‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ is a beautiful tale for ‘Doctor Who’

"Dr. Who" - Press Line - Comic-Con International 2012
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 15: Actors Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill attend “Dr. Who” Press Line during Comic-Con International 2012 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on July 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

By, Heather Maloney

Rating: ♥♥♥♥Θ

The end of a tale has finally arrived. Though the end of Amy and Rory was announced many months ago, the finality of it has become almost too much to bare. Whovians throughout the world spent Saturday night sobbing quietly in front of their television sets not being able to believe the heartbreak they were witnessing on the screen. While there are a few plot holes, writer Steven Moffat and director Nick Hurran effortlessly weave a fitting end to immensely popular characters.

Warning: Spoilers ahead

The weeping angels are one of the most terrifying villains in the “Doctor Who” universe. While many great episodes have included the angels, few have used them in such an intricate and terrifying manner. In “The Angels Take Manhattan” they have been able to concoct a brilliant scheme; allow a person to watch their death from old age, send them back in time and imprison them in the hotel for all of their years to ensure their death comes to fruition. This hotel allows the angels to feed off of the potential time stolen from their victims without having to chase their prey.

The first plot hole is in regard to the Statue of Liberty being a weeping angel. While this is an amazing story telling device, there are a few previous rules that would make it impossible. While all of the other angels that have been seen are made of stone, Liberty is made of copper and iron. In addition, weeping angels cannot move if they are being watched. How would a 305 foot statue travel from Liberty Island to Battery Park without one single soul in New York witnessing it? Amazing as the concept seems, if the Statue of Liberty was an angel, then the French would have imprisoned it in New York since it is the one place that at least one person would be looking at it during all hours. Furthermore, anything that takes the image of an angel is also an angel. This would mean that every tourist’s photo, statue and even text books would all contain an angel. This can be explained with the idea that an angel replaced Liberty for a short period of time, however this idea would not be able to explain how she travelled with no witnesses.

The second major plot hole was that River can contact Amy and Rory to have the book published, but the Doctor cannot. While this may be easily explained that River’s vortex manipulator could travel backward to see them without causing a paradox while the TARDIS cannot, what would keep the Doctor from visiting them the same way?

Matt Smith, Karen Gillian, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston are breathtakingly beautiful in this episode. Their ability to work as an ensemble, yet draw the viewer in to every word explains why “Doctor Who” has become immensely popular in the United States. Not only is the writing and direction amazing, the acting is some of the best on television.

Even though there are a few plot holes that will allow many critical fans to explain away this episode, most Whovians will agree that it is a beautiful, scary and heartbreaking story that is a fitting farewell to the girl who waited and the lonely centurion.


Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at doctorwhoheather@gmail.com. http://www.examiner.com/user-doctorwhoheather

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