I feel like I’ve been constantly moaning about the state of [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] since the [[Doctor Who Series 5|fifth series]] began. How long can this go on? Picking holes in the plot and being generally disgruntled?
Well, after I watched Flesh and Stone earlier this evening, I caught some comments on Twitter. Either I’m totally out of sync with the rest of the viewing public, or some people still have a case of Emperor’s New Clothes with regard to the new series. Or should that be Emperor’s New Tweeds?
So, I decided to rewatch the episode and say only positive things about it. Even if there are glaring errors. Because I want to love this series again, but I feel it’s slipping away from me.
- Daring escapes! The Doctor shoots out the lights, everybody jumps and the gravity field pulls everyone to the safety of the spaceship above. And nobody even smacked their head on the spacecraft’s underside! Hoorah for intelligent gravity systems!
- Forest in a spaceship. An oxygen factory. “A forest in a bottle in a spaceship in a maze. Have I impressed you yet, Amy Pond?” Treeborgs, the answer to tomorrow’s oxygen needs…today.
- Dumb humour: The Doctor tricks Angel Bob: “I made him say ‘comfy chairs’.” I love Angel Bob’s slightly droll voice and The Doctor’s insensitive comments to him: “Get a life Bob”
- The Angels starting to move. We see them briefly when they catch The Doctor by his jacket, and even more when Amy falls in the forest.
- The Doctor’s inability to filter his thoughts as he tells Amy: “You’re dying.” River Song: “Doctor!” Doctor: “Yes, you’re right. If we lie to her she’ll get all better.” And then: “As long as our eyes are open they can climb inside. There’s an Angel in her mind.”
- Companion-ship: That moment of tenderness between him and Amy in the forest where he tells her to trust him, then kisses her on the forehead.
- Octavian’s Sacrifice: When an Angel takes him from behind (fnar fnar!), Octavian realises that his days are numbered. He accepts his fate with dignity and it’s a great moment between The Doctor and the Bishop.
- River Song spoilers: “You can’t trust her. River Song. You think you know her but you don’t. You don’t understand who or what she is.” “She killed a man, a good man.”
- Amy’s Seduction: Yep, Amy tries to get a leg over with The Doctor. Because a guy who’s 907 years old is bound to have picked up a few tricks in his time. Unfortunately, she’s one regeneration too late. Tennant would’ve been humping her leg like a dog in heat, but Smith’s Doctor is oblivious to her signals. Great comedy moment, and a nice bit of dialogue when Amy keeps referring to Who she wants to be with. Bit of a reference to The Doctor’s mostly overlooked self-reference in [[The Eleventh Hour (Doctor Who episode)|The Eleventh Hour]] where he says “Who‘s the man?”
- Time Can Be Rewritten: The Doctor discovers that time can be rewritten with the help of the cracks. He seems positively gleeful about this. He also had a conversation with River Song about this before in [[Forest Of The Dead (Doctor Who episode)|Forest Of The Dead]] when he claimed “time can be rewritten” and Song replied “Not those times.”
And 5 Big Questions
- Octavian says to River Song: “Our mission is to make this wreckage safe and neutralise the Angels.” OK, for a bunch of futuristic clerics, on whose authority are they chasing down the Weeping Angels?
- The crack in the universe that erases people from existence. How does Amy remember Crispin and Phillip while the soldier who remains with her forgot them? Is this covered by The Doctor’s statement that Amy’s a Time Traveler now?
- Because if it isn’t, there’s a bit of a paradox here: Amy has forgotten other things like the Dalek invasions, etc. So she’s not immune to the effects of the crack. So, how come she remembers the soldiers when the guy beside her didn’t? Is the difference literally about her having traveled in time and her view of the universe changing?
- What rules do the Angels follow? In some scenes they move slowly, but in others they move in the blink of an eye. The Angel who caught Octavian moved so quickly, but the Angels circling Amy in the forest moved at a leisurely pace. Why toy with her? Why not snap her neck and move on?
- The mystery of River Song: She’s a prisoner, and freely admits to having killed a good man. Hopefully not a good Doctor? Will she trigger a regeneration? Ultimately, just who (and what) the hell is River Song?
And finally, if an image of an Angel itself becomes an Angel, can somebody please explain how this photo from the end of Blink didn’t cause merry mayhem?