The Angels Take Manhattan… and My Heart

By Courtney Rowan

What an odd feeling to sob during Doctor Who, yet twice in the Moffat era this has happened. Once with Vincent and once when Amy and Rory left to live their lives.

There are SPOILERS from here on out, so either watch the episode or proceed with caution!

I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I was confused. I feel like if I don’t have 3 out of 4 of these emotions each week, I’m not really watching a Matt Smith Who episode.

After we got through that opening sequence, which I should point out seemed to be an awful waste of time seeing as it was the last of The Ponds; how dare you waste screen time, Moffat?! We opened to a pretty relaxing episode of Doctor Who – Amy, Rory and The Doctor, relaxing in Central Park reading papers and books and drinking coffee. We learn The Doctor really doesn’t like endings and that his companions getting older does bother him. What could go wrong? Rory goes to get more coffee and the confusion and heartbreak begins.

What book is the Doctor reading, though (and aloud most of the time, apparently)? Not just any paperback, although no surprise he liked the cover… he’s reading a book by Melody Malone – a private detective with ice in her heart, and a kiss on her lips. Yowza! What sets things off is while the Doctor is reading aloud he notices the author mentions a ‘skinny guy’ who has gone to get coffee for Amy and The Doctor. HUH?

Oh, this is Doctor Who with Stephen Moffat writing, save some ‘Huh?’s’ for later, dear.

Poor Rory is swept back to 1938 by the newest evil breed of angel – a cherub. A baby Weeping Angel. Seriously? I’m already deathly afraid of statues… But, to Rory’s surprise, his daughter is there to rescue him, Dr. River Song, Professor now, naturally.

The timey-wimey elements of this episode were done brilliantly. And I absolutely adored Rory, both old and young. The revelation that it was Rory in that room and the paradox needed to fix it made for a very compelling and dramatic scene for The Ponds. When Amy tells Rory that it is ‘together or not at all’, I was slayed. And adding the humor to Rory’s yet again, death scene, was clever. Finally, an admittance to the audience that Moff gets it.

I have to bring up the Statue of Liberty angel, because well, it was the Statue of Liberty. It was fun and I know why Moffat included her, but I just didn’t buy it and don’t think it worked the way he expected. Of course, that may be a very American thing to say. Perhaps, overseas they don’t realize that that Statue never has a moment when someone isn’t looking at her. Technically, in a city that never sleeps, there is no way in HELL she would be able to traipse around without being noticed. But, it was fun.

Husband – Run, Husband – Shut UP!

I absolutely loved the way River and The Doctor were together this episode. When he fixes his hair and checks his face in the mirror before going to see her, well, it may have been the cutest moment ever on Who. And River’s quote:

“When one’s in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a 12-year-old, one does one’s best to hide the damage.”

I know their relationship is confusing and a bit of a pain point for some fans, but it’s really innocent and endearing. I am curious about the bit with him using his regenerative powers to heal her wrist, either he can do that all the time and just doesn’t unless he REALLY loves someone, or it is something Moffat is going to have to explain. Good on River for yelling at him for it. I’m filing this under ‘things that make me yell Moffat with my fist defiantly in the air’.

Now, for the sadness

So, the paradox trick works. And can I just say that the cinematography while Amy and Rory are falling was absolutely beautiful. That shot of Amy’s red hair streaming around above her while they fell from grace made a huge impression on me. That is the scene that I will go back to when I think of Amy and Rory.

The real sadness (and my inevitable sobs) begins when they are in the graveyard and I see Rory’s name on that gravestone. I realize that his death is fixed. It was there before. It is there again. And then, here comes that stupid left over Angel to send Rory to his eventual death. Oh, Amy! I’m sorry, Amelia. I’m so sorry. (nice Tennant nod there!).

