Archive for September 30, 2012

Last night we saw the mid season finale of new series of Doctor Who and here is my review of episode 5 and series so far.  Please don’t read if you have not seen any of the episodes, major spoiler alert.

In this episode the Doctor takes Amy and Rory to Central Park. While the Doctor reads a “Melody Malone” novel to Amy, Rory is taken by a Weeping Angel on his way back from getting coffee. In 1938 New York City, Rory meets River Song, posing as a private investigator and as the Doctor discovers, the author of his Melody Malone novel. The Doctor and Amy use the novel to break their way into a time locked 1938 and find Rory, while he and River investigate the Angels’ takeover of Manhattan. At the Winter Quay hotel, they find an aged Rory on his deathbed, confirming Rory’s fate. The Angels created the hotel in order to keep their victims and maintain a constant source of potential energy on which to feed. To escape his fate, Rory and Amy jump off the top of the building to their deaths, creating a paradox which erases the Angels and their hotel. Waking up in a graveyard with the Tardis, all seems well until Rory is transported back in time by a surviving Angel. Rescuing him with another paradox would rip New York City apart. As the Doctor begs for Amy to come back into the Tardis, she bids a tearful farewell as she commits suicide by letting Angel to send her back with Rory, creating a fixed point in time. Later, the devastated Doctor reads an afterword by Amy in the novel, telling him all is well and asking him not to be alone, as well as requesting he visit young Amelia Pond as she waits in the garden.

We have known for quiet a while that episode 5 would be Rory and Amy’s last appearance on Doctor who.  And it looks as though the writers and firmly slammed the door shut on them, tying up a story that began all the way back in “The Eleventh Hour”.  Although it was a sad moment, I didn’t think it was as sad and emotionally charged as previous companions leaving the show (eg Rose Tyler and Donna Nobel) but that’s just my opinion.

To be honest I felt that the Rory and Amy’s departure should have been handled differently.  And maybe their final episode should have been back in series 6 in “The God Complex”. In that story, the Doctor realized how much he was endangering this couple he loved so much, and ultimately left them in a nice flat in London, telling them to start forging independent, non-TARDIS lives together. So why oh why does the doctor risk their lives again?? Why bring them back for series 7?

On the whole, this was a good standalone episode. There was humour, action and emotion.  I really liked the atmospheric pre-credits opening, that teased the detective story, complete with obligatory typewriter, and also reintroduced the scary Angels. And as a bonus we also got the return of the lovely River Song here. But given that it was her parents who were going away, I guess it was inevitable she’d be around for their farewell.  Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill were again in tip top form. And the foreboding warning that his Doctor should never travel alone came through loud and clear here.

However, apart from episode 1 and 5 I really don’t think much of the current series of doctor who. Dont get me wrong I love to watch doctor who as I am huge fan. Yes, there have been dinosaurs, cowboys and daleks but no real story arc. It’s been ok but not great and to me it feels like its missing something and that the episodes have just been thrown together to show Amy and Rory on various adventures and to fill the current series.  Maybe its just me and maybe they are saving the best for next year, I don’t know.

Anyway, Doctor who will return at christmas when it ‘officially’ introduces new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman to the show. Having already appeared on the show in the form of Oswin Oswald in “Asylum Of The Daleks”, Coleman’s ongoing role is said to be a different character to the one she played previously. How this fits together with her appearance as Oswin is a mystery. Can she ever fill the void left by Rory and Amy?

I await with bated breath.

What did you think?

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