River mentions that The Doctor has gone about erasing himself from every database and effectively all of history. So who was it who makes the Daleks quiver in fear, who holds the Cybermen in check, who ended the Time War, who did all of those terrifying foes of old band together to lock in the Pandorica? "... A goblin. Or a trickster, or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies."
A subtle yet rather dark fridge brilliance moment happens during the Doctor's breakdown when he is tearfully pleading with Amy not to allow herself to be killed by the Angel he starts screaming "NO NO!! STOP IT!! STOP IT!!", which was almost exactly what the Master was screaming in The End of Time when his latest scheme failed. Given one of the central themes of Series 7 is that the Doctor "should not travel alone", and this was also a major theme of the last Tenth Doctor stories where travelling alone led to him becoming more and more like the Master, this may well be another hint of him getting even darker in the episodes to come.
A sad bit of symbolism/Fridge Brilliance: there have been plenty of jokes made about the Doctor back in The Eleventh Hour not liking apples, since "an apple a day keeps the Doctor away". Then you remember that New York City's nickname is "the Big Apple", and suddenly it's not so funny anymore...
The angel that zapped Rory back into the past made a deal with Amy. Rory was already gone, Amy was left. The angel needed food and had no reason to send Amy to the same time period but did it anyways.
This is brilliant because the Angels know what it's like to be alone. "The lonely assassins, they used to call them" "the only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely" as the Tenth Doctor says. If you totally ignore what happened in "Flesh and Stone", the Angels are practically pleasant, compassionate beings, just doing what they need to for food. No different than, say, a lion. The Angels sent Kathy Nightengale back to the 1920's where she had a daughter named Sally, and sent Billy Shipton to the 60's, where he met and married a Sally who resembled Kathy's daughter. They sent Kathy back to a point where she'd meet her perfect match immediately. The Angels know exactly what it's like to be completely alone, and fix it when they can. Alternate Character Interpretation at it's finest. The behaviour of the Angels in "Time of the Angels" and "Flesh and Stone", which were starving to the point of total emaciation, could be passed off as them either being a more violent sub-breed of Angel, or driven insane and murderous by their loneliness and hunger.
Rory's fate in this episode foreshadows what the Doctor would say later in "The Name of the Doctor." The one place no time traveler should ever see is his own grave.
After the Angel zapped Rory and Amy back to the past, the Doctor... left. With that Angel still on the loose there in New York City. There to feed on anyone it wants.
Anything that bears the image of an Angel becomes an Angel. Now, the Statue of Liberty is a confirmed Angel. Let that soak in for a moment. Sleep tight.
Maybe, although perhaps the paradox destroying the hotel may have changed the past so that never happened.
There is a theory going around that the Angel!Liberty was actually the picture of the Stature in the Hotel, and the actual Statue. Meaning that either yes, all pictures of the Statues are Angels as well, or that pictures of statues can be turned into Angels by themselves. Not sure which ones worse.
Question- Why did Amy and Rory stay in New York City after getting zapped permanently into the past?
Possible reasons may be that they stayed to help anyone who else the Angel may have zapped into the past. Or that, knowing the World War II was coming up, they may not have wished to take their chances in wartime England.
The future was written so they knew they had to be buried there. But they may have been traveling around in the meantime (after all, Amy knew the age at which Rory would die).
That episode actually showed that futures that are written could be changed. The better question would be what is stopping the Doctor from travelling to just outside New York and just walking to the graveyard to meet them
That last one is what bugs me as well. What's keeping the Doctor from visiting them at a different point in their lives? The only fixed points in time and space are a) Amy and Rory get zapped back in time and b) their headstone is in Central Park. What's preventing the Doctor from going back to, say, April 12th instead of April 11th and visiting them? Or, for that matter, taking them with him again? Why would they be buried in New York, anyway? Creepy episode, but way, way too much fridge logic surrounding the whole temporal paradox thing for me.