Then this:

Amy: That gravestone, Rory’s, there’s room for one more name, isn’t there?
The Doctor: What are you talking about? Back away from the Angel. Come back to the TARDIS. We’ll figure something out.
Amy: The Angel – would it send me back to the same time, to him?
The Doctor: I don’t know. Nobody knows.
Amy: But it’s my best shot, yeah?
The Doctor: No!
River: Doctor, shut up! Yes! Yes, it is!
The Doctor: Amy…
Amy: Well, then. I just have to blink, right?
The Doctor: No!
Amy: It’ll be fine. I know it will. I’ll- I’ll- I’ll be with him, like I should be. Me and Rory together. Melody?
The Doctor: Stop it! Just- Just stop it!
Amy: You look after him, and you be a good girl, and you look after him.
The Doctor: You are creating fixed time. I will never be able to see you again!
Amy: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.
The Doctor: Amy, please, just come back into the TARDIS. Come along, Pond, please.
Amy: Raggedy man, goodbye!
The Doctor: No! [Sobbing]

And then this:

The Afterword.

“Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.”

And then, we’re left with this… The Doctor and River.  Always, there will be The Doctor and River.

“Whenever and wherever you want.”

 

The Doctor will return Christmas Day. Here’s the teaser:

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Doctor Who Episode 6.10 Review: “The Girl Who Waited”

By Courtney Rowan

Sorry for the delay on this one, I got a week behind on viewing duties (which sucked, btw) and am finally caught up on all things Who, so here’s my thoughts on…

The Girl Who Waited

This episode took a turn that I was not expecting.  Emotion.  This was Series 6’s Vincent And The Doctor in the way that I was thoroughly affected by the sentiment.  I’ve only cried twice while watching Doctor Who, which in itself is a bit weird, and both were with 11.

At first when Amy (Karen Gillan) got trapped on the other side of things, I expected some timey-wimey stuff in regarding how she was already there a week in Rory (Arthur Darvill) and The Doctor’s 10 minutes, but this really took a turn.  It went from science fiction time travel story to an extreme emotional bout between Rory and the versions of Amy whom he loves so much, and with that – the morality of the situation.

The cinematography in this episode was striking.  The stark white of the initial world against the landscape on the garden was breathtaking, very Wonderland-ish.  And I  loved seeing both Amy’s side by side through the looking-glass, as it were.  The conversation between them was absolutely brilliant and yet haunting.  There are so many quotes from just that one interaction of which my favorite must be:

Older Amy: “You’re asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself, for a boy.”

Amy: “You’re Amy — he’s Rory. Oh, yes I am.”

Ultimately though, this episode has to come to the decision by Rory to keep one and let the other perish.  Even after the Doctor states that he can (or the TARDIS, really) handle the double Amy paradox, this just cannot be allowed.  (The Doctor lies, after all).  Poignant was Rory’s angry pitch to The Doctor, “”This isn’t fair, you’re turning me into you.”


I dare you to say that you did not at least have a tear in your eye at that last interaction between older Amy and Rory.

Older Amy: The look on your face when you carried her. Me. Her. When you carried her away. You used to look at me like that. I’d forgotten how much you loved me. I’d forgotten how much I loved being her. Amy Pond in the TARDIS — with Rory Williams.

Rory: I’m sorry I can’t do this.

Older Amy: If you love me, don’t let me in. Open that door, I will — I’ll come in. I don’t want to die. I won’t bow out bravely — I’ll be kicking, screaming, fighting — to the end.

Rory: Amy, I love you.

Older Amy: I love you, too. Don’t let me in. Tell Amy, your Amy: I’m giving her the days — the days with you, the days to come, the days I can’t have. Take them please. I’m giving my days.

SLAYED.  Again, I dare you.  Good on you, Tom MaCrae.  Beautifully scripted.

A few other points to be made about this episode is that it didn’t lack the humor, albeit it was more scarce given the heart of the episode.  The thought of Rory balancing the two Amy’s in itself was rather amusing and of course the Doctor’s response to Rory’s ability to handle them both – “I don’t know, it is your marriage!”

Another thing I have to address is that Karen Gillan acted her ass off.  From the way she carried her older self to the slight change in her voice.  However, she was still our Amy, just a bit more pissed off.  It’s the best I’ve seen her yet.  And of course, the raw emotion.  I completely saw her as another character, not just another Amy.  That’s a huge feat for an actor.  I was immersed in the new world she had to create to survive 36 years.

All in all, an overall 8 out of 10 for this episode.  A wonderful look into the depth of the characters we’ve watched parade in front of us over the past couple years and a really amazing acting turnout for both Karen and Arthur.

Now, onward to “The God Complex”!