doctor if [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E17PondLife the bulb on top of the TARDIS needs changing]].
* CouchGag: This week's logo is textured like the StatueOfLiberty.
** The Vortex itself is [[{{Foreshadowing}} particularly stormy]].
* CreepyChild: Weeping Cherubs. They are arguably ''more'' terrifying than the adult angels based on how it was done.
* TheDanza: Rory's middle name is revealed as Arthur, just like Creator/ArthurDarvill, whose real first name is Thomas.
* DecoyProtagonist: Melody Malone in a book she wrote herself.
* {{Defictionalization}}: ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Angels-Kiss-ebook/dp/B009KJ6DTO The Angel's Kiss]]'' Though it's not exactly the book from the episode - it reads more like a prequel.
* DiabolusExMachina: One Angel somehow survived. Goodbye, Rory and Amy.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: The Doctor to Amy near the beginning. Actually, she's got reading glasses (and wrinkles).
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Played for drama by River.
-->'''River:''' When one's in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a twelve year old, one does one's best to hide the damage.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Amy and Rory. The first time (second for Rory).
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: ''Every'' statue in the New York has become an Angel.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Chaining up a living statue in your study? No way that can possibly backfire.
* FilmNoir: The opening certainly has this feel.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The headstone in the graveyard.
--> '''The Doctor:''' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Once you read it]], [[FridgeBrilliance it's written in stone.]]
** River teases an arc about the Doctor being forgotten.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** The second chapter title of the book is an early TitleDrop.
** The newspaper being read by Amy at the beginning says "Detroit Lions win Super Bowl". For those confused Brits who didn't get this rare America-centric reference, it's a funny reference to a semi-perpetually bad NFL team that has never even ''been'' to a Super Bowl, much less won one. ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Detroit_Lions_season In 2008, the Lions got the dubious distinction of the first-ever NFL no-win season]].)
** A truly awesome and difficult to spot one, which may also count as a Genius Bonus. Freeze at 12:02; the page Amy is reading is in focus. The book is actually ''Literature/TheThinMan'' by Creator/DashiellHammett. Why is that super appropriate? Because Hammett wrote HardboiledDetective books, and one of them, ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon'', is '''the''' UrExample of FilmNoir, to which this episode pays extensive homage.
* GenreSavvy: Rory chooses suicide on the assumption that since it's ''[[TheyKilledKennyAgain him]]'', he'll be fine. He's right, too (for a while, at least).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Doctor fancies Melody Malone, who has "[[BuxomIsBetter cleavage that could fell oxen at twenty feet]]." Melody Malone turns out to be [[Creator/AlexKingston River Song]], his wife. Yowza, indeed.
** Once the Doctor finds River in 1930s New York, he keeps [[MaleGaze looking down at her behind]] while trying to save her from the Angel holding her captive.
* GigglingVillain: It's the only sound that the baby Weeping Angels make.
* HellHotel: Instead of their hit-and-run tactics from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E10Blink Blink]]", the Angels have converted a hotel into what the Doctor describes as a "battery farm".
* HeroicBSOD: And how... when the Doctor read the ominous final chapter title "Amelia's Last Farewell" and realises that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree the first face he saw will be fading from him a lot sooner than he thought.]] He does not take it well and in a raging fit of denial demands that River change the future. He doesn't care how she does it as long as she [[ScrewDestiny Gets. It. Done.]] [[YouCantFightFate Unfortunately, she doesn't.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Rory tries to pull one of these. Amy insists on going with him.
* HeroicSuicide: Rory's plan to create a paradox and kill the Angels.
* HopeSpot[=/=]MoodWhiplash:
** The Doctor is elated when River apparently frees herself from the Angel without breaking her wrist, as it indicates that Amy's fate can also be changed. And then he takes a closer look at River's wrist. Also see OhCrap below.
** Near the end, the Angels are defeated and the Doctor, Amy and Rory are free to go on to many more adventures. If only Rory's attention hadn't been distracted for that crucial second by his own gravestone.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Rory asks Amy to push him off the roof because he can't quite bring himself to jump. She comes up with a different solution.
* IDieFree: Rory decides to jump, both because it'll poison the Angels' food supply, and because he'd rather die on his own terms than spend decades stuck in a hotel room all on his own.
* InformedDeformity: Making jokes about Amy's supposed wrinkles doesn't really work when you show close-ups of Karen Gillan's smooth baby-face a few seconds later. It also doesn't help that while the character is supposed to have aged a decade since she first boarded the TARDIS, the actress has aged only 2 1/2 years and was only 21 when she first joined the show.
* KarmaHoudini[=/=]TheBadGuyWins: The Angel in the graveyard.
* KarmicDeath: Grayle, the mobster who captured and tortured an Angel in order to study it, is last seen surrounded by Angels.
* KillEmAll: Everyone except the Doctor and River are taken by the angels.
* KilledOffForReal: Amy and Rory, a rare fate for companions. However, they did live a full life in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they lived HappilyEverAfter there.
* LifeWillKillYou: The Doctor cannot prevent Amy and Rory's death in the end... because they lived out their lives in a past that the Doctor could not reach. It was something the Doctor was always going to have to face; the anguish comes from having to face it much sooner than he had wanted.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: The Doctor and River have their moments. For instance, the Doctor says he started reading the book because he liked the cover. When he shows it to River, she says she hates it.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Rory's room in the hotel has 'R. Williams' outside the door. Rory and Amy's tombstone has them both as 'Williams'. In the Afterword, Amy also refers to herself as Amelia Williams.
* MeaningfulName: the building the angels are using as a battery is right on Battery Park (so named for gun batteries there in the city's early years, though).
