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.
- Above the Influence: At the end, Amy really wants a shag from the Doctor. He refuses steadfastly.
- Anyone Can Die: The Clerics.
- Apologetic Attacker: Angel Bob
- Arbitrary Skepticism:River: You'll see me again, soon. When the Pandorica opens.
The Doctor: (laughs) That's a fairy tale.
River: Aren't we all?
- Arc Symbol: The crack in the universe.
- Arc Words:
- The "Pandorica" is mentioned again.
- Also the second instance of "The Doctor in the TARDIS doesn't know/get it."
- Artificial Gravity: This causes plenty of wacky fun throughout the episode.
- The Atoner: Father Octavian implies his death in the line of duty makes up for an unnamed failure of duty in his past.
- Badass: Just as the Doctor claims that there are worse things than Angels on the ship, Father Octavian gets caught in a headlock by one that he knows is going to break his neck sooner or later. His response: "I beg to differ, sir."
- Berserk Button: The Doctor threatens the soldiers that if anything happens to Amy while he's away he "will hold each of [them] personally responsible. Twice." Later behaviour as he realised leaving Amy behind was a mistake perhaps crosses into Papa Wolf or Big Brother Instinct territory.
- Boxed Crook: River. She seems more comfortable with the idea than Octavian, her gaoler.
- Call Back:
- Angel Bob calls the Doctor "The Doctor in the TARDIS" and River mentions the Pandorica opening, both like Prisoner Zero.
- The Atraxi Eye that appeared on monitors all over the world appeared on the computer monitor very briefly just before the final confrontation between The Doctor and the Angels.
- Call Forward: To "Forest of the Dead": "You... me... handcuffs... Why does it always end this way?"
- Another one is made to events yet to happen, indicated by an out of place Doctor showing up, made clear by the fact he has a jacket on, after the present Doctor had to slip out of his to escape the grip of a Weeping Angel. Then begins talking about something entirely unrelated to the current situation with Amy being consumed by an Angel, as though he has already lived through these events and knows it has been taken care of already. This other Doctor has something much more pressing on his mind, and seems upset by it.
- Cessation of Existence: What happens to you if you're consumed by a crack in time. But worse than just not existing, the cracks make sure that you never existed to begin with.
- Chekhov's Gun: At the beginning of the episode The Doctor spends some time talking about how they escaped using the gravity and that if it was switched off they'd fall to their deaths.. It seems unnecessarily explanatory at the time. At the climax of the episode, the Angels drain all the power from the Byzantium, switching off the gravity keeping them upright, causing them to fall into the Crack.
- Continuity Nod:
- Cosmic Retcon: Thanks to the crack in time, "The Next Doctor" (at the very least) never happened. The Daleks, as pointed out in "Victory of the Daleks" have also vanished from Amy's time.The Doctor: Time is running out.
- Damsel in Distress: Amy, although she's got a good reason for it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: River Song
- Deus ex Machina: Interesting variation with the Crack showing up. Even though it made the situation worse, surviving the Angels would probably have been impossible without it.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The Doctor makes a couple of snide remarks about the fact that the Angels killed Bob in order to speak through him while the Angels are right behind him.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The way Amy kisses the Doctor, despite his clear refusal, would not have been taken as well if it had been a man kissing an unwilling woman.
- Evil Laugh: Of the horrific variety. Considering that it's the same noise that the freaking ringwraiths make... yeah.
- Exact Words: The Doctor tells River to "Get a grip" while he is chatting with the Angels. At first she thinks he is complaining about her not wanting him to sacrifice himself to save everyone. He gives a bit more information and repeats the line. River understands and, while helping Amy, grabs hold of part of the ship just as the gravity fails and they go vertical.
- Eyes Always Shut: Amy for most of the episode; justified in that she actually has a reason for keeping them shut.
- Face Death with Dignity / It Has Been an Honor: Father Octavian may have redefined the former trope.The Doctor: I wish I had known you better.
Octavian: I think, sir, you know me at my best.
