So here we are the end of the first segment of this season of Doctor Who, and it was an emotional and impactful way to end.
As we have come to expect, the technical and writing was of a high standard as indeed were the performances of all the cast, the particularly the Doctor Who family.
So this episode opened in a very nourish manor a fitting setting for the Weeping Angels. A detective has been hired by a very shady rich man to investigate a building where statues move, the home of the Angels.
Here our protagonist discovers the detectives older self-dying in bed just in time for him to be zapped into the past by an Angel!
Switch to the Doctor & the Ponds having a picnic in Central Park, the Doctor are excitedly reading a short story ‘A melody Malone Story’. Rory in an effort to avoid an argument about Amy getting older goes for some coffee. Unfortunately on his way back he is intercepted by an Angel and sent back to 1930’s New York where he is met by his daughter River just in time for them both to be taken captive by a gangster.
Meanwhile the Doctor and Amy discover the book is in fact a factual account disguised as fiction to let them know what has happened to Rory.
Finding travelling to 1930’s New York is a lot harder than expected the detour to ancient China so the Doctor can leave a message for River, so she can send a signal for him to home in on.
Meanwhile Rory is placed in a cellar with only matches for light and a bevy of Cherubic Angels for company whilst River’s hand is in the grip of a chained Angel!
Rescuing River the Doctor and Amy discover Rory has been sent by the Angels to a nearby building that featured at the commencement of the story.
River warns Amy that she must never let the Doctor see the damage he causes or that she is aging as he can’t stand endings. An ominous foreshadowing of what is to come.
Inside the building they get to Rory just in time for Amy to discover an older dying version. The Doctor is distraught stating there is no way to change their personal future once they know what it is going to be.
He states the only way for Rory to escape would be to create a Paradox that would destroy this timeline, yet even then the Angels would still hunt him for the rest of his life.
Amy drags Rory with her determined to escape his fate whilst the Doctor and River delay the Angels.
In a touching scene on the roof Rory decides the only way to create a Paradox is for him to die now theorizing he’ll return to life in the new Time-Line as he has done before. However unable to jump he ask Amy to push him, refusing she joins him on the ledge and both jump!
A battered TARDIS and all the family return to the present ina graveyard in New York.
After a joyful reunion Rory discovers a gravestone with his name on it, at first he thinks it is a coincidence, then an Angle appears zapping him to the past … again.
Amy is upset but tells the Doctor they can go back and get him … after a descendent pause the Doctor and River tell her to try and go back could tear the Earth apart.
Devastated she decides to allow the Angel to send her into the past in the hope of reuniting with her husband, the Doctor angrily tells her no, however River tells him to let her go as it’s her only chance to be with Rory.
After she has vanished her name appears beneath Rory’s on the gravestone.
We are left with a devastated Doctor who has lost the only family he has had in centuries knowing that even River can’t be with him all the time.
This was possibly the best episode of the five so far and certainly the most emotional.
The overnight viewing figures were 5.9 million and a 26.9% share of the TV audience.
I will be very surprised if it is not the near the top most viewed out of the episodes thus far this season.