* {{Meganekko}}: Amy sports a pair of Music/JohnLennon-style glasses during the episode.
* MistakenForQuake: Grayle makes this error when the TARDIS crashes through the temporal barrier to land in his house.
* NamesTheSame: It's what gets Rory in the end.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: Rory.
* OhCrap:
** River's wrist is trapped in a Weeping Angel's hand. The Doctor is about to break her wrist to get her free, because it was written in the book when Amy skipped ahead, then changes his mind and tells her to get free without breaking any bones. Cut to a bit later, it seems like she's somehow managed just that... and then the Doctor grabs her hand to run off and she cries out in pain.
** There are also several courtesy of the book. Most notably when the Doctor reads that Rory was suddenly in the story after leaving to get coffees, and when he sees the final chapter is titled "Amelia's Last Farewell".
** They all get one when River notices that one of the angels is ''smiling'', and it then escalates when they look into Rory's room, and realise just how screwed they are.
* OlderThanTheyLook: River describes the Doctor, somewhat sardonically, as "wearing the face of a twelve-year-old".
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The final shot of the episode, with young Amelia in her garden.
* PoorCommunicationKills: At first, it seems like Rory's disappearance is due to GenreBlindness. Unfortunately, he's just never faced the Angels before, unlike his wife, daughter or son-in-law...
* PostClimaxConfrontation: The day is saved! Hooray, yay! Wait, no, there's one last Weeping Angel.
* ThePowerOfLove: The power of Amy and Rory's love is able to ScrewDestiny. [[YouCantFightFate Until Rory sees his own grave]].
* ScrewDestiny: Attempted several times with varying success.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: The "Battery Farm" set up by the Angels. By creating a motel and then sending their victims there, they can keep feasting on the life energy of their victims, hurtling them back in time and proceeding to keeping them locked for decades just to create a StableTimeLoop in order to ensure the events happen.
* ShoutOut: ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''.
** The mobster/collector's last name is [[FarewellMyLovely Grayle]].
*** Might double as a MythologyGag, as the villain in the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio adventure ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho030SeasonsOfFear Seasons of Fear]]'' was also named Grayle.
** Amy and Rory jumping off a building to commit suicide? Creator/StevenMoffat's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' did it earlier that year.
** The name of the first chapter in the book is "The Dying Detective", which is also the name of an original ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story.
** The Statue of Liberty being an Angel may be a reference to an AprilFoolsDay gag pulled by TheSCPFoundation, where established SCP [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-173 173]], another murderous statue that can only move when not observed, was changed into the Statue of Liberty.
** The Doctor and Amy visit [[Series/{{Sherlock}} 221B]]C China to leave a message for Rory and River.
* SlasherSmile/ TheUnsmile: This is the first time we see a Weeping Angel smiling. Ominous is putting it mildly.
* TheSlowPath: The Weeping Angels return to their primary M.O. of zapping people back in time and letting them "live to death".
* StableTimeLoop: Discussed and ultimately zig-zagged. The Doctor starts panicking when Amy skips ahead in the book, as once you've seen your own future it becomes almost impossible to avoid.
* StatueOfLiberty: Turns out to be a giant Angel.
* StealthPun: The angels' battery farm looks to be located in [[https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=battery+park&fb=1&gl=us&hq=battery+park&hnear=battery+park&cid=0,0,13722545436693339154&ei=FcdnUMijDZPa9ASpxYCICg&ved=0CKEBEPwSMAM Battery Park]].
* TemporalParadox: Deliberately breaking one of the time-loops the Angels create will poison all the other loops in the vicinity - of which there are plenty. Unfortunately, one can only do this so many times, and when Rory gets caught after the fact, that time-frame cannot handle another paradox.
* TemptingFate: Rory stops to look at the gravestones instead of getting in the TARDIS and running like the Doctor told him he'd have to.
* ThanatosGambit: Rory jumps off the roof of the building to kill himself twice in the same night and create a paradox that will destroy the Angels.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Rory brings up his own Kenny status in the run-up to jumping off a roof (which he hopes will be undone via paradox) after seeing his future self die in bed. Who else could pull that off?
-->'''Amy:''' You think you'll just come back to life?
-->'''Rory:''' When ''don't'' I?
** This episode marks Rory's seventh, eighth and ninth deaths of the series. Which ties him with the ''Doctor'', whose second incarnation didn't die, but was forcibly regenerated by the Time Lords.
* TitleDrop: By the Doctor.
-->'''Doctor:''' [[TitleDrop The Angels take Manhattan!]] Because they can. Because they've never had a food source like this one: [[BigApplesauce the city that never sleeps]].
** Blink (no pun intended) and you'll miss it; the title also shows up as the second chapter in the book.
* TogetherInDeath: In loving memory, Rory Arthur Williams, and his loving wife, Amelia Williams.
* TragicKeepsake: Amy's glasses.
* TrappedInThePast
* TropeOverdosed: The episode itself is slightly less than 45 minutes, and its page is already this long.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The ''Statue of Liberty'' becomes an Weeping Angel. And no, ''no-one'' in New York seems to notice this ''at all''. Of course, maybe it's just a ''[[CityOfWeirdos normal]]'' [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Tuesday]]!
* VisualPun: From the publicity photo at the top, the Doctor ''is'' a "weeping angel".
* WhamLine: In-story from the book, for the Doctor and Amy, as well as for the audience.
-->I followed the skinny guy for two more blocks until he turned and I could ask him what he was doing here [...] He said, "I just went to get coffee for the Doctor and Amy. Hello, River."
* WriteBackToTheFuture: The detective novel the Doctor is reading turns out to be this.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: When Amy is considering whether or not to let the angel send her back so she can be with Rory, the Doctor calls Amy 'Amelia' and River calls her 'Mother'. Amy, in turn, calls them 'Raggedy Man' and 'Melody'.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: The PI from the cold opening when he sees the Statue of Liberty Weeping Angel.
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ParanoiaFuel Don't Blink.]]]]