Presumably it's because New York is still full of Weeping Angels, who won't let them leave? Wiping the battery farm from time clearly didn't kill all of them given the ending, nor did it undo all the temporal damage the Angel had been doing by sending everyone back in time- meaning they still *had* been sending everyone back in time.
Isn't it implied that that's what he does in the ending? Goes back to see Amy at a moment before she got zapped back/died? The problem for the Doctor is that his options to see the Ponds are now far more limited than they were before and he clearly wasn't ready to say goodbye yet (he was working toward it, but wasn't there yet).
The weird time distortion field is still intact, I'd assumed. The one that nearly stopped him from finding Rory when he got sent back the first time? The field is probably in place until about that point, since the Doctor was still able to access 1930's Manhattan in "Daleks in Manhattan." It's never said when in "The Chase" the Doctor appears in Manhattan, but it can be assumed it's the 60's. I assume the field lets things OUT but not IN- it wants to stay intact, so anyone who can time travel will put an end to it, so it doesn't want them in, but it's perfectly fine letting them leave.
Maybe he could have gone back and picked up Amy and Rory later in the time-line for further adventures, if only he hadn't read the novel's afterword (where Amy specifically mentions never seeing him again), thereby setting that time-line in stone.
When people were zapped back in time to the front of the hotel, why exactly did they go in? Why not walk away?
Some people went in due to weather, some people went in wondering what the hell were they doing there, some people needed a place to stay since Winter Quay is clearly a motel, still others probably went in because of curiosity, and there's probably some kind of field around it that draws in people's curiosity- the opposite of a perception filter. Humans are, after all, shamelessly curious beings. Manipulate that just a little and they're drawn in like flies to honey. Or the filter is put in their brain when they get touched.
Who built the hotel? Did the Angels somehow arrange for it to be built? Was it something they found and used for their own purposes? Or was it something another villain had built?
When the detective at the very beginning is about to enter the hotel, he looks around and sees all these strange people staring at him knowingly from the windows. Maybe I'm Wild Mass Guessing here, but I assumed that these strange people were human agents of the Weeping Angels. Maybe even cultists, as the Weeping Angels could be considered Eldritch Abomination that happen to resemble our popular conceptions of divine messengers. Since we know that angels can gain the ability to speak, I think it would be within their power to arrange for a hotel to be built and maintained using human intermediaries.
Presumably they used the building that was there already, whomever owned it before and it's prior inhabitants being sent back in time to get rid of them AND feed at the same time. It looks a little abandoned and run-down, save for its electricity still running. In the case of that, I would assume the Angels know how to keep electricity running as well as they know how to turn it off just by pointing at a bulb.
Manhattan, the city that never sleep. Seriously, how can the Liberty Statue is able to move, especially when each of its step makes a loud BOOM. After the first step, it should have been quantum locked by people looking at it in its new position.
I've found a theory that the angel wasn't the Statue of Liberty that's by the the bay, but that it came out of the picture in the elevator.
Since when do people have to be awake for angels to feed off of them? Why is "The city that never sleeps" a better food source than literally anywhere else on the planet? The angels weakness is people looking at them; why would they invade a city that could have eyes on them at any given moment?
Presumably because there are more people wandering around. At night, whose looking at the statues? In the daytime, people are always looking at them. It's dark, too. Angels do best when in the dark, remember? Turn out the street lamps, blow the power for the whole street on a cloudy, moonless night... instant feast. They're like Dementors in that way... Just like Moffat. I think it's a lot easier for them to feed at night when people are constantly wandering the streets than breaking into their homes while they sleep to send them back. They're style is no mess, no fuss, absolutely no notice that they'd ever even been there. And think about it, frightened people herd together. They lead the Angels to more people. Sure, your friend might vanish mid-sentence, and you look to see where they went, and see that FACE staring at you, and you scream and you turn to run, and you're gone. They follow your remaining friends one by one to other people. People who run away with their backs to the creepy statue. Give the Angel time to attack.