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Doctor Who night [Oct. 11th, 2012|10:54 pm]
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The Angels take Manhattan... Then they take Berlin, presumably. Not that I ever noticed anything from Berlin in this episode...

"You have got to be kidding me."

"I hate endings." More foreshadowing no doubt.

"He went to get coffee and ended up in a book. How did that happen?" "We're in New York."

"(No Signal)"

"What was that?" "1938. We just bounced off it."

Rory's headstone. That's not just foreshadowing, that's labouring the point.

"Melody Malone. The detective who investigates angels."

"Get your wrist out without breaking it." "How?" "I don't know. Just do it. Change the future!"

"You changed the future!" "It's called 'marriage', honey."

"... I'm sorry, Rory, but you just died."

"What have we got?" "I won't let them take him. That's what we've got."

"I always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. I guess she got impatient."

This is the first Moffat-scripted episode for a while and it shows that he's been saving up the good stuff. The Statue-of-Liberty-as-an-angel is going to be one of the iconic Who images for a while now... And of course, with this whole what-bears-the-image-of-an-angel-becomes-an-angel business, just imagine how many of the hundreds of millions of 1950s American three cent stamps with the Statue of Liberty on them are going to become tiny little Angels...

Rory and Amy's leaving of the show was well played too. In particular that it was Amy's choice to leave and that it's strongly hinted that Amy and Rory keep living on their own terms in the future (for values of 'future' which probably begin some time around 1890).

In fact about the only wrong note tonight was that those blasted cigarette ads are back again.

... And in a much delayed afterthought, something makes me think that this story is going to have repercussions, even though Amy and Rory won't be around to be troubled by it. A common theme running through anything in the Doctor Who canon is that time paradoxes are seriously bad mojo. This is why things went so haywire in Father's Day, and why the Monk was much more of a threat than the trickster he seemed to be. So the Doctor (well, Amy and Rory, but you just know the Doctor's going to get blamed for it) is going to have seriously pissed off a lot of Weeping Angels by causing a paradox that imploded their nice little racket.
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[User Picture]From: foenix
2012-10-12 01:21 am (UTC)
I really liked their workaround on fixed points in time. It's always going to be a bit dodgy, but I really like the concept of the future being fluid...until you know what the future is. That makes some level of *sense* to me, it's SOME sort of rule to hang my hat on, even if the logic falls apart upon inspection.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2012-10-12 07:53 am (UTC)
I get the impression that the Doctor is finding himself having to figure out a new set of rules for dealing with time, since the Time Lords have been gone long enough he's regenerated at least twice. Any of the classic-series Doctors would have been livid hearing Rory's suggestion of creating a paradox - and not out of concern for Rory either.
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[User Picture]From: intheologus
2012-10-12 07:29 am (UTC)
Do you think anyone is going to tell Brian that Rory and Amy are not coming back. He's left watering the plants!
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2012-10-12 07:49 am (UTC)
This is the man who spent a year happily monitoring the world's most boring Rubik's Cube because it gave him something to do. There's an even chance it would be kinder to not let him know they're not coming back, and just keep on watering their plants.
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[User Picture]From: foenix
2012-10-12 07:52 am (UTC)
A scene was written just for that, but not filmed. They're going to be providing a storyboarded version, with provided voices, I *think* sometime later today.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2012-10-12 08:03 am (UTC)
... So a Doctor who really hates endings is going to try explaining to Brian that Rory and Amy have decided to settle down in late 19th century New York? What could possibly go wrong?
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