->''[[TitleDrop The Angels take Manhattan!]] Because they can. Because they致e never had a food source like this one: [[BigApplesauce the city that never sleeps]].''
-->'''--The Doctor'''

-> Written by Steven Moffat

The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. The Doctor has found a nice trashy detective novel about one "Melody Malone" in his jacket pocket, and Amy teases him about how he's obviously started to fancy the lead FemmeFatale. The Doctor rips out the last page, claiming that he hates endings. While they banter, Rory goes to get coffee and, in the grand tradition of ''Series/DoctorWho'' companions wandering off, gets himself into trouble almost immediately. He encounters a Weeping Angel and is zapped back to FilmNoir-era New York, where he runs into Professor River Song, who's investigating the angels while posing as a private detective.

The Doctor starts to properly panic when his novel suddenly starts describing exactly that. He puts two and two together and realises that Melody Malone is Melody Pond, and that Rory's in a whole lot of trouble. By the time he and Amy have managed to land the TARDIS near River (after an initial failure caused by heavy time distortions in that space-time region), Amy has already read ahead just a bit too far in the book, and there are far too many mentions of deaths, and endings, and goodbyes. The Doctor tells her to stop reading, but they do need to comply with what's already been read. River, who hasn't even ''written'' the book yet, finds herself forced to break her own wrist.

She and the Doctor engage in SlapSlapKiss for a while, and both try very hard to be what they think the other wants them to be. River tries to hide her broken wrist so as not to scare him and remind him that his loved ones can break, the Doctor gets extremely sad that she lied to him and uses some regeneration energy to heal her wrist, and she slaps him hard in the face for his senseless waste of regeneration energy and tells him it's so, so hard to love an ageless god with the face of a twelve-year-old who can't cope with the idea of change. It's also revealed that River was eventually pardoned from Stormcage when the man she killed turned out to have never existed -- the Doctor has been systematically removing himself from every database in the universe.

Meanwhile, Rory has been zapped around again by a nest of Weeping Angels, but this time just spatially. The rest of the group catches up with him, and they find the Angels' harvesting grounds: a place where people who are sent back in time are forced to live out the rest of their lives, to be fed on by the Angels forever. Rory arrives just in time to watch his withered old self die, saying goodbye to a heartbroken Amy one final time. Really, properly scared, he escapes to the roof, where the Statue of freaking Liberty is waiting to feed on him. Rory decides to kill himself to create a paradox, poisoning the Angels' temporal energy and preventing his future death from happening in the first place. (He also reasons that he may even survive -- he usually does.) After a very emotional exchange, Rory and Amy jump off the building's roof, clinging to each other. With that, the harvesting grounds never existed, the Statue of Liberty never moved about New York and Rory never died of old age in that small room.

They actually do survive, and end up in the graveyard where the story started, although the web of time is stretched to the point where the TARDIS should really stay out of Manhattan for the rest of her life. However, Rory notices his name on a gravestone right before a surviving Weeping Angel zaps him back in time again. Amy decides that the very small possibility of a life with Rory is better than a secure life without him, and despite the Doctor begging her to stay, she turns away from the Weeping Angel and lets herself be dragged back in time as well. Her name appears below Rory's on the gravestone, both having lived a full life together and died of old age.

River knows she must visit her parents with her vortex manipulator one last time to complete the StableTimeLoop, and sets about writing her novel to get Amy to publish it. River then tells the Doctor that she'll tell Amy to write an afterword for the Doctor, and the Doctor [[ChekhovsGun remembers about the last page of the novel he ripped apart right at the start of the episode]]. He then proceeds to race back to the park and reads the page that contains Amy's last words:

->''Afterword, by Amelia Williams. Hello, old friend. And here we are, you and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And, above all else know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think, once we're gone, you won't be coming back for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor. ''

->''And do one more thing for me: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour There's a little girl waiting in a garden]]. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her, tell her a story. Tell her that if she痴 patient, the days are coming which she値l never forget. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot go to sea and fight pirates]], she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang fall in love with a man who値l wait two thousand years to keep her safe]]. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E02TheBeastBelow save a whale in outer space]]. ''

->''Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.''

