Rate & Discuss: The Time of Angels

April 24th, 2010
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

Don’t blink - the Weeping Angels return and the Doctor is recruited by Father Octavian to track the last of the statues through the terrifying Maze of the Dead. Meanwhile, the enigmatic River Song re-enters the Doctor’s life - but can he trust her?

After last week’s eventful encounter with the Daleks, it was full steam ahead for the Doctor and Amy tonight as they continued their epic adventure across the stars! 

There were yet more blasts from the pasts in store for the Time Lord, first from the enigmatic River Song, played by returning guest star Alex Kingston (Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead), and then in the form of the terrifying Weeping Angels, who were, of course, first introduced to the Whoniverse in the Series 3 classic, Blink.

As promised by various members of the cast and crew (and we completely agree with you all!), the Lonely Assasins were even more creepy this time round, and the elusive Maze of the Dead was the perfect backdrop for the statues. But what did YOU think?

Showrunner Steven Moffat has described the highly-anticipated episode as ‘an absolute belter’, but do you agree with his claim? There’s no denying that the reappearances of River and the Angels came hand in hand with a TARDIS full of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey goodness, but was all the drama too much to get your head around? What did you make of tonight’s tantalizing cliffhanger, and what are you hopes for part two?

Post your episode thoughts as a comment on this discussion article and share your views now! As always, you can also give the episode a rating out of 5 and don’t forget to vote on the poll on the homepage. Happy discussing! Oh, and don’t bli-

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31 comments on this article
  1. TWWL
    April 25th, 2010 at 11.17am | #1

    Anyone who wants too can email a complaint direct to the BBC here:


  2. The9th10th11th12thDoctor
    April 25th, 2010 at 11.58am | #2

    Darn it! Im sure this episode was good, but I honestly have no idea what happened because the music was so loud it drowned everyones voices out. TURN THE STUPID MUSIC DOWN!

  3. Mr17
    April 25th, 2010 at 12.23pm | #3

    I would encourage those who feel strongly to complain, it literally takes 2 minutes- thank you TWWL for the link above- some of you may feel it doesn’t really matter but maybe it’s the thin end of the wedge and we need only to look at certain American networks to see just how bad branding and advertising can get.

  4. Tom Beasley
    April 25th, 2010 at 12.48pm | #4

    I was left fairly disappointed by it if I’m honest. The Angels were tremendously creepy (especially the TV one) and I think the Maze of the Dead was an excellent idea.

    However, I feel that the episode was far too busy setting up all the strands for next week that it forgot to be good on its own.

  5. JC
    April 25th, 2010 at 2.10pm | #5

    I’ve sent a complaint to the BBC via the link TWWL provided. To be honest, it wasn’t a massive deal to me, though I did think it was an unwarranted interuption so I’ve added my voice.

  6. TSG
    April 25th, 2010 at 2.55pm | #6

    Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Best yet, and River is brilliant. And did I mishear, or did she say “I don’t want to go back to prison?” when Father Octavian told her not to let the Doctor know who she was? Gosh, who the hell is she???? I wonder just how much will be resolved next week.

  7. Revenant
    April 25th, 2010 at 4.12pm | #7

    … I’m starting to think River is a con artist, and she stole that diary from somewhere. An extremely clever con artist. Finding a way to have the Doctor at your beck and call is a pretty handy tool to have.

    I’m also guessing that her re-appearance in the season finale will be the first time she meets the doctor. IF she is using the diary to “landmark” the Doctors travels, SHE needn’t have been involved, perhaps she’s inserting herself into these events by reading them in the diary.

    This episode was easily the best of the season, and up therw with the best so far, can’t wait for the conclusion.

  8. TE
    April 26th, 2010 at 12.34am | #8

    For me, it wasn’t a case of the music being to loud because it never is. But every episode this series, so far, has had moments where the audio fades briefly – but it’s not a brief technological fault: it’s an editing fault with the actual episode.

    Take The Time of Angels, for example: the final scene underneath the Byzantium had more than one moment where the audio would become quiet and you could hardly hear the dialogue or the music or the SFX. Same thing happens in Victory when the first of the three Daleks shows itself. Same thing in The Beast Below after Mandy says “Below” to Amy. It’s getting a bit ridiculous now…

  9. The9th10th11th12thDoctor
    April 29th, 2010 at 1.34pm | #9

    Haven’t noticed that. Just rewatched the episode on iPlayer and loved it, and understood every word they said. But I honestly couldn’t here a thing when it was on TV, so maybe its just my television thats wrong and not the show.

  10. dorian
    April 30th, 2010 at 2.15pm | #10

    Revenant wrote I’m also guessing that her re-appearance in the season finale will be the first time she meets the doctor.

    I think if I rember from the early part of the show she said that he was not her doctor, which to me and I could be wrong here means that the 11th doctor matt’s doctor is not the one she knows so well she also said if I am right she said that the doctors are comeing but in the wrong order.

    I think it is a great idear of Revenant that she stole the diary would fit her, never liked her at all when we first saw her in the libary.

    Yes this episode was one of the best so far and much more intresting than blink ever was this episode has the doctor were he should be fighting them instead of on a cd.

  11. bradley
    May 21st, 2010 at 8.05pm | #11

    its f*** i tell you

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