So, Moffatt’s first two-parter as show-runner, Weeping Angels and all, comes to an end after last week’s The Time of Angels.
Was it as satisfying as The Doctor Dances or as incomprehensible as, er, most of the other concluding episodes of two-parters?
The eeriness of the antagonists and the setting was superb, with Amy’s counting down from ten (‘for fun’); Octavian’s imminent death; the Doctor getting literally collared; and the eventual moving Angels all wonderfully realised Who-ish moments.
The arc. I haven’t worked out what the crack is all about, or what River Song has to do with it, or whether there were two separate Doctors roaming about on the Byzantium – but it’s already shaping up to be fascinating, and I expect a typically rigourous conclusion by Moffatt.
Acting. All of the cast were superb, particularly the regulars. Gillan’s ‘countdown’ scenes were played well and really gave the story a nasty, frightening edge. And Iain Glen made a role that could have been perfunctory a believable character
Direction. I’m reaching a bit here, but I found quite a few lines delivered in a really odd way, particularly by Alex Kingston, who is usually fine. And I never thought the threat of the Angels – that they move when not viewed – was communicated that well by the ultra-snappy editing. No howlers though.
Amy gets sexy. While I like the idea of Karen Gillan getting all hot and bothered, it seemed a bit off-kilter with her character and the dynamic between Amy and the Doctor so far. I’ve seen it argued that this scene was a massive two fingers up to the emo-ness of RTD and Ten and Rose and Martha, but I’d really enjoyed the lack of emotional wankery so far in this season. Their relationship seemed complicated, yet fairly believable – it now risks being reduced to another ‘companion hot for the Doctor’ thing.
That’s about it, a fine two-parter that really stamped Moffatt and the leads and the new direction of the new series on Doctor Who
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