And the scene shifts back to when [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour the little Amy Pond waited for the Doctor]], and as was already briefly seen in "The Eleventh Hour", she hears the sound of TARDIS.
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!!This episode provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Arthur Darvill plays both young Rory and the old Rory, nearing death, that the gang encounters.
* ActorAllusion: Rory's middle name is Arthur, just like Creator/ArthurDarvill, whose real first name is Thomas.
* ArmourPiercingSlap: River slaps the Doctor when he [[CastFromLifespan uses his regenerative energy to heal her wrist]].
* AssholeVictim: Grayle chains an Angel and cuts up its face just to see if it can feel pain... causing its screams to attract the other Angels, who stalk him in revenge. He also has Rory dumped in the dark basement with a number of Angels and only a match-book to keep them at bay, seemingly just for the evulz. And also turns off the light so the chained Angel can grab River's wrist.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: The Statue of Liberty Weeping Angel. Oddly, since the angels use stealth as their greatest strength, it isn't as threatening compared to the other angels and is just background. It's also portrayed a lot smaller than the real thing.
--> '''Rory:''' I always wanted to see the StatueOfLiberty. I guess she got impatient.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: When confronted by old Rory dying in front of him and the realisation that he'd spend half a century without Amy and trapped as food for the Angels, Rory says [[ScrewDestiny to hell with that]] and decides to jump from the roof instead, creating a [[TakingYouWithMe Angel-destroying paradox]] and preventing ''any'' of it from happening in the first place.
* BigApplesauce: Takes place in New York City, even though the Angels' plan could have worked in ''any'' city with lots of people and statues.
* BittersweetEnding: In the end, Amy and Rory are sent to the past with the Doctor being utterly powerless to save them. However, they still get to live out a full and happy life together and Amy leaves a message of hope to the Doctor in the end. But, as shown in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33CINTheGreatDetective The Great Detective]]", this didn't help much...
* BookEnds: The episode ends with young Amelia still waiting in her garden for the Doctor after he disappeared near the beginning of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour]]''.
** Amy's first time meeting River [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E04TheTimeOfAngels was a Weeping Angels episode]]. Her last one is, too.
* CallBack: Multiple previous episodes and events are discussed.
** The concepts of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong changing fixed points in your own timeline]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary not reading ahead in books]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E9ForestOfTheDead from the future of your own time-line]].
--->'''Amy:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang Time can be rewritten]].
--->'''Doctor:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS1E8FathersDay Not once you've read it]].
** The Doctor has been [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E02DinosaursOnASpaceship erasing himself from every database in the universe]] because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar River said he had got too big]]. River has also been [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary released from prison and become a Professor of Archaeology]].
** The final scene in the graveyard
---> '''Doctor:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E03VictoryOfTheDaleks Come along, Pond]] ...''please.''
---> '''Amy:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour ...Raggedy Man]] ...goodbye.
** Amy's entire speech at the end of the episode.
--->'''Amy:''' And do one more thing for me: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E01TheEleventhHour There's a little girl waiting in a garden]]. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her, tell her a story. Tell her that if she痴 patient, the days are coming which she値l never forget. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot go to sea and fight pirates]], she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang fall in love with a man who値l wait two thousand years to keep her safe]]. Tell her she値l [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E02TheBeastBelow save a whale in outer space]]. Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.
** The Doctor uses the Tenth Doctor's CatchPhrase "I'm sorry. I am so, so sorry."
* CastFromLifespan: The Doctor gives up some of his regeneration energy to fix River's broken wrist. She's unimpressed.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The last page of the book the Doctor rips out at the beginning of the episode.
** The chapter titles in the same book.
** The headstone in the graveyard.
** The book itself.
* ChekhovsGunman: The lone Angel in the graveyard.
* CityOfWeirdos: New York is ''full'' of Weeping Angels and ''no-one'' notices. They don't even notice the Statue of Liberty!
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Grayle, the art collector who wants to add an Angel to his collection. It doesn't end well for him.
* ContemptibleCover: The cover of the book features a cleavage-baring picture of Melody Malone (the Doctor loves it, River hates it.) It's his wife, he's allowed.
* ContinuityNod: A few background references to previous episodes are also present.
** Amy now has the reading glasses her optician left a message about in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]''.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Extractor fans on!]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong Doctor Who?]]"
** River asks the Doctor if [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E17PondLife the bulb on top of the TARDIS needs changing]].
* CouchGag: This week's logo is textured like the StatueOfLiberty.
** The Vortex itself is [[{{Foreshadowing}} particularly stormy]].
* CreepyChild: Weeping Cherubs. They are arguably ''more'' terrifying than the adult angels based on how it was done.
* TheDanza: Rory's middle name is revealed as Arthur, just like Creator/ArthurDarvill, whose real first name is Thomas.
* DecoyProtagonist: Melody Malone in a book she wrote herself.
* {{Defictionalization}}: ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Angels-Kiss-ebook/dp/B009KJ6DTO The Angel's Kiss]]'' Though it's not exactly the book from the episode - it reads more like a prequel.
* DiabolusExMachina: One Angel somehow survived. Goodbye, Rory and Amy.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: The Doctor to Amy near the beginning. Actually, she's got reading glasses (and wrinkles).
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Played for drama by River.
-->'''River:''' When one's in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a twelve year old, one does one's best to hide the damage.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Amy and Rory. The first time (second for Rory).
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: ''Every'' statue in the New York has become an Angel.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Chaining up a living statue in your study? No way that can possibly backfire.
* FilmNoir: The opening certainly has this feel.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The headstone in the graveyard.
--> '''The Doctor:''' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Once you read it]], [[FridgeBrilliance it's written in stone.]]
** River teases an arc about the Doctor being forgotten.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** The second chapter title of the book is an early TitleDrop.
** The newspaper being read by Amy at the beginning says "Detroit Lions win Super Bowl". For those confused Brits who didn't get this rare America-centric reference, it's a funny reference to a semi-perpetually bad NFL team that has never even ''been'' to a Super Bowl, much less won one. ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Detroit_Lions_season In 2008, the Lions got the dubious distinction of the first-ever NFL no-win season]].)
** A truly awesome and difficult to spot one, which may also count as a Genius Bonus. Freeze at 12:02; the page Amy is reading is in focus. The book is actually ''Literature/TheThinMan'' by Creator/DashiellHammett. Why is that super appropriate? Because Hammett wrote HardboiledDetective books, and one of them, ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon'', is '''the''' UrExample of FilmNoir, to which this episode pays extensive homage.
* GenreSavvy: Rory chooses suicide on the assumption that since it's ''[[TheyKilledKennyAgain him]]'', he'll be fine. He's right, too (for a while, at least).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Doctor fancies Melody Malone, who has "[[BuxomIsBetter cleavage that could fell oxen at twenty feet]]." Melody Malone turns out to be [[Creator/AlexKingston River Song]], his wife. Yowza, indeed.
** Once the Doctor finds River in 1930s New York, he keeps [[MaleGaze looking down at her behind]] while trying to save her from the Angel holding her captive.
* GigglingVillain: It's the only sound that the baby Weeping Angels make.
* HellHotel: Instead of their hit-and-run tactics from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E10Blink Blink]]", the Angels have converted a hotel into what the Doctor describes as a "battery farm".
* HeroicBSOD: And how... when the Doctor read the ominous final chapter title "Amelia's Last Farewell" and realises that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree the first face he saw will be fading from him a lot sooner than he thought.]] He does not take it well and in a raging fit of denial demands that River change the future. He doesn't care how she does it as long as she [[ScrewDestiny Gets. It. Done.]] [[YouCantFightFate Unfortunately, she doesn't.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Rory tries to pull one of these. Amy insists on going with him.
