Doctor Who The Time of the Angels S05E04 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

The new Doctor is still getting used to his new form and manages to create problems for a little girl names Amelia. The whole episode is about an escaped multidimensional prisoner, who slivers through the cracks of the universe. We never find out the reason why the multiform was such a threat to the Atraxi. We also never find out much about the Atraxi, except that they would incinerate a whole planet to kill the multiform.

The episode was good, but the tidbits that the multiform revealed to the Doctor were much more interesting. As usual, this dramatic foreshadowing will get the Doctor Who fanatics rattled. The cracks are in the skin of the universe and they will be part of the underlying theme of this season. The Pandoric will open. Whatever that means. Needless to say that these little tidbits were very tantalizing, much more than the whole episode.

How would I rate this new Doctor Who episode? Medium-ish. Since the Weeping Angels, the Daleks, and the Cybermen, will be back, I think the season will be interesting. How do I rate Matt Smith as the new Doctor? Not bad. At least we’ll have a real season, not just these stupid specials that I got really annoyed with in the end. It’s been a while since Doctor Who had a whole season, and it’s off to a good start.

There are some obvious strange things in the script. For example, why did the Doctor go on about the duck pond? Even though the script wasn’t as polished as the ones that Russel T Davies was in charge of, the narrative wasn’t that bad.

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This was definitely one of the better episodes of the recent Doctor Who series. It was the best of this season and what’s even better, it’s a two-parter. The show stars River Song and the Weeping Angels. However, nothing much happens. It looks like a lot of the action will be happening in the next episode. Anyway, it was a good one. The Weeping Angels are one of the scariest monsters in Doctor Who.

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A soldier was distracted using hallucinogenic lipstick. It’s River Song, obviously. She’s getting into some secure facility and gets caught.

12,000 years later, Amy and the Doctor are at the Delerium Archive, the biggest museum in the universe. The Doctor finds something. It’s an inscribed box, the one that River Song inscribed. She used old Gallifrean. The Doctor takes the box. The box has a recording of Song. She says the exact coordinates and the Doctor sends his TARDIS to the right place at the right time. She says to follow that ship. Song knows a lot about flying the TARDIS, even more than the Doctor can remember. The TARDIS doesn’t make its tell