Days left till the 50th: 10
Episodes watched: 93
Today’s Episode: Angels take Manhattan
Writer: Stephen Moffat
So I only became a Whovain about a year ago. I’m so thankful that I didn’t watch it sooner, otherwise my totally awesome birthday last year would have become super crappy. Yes, this episode aired on September 29th, and while this episode was airing, I was having the time of my life on a secret bar crawl. This episode is deeply personal for me for that and one other reason… which I shall get into.
So, someone is writing a book, and we meet a detective who goes to investigate these statues that move in the dark and they hang out in an apartment building in Battery Park called “Winter Quay”. He goes and meets and older version of himself, and manages to avoid weeping angels till he gets to the roof top, and meets the Statue of Liberty, which happens to be an angel.
WOAH, hold up a second there… let’s see that shot again.. of the winter quay..
I recognize that sign.. hold on.. its..
OMG! THAT’S MY BROTHER’S APARTMENT COMPLEX!!!! HOLY TARDIS OF GALLIFREY!!! I’m not kidding. It’s only a few exterior shots. However the entrance to Winter Quay is the Mining and Engineering College in Cardiff, as the entrances to all the buildings in Tudor City have green awnings announcing which building is which.
The one thing that took me out of this episode ever since was figuring that out, and knowing that Battery Park is totally on the opposite side of town from Tudor City.
Ok, Back to the story shall we? Oh Right… Credits..
Oh and look a coolish Rainbow of all the credits from these 5 episodes merged together!
So Team Tardis is sitting on a rock in Central Park enjoying a lovely picnic. The Doctor is reading a book aloud about this woman and the Doctor says “Yowzah”, thus prompting this from Rory..
This ticks off Amy, and Rory decides to go grab some coffees, but not before snogging Amy to the Doctor’s disgust. Then the Doctor borrows Amy’s glasses after he notices that she’s wearing them to read. They actually help him read better. I mean he is over 1200 right now.. so eh?
He tears out the last page and puts it in the basket, declaring to Amy how much he hates endings and thus begins reading aloud again, we see Rory heading back to the Rock with coffees. Sadly he meets a little angel that zaps him back to where River is, whenever she is.
Amy and Rory hit a point in the book where River says.. “Hello Dad”. Then they realize that Rory got zapped back in time and is somehow in a book. Thus they need to go rescue him.
This next part interchanges between then and now, as 1938 as Amy finds it in the book, is a difficult year for the Tardis to get to, yet River can get in with the vortex manipulator.
The Doctor needs landing lights, and Rory and River are taken to the same dude’s house that we met in the opening scenes. River mentions Early Chin dynasty china that she sees, thus by getting that info, Amy and the Doctor heads there to send a message on some of the pottery.
Rory is sent to the basement to meet the “babies”, where he is given a box of matches and then gets sent to Winter Quay too.
River “texts” the Doctor landing info, however she meets the weeping angel the man has, and her wrist is forced into the Angel’s hand, locked tight.
At this moment the Doctor arrives…
Knocking out the dude, and as soon as they arrive, Amy goes looking for Rory. The Doctor realizes that he must break River’s wrist to get her out, as Amy read it in the book. River didn’t know about the book, thus they agree that chapter titles is the way to find Rory. The Doctor, who has the book at this point, says he’s in the cellar! YAY! However he peaks at the final chapter.. “Amelia’s Farwell” and goes off into a rage.. as he cannot deal with the idea of losing the Ponds. He yells at River to get her hand out without breaking it.
He then leads Amy out of the cellar, away from the babies, explaining that they are Angels. They head back upstairs and sit on the stairs on the landing debating about what to do, when River comes in and declares that he was NOT sent back in time but sent nearby! The use the device she has and the vortex manipulator to get a lock on the signal. They are about to run outside and steal a car, when the Doctor grabs River’s bad hand, and she winces. He then realized that she did break it and that she lied about not breaking it. He uses some of his regeneration energy to fix it, and she then uses her now healed hand to slap him, and runs outside. Amy follows…
AMY: Okay, why did you lie?
RIVER: Never let him see the damage.
AMY: (goes over to RIVER and puts an arm around her shoulder) Hey. Hey.
RIVER: (turns to AMY) And never, ever, let him see you age. He doesn’t like endings.
We kinda knew about the ending part, but after she said that, the Doctor bursts outside saying that he found a lock, so they head off to Winter Quay… aka Tudor City.. to find Rory.
Meanwhile Rory found his way into the building, and found his room. As he enters and sees himself, everyone else shows up, and the old man there begs for Amy. She goes to him, and he dies, and Rory is massively confused. The Doctor explains how this place is a battery farm using time energy for the Angels, and that he got zapped back in time, and thus he just died, without Amy.
So what does team Tardis decide do to defeat the Angels? Create a paradox of course! So Amy and Rory go first, and head up to the roof where they decide to JUMP OFF MY BROTHER’S APARTMENT BUILDING!
Thus they all ping back to the cemetery, and the Doctor gives Amy and Rory a BIG HUG!
He knows everything is going to be fine, no need for that farewell chapter eh? Off to the pub!!
As they are heading back into the Tardis, Rory notices a gravestone with his name on it. And POOF! He’s Gone! A weeping angel did get him after all!
Amy is devastated and crushed, and decides to have the Angel take her as well..
AMY: No. No, we can just go and get him in the TARDIS. One more paradox.