* HeroicSuicide: Rory's plan to create a paradox and kill the Angels.
* HopeSpot[=/=]MoodWhiplash:
** The Doctor is elated when River apparently frees herself from the Angel without breaking her wrist, as it indicates that Amy's fate can also be changed. And then he takes a closer look at River's wrist. Also see OhCrap below.
** Near the end, the Angels are defeated and the Doctor, Amy and Rory are free to go on to many more adventures. If only Rory's attention hadn't been distracted for that crucial second by his own gravestone.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Rory asks Amy to push him off the roof because he can't quite bring himself to jump. She comes up with a different solution.
* IDieFree: Rory decides to jump, both because it'll poison the Angels' food supply, and because he'd rather die on his own terms than spend decades stuck in a hotel room all on his own.
* InformedDeformity: Making jokes about Amy's supposed wrinkles doesn't really work when you show close-ups of Karen Gillan's smooth baby-face a few seconds later. It also doesn't help that while the character is supposed to have aged a decade since she first boarded the TARDIS, the actress has aged only 2 1/2 years and was only 21 when she first joined the show.
* KarmaHoudini[=/=]TheBadGuyWins: The Angel in the graveyard.
* KarmicDeath: Grayle, the mobster who captured and tortured an Angel in order to study it, is last seen surrounded by Angels.
* KillEmAll: Everyone except the Doctor and River are taken by the angels.
* KilledOffForReal: Amy and Rory, a rare fate for companions. However, they did live a full life in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they lived HappilyEverAfter there.
* LifeWillKillYou: The Doctor cannot prevent Amy and Rory's death in the end... because they lived out their lives in a past that the Doctor could not reach. It was something the Doctor was always going to have to face; the anguish comes from having to face it much sooner than he had wanted.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: The Doctor and River have their moments. For instance, the Doctor says he started reading the book because he liked the cover. When he shows it to River, she says she hates it.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Rory's room in the hotel has 'R. Williams' outside the door. Rory and Amy's tombstone has them both as 'Williams'. In the Afterword, Amy also refers to herself as Amelia Williams.
* MeaningfulName: the building the angels are using as a battery is right on Battery Park (so named for gun batteries there in the city's early years, though).
* {{Meganekko}}: Amy sports a pair of Music/JohnLennon-style glasses during the episode.
* MistakenForQuake: Grayle makes this error when the TARDIS crashes through the temporal barrier to land in his house.
* NamesTheSame: It's what gets Rory in the end.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: Rory.
* OhCrap:
** River's wrist is trapped in a Weeping Angel's hand. The Doctor is about to break her wrist to get her free, because it was written in the book when Amy skipped ahead, then changes his mind and tells her to get free without breaking any bones. Cut to a bit later, it seems like she's somehow managed just that... and then the Doctor grabs her hand to run off and she cries out in pain.
** There are also several courtesy of the book. Most notably when the Doctor reads that Rory was suddenly in the story after leaving to get coffees, and when he sees the final chapter is titled "Amelia's Last Farewell".
** They all get one when River notices that one of the angels is ''smiling'', and it then escalates when they look into Rory's room, and realise just how screwed they are.
* OlderThanTheyLook: River describes the Doctor, somewhat sardonically, as "wearing the face of a twelve-year-old".
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The final shot of the episode, with young Amelia in her garden.
* PoorCommunicationKills: At first, it seems like Rory's disappearance is due to GenreBlindness. Unfortunately, he's just never faced the Angels before, unlike his wife, daughter or son-in-law...
* PostClimaxConfrontation: The day is saved! Hooray, yay! Wait, no, there's one last Weeping Angel.
* ThePowerOfLove: The power of Amy and Rory's love is able to ScrewDestiny. [[YouCantFightFate Until Rory sees his own grave]].
* ScrewDestiny: Attempted several times with varying success.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: The "Battery Farm" set up by the Angels. By creating a motel and then sending their victims there, they can keep feasting on the life energy of their victims, hurtling them back in time and proceeding to keeping them locked for decades just to create a StableTimeLoop in order to ensure the events happen.
* ShoutOut: ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''.
** The mobster/collector's last name is [[FarewellMyLovely Grayle]].
*** Might double as a MythologyGag, as the villain in the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio adventure ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho030SeasonsOfFear Seasons of Fear]]'' was also named Grayle.
** Amy and Rory jumping off a building to commit suicide? Creator/StevenMoffat's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' did it earlier that year.
** The name of the first chapter in the book is "The Dying Detective", which is also the name of an original ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story.
** The Statue of Liberty being an Angel may be a reference to an AprilFoolsDay gag pulled by TheSCPFoundation, where established SCP [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-173 173]], another murderous statue that can only move when not observed, was changed into the Statue of Liberty.
** The Doctor and Amy visit [[Series/{{Sherlock}} 221B]]C China to leave a message for Rory and River.
* SlasherSmile/ TheUnsmile: This is the first time we see a Weeping Angel smiling. Ominous is putting it mildly.
* TheSlowPath: The Weeping Angels return to their primary M.O. of zapping people back in time and letting them "live to death".
* StableTimeLoop: Discussed and ultimately zig-zagged. The Doctor starts panicking when Amy skips ahead in the book, as once you've seen your own future it becomes almost impossible to avoid.
* StatueOfLiberty: Turns out to be a giant Angel.
* StealthPun: The angels' battery farm looks to be located in [[https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=battery+park&fb=1&gl=us&hq=battery+park&hnear=battery+park&cid=0,0,13722545436693339154&ei=FcdnUMijDZPa9ASpxYCICg&ved=0CKEBEPwSMAM Battery Park]].
* TemporalParadox: Deliberately breaking one of the time-loops the Angels create will poison all the other loops in the vicinity - of which there are plenty. Unfortunately, one can only do this so many times, and when Rory gets caught after the fact, that time-frame cannot handle another paradox.
* TemptingFate: Rory stops to look at the gravestones instead of getting in the TARDIS and running like the Doctor told him he'd have to.
* ThanatosGambit: Rory jumps off the roof of the building to kill himself twice in the same night and create a paradox that will destroy the Angels.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Rory brings up his own Kenny status in the run-up to jumping off a roof (which he hopes will be undone via paradox) after seeing his future self die in bed. Who else could pull that off?
-->'''Amy:''' You think you'll just come back to life?
-->'''Rory:''' When ''don't'' I?
** This episode marks Rory's seventh, eighth and ninth deaths of the series. Which ties him with the ''Doctor'', whose second incarnation didn't die, but was forcibly regenerated by the Time Lords.
* TitleDrop: By the Doctor.
-->'''Doctor:''' [[TitleDrop The Angels take Manhattan!]] Because they can. Because they've never had a food source like this one: [[BigApplesauce the city that never sleeps]].
** Blink (no pun intended) and you'll miss it; the title also shows up as the second chapter in the book.
* TogetherInDeath: In loving memory, Rory Arthur Williams, and his loving wife, Amelia Williams.
* TragicKeepsake: Amy's glasses.
* TrappedInThePast
* TropeOverdosed: The episode itself is slightly less than 45 minutes, and its page is already this long.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The ''Statue of Liberty'' becomes an Weeping Angel. And no, ''no-one'' in New York seems to notice this ''at all''. Of course, maybe it's just a ''[[CityOfWeirdos normal]]'' [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Tuesday]]!
* VisualPun: From the publicity photo at the top, the Doctor ''is'' a "weeping angel".
* WhamLine: In-story from the book, for the Doctor and Amy, as well as for the audience.
-->I followed the skinny guy for two more blocks until he turned and I could ask him what he was doing here [...] He said, "I just went to get coffee for the Doctor and Amy. Hello, River."
* WriteBackToTheFuture: The detective novel the Doctor is reading turns out to be this.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: When Amy is considering whether or not to let the angel send her back so she can be with Rory, the Doctor calls Amy 'Amelia' and River calls her 'Mother'. Amy, in turn, calls them 'Raggedy Man' and 'Melody'.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: The PI from the cold opening when he sees the Statue of Liberty Weeping Angel.
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18th May '14 2:33:23 AM Silverblade2
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** As noted later in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]", the ''last'' place any time traveller should ever visit is his own grave.
3rd Mar '14 4:21:34 PM pisacrap
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* DecoyProtagonist: Melody Malone in a book she wrote herself.



