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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30 comments on this article
  1. Sam
    April 24th, 2010 at 7.06pm | #1

    Loved it- the Weeping Angels were amazingly scarier than last time, great to see River Song back and well, all I can say is roll on Flesh and Stone!! :D

  2. Tom Versey
    April 24th, 2010 at 7.13pm | #2

    It was an epic Cliffhanger! And I just loved seeing River return!

  3. David
    April 24th, 2010 at 7.22pm | #3

    Excellent episode, easily one of the best since 2005. “Genius” is thrown around too easily these days but Steven Moffat truly is, he has a perfect sense of the macabre. There were so many clever moments during this.

    Alex Kingston was great, and Matt is now showing signs of brilliance.

    Can’t wait for the concluding ep.

  4. Steve
    April 24th, 2010 at 7.47pm | #4

    Sexy bishops, camp heroin, very scary angels and amy!!
    This episode was amazing, edge of the seat stuff. Loved it.
    Ony thing is, I am already getting bored of Amy!!!

  5. TWWL
    April 24th, 2010 at 7.57pm | #5

    Outstanding episode; the best of the series so far. I’m absolutely buzzing; that was so amazing! Moffat turning it up to eleven!!

  6. JC
    April 24th, 2010 at 7.58pm | #6

    Yeah, a nice recovery. Victory of The Daleks last week was a weak link in the chain in my opinion, but tonight pulled it enough back into line for me.

    Get the bad out of the way first. I didn’t like how well River piloted the Tardis and I for one hope the Doctor keeps the stablisers off and leaves the brakes on. I’m not too sure about how long they’re going to keep River Song going, she knows a future Doctor but if it’s not the 11th, surely they’re gonna have problems with Alex Kingston looking older than she did when she died with the 10th Doctor.

    That’s all I didn’t like. I do like the newer aspects of the Weeping Angels, how they break peoples necks and how their bodies can decay over long periods of time. I found it really satisfying that I guessed something right, as a few people I know were considering not watching Season 5 because the Doctor fired a gun, but I knew he would be firing at something rather than someone, so that was satisfying. As for Amy, I don’t know, I quite like her…….I do agree there’s something different between her and the other three companions the Doctor has had in the Revived series, but she doesn’t bother me at all, Karen’s good.

    A very good episode overall though, which was left on a good cliffhanger, this kind of story could only be a two parter. Yes, last week was a blip but they’re steering back on course now, so I’m hoping they’ll keep it up.

    Looking forward to next week.

  7. TWWL
    April 24th, 2010 at 8.01pm | #7

    From the teaser, it looks like those cracks will be adressed agin next episode, rather than just glimpsed.

  8. Shane
    April 24th, 2010 at 8.05pm | #8

    A brilliant episode after last week mediocre outing.
    The Weeping angels en masse. Very scary
    And like TWWL mentioned they seem to be about to tell us more about the story arc.
    Can’t wait

  9. TWWL
    April 24th, 2010 at 8.10pm | #9

    Wouldn’t it be great if most stories were two parters? And written by Steven Moffat?

  10. Leigh
    April 24th, 2010 at 8.34pm | #10

    A brilliant episode, but has created quite a few questions…who is Riversong really? Towards the beginning the Bishop said “you haven’t told him who you really are” – so who is she? Also, we know from silence in the library that she knows the doctor already in this regeneration, even before she starts calling him sweetie…is this the doctor she first meets? so exciting, can’t wait for this series to develop…something big is going to happen…

  11. Whoniversal
    April 24th, 2010 at 9.46pm | #11

    Aboslutely gobsmacking. Gorgeous visuals, loved the banter and the reappearances of River Song. Thought the Weeping Angels were stunning, and next week’s episode looks rather intriguing indeed. To me, the best episode of this series.

    And is it just me or does anyone else find it extremely cute when the Doctor calls Amy ‘Pond’? :D

  12. Chris
    April 24th, 2010 at 9.52pm | #12

    Loved it. Found it ridiculously creepy all the way through particularly the Angel Bob and stone Amy stuff.

    This is why I love the Moff.

  13. TE
    April 24th, 2010 at 11.30pm | #13

    Loved it! Admittedly, that was a fantastic plot twist with the “eyes” thing, especially its effect on Amy (poor Amy!).

    Regarding the cracks: I was rather hoping for a crack of light on a Weeping Angel considering how they’re the perfect vessel for one, like Amy’s unfortunately the perfect vessel for an Angel. But, I have a feeling that the crack on the Byzantium in Flesh and Stone won’t actually be that important. It’ll probably be the Doctor thinking it’s something, thinking he’s right, going on through Episodes Six to Eleven while a crack may appear in Episode Eight or Nine, before the point of the cracks is addressed somewhere near the end of Episode Eleven or the start of Episode Twelve, before the series arc finally reappears in Episode Twelve.

    Weeping Angels are now finally scary. In Blink, they were comic relief rather than villainous. But, now that they have a revenge plan, they actually have a purpose and can actually be thrilling.

  14. e.p
    April 25th, 2010 at 1.34am | #14

    So bloody good! Loved it, loved it, loved it
    Am already going crazy waiting for next Saturday

    Moffat has finally lived up to our expectations. I can only hope the rest of series 5 is just as fantastic!

  15. JC
    April 25th, 2010 at 2.01am | #15

    I forgot to say that I like what seems to be happening to Amy, as bad as it is. The fact the preview of next week insists she keep her eyes closed seems she’ll get to the point where being seen will cause her to turn to stone, like the Weeping Angels………it’s a relief this episode was as good as it was.

  16. e.p
    April 25th, 2010 at 2.07am | #16

    (sorry to post again, but I felt the need to share this with Whoviannet)
    Because I’m the DW fanatic that I am, I was just watching Silence in the Library… and River Song asks the Doctor if they’ve done “the crash of the Byzantium yet”. Moffat is even cleverer than we thought!

  17. Professor Zed
    April 25th, 2010 at 7.20am | #17

    A really good episode! (Nice comeback after the “Victory” fiasco last week.) Question: I thought the Angels made their victims “live their lives to death”. Why did the Angel snap the necks of the soldiers? Shouldn’t the Angel have zapped the soldiers’ life force, sending them to live in the past like what happened to the victims in “Blink”? I’m a bit confused there. Lots of fun stuff with River, and “Mr. Grumpy Face” was hysterical!

  18. docandk9
    April 25th, 2010 at 9.13am | #18

    An amazing episode! Loving the plot around Amy, she’s turning to stone! What let it down was that trailer ran during the cliffhanger for over the rainbow, the animate Graham Norton ruined it!

  19. Ash
    April 25th, 2010 at 10.54am | #19

    A very good episode, Imensley entertaining!!!! Could’nt have asked for more (Maybe part 2 straight after ;) , Roll on next Saturday!!! :) :)

  20. Mark
    April 25th, 2010 at 11.13am | #20

    Could someone arrange for the idiots who ruined the episode for so many people by sticking a cartoon Graham Norton over the picture at the end of the episode to be shot? This was a pathetic and stupid thing to do, if two million people switch off after Doctor Who that is because they don’t want to watch the following show, don’t ruin Doctor Who for millions! Unless people complain they will keep doing this.

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