Doctor Who on BBC America last episode until the Christmas special had it all; adventure, creepy story line, and drama, the kind that makes you weep at the ending, because you didn’t want it to end.
The story starts back in the 30’s where a detective is taking a job from a collector named Grayle, who sends the detective to a building with doors that open magically, an elevator that appears, and the most horrible thing happens to the detective when he realizes that this may not be a good place to be. He tries to run, only there is no escape as he comes face to face with statue of Liberty.
Next we see Amy, Rory and The Doctor in Central Park, in 2012 enjoying the day, as Amy interrupts the Doctor who is reading out loud and asks him to be quiet. Rory, always the peace keeper, goes off to get coffee, except he never makes it back. While he is gone, the Doctor foreshadows the episode by tearing out the last page of the book, because he hates endings.
The Doctor, still reading out loud all of sudden comes across a passage where it says that Rory went to get coffee, and instantly the Doctor knows something is not right. He and Amy go to the Tardis, as they find out through the book that Rory is actually in the year 1938. When the Doctor tries to go there, he is kicked to modern New York, not where they started but in a graveyard.
Meanwhile Rory is reunited with River, who are both taken to Grayle. Rory is put in a basement with cherubs who of course zap him to the same place the Detective went. As he is going through the same thing as the detective, River is talking to Grayle about the statues. At the same time, the Doctor and Amy realize that the book is clue and while not trying to read too far ahead (which Amy did and it made the Doctor get all out of sorts, because once something is read aloud then it becomes a fixed point in time, therefore can’t be undone) and they are able to find a way into Manhattan 1938.
They find Rory, yet, the Doctor realizes too late, that the building they are in is a Weeping Angels farm, where they zap a person back in time, only to hold them in the building for the rest of their days, where the Angels can eat to their heart’s content. Not wanting to die alone, Rory attempts to kill himself to cause a time paradox, but Amy refuses to let him go, and they end up jumping off the building together, thereby causing the paradox to kill the Angels.
They end up back in the graveyard, and as they are about to leave, Rory just so happens to read his name on a headstone, and as they all turn around, Rory is zapped by an Angel. Amy, refusing to lose Rory, takes her eyes off the Angel, and is zapped back with him. Both River and the Doctor read the headstone, which now shows Amy’s name. The Doctor is nearly undone, but River advises him to not travel alone. She also will have a chance to go back, to write the book that started them on this journey, and she told the Doctor that she will make sure Amy will have a few words left for the Doctor, which he found. It was both touching and heartbreaking to hear the final words of one Amelia Pond.
This last episode of the Amy and Rory as the companions was really a tear-filled episode. If you did not at least tear up during the final scene with Amy saying her last good bye to the Doctor, and his own teary begging for her not to go, then you are not human. Ok joking aside, this is I think Matt Smith’s finest Doctor Who moment.
I never expected to cry like I did, because as companions go, Amy and Rory were just ok to me, yet, this episode brought everything home for me. Amy was special, very special to the Doctor, and Rory who started as a tag along, yet came into his own, and who together created their own human Time Lord. They had many adventures with the Doctor, and the Doctor grew to love them, and in his mind, a man who hates endings, had to say goodbye in such a way, because he can never see them again.
Moffat wrote the perfect ending. It was sad. It was beautiful. It was also happy. Think about it. Amy and Rory got to live, truly live and all without the influence of the Doctor. They had their happy ending. For the Doctor, as a being that can live such a long time, he has had to time and again, see his companions leave him in a variety of ways, yet he really can’t be alone, the last of of his kind. The last shot of a young Amelia Pond, was just absolutely touching.
Saying goodbye to the Ponds was hard, but the Doctor won’t be alone for long. And that is a good thing.
Overall this was the best episode of season 7 hands down. It brought back the Angels in a new way, one that was just plain creepy. It also brought back River, which could mean anything. She did mention something interesting about the Doctor. She was pardoned from prison, because the man she supposedly killed never existed. Could this be because of Oswin deleting the Doctor not only took him out of the Dalek database, but all databases throughout time and history? Is such a thing possible? I feel that this nugget of info has been kind of thrown out there in the episodes this year, but knowing Moffat, I am sure there will be something later on in the series that will make all of our jaws drop.
And one last thing, when the Doctor gave some of his regeneration power back to River to heal her hand, could this mean something? Or nothing at all? Is it because she gave him all of her regenerations that he was able to give her some of his? When we first meet River in the Library episode arc, she is killed and reborn so to speak as computer code. So maybe this means nothing. But regardless I am very curious to see how all of this will play out.
I give this episode 5 stars. What did you think?
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