I have many excuses for why this is late. For one thing, I was watching The Avengers and getting smashed on Saturday night. For another thing, I have a lot of feels to parse through. Hit the jump to find out what those feels are.
First of all, let’s get the things I liked out of the way (It’s a short list…):
The beginning scene was really scary and well-done, I thought.
I liked that River was in it in a non-“OMG! She is a huge plot twist of epic magnitude” Season 6 way. She was good in this and I’m glad she was there to say goodbye to the Ponds.
I liked the Doctor wearing Amy’s silly glasses, and even though he is silly-looking enough as it is, I wish he’d have stuck with them. He sees better, and it’d be a cool/sad constant tribute to the Ponds and his loss.
Although, yes, it was touching and heartbreaking, I am glad the Ponds are gone. I would love to have a bit of River/Doctor flirtily traveling together, and I am looking forward to seeing if Moffat can and will mop up the Oswin business that had we Whovians all aflutter a month-ish ago.
Things I didn’t like:
Killing the Ponds, bringing them back, and then killing them again. The rooftop scene was by no means perfect, but that would have been a good and heartbreaking ending for the Ponds. And it would have been ballsy to actually kill a companion or two in a permanent way—can we talk about the fact that Rory died three times in this episode? None have died yet in new Who. Bringing them back just to drag out the depressingness was in poor form in literary terms and is also just a dick move in general. And it’s way more sad if Amy and Rory die sacrificing themselves for each other than if they die… of old age happily in each other’s arms, just never seeing the Doctor again.
The continuity errors, lord, the continuity errors. Just because this show is constantly rebooting the universe and switching timelines and losing bits through metaphysical cracks doesn’t mean the most basic rules can change.
“Blink” gave us one set of rules for how the Angels worked; “Time of the Angels”/”Flesh and Stone” gave us a whole different set, and this tried to mush them together with limited success. Why could that Angel take Amy when the Doctor and River were looking at it? Why aren’t Angels killing every person who looks away from a Statue of Liberty postcard? The Angel biology is enormously confused and they’ve only really been in four episodes. The Daleks have been in fifty years’ worth of Who and they have barely changed as much as the Angels.
And monsters aside, what’s with the Doctor healing River with regeneration energy? Can he just… do that? He is not magic or God; alien biology needs to have some limits to maintain believability. Otherwise you get into Superman territory—first he has super strength, then he can fly, then he’s physically invulnerable, then he can shoot eye lasers, then he has x-ray vision… like, seriously, stop while you’re ahead, Moffat.
Also, the TARDIS can’t go back into 1938 New York because of reasons, but can’t it go to literally any other place on Earth in 1938 and then whoever’s inside can fly, walk, bike, take a dirigible, etc., into NYC from there?
Anyway, I would very much like a title for the Christmas episode (and more than ten seconds of preview, if we’re feeling generous.)
What did everyone else think of this episode?