Doctor Who Review: Amelia's Last Farewell

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After having spent the day next to statues the likes of those naughty baby angels and their adult friends, the goings on in "The Angels Take Manhattan" didn't surprise me one bit.

It's easy to forget, being from the middle of the United States, that you can find historical buildings and statues in New York. That gave the film noir approach a sense of novelty that I quite enjoyed.

Goodbye, Ponds

The foreboding was innocent enough. Amy needing reading glasses and a couple jokes of lines about her eyes. It was only later when River Song said to never, ever let him see you age that the ending of the book became a bit more apparent. Amelia's Last Farewell.

Honestly, I was lost throughout so much of the episode. The loop in space and time was unlike anything ever portrayed and I couldn't figure it out. The angels keep their victims in the building and feed off of their time energy. That's how Rory ended up ancient, dead and alive at the same time.

I wondered why they just couldn't rewrite the book, but I guess that's the whole point of time paradoxes, isn't it? They don't quite do what you want them to do, and even in the end, when River was so sure she had it worked out, Rory and Amy dramatically plunging to their deaths to reverse it all still ended up biting them in the ass.

When Rory looked at the headstone, I knew his name would still be on it, but I never guessed the choice to leave The Doctor would be so different than their decision to just retire and let him move on. I keep thinking that Rory will never see his dad again. Surely The Doctor will tell Brian Williams what happened to his son, yes? At least now, after what they've been through recently, he will be able to believe it.

While the focus of The Doctor not travelling alone continued to be driven home, it lost some of it's significance knowing Amy and Rory had started their lives over in 1938. There wasn't a clearly cut move putting him in that place, and if he had his way, being alone wouldn't be in the cards. Be sure to read the Doctor Who quotes, as there were some great lines this week.

River knew she had to give the book to Amy to publish, so it would seem her future will include visitation with her parents. If so, why is the result so radically different for The Doctor? Forgive me my ignorance, as I do have it when the mythology of The Doctor is present. 

Was it a fitting end for Amy and Rory and their friendship with the Doctor? Based upon the ending, will Amy continue to loop through her live over and over with the same results, always ending in the same place, or might different paths take her to another final destination? Yes, these are the things I will ponder as we await the Christmas episode and the introduction of Clara. 

Discovering who Clara will be and if she'll be somehow connected to our friendly, teary souffle baking Dalek does give me some peace. What did you feel about the finality of Amy and Rory's story with The Doctor? Out of left field or fitting end? Take to the comments to discuss!


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"So WAY back when they were in that spaceship a season ago being chased by Angels, the Angels weren't killing anyone, they were sending them back in time?" Hm. In that episode, it seemed like the Angels hollowed people out, the same thing that happened to people in the library where River dies (back in the Donna Noble days). Yet, in the first Angel episode, the Angels just sent people back in time. Hm. As a side point, how can sending people back in time possibly take less energy than whatever it is that the Angels supposedly feed off?


Whenever the doctor says goodbye to a companion he acts as though his hearts will break and never heal from the pain of departure. Remember Rose on the beach? And then he meets a new companion and gets over it quick smart. No doubt after 5 seconds with Clara, it will be "Amelia who?" and a foregone potential "Amelia Who" will be furthest thing from his thoughts. No wonder he was able to let an entire planet of Gallifreins die and walk away from it without a shred of guilt. He would make a good politician.


mhh i think amy got their before rory as on the gravestone, she is five years older. I dont think they had that agegap in the past.
he cant take the tardis back (he said that regarding new york)so maybe he could go with the manipulator but their time together in the tardis is over for good.
But another idee would be:
he cant go because he is full of the vortex himself, river did give her abillity up for him last season so maybe thats why she can go?
And im sure rory wrote to his dad in time himself as I would have. :)


