My Review On The Doctor Who 2-Parter!

on Thursday, May 6, 2010

WOW! What a 2-parter that was. Mind-blowing. Well, here's my review on the 2-parter Doctor Who story, "Time of The Angels" and "Flesh And Stone". They were amazing. Part 1 ended with such an amazing cliff-hanger that me literally on the edge of my seat.
All you need to really know about part 1 is it starts with that The Doctor and Amy were looking through a museum. 12,000 years in the future, Dr River Song has broken into the Byzantium and carves a message into a Home Box, the starship's black box device. The Doctor finds it in the museum and reads the message that's wrote in Old High Gallifreyan. The message reads out, "Hello Sweetie." Something that River Song said to Tennant's Doctor in, "Silence In The Library" in series 4. So The Doctor steals the box and watches it's security footage on it. River Song give's him a reads out a code that turns out to be coordinates for The Doctor to go and pick her up in the Tardis. So he does and they follow the Byzantium until it crash lands. So River Song lands the Tardis below the crash site, turns out that the noise that the Tardis makes is the noise of the breaks. Turns out that The Doctor keeps the breaks on when landing. How about that people. So she tells him about the Weeping Angels.
The soldiers set up a base camp and River reveals to the Doctor and Amy that the Byzantium's vault contained a dormant Weeping Angel. She shows them a 4-second long looped camera recording of the Weeping Angel that she managed to download from the ship. The Doctor and River go outside to look through a book of information about the Angels, written by a "mad-man" who had encountered the Angels before, leaving Amy alone in the room with the recording. Amy turns back to the monitor and sees that the Angel has somehow moved inside the recording and is now facing her. She attempts to shut off the screen by the plug and a remote, but looks away again which causes the Angel to move closer towards her. She backs off towards the door as it bares its teeth. Amy screams for the Doctor as the Angel suddenly emerges from the monitor. They manage to get into the cave known as the "Maze Of The Dead" to get under the Byzantium.
Turns out that the cave is full of dying Weeping Angels. They didn't know that at first, but find it out half-way near to the end of part 1. So before they find out, the angels are killing off the Clerics one-by-one and start to talk to the rest of them through radio. Turns out that the angels snap you're neck and take out you're voice box to recreate a conscious to talk.
Anyway, we get to the end of part 1 when basically the remaining survivors get to the bottom of the Byzantium and need to get up and The Doctor borrows Father Octavian's gun and saying one big powerfull line, "There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there's one thing you never, ever put in a trap: me." The line is like the line that Samuel L Jackson said in "Pulp Fiction". So the episode ends on a cliffhanger, as the Doctor shoots the gravity globe illuminating the Maze, which bursts open.
Part 2 begins with the survivors on standing upside down on the bottom of the Byzantium. Becuase they got caught in the ship's artificial gravity field after the balloon burst. They entered the ship while being chased by the regenerating angels. Amy is also at that point counting down from 10 and she isn't even realising that she's doing it, but The Doctor and everyone else does. When questioning the angels about how they plan to take over the universe, he turns and see's the crack in time, that's appeared in episode's 1-3.
He warns the Angels that the crack, whilst full of energy, is not full of the energy they need, it is instead a crack from the end of the universe, a crack that will consume everyone. When they get into the ship's oxygen factory, which is a giant forrest, Amy collapses to the forest floor. The Doctor tells her that if she opens her eyes then she will die, because the angel is trying to take over her completely. While trying to break into the control room, an Angel traps Octavian. The Doctor is helpless to save him and Octavian urges him to leave and join River inside. Just before his inevitable death though, Octavian divulges to the Doctor that River is a criminal currently in his custody, guilty of the murder of a man whose identity he will not reveal.
The Doctor gives his last apologies to Octavian and hurries inside. All the Angels come to the entrance to the room as they drain energy from the doors, which then open. The lead Angel, whom the Doctor has named "Angel Bob" after the man whose voice it was using, demands that the Doctor throw himself into the crack in order to save the Angels. River, as a time traveller, wants to throw herself in but the Doctor laughs at the idea, claiming that she is not even as complicated as one Angel and that only all the Angels are equivalent to him. He then realises that as the ship's power is quickly draining, its artificial gravity field is about to collapse, and he urges his friends to hold on to something to stop themselves from falling.
The gravity field then collapses and all of the frozen Angels fall into the crack. This is enough to seal it, erasing them all from existence. The group escapes to the outside of the temple, and Amy is again able to see - the Angel within her mind never existed, due to the fact it fell into the crack. Confused, Amy asks how it is possible she remembers all of the clerics who seemingly "ceased to exist," but the Doctor informs her that, since they are time travellers, and time has no context in which to work, they can remember them. River, who after completing her mission is about to be teleported back to her cell in space, tells the Doctor she will see him again when the Pandorica opens (unnerving the Doctor, who claims the Pandorica is just a fairy tale), and that the man she killed was the best man she'd ever known. She is teleported back to the penal starship, with the remaining soldiers.
Amy tells the Doctor to take her home. There, she tells him that she is getting married in the morning and tries to seduce him (to which he acts alarmed). He declines to reciprocate and, whilst looking at her bedside digital clock, realises that she is at the centre of all the cracks and that the time explosion which created them occurs today - the day of her wedding, June 26th 2010. He quickly whisks her away in order to try to sort the issue out.
Altogether I thought that this was an amazing 2-parter and I'm really looking forward to River Song's return in the show's series finale............