DOCTOR: Would rip New York apart and I —
AMY: No, that’s not true. I don’t believe you.
RIVER: (tearfully) Mother, it’s true.
With shuddering breaths, AMY walks towards the Angel.
DOCTOR: Amy? What are you doing?
AMY: That gravestone, Rory’s, there’s room for one more name, isn’t there?
DOCTOR: What are you talking about? (heads for the TARDIS and reaches for AMY’S hand as he passes) 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?
DOCTOR: I don’t know. Nobody knows.
AMY: (takes a step closer) But it’s my best shot, yeah?
DOCTOR: (raises his hands in a vain attempt to stop her) No!
Doctor, shut up! Yes, yes, it is!
DOCTOR: Amy —
AMY: Well, then, I just have to blink, right?
AMY: It’ll be fine. I know it will. I’ll — I’ll be with him, like I should be. Me and Rory, together. Melody. (holds her hand out behind her)
DOCTOR: (turns toward RIVER) Stop it! Just — just stop it!
RIVER takes AMY’S hand.
AMY: (crying) You look after him. And you be a good girl and you look after him.
RIVER kisses AMY’S palm.
DOCTOR: You are creating a fixed time. I will never be able to see you again.
AMY: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.
DOCTOR: (crying) Amy, please. Just — Come back into the TARDIS. Come on, Pond, please.
AMY: (sobs) Raggedy man, (turns to the DOCTOR) goodbye. (disappears)
Now just a moment about that gravestone, the ages are the years that Karen and Arthur were born. Karen in 1987 and Arthur in 1982! Cool tidbit… I know you are crying right now right? So..
River and the Doctor are back on the Tardis and the Doctor says he’s sorry, as he realizes she just lost her parents. She mentions the book..
Thus sends the Doctor racing through New York back to that basket where he left the last page..
AMY: (v.o.) Afterword, by Amelia Williams. Hello, old friend.
The DOCTOR sits on one of the park benches lining The Mall.
AMY: (v.o.) And here we are, you and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy.(puts on AMY’S glasses) And, above all else, know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think, once we’re gone, you won’t be coming back here for a while and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. (gives a small smile) She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope.
EXT. AMELIA’S HOUSE, BACK GARDEN, NIGHT
Wearing a warm coat and hat, AMELIA runs to where the TARDIS disappeared, puts her suitcase on the ground, sits on it and waits.
AMY: (v.o.) Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that, if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait 2,000 years to keep her safe.
The DOCTOR runs around the console to work the controls.
AMY: (v.o.) Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived and save a whale in outer space.
EXT. AMELIA’S HOUSE, BACK GARDEN, DAY
AMELIA is still sitting on her suitcase, resting her head on her hand.
AMY: (v.o.) Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond — and this is how it ends.
AMELIA looks up into the air when she hears the TARDIS engines.
So is that the end? HELL NO. Moffat toys with our feelings a bit more with this.. P.S.
Oh and here is the transcript.. (for a few of you that I know need it!)
INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, FRONT HALL, SUNSET
BRIAN is watering the plants. He stops and looks around, taking the emptiness of the house, the absence of AMY and RORY. The doorbell rings. BRIAN opens the door. A man in his mid-60s – ANTHONY – is standing on the doorstep. He is wearing an old-fashioned suit.
ANTHONY: (New York accent) Mr. Brian Williams?
BRIAN: Yes. How did you know I was here? This isn’t my house.
ANTHONY: (holds out a letter) This is for you.
BRIAN: I don’t understand.
The envelope says “Dad”.
ANTHONY: You should read it. I’ll wait. (walks in past a bemused BRIAN)
INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, LOUNGE, SUNSET
BRIAN sits on the sofa and reads the letter.
RORY: (v.o.) Dear Dad. This is the difficult bit. If I’ve got this right, you’re reading this letter a week after we left in the TARDIS. The thing is, we’re not coming back. We’re alive and well and stuck in New York 50 years before I was born. We can’t come home again. I won’t ever see you again and it breaks my heart. I’m so sorry, Dad. I thought about this for years, and I realized there was one thing I could do: I could write to you. Tell you everything about how we lived, how, despite it all, we were happy. But before I do, I need you to know, you are the best dad any son could have had, and for all the times I drove you mad and you drove me mad, and all the times I snapped at you, I’m sorry. I miss everything about you, especially our awkward hugs. I bought a trowel. We have a small yard. I garden. But one more important bit of business: the man who delivered the letter, Anthony, be nice to him ‘cause he’s your grandson.
INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, FRONT HALL, SUNSET
BRIAN walks out into the hall and approaches ANTHONY.
RORY: (v.o.) We finally adopted in 1946. Anthony Brian Williams. He can tell you everything. He’ll have the family albums and I realize having a grandson who is older than you is way beyond weird, but I’m sorry. I love you, Dad. I miss you.
BRIAN stands in front of ANTHONY who holds out his hand.
ANTHONY: How d’you do, sir?
BRIAN, stunned, hugs him.
Lordy, Moffat knows how to pack the punches, as he knows how beloved Brian became after just two episodes with him in this. I do wish it was filmed properly but they couldn’t get the crew together to do it. I’m ok with the storyboards though.
Till Tomorrow.. we are back with a Christmas Special! Hopefully I can clean up all this kleenex I’ve used by then…