* DecoyProtagonist: Melody Malone in a book she wrote herself.
* DiabolusExMachina[=/=]HopeSpot[=/=]MoodWhiplash: The Angels are defeated and the Doctor, Amy and Rory are free to go on to many more adventures. If only Rory's attention hadn't been distracted for that crucial second by his own gravestone.

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* DecoyProtagonist: Melody Malone in a book she wrote herself.
* DiabolusExMachina[=/=]HopeSpot[=/=]MoodWhiplash: The Angels are defeated and the Doctor, Amy and
DiabolusExMachina: One Angel somehow survived. Goodbye, Rory are free to go on to many more adventures. If only Rory's attention hadn't been distracted for that crucial second by his own gravestone. and Amy.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The headstone in the graveyard.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The headstone in the graveyard.



** From River, she teases an arc about the Doctor being forgotten.

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** From River, she River teases an arc about the Doctor being forgotten.



* FreezeFrameBonus: The second chapter title of the book is an early TitleDrop.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: FreezeFrameBonus:
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The second chapter title of the book is an early TitleDrop.



* GenreSavvy: Rory chooses suicide on the assumption that since it's ''[[TheyKilledKennyAgain him]]'', he'll be fine. He's right, too (for a while, at least).



* GenreSavvy: Rory chooses suicide on the assumption that since it's ''[[TheyKilledKennyAgain him]]'', he'll be fine. He's right, too; for a while, at least.



%%* HopeSpot

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%%* HopeSpot* HopeSpot[=/=]MoodWhiplash:
** The Doctor is elated when River apparently frees herself from the Angel without breaking her wrist, as it indicates that Amy's fate can also be changed. And then he takes a closer look at River's wrist. Also see OhCrap below.
** Near the end, the Angels are defeated and the Doctor, Amy and Rory are free to go on to many more adventures. If only Rory's attention hadn't been distracted for that crucial second by his own gravestone.



* KarmaHoudini[=/=]TheBadGuyWins: The Angel in the graveyard.



* KarmaHoudini[=/=]TheBadGuyWins: The angel in the graveyard.



* KilledOffForReal: Amy and Rory, a rare fate for companions.
** However, while they're technically dead, Amy and Rory lived a full life in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they lived HappilyEverAfter there.

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* KilledOffForReal: Amy and Rory, a rare fate for companions.
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companions. However, while they're technically dead, Amy and Rory lived they did live a full life in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they lived HappilyEverAfter there.



* {{Meganekko}}[=/=]{{Adorkable}}: Amy sports a pair of JohnLennon-style glasses during the episode.



* {{Meganekko}}: Amy sports a pair of Music/JohnLennon-style glasses during the episode.



* OhCrap: River's wrist is trapped in a Weeping Angel's hand. The Doctor is about to break her wrist to get her free, because it was written in the book when Amy skipped ahead, then changes his mind and tells her to get free without breaking any bones. Cut to a bit later, it seems like she's somehow managed just that... and then the Doctor grabs her hand to run off and she cries out in pain.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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River's wrist is trapped in a Weeping Angel's hand. The Doctor is about to break her wrist to get her free, because it was written in the book when Amy skipped ahead, then changes his mind and tells her to get free without breaking any bones. Cut to a bit later, it seems like she's somehow managed just that... and then the Doctor grabs her hand to run off and she cries out in pain.
6th Feb '14 8:36:54 PM LadySugarQuill
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She and the Doctor engage in TheMasochismTango for a while, and both try very hard to be what they think the other wants them to be. River tries to hide her broken wrist so as not to scare him and remind him that his loved ones can break, the Doctor gets extremely sad that she lied to him and uses some regeneration energy to heal her wrist, and she slaps him hard in the face for his senseless waste of regeneration energy and tells him it's so, so hard to love an ageless god with the face of a twelve-year-old who can't cope with the idea of change. It's also revealed that River was eventually pardoned from Stormcage when the man she killed turned out to have never existed -- the Doctor has been systematically removing himself from every database in the universe.

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She and the Doctor engage in TheMasochismTango SlapSlapKiss for a while, and both try very hard to be what they think the other wants them to be. River tries to hide her broken wrist so as not to scare him and remind him that his loved ones can break, the Doctor gets extremely sad that she lied to him and uses some regeneration energy to heal her wrist, and she slaps him hard in the face for his senseless waste of regeneration energy and tells him it's so, so hard to love an ageless god with the face of a twelve-year-old who can't cope with the idea of change. It's also revealed that River was eventually pardoned from Stormcage when the man she killed turned out to have never existed -- the Doctor has been systematically removing himself from every database in the universe.
27th Jan '14 7:04:17 AM lafeeverte
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The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. The Doctor has found a nice trashy detective novel about one "Melody Malone" in his jacket pocket, and Amy teases him about how he's obviously started to fancy the lead FemmeFatale. The Doctor rips the last page, claiming that he hates endings. While they banter, Rory wanders off to get coffee and, in the grand tradition of ''Series/DoctorWho'' companions wandering off, gets himself into trouble immediately. He encounters a Weeping Angel and is zapped back to FilmNoir-era New York, where he runs into an extremely surprised Professor River Song, who's investigating the angels while posing as a private detective.

The Doctor starts to properly panic when his novel suddenly starts describing exactly that. He puts two and two together and realises that Melody Malone is Melody Pond, and that Rory's in a whole lot of trouble. By the time he and Amy have managed to land the TARDIS near River (after an initial failure caused by heavy time distortions in that spacetime region), Amy has already read ahead just a bit too far in the book, and there are far too many mentions of deaths, and endings, and goodbyes. The Doctor tells her to stop reading, but they do need to comply with what's already been read. River, who hasn't even ''written'' the book yet, finds herself forced to break her own hand. She and the Doctor engage in TheMasochismTango for a while, and both try very hard to be what they think the other wants them to be. River tries to hide her broken wrist so as not to scare him off and remind him that his loved ones can break, the Doctor gets extremely sad that she lied to him and uses some regeneration energy to heal her wrist, and she slaps him hard in the face for his senseless waste of regeneration energy and tells him it's so, so hard to love an ageless god with the face of a twelve-year-old who can't cope with the idea of change. It's also revealed that River was eventually pardoned from Stormcage when the man she killed turned out to have never existed -- the Doctor has been systematically removing himself from every database in the universe.

