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Doctor Who 5.04 The Time of Angels.

THAT'S more like it.

That's how you start a two-parter. It actually feels like we got about half the story, and the cliffhanger doesn't feel as forced as some of the other ones have - I'm thinking of the Cyberman two-parter here, as well as Stolen Earth. And it doesn't need a deus-ex-machina fix, we just get to actually find out what the Doctor's plan is. I was glued to this - it was paced nicely, gave everyone enough to do (Amy could easily have been sidelined, but wasn't) and it looked great. I never liked the flying Tardis shots when Davies did them, except the waving-at-Wilf one, but Moffat manages it better. (Actually, if I'm doing references to other SF, the TARDIS rescue of River Song was very reminiscent of a Battlestar ep.) The James Bond stuff at the beginning was odd and blatant, but kind of fun. Could have done without Alex Kingston overacting all over the place, mind you - unless it turns out that's part of River Song's character, which it might well do. I'm getting a Saffron-from-Firefly vibe from her at the moment, combined with possibly-treacherous-Bond-girl.

They managed to keep the Angels scary while extending their power, I suppose - I'll have to rewatch it, or read doctorwho or something, to figure out exactly what was going on with them. The idea that they sort of hypnotise you into thinking you're turning to stone, keeping you still till they catch you, is freaky even if it should have been mentioned last time. And River Song and the Bishop are both being played as dodgy, at the moment. Plenty of places the story could go, including some Atheist Agenda ones.

Plenty of people (including me) will be pleased that the Doctor wasn't shooting at anything alive. But, oh, Stephen Moffat, please not to be killing the two black guys first. It makes me twitch.

Edit: Am I right in thinking River Song needed to be introduced to Amy? So unless they change the River Song timeline somehow, Amy isn't around for long...? And, wait, presumably this was before Silence In The Library for River - did they specify that? TIMEY WIMEY BALL.


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Apr. 24th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
the TARDIS rescue of River Song was very reminiscent of a Battlestar ep.
Well, it's the Heart of Gold rescuing Ford and Arthur before that...
Apr. 24th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ha, true!
Apr. 24th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's before Silence in the Library for River. There she's a professor, here she's a doctor.

And, of course, in Silence she dies.
Apr. 24th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
So unless they change the River Song timeline somehow, Amy isn't around for long...?

Or the Doctor goes off by himself to visit her - I'm sure Amy would wave him off quite cheerfully.
Apr. 25th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
True! I love Amy's independence.
Apr. 25th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
The Doctor-River "out of order" timeline and the diary of spoilers are blatant steals from The Time Traveler's Wife, which if you haven't read it already you ought to. (As an aside, the "taking the slow path" concept from GITFP was, too.)

Even though River has the diary, she seems to be the one keeping it, so for each of them each encounter is an unknown regarding how much the other knows. The "too early in his timeline" bit is interesting because he clearly seems to know her but there's something big he doesn't know and she hasn't been to the library yet so they have no overlap in shared past experiences (no opportunity to say "remember when ...").

Alex Kingston is definitely doing the shouty, 'er indoors persona, maybe a bit too much given the Doctor's dislike of possessiveness, but of course we don't know what her claim to him really is. I like that he pretty much admitted to the future wife thing.

No idea about having to introduce Amy. If she has pictures of all his past selves (that she can never meet), she should have heard about the companions (she'd heard about Donna). But the mixed-up timeline comes into play again and maybe the Doctor keeps some stuff to himself.
Apr. 25th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I have read The Time Traveller's Wife - I didn't actually like it much, but yes, the Doctor/River storyline is a direct steal.

Interesting, that they have this knowledge about each other but not of each other. And I wonder where his knowledge is actually from. This could be really good.
Apr. 26th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
My impression is everything he knows about her he learned in the library. That was quite a bit, though.
Apr. 26th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Well one of other soldiers used to be in Eastenders..hes black..and as for the opening..that was Simon Dutton, who replaced Ian Ogilvy as the Saint! :)
Got really confusing last night as Alex Kingston turned up as a lawyer called Mirander Pond in Law and Order, representing someone who used to be in True Blood..:)
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