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If you open your eyes now, for even a second, you will die.There's no way back, no way up and no way out. Trapped among an army of Weeping Angels, the Doctor and his friends must try to escape through the wreckage of a crashed space liner.The episode begins with the humans upside down and standing on the ceiling — or rather the bottom of the crashed ship — while the Angels are stuck on the floor below. By shooting the gravity globe, the Doctor gave them an updraft powerful enough to pull them into range of the ship's artificial gravity. Mission accomplished: they're out of the trap! Now they just have to get inside the ship and through another airlock door, without getting caught by the Angels again. The first part they manage; the latter is a bit tricky since it means that they'll have to turn the lights out in the corridor for a few seconds in order to get a strong enough surge of power. And a few seconds are all the Angels need.They make it by shooting at the Angels so that they can see them enough to slow them down. Now ensconced in a control room (with comfy chairs), they try to stop the Angels breaking in (not too successfully). Amy has started to count backwards from ten for no apparent reason, without even noticing it. However, it turns out the ship has an on-board cybernetic forest to harvest air from (as you do on a long flight), thus providing a possible escape route.Angel Bob, the dead cleric, is on the line again. He/it informs the Doctor that the Angels are growing in power and will soon be able to devour the whole universe, to which the Doctor counters with the fact that they have comfy chairs. According to Bob, Amy has something rather nasty in her eye. And she's still counting down. And apparently there's a much bigger source of power here than the humans had anticipated. The Angels have started laughing, which frankly sounds more like screaming.And... there's a crack in the wall. A rather big, glowing familiar looking one.The party make a run for it into the forest. All except the Doctor; he's a bit occupied, first with taking samples from the great big crack, and then getting nabbed by the coat collar as the Angels swarm in. Fortunately they are a bit occupied with absorbing energy from the crack — which turns out to be the end of the universe — to think about killing him. So, he's able to slip his tweedy bonds, leave his coat behind and make his own escape.Amy, meanwhile, has reached four in her involuntary countdown and is not doing well. While River and Octavian have a little argument about waiting for the Doctor, the man himself shows up, just in time to see Amy begin to decline. Not just decline, in fact; she's dying, which everyone is quickly made aware of because the Doctor doesn't believe in beating about the bush. He also doesn't have a very good bedside manner as he tries to figure out what's wrong with her. It turns out that, having looked the Angel in the eyes, there's an Angel growing in her mind, or more specifically in the vision centres of her brain. When Bob is asked why the Angels are making her count, it turns out that it's not for anything important, it's simply to make her afraid and For the Evulz. The Doctor is not happy.With only seconds until the growing Angel "switches off" Amy, River and the Doctor decide that in order to starve it of visual input Amy must do what you should never, never do when it comes to the Weeping Angels — close her eyes. And she does.And it seems to work. She certainly isn't dying anymore. But if she opens her eyes again, for more than a second...They're just going to have to stop the Angels all the quicker, then! The Doctor prepares to set off, taking River and Octavian (who doesn't want to let River out of his sight, although not for romantic reasons, hell no). They leave the Clerics to guard Amy. The Doctor sort of reassures Amy and heads off, leaving Amy feeling rather jilted.And then he comes back, wearing his jacket... that he lost back in the console room? This will be important much later. He tries a bit harder to comfort her, and also tells her to remember what he said when she was seven. Unable to recall, Amy asks him what it was, but he refuses to answer — that's not "the point". She has to remember. Then he heads off again, leaving poor Amy feeling slightly less jilted, but very confused.As the Doctor, River and Octavian pick their way through the forest, he teases her about Octavian because of his "wherever she goes, I go" schtick. Hearing this, the bishop meanly decides to break his promise to River and reveals that she's a prisoner under his jurisdiction, and that he's responsible for her until she's earned her pardon. Well, that's slightly awkward. No time for it, though, as the Doctor's calculated the date that the explosion that caused the crack began, which is 26/06/2010. Amy's era. The air date of this series' finale.Back with Amy and the Clerics, it appears that the Angels are using the old reliable method of turning off the lights, namely by ripping the tree borgs apart. And they're wearing their grumpy faces, which means they mean business. Back with the Doctor, River and Octavian, they've reached a service hatch to the primary flight deck, but the Doctor is more intrigued by something that River says... time is running out. What if, he muses, it actually could?Back again with Amy and the Clerics, just as it seems the Angels are about to attack, a sudden bright glow in the distance scares them off. Clerics Philip and Crispin are sent to investigate the bright light, and Amy's just too damn curious not to look. She opens her eyes for that crucial second to confirm that yes, that glowing curtain of energy is the crack, and it looks just the same as it did before on her bedroom wall. It's following her...not that we didn't already know that. Then Cleric Pedro decides to get a closer look at the light. Wait, why not just wait for the other two to get back?What other two?...Oh. Oh dear.Marco's adamant that there never was a Philip or a Crispin on the mission. Amy is just as adamant that there were. And during the conversation, he manages to forget Pedro as well. Amy, now understandably freaked out, tries to persuade Marco to please not go and investigate the crack, as it doesn't seem to be good for the health at all. He doesn't listen. "Two minutes." But he does leave her a spare communicator to talk to him, so she can hear perfectly clearly when his voice suddenly fades away into crackles and silence. Amy's left all alone. Well, alone except for those Angels.Octavian is trying to get a preoccupied Doctor to leave, as the Angels are coming. The Doctor waves this off, turning around just in time to stop one going just that little bit further with the headlock it's got Octavian in.The Doctor attempts to tell the Angel to let Octavian go, which Octavian points out as hopeless since a) the Doctor must take his eyes off the Angel for that to happen and b) the moment that happens, the Angel will break Octavian's neck. Octavian tells the Doctor to leave him, which the Doctor really doesn't want to do. In the end, he has no choice, and tells Octavian that he wished he knew him better. Octavian replies that the Doctor knew him at his best, which is all that matters. The Doctor reluctantly leaves Octavian to his fate.On the flight deck, River's trying to get the teleporter to work. But the Doctor says there's no point, since it's as dead as Octavian. He manages to contact Amy and tells her that she has to come to them, since it's dangerous to stay where she is for more than one reason. The Angels will kill her, but if the time energy catches up with her it will erase every moment of her existence. Oh, the essentially walking blind factor? Just follow the sound of the sonic screwdriver on the communicator. And just to help, the Doctor uploads a proximity detector to the device; it'll beep so that Amy can manoeuvre around things. Such as, for example, all those Angels in front of her. Not to worry (for the moment); the Angels are frightened and acting on their instincts, freezing because they assume she can see them. In order not to dispel that illusion, Amy has to walk as if she can see them.River's wondering how they stop the time energy eating everything. The obvious answer is to feed it a big complicated space time event, which will satisfy it — for the moment. What big complicated space time event were you thinking of, Doctor?... You know, you really have something of a loud martyr complex, has anyone ever told you that?The Doctor's plan actually seems to work, as with a bit of coaxing, Amy manages to thread her way through a big group of Angels apparently without giving the game away. Of course, Murphy's Law dictates that when she's nearly clear of the Angels she promptly trips over a root, falls flat on her face and drops the communicator. And as she fails to find it again, the jig is up as the Angels begin to move in for the kill... And we get to see them move on-screen for the first time.But River beams Amy to the flight deck. Guess there was a point in trying to fix that teleporter after all. But the Angels are draining the last of the ship's power. The doors to the forest vault open, and there are the Angels on the other side. Along with Angel Bob, who is once again their spokesperson. They've had the same idea as the Doctor: if he throws himself into the rupture in time, the rupture will close and they will be saved. The Doctor isn't too impressed with the idea when presented this way. Why should he do such a thing? Oh, yeah, Amy and River will be saved too. Well, there is that.Understandably, River pipes up, saying that she fits the criteria of sealing the rupture as well. But it turns out she's nowhere near the level of the Angels, and only all together are they on his level, so "get a grip". No, really, get a grip. River gets the message and prepares herself and Amy accordingly, while the Doctor points out to the Angels that they happen to have drained all the power out of a ship in which, without artificial means, they by all rights shouldn't be standing upright. By means of a not quite Incredibly Lame Pun, he points out that the artificial gravity is failing, and the real gravity is about to kick in with a vengeance. And guess what's waiting down below?"Night night."And so to the dulcet strains of a certain theme tune that still hasn't gotten old, the three dangle off handrails as the Angels plummet into the crack and into the cessation of their existence.Later, back on the surface, the Doctor reassures Amy that the Angel inside her head is gone, since with the deletion of the Angels the memory never existed at all. Of course, she still remembers it (and all those poor clerics) because she's got a very good Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory. This will be extremely important later. The crack, meanwhile, is gone for now, but there's still the explosion that caused it, out there, somewhere. River and the Doctor flirt a bit, and he tells her he could kiss her for how awesome she was. "Maybe when you're older", she replies, grinning. She also tells him that the next time he meets her, the Pandorica will open. He thinks that's just a fairy tale. With that, she's taken back to prison.Back in her bedroom, Amy shows the Doctor her wedding dress and engagement ring and confesses that she’s getting married in the morning. After the Doctor misses a few anvil-sized hints that she’s interested in one last bachelorette fling, Amy simply tries to jump him. He scrambles off her bed as quickly as possible. Not to be deterred that easily, she pushes him up against the TARDIS door and manages to get in a few kisses while he explains that she's engaged and she's human and he's 907 years old and could she just stop it. She instead lies back on her bed, hoping for a good shag, and that's when the Doctor realises that something very wrong is going on. Whatever it is, it’s focused on Amy and he has to fix it right now... The Doctor takes one last look at the clock, and realises that Amy's wedding is on the same day as the explosion that caused the cracks — 26/6/2010.
Meanwhile In The TARDIS: Second EpisodeA DVD-only scene. The Doctor has pushed Amy back into the TARDIS, and after a few failed attempts at kissing him again, it slowly dawns on her that he's really not going to shag her. She calls him out on being the absolute Master of the Mixed Message, and realizes that she's not the first pretty girl he ever took into space. She tricks the TARDIS into showing her pictures of all previous companions and smugly notes that yep, that's a whole lot of pretty young human girls. One of which is wearing a leather bikini. The Doctor is miffed at the TARDIS for not including the tin dog.
Tropes in "Meanwhile in the TARDIS"