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05/02/2010 01:25:12 •••

The Time of Angels

The Weeping Angels are back, and scarier than ever.

This was an excellent episode, and I think one of Moffat's best. The Doctor and Amy join River Song to track down a Weeping Angel in some dark catacombs filled with statues. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right?

The Angel is very well executed, and it really is genuinely creepy. I think this episode compares favourably with 2005's "Dalek", which follows the similar premise of taking a single, already frightening monster, and then upping the ante with each scene, to the point where it clearly is staggeringly dangerous. This episode is, however, much more understated than "Dalek"; it's a dark, suspenseful, psychological episode, and at times it truly is quite unnerving.

The dialogue is perhaps less understated, but it absolutely rocks. The Doctor gets a superb Badass Boast in this episode, and the exchanges between the Doctor and the other characters - River, Amy, Octavian - are brilliantly written, and at times wonderfully telling.

A final note, on River Song: as a character, she still hasn't really grown on me. Somehow her competence itself seems slightly obnoxious, possibly because she breaks the series' usual rules by always being one step ahead of the Doctor himself, which hasn't been true of Amy, Jack or even Jenny from "The Doctor's Daughter". On the other hand, she's a fascinating character, because she has this real mystery behind her, and I look forward to learning more about her background and her past (or should that be future?) relationship with the Doctor.

04/25/2010 00:00:00

I feel like I'm the only person who has no problem with River.

Good review, though.

04/26/2010 00:00:00

My problem with River is simply that she's an uber-companion, without the character growth that got us there. She's like Donna if she had been able to pilot the TARDIS in Runaway Bride. Don't mind her that much though.

However, I purely love the concept of disordered slice of life run ins with someone. This is something that should have happened decades ago in the show.

And very good review.

04/26/2010 00:00:00

I think when we see her meet the doctor it will hopefully make her awesome in hindsight.

05/02/2010 00:00:00

^^^ & ^^ Thanks!

I hope so too, wellinever.

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