Meanwhile, Rory has been zapped around again by a nest of Weeping Angels, but this time just spatially. The rest of the group catches up with him, and they find the Angels' harvesting grounds: a place where people who are zapped back in time are forced to live out the rest of their lives, to be fed on by the Angels forever. Rory arrives just in time to watch his withered old self die, saying goodbye to a heartbroken Amy one final time. Really, properly scared for the first time in millennia, he escapes to the roof, where the Statue of freaking Liberty is waiting to feed on him. Rory decides to kill himself to create a paradox, poisoning the Angels' temporal energy and preventing his future death from happening in the first place. (He also reasons that he may even survive -- he [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall usually does]].) After a very emotional exchange, Amy decides that she can't live without him. Rory and Amy jump off of the building's roof, clinging to each other. With that, the harvesting grounds never existed, the Statue of Liberty never moved about New York, and Rory never died of old age in that small room.

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The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. The Doctor has found a nice trashy detective novel about one "Melody Malone" in his jacket pocket, and Amy teases him about how he's obviously started to fancy the lead FemmeFatale. The Doctor rips out the last page, claiming that he hates endings. While they banter, Rory wanders off goes to get coffee and, in the grand tradition of ''Series/DoctorWho'' companions wandering off, gets himself into trouble almost immediately. He encounters a Weeping Angel and is zapped back to FilmNoir-era New York, where he runs into an extremely surprised Professor River Song, who's investigating the angels while posing as a private detective.

The Doctor starts to properly panic when his novel suddenly starts describing exactly that. He puts two and two together and realises that Melody Malone is Melody Pond, and that Rory's in a whole lot of trouble. By the time he and Amy have managed to land the TARDIS near River (after an initial failure caused by heavy time distortions in that spacetime space-time region), Amy has already read ahead just a bit too far in the book, and there are far too many mentions of deaths, and endings, and goodbyes. The Doctor tells her to stop reading, but they do need to comply with what's already been read. River, who hasn't even ''written'' the book yet, finds herself forced to break her own hand. wrist.

She and the Doctor engage in TheMasochismTango for a while, and both try very hard to be what they think the other wants them to be. River tries to hide her broken wrist so as not to scare him off and remind him that his loved ones can break, the Doctor gets extremely sad that she lied to him and uses some regeneration energy to heal her wrist, and she slaps him hard in the face for his senseless waste of regeneration energy and tells him it's so, so hard to love an ageless god with the face of a twelve-year-old who can't cope with the idea of change. It's also revealed that River was eventually pardoned from Stormcage when the man she killed turned out to have never existed -- the Doctor has been systematically removing himself from every database in the universe.

Meanwhile, Rory has been zapped around again by a nest of Weeping Angels, but this time just spatially. The rest of the group catches up with him, and they find the Angels' harvesting grounds: a place where people who are zapped sent back in time are forced to live out the rest of their lives, to be fed on by the Angels forever. Rory arrives just in time to watch his withered old self die, saying goodbye to a heartbroken Amy one final time. Really, properly scared for the first time in millennia, scared, he escapes to the roof, where the Statue of freaking Liberty is waiting to feed on him. Rory decides to kill himself to create a paradox, poisoning the Angels' temporal energy and preventing his future death from happening in the first place. (He also reasons that he may even survive -- he [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall usually does]].does.) After a very emotional exchange, Amy decides that she can't live without him. Rory and Amy jump off of the building's roof, clinging to each other. With that, the harvesting grounds never existed, the Statue of Liberty never moved about New York, York and Rory never died of old age in that small room.



River knows she must visit her parents with her vortex manipulator one last time to complete the StableTimeLoop, and sets about writing her novel to have Amy publish it. She decides to travel with the Doctor from now on, although not forever, and not always, because "one psychopath per TARDIS" is enough. River then tells the Doctor that she'll tell Amy to write an afterword for the Doctor, and the Doctor [[ChekhovsGun remembers about the last page of the novel he ripped apart right at the start of the episode]]. He then proceeds to race back to the park and reads the page that contains Amy's last words:

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River knows she must visit her parents with her vortex manipulator one last time to complete the StableTimeLoop, and sets about writing her novel to have get Amy to publish it. She decides to travel with the Doctor from now on, although not forever, and not always, because "one psychopath per TARDIS" is enough.it. River then tells the Doctor that she'll tell Amy to write an afterword for the Doctor, and the Doctor [[ChekhovsGun remembers about the last page of the novel he ripped apart right at the start of the episode]]. He then proceeds to race back to the park and reads the page that contains Amy's last words:



* ActingForTwo: Arthur Darvill plays both young Rory and the old Rory, nearing death that the gang encounters.

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* ActingForTwo: Arthur Darvill plays both young Rory and the old Rory, nearing death death, that the gang encounters.



* AssholeVictim: Grayle chains an Angel and cuts up its face just to see if it can feel pain... causing its screams to attract the other Angels, who stalk him in revenge. He also has Rory dumped in the basement with a number of Angels and only a matchbook to keep them at bay, seemingly just for the evulz. And also turns off the light so the chained Angel can grab River's wrist.

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* AssholeVictim: Grayle chains an Angel and cuts up its face just to see if it can feel pain... causing its screams to attract the other Angels, who stalk him in revenge. He also has Rory dumped in the dark basement with a number of Angels and only a matchbook match-book to keep them at bay, seemingly just for the evulz. And also turns off the light so the chained Angel can grab River's wrist.



** The concepts of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong changing fixed points in your own timeline]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary not reading ahead in books]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E9ForestOfTheDead from the future of your own timeline]].

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** The concepts of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong changing fixed points in your own timeline]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary not reading ahead in books]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E9ForestOfTheDead from the future of your own timeline]].time-line]].



** The Doctor has been [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E02DinosaursOnASpaceship erasing himself from every database in the universe]] because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar River said he had gotten too big]]. River has also been [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary released from prison and become a Professor of Archaeology]].

