CAUTION: this review contains spoilers of last night’s ‘Doctor Who’ episode.
There wasn’t a dry eye in Whovian households last night as fans of ‘Doctor Who’ said goodbye to longtime companions Amy and Rory. And although everyone knew these fan-favorite characters were exiting the series, no one was quite sure how it would happen. Sure, Steven Moffat had mentioned back in March that he meant it when he said that not everyone would make it out alive this time, but these people on the line are Amy and Rory. Amy’s the girl who waited, and Rory has died and come back so many times in the past two seasons, fans expect him to perish at least once every few episodes.
So when Amy and Rory leap to their deaths to create a paradox that would cancel out old Rory’s death and destroy the Weeping Angel’s human energy hotel (just go with the timey wimey here), it was no surprise that all four characters were once again in present-day Manhattan, celebrating their victory. But when one lone Angel manages to survive the paradox explosion and zap Rory back to 1938 New York, it’s with heartbreaking anguish that Amy says good-bye to River and the Doctor and allows herself to be taken, hoping to reunite with Rory.
Although fans weren’t allowed a proper farewell with Rory, Amy Pond’s exit was beautifully written. Amy has always been feisty, passionate and impulsive, so she would immediately decide to be taken. If any Whovians still wondered if Amy possibly loved the Doctor more than Rory, then their question was finally answered last night. It was a poetic ending, a beautiful endorsement of a relationship that has always overcome numerous obstacles.
So what will become of the Doctor now? ‘Doctor Who’ won’t be back until the Christmas Day episode, when he’ll get his new companion. Fans already know that it will be Jenna-Louise Coleman, and they got a sneak peek of her last night in Victorian garb. Her ‘Oswin Oswald’ character was quirky and likable in ‘Asylum of the Daleks,’ so let’s see if she can live up to her promise.
Random episode notes:
· Hello, future plot point: with River noting that she’s been pardoned because the man she was accused of killing never existed, she calls the Doctor out on his latest scheme of erasing himself from history. Where, o where will that lead?
· Speaking of River, the Doctor fixed his hair and checked his breath before exiting the TARDIS when he landed at Grayle’s house. Those two need to travel alone for at least a few episodes. Can you say “Yowzah”?
· Anyone else notice that the gravestone read “Amelia Williams”? What was Moffat implying with that inscription?
· Cherub Angels have now joined the ranks of creepiest villains ever. Not sure how everyone else feels, but even Precious Moments figurines are looking sinister at this point.
· The one hokey part of the episode was probably the Angel Statue of Liberty. But it’s forgivable, since that is such a ‘Doctor Who’ thing to do.