Loving Angels Instead

So, back on Monday I had a quick retrospective look at Mark Gatiss’ Dalek story with the full intention of returning on Tuesday to share thoughts about the next episode. Erroneously at the time and for reasons best not dwelt upon, my addled brain thought that the next episode in question was the Silurian two-parter whereas it was, of course, the Angel two-parter. However, I was distracted by the Radio Times on Tuesday and a combination of work, football and the pub meant that Wednesday’s blog was limited to the experimental embedding of two new videos from the Doctor Who website. So, here we are on Thursday night and I get to cast an eye over a whole three episodes of the rewatch. I have been watching the episodes you see, it’s just I haven’t been blogging about them. This entry will just cover the Angel two-parter, and I’ll try and come back tomorrow night to talk about both “Vampires of Venice” and “Amy’s Choice”

So, let’s talk about 2010’s first two-parter, “Time of the Angels” and “Flesh and Stone”. When I first watched these episodes I loved ’em. It was everything that Steven Moffat’s new Who should be: sassy, funny, scary, clever and entertaining. I’ve seen it a few times since and it never fails to delight. Aside from the big, Angelic story elements, we do get more insight in to the Doctor’s uniquely wibbly-wobbly relationship with River. The little touches that litter the dialogue between them are a delight and the possible consequences for next week’s return of River are nowt but speculation. However, I do reckon, in terms of wrapping the story up neatly, that the Doctor’s last meeting with River will be her first meeting with him to mirror the events of the “Silence in the Library” and we also know that “Silence will fall”, so I wonder whether the library has anything to do with it too? There’s a big role for Amy here too. Getting up close and personal with the projected Angel early on affects her for the rest of the story till she pushes her relationship with the Doctor one step too far in the final scene. I also like the way that the arc-story with the cracks in the universe takes big steps forward in this tale. Rather than just liberally spread references through the series (a la Torchwood and Bad Wolf), we actually get progress and more information and something new to worry about. The Moff does this stuff so well. To wit, the section where the Doctor from the future (although unbeknownst to most of the viewer on first showing) pops up in this story to give Amy some much needed advice for the post-Pandorica scenario still to be played out. So, what do you we can learn from the Angels story about what Series Six holds?

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