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** The Doctor has been [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E02DinosaursOnASpaceship erasing himself from every database in the universe]] because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar River said he had gotten got too big]]. River has also been [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E8SilenceInTheLibrary released from prison and become a Professor of Archaeology]].



* CityOfWeirdos: New York is ''full'' of Weeping Angels and ''no-one'' notices. They don't even the Statue of Liberty!

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* CityOfWeirdos: New York is ''full'' of Weeping Angels and ''no-one'' notices. They don't even notice the Statue of Liberty!



** Amy now has the reading glasses her optometrist left a message about in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]''.

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** Amy now has the reading glasses her optometrist optician left a message about in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]''.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: my and Rory. The first time (second for Rory).

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: my Amy and Rory. The first time (second for Rory).



** As noted later in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]", the ''last'' place any time traveler should ever visit is his own grave.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The second chapter title of ''Melody Malone'' is an early TitleDrop.

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** As noted later in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]", the ''last'' place any time traveler traveller should ever visit is his own grave.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The second chapter title of ''Melody Malone'' the book is an early TitleDrop.



** A truly awesome and difficult to spot one, which may also count as a Genius Bonus. Freeze at 12:02; the page Amy is reading is in focus. The book is actually ''Literature/TheThinMan'' by Creator/DashiellHammett. Why is that super appropriate? Because Hammett wrote HardboiledDetective books, and one of them, ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon'', is '''the''' UrExample of FilmNoir, which this episode pays extensive homage to.

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** A truly awesome and difficult to spot one, which may also count as a Genius Bonus. Freeze at 12:02; the page Amy is reading is in focus. The book is actually ''Literature/TheThinMan'' by Creator/DashiellHammett. Why is that super appropriate? Because Hammett wrote HardboiledDetective books, and one of them, ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon'', is '''the''' UrExample of FilmNoir, to which this episode pays extensive homage to.homage.



* GenreSavvy: Rory chooses suicide on the assumption that since it's ''[[TheyKilledKennyAgain him]]'', he'll be fine. He's right, too for a while, at least.

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* GenreSavvy: Rory chooses suicide on the assumption that since it's ''[[TheyKilledKennyAgain him]]'', he'll be fine. He's right, too too; for a while, at least.



* HeroicBSOD: And how... when the Doctor read the ominous final chapter title "Amelia's Last Farewell" and realizes that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree the first face he saw will be fading from him a lot sooner than he thought.]] He does not take it well and in a raging fit of denial demands that River change the future. He doesn't care how she does it as long as she [[ScrewDestiny Gets. It. Done.]] [[YouCantFightFate Unfortunately, she doesn't.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: And how... when the Doctor read the ominous final chapter title "Amelia's Last Farewell" and realizes realises that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree the first face he saw will be fading from him a lot sooner than he thought.]] He does not take it well and in a raging fit of denial demands that River change the future. He doesn't care how she does it as long as she [[ScrewDestiny Gets. It. Done.]] [[YouCantFightFate Unfortunately, she doesn't.]]



* KarmicDeath: Grayle, the mobster who captured and tortured an Angel in order to study it, is last seen surrounded by them.

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* KarmicDeath: Grayle, the mobster who captured and tortured an Angel in order to study it, is last seen surrounded by them.Angels.



* MeaningfulName: the building the angels are using as a battery is right on Battery Park (so named for gun batteries there in the city's early years, though)

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* MeaningfulName: the building the angels are using as a battery is right on Battery Park (so named for gun batteries there in the city's early years, though)though).



* NamesTheSame: It's what gets Rory in the end
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: Rory

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* NamesTheSame: It's what gets Rory in the end
end.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: RoryRory.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: For the first time since he became the Last Centurion, Rory Williams is ''scared''.



* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The final shot of the episode, with Young Amelia in her garden.
* PoorCommunicationKills: At first, it seems like Rory's disappearance is due to GenreBlindness. Unfortunately, he's just never faced the Angels before, unlike his wife or son-in-law...

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* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The final shot of the episode, with Young young Amelia in her garden.
* PoorCommunicationKills: At first, it seems like Rory's disappearance is due to GenreBlindness. Unfortunately, he's just never faced the Angels before, unlike his wife wife, daughter or son-in-law...



* TemporalParadox: Deliberately breaking one of the time-loops the Angels create will poison all the other loops in the vicinity - of which there are plenty. Unfortunately, one can only do this so many times, and when Rory gets caught after the fact, that timeframe cannot handle another paradox.

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* TemporalParadox: Deliberately breaking one of the time-loops the Angels create will poison all the other loops in the vicinity - of which there are plenty. Unfortunately, one can only do this so many times, and when Rory gets caught after the fact, that timeframe time-frame cannot handle another paradox.



** This episode marks Rory's seventh, eighth, and ninth deaths of the series. Which ties him with the ''Doctor'', whose second incarnation didn't die, but was forcibly regenerated by the Time Lords.

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** This episode marks Rory's seventh, eighth, eighth and ninth deaths of the series. Which ties him with the ''Doctor'', whose second incarnation didn't die, but was forcibly regenerated by the Time Lords.



** Blink (no pun intended) and you'll miss it, the title also shows up as the second chapter in the book.

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** Blink (no pun intended) and you'll miss it, it; the title also shows up as the second chapter in the book.
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* CityOfWeirdos: New York is ''full'' of Weeping Angels and ''no-one'' notices. Not even the Statue of Liberty!

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* CityOfWeirdos: New York is ''full'' of Weeping Angels and ''no-one'' notices. Not They don't even the Statue of Liberty!
13th Dec '13 8:10:39 AM Discar
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* HopeSpot

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* %%* HopeSpot
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* OlderThanTheyLook: River describes the Doctor as "wearing the face of a twelve-year-old".

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* OlderThanTheyLook: River describes the Doctor Doctor, somewhat sardonically, as "wearing the face of a twelve-year-old".
2nd Dec '13 10:04:26 PM MF1993
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* HopeSpot
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* OlderThanTheyLook: River calls out the Doctor (behind his back) for "wearing the face of a twelve-year-old". Even though the Doctor has no control over what he regenerates into looking like, and didn't even like this face at first.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: River calls out describes the Doctor (behind his back) for as "wearing the face of a twelve-year-old". Even though the Doctor has no control over what he regenerates into looking like, and didn't even like this face at first.twelve-year-old".
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