Hmm, In this episode the characters outshone the shoddy writing! Can time be rewritten? (it was in the Scrooge Xmas special a few years ago?), Why didn't the doctor take River's bracelet? Why didn't the angel send River and the Doctor back when they were monologue-ing after Any and Rory were sent back? What was with the Statue of Liberty (if it's an Angel did it disappear after the hotel vanished?)Why is the doctor to tell "young" Amy about all the things that will happen in the future? Doesn't that invalidate all the timeline as the point was she waited for all those years alone? In a previous episode the angels were the cast out Galifrayians (see the Master episode where he brought Galafray to Earth) why are they now different styles and sizes? Why was Rory returned to the graveyard? (he disappeared in Central Park)? Why doesn't the doctor heal all the thousands of wounds that he comes across with his new XMen healing factor? Why does the BBC allow Steven Moffat to drink before he writes these episodes?


I wondered too, how their disappearance would be explained to Rory's father and their friends. But in changing their fate, did they somehow re-write their future, so that their friends and family have a different realization of what happened to them? Heartbreaking episode. I loved Amy and Rory, more than Donna and even Rose, because their interplay with each other and the Dr. defined who they were. I will definitely miss them.

Aint born typical

@Acolyte Huli, the Angels were first introduced in season 4 of Doctor Who in the episode "Blink". Last night's episode actually stayed true to that introduction because this is exactly how we learned the Angels kill you when this monster was first shown in the series: they throw you back in time to live out the rest of your life, but you die in the present and the Angels feed of your life energy. I don't believe Rory and Amy died in that 1938 hotel. They jumped off a hotel rooftop thereby creating a paradox (Rory died both by suicide and by touch of the Weeping Angel - and you can't die twice in 2 different ways) that was powerful enough to make everything that was shown about 1938 to never have happened, including the hotel. Supposedly, according to Amy's letter, she and Rory have lived their lives well and had a good life, so she must have found him wherever in the past the Angels have thrown them.


Look, the elephant in the room is that the science fiction, the actual how the weirdness happens explanations, on this show, has been lacking for a particularly long time. The characters and actors are great. As ensemble Tardis crew go, this has been one of the best. The Doctor actually growing as a character has been a welcome change. Yet...this was an INCREDIBLY CONVOLUTED episode. It was insane. The Angels don't kill you, instead the send you back in time to feed of time vortexes? So WAY back when they were in that spaceship a season ago being chased by Angels, the Angels weren't killing anyone, they were sending them back in time? And the guy who was writing that 1940s book at the beginning of the episode, how did he get the typewriter to write it and is he stuck in the room at the hotel? And aren't Rory and Amelia also stuck in a room in a hotel in 1938 until they die? That's what they said happened to Rory. And there's a collector with little Baby Angels in his basement? How exactly did that work out? The Statue of Liberty thing was both brilliant and stupid. Brilliant in that until they actually pulled the trigger and showing the Statute of Liberty as an Angel I was wondering if they'd do it, and then they did it. And it was initially good. Stupid insofar as as someone else stated here, how does the Statue of Liberty move without being seen in NEW YORK? The storylines and sci fi elements of the show are oftentimes absolute bunk and the show is sometimes too much in love with itself. As I go back to the days of the black and white reruns in the U.S. Doctor Who, I'm in love with the show too, but these things muck up my enjoyment of the series. And by the way, The Doctor still got killed by someone in a spaceman's suit on the shore while Amelia looked on. That still hasn't been explained so presumably that is still how the Doctor dies. Just throwing that out there....


Well it stated in the episode that once you read it ,it had to happen. They all read the grave stone,so dieing in that timeline was going to happen. What would going back change?


I was a bit annoyed by the inconsistencies of this episode. For instance: the statue of liberty is an angel? That doesn't make ANY sense: like stated a 100 times in this episode, the city never sleeps, so how the hell would the statue of liberty move without being seen? Otherwise it was a great episode, cried my eyes out!


I think there is some other reason that the TARDIS can't follow them. I vaguely recall something about how the angels steal the energy of time that means the Doctor cannot follow. Can't really remember but I'm sure there is someone out there who can!

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The Doctor: Nineteen thirty eight. We just bounced off it!

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The Doctor: I don't know, we're in New York!