- False Reassurance:
- Regarding the section of the Byzantium everyone is stuck in, the Doctor has thought about what to do when the power and artificial gravity fail — well, they'll plunge to their deaths, of course. See, he did think about it.
- Regarding the Doctor.Octavian: River Song, I’ve lost good clerics today. You trust this man?
River: I absolutely trust him.
Octavian: He’s not some kind of madman then?
River: ...I absolutely trust him.
- Played with, in that Octavian is savvy enough to clock immediately what's she's doing and is not impressed.
- This little exchange:The Doctor: River Song, I could bloody kiss you.
River: Ah, well, maybe when you're older.
- The Doctor coming back for Amy briefly, with his jacket. The Doctor is also noticeably nicer to Amy compared to his departure earlier.
- This little exchange:
- For the Evulz: Why are the Weeping Angels making Amy count down to her death? Just to scare her!
- Friends with Benefits: Amy wants this. The Doctor, it appears, does not.The Doctor: I'm 907 years old!! Do you understand what that means?!
Amy: It's been a while?
The Doctor: Ye-No, no, no!
- From Bad to Worse
- Giving Them the Strip: The Doctor is being held by his coat. He talks through his plan and leaves the angels with his jacket and a last parting piece of wisdom.The Doctor: Never let me talk!
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Amy wants this, but as the Doctor, as Steven Moffat put it, "stumbles over his shoelaces" when a woman starts behaving like that, it doesn't work out...
- Gory Discretion Shot: One for Octavian.
- Hailfire Peaks: It's a forest in a ship in a maze in a cave!
- Held Gaze: The Doctor shares one earlier on with River and then again at the end of the episode when he is trying to reassure Amy that she's safe.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Father Octavian is content.
- Hint Dropping: When talking about how her near-death experience have put her view on her marriage into perspective, Amy tries repeatedly to hint to "who" she wants, but the Doctor hasn't a clue to what she is talking about. She then gives up and outright tries to jump him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Angels tried to draw energy from the crack in time to build themselves up to be a universe-consuming army of death. It backfired on them.
- Holodeck Malfunction: The Angels start to turn off the lights (yes, again) by way of the trees.
- Implausible DeniabilityOctavian: Do you trust this man?
River: I absolutely trust him.
Octavian: He's not some kind of madman, then?
River: ...I absolutely trust him.
- Indy Ploy: Lampshaded:The Doctor: ...and anyway, that's not the plan.
River: There's a plan?
The Doctor: I don't know yet, I haven't finished talking.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Just in case you forget when the series finale will be on.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: At first it seems the Clerics are doing this even though Amy (and the audience) begs them not to, but then it turns out that the two investigating Clerics have been wiped from existence, and the remaining pair don't remember them or think that anything is wrong with going towards the big glowing light. Creepy? Oh yes.
- Light-Flicker Teleportation: In the muzzle-flash of the Clerics' guns in the dark tunnel.
- Light Is Not Good:
- That bright white light coming out of that crack? The light that makes you feel weird and sick when you look at it? Turns out it will erase you from existence.
- The Angels themselves. "Physically" they are beautiful statues of angels, beings associated with light and purity. Mentally, they're evil on a level only rivalled by the Daleks and the 456.
- Literal Metaphor: "Get a grip."
- Muzzle Flashlight
- Neck Snap
- Near Villain Victory: Holy shit!
- Negative Space Wedgie: The Cracks are revealed to be this, as they will erase you from existence if you get too close to them.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Doctor would have had no clue how to stop the light in the crack if the Angels hadn't suggested he sacrifice himself, which gave him the idea to sacrifice them instead.
- No Gravity for You: Though in this case, this wasn't really a plan so much as the Angels accidentally hoisting themselves by their own petard.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Nighty night."
- Plot Hole: So, suddenly the Angels can move even if they can see each other? At least, they don't seem to care that the lights are on, they're facing each other and well, they move...
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
- "LIKE! ME! FOR! INSTANCE!!!"
- "What else! Have you got?! River! Tell me!"
- About half the Doctor's lines in this episode are like this. Especially when he's worrying about Amy in the forest.
- Redemption Quest: River is on one of, as it seems, many.
- Red Shirt: Alas, poor Clerics.
- Ret Gone/Un-Person: The cracks do this.
- Right Behind Me: River, on the Doctor: "If he's dead back there, I'll never forgive myself. And if he's alive, I'll never forgive him... And Doctor, you're standing right behind me, aren't you?"
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Apparently this is a side effect of being a time traveller.
- Rule of Scary: See Plot Hole above.
- Save the Villain: The Angels ask the Doctor to do this for them. He doesn't.
- Talking Your Way Out:The Doctor: And I tell you something else — (starts running) Never let me talk!
- Temporary Blindness: Amy's inability to open her eyes.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Taken to a horrific extreme when the crack begins to start erasing parts of history, absorbing things into it. Altogether fitting considering the Trope Namer for Timey-Wimey Ball was the Weeping Angels' first appearance, "Blink".
- Too Dumb to Live: Or even Too Dumb to Have Ever Existed — The Weeping Angels. It must be pointed out that the Doctor actually did nothing to stop them and actually gave them hints as to what they were doing wrong. They still managed to stupid themselves to death. Again.
- What Cliffhanger: He just needed to shoot the gravity thing? That's it? It seems like the writers were just looking for a justification for making the Doctor act like Clint Eastwood in the trailer.
- Where's the Fun in That?:The Doctor: Can I trust you, River Song?
River: If you like. But where's the fun in that?
- Your Cheating Heart: What the hell, Amy? Have to feel bad for Rory even though we don't know him well at this point.
Tropes in "Meanwhile in the TARDIS":
- Almost Kiss: Amy slouches across the TARDIS console and giggles expectantly as the Doctor leans in towards her... and pointedly flicks a switch on the console.Amy: Typical bloke. The first thing he does is start fiddling with his motor.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: The Doctor says the reason he has companions is so he can see the wonder of the universe through their eyes. A rather miffed Amy Pond asks if that's the only reason he brought her along. The Doctor quietly points out that there are worse reasons, whereupon Amy snorts and says, "I was certainly hoping so!"
- Celibate Hero: Subverted — the Doctor might not be The Casanova, but Amy points out that he just happens to enjoy showing off how awesome he is to young attractive women.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Despite instructions the TARDIS only seems to show the female companions, leaving out all the men. The Doctor snarks at her for leaving out the metal dog too (K9).
- Dirty Old Man: The Doctor fears he looks like one since most of his previous companions were attractive young women.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You
- Jade-Colored Glasses: The Doctor explains why he has Companions.The Doctor: I'm 907. After a while, you just can't see it.
Amy: See what?!
The Doctor: Everything — I look at a star, there's just a big ball of burning gas, and I know how it began and I know how it ends... and I was probably there both times. After a while, everything is just stuff. That's the problem; you make all of space and time your back yard, and what do you have? A back yard. But you; you can see it. And when you see it, I see it.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Amy calls out the Doctor on this.
- Mood Whiplash: Between comedy Ship Tease shenanigans and the Doctor suddenly getting serious with his Jade-Colored Glasses speech.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Amy tricks the Doctor into showing her the visual records of his previous companions.
- Nubile Savage: One picture in particular catches Amy's eye. "Is that a leather bikini?"
- The Obi-Wan: The Doctor views himself as this, comparing himself to Gandalf and Yoda.
- Understatement: The Doctor's had a few young, attractive women in the TARDIS before.
- Unwanted Harem: Of a kind. The Doctor is trying to evade a very flirty Amy, who eventually gets around to questioning him about any and all previous companions he's had. He admits that there have been a few, and a couple of them have been female. Amy tricks him into calling up a visual record of all the other TARDIS inhabitants over the years (mostly attractive women, as we know). He nearly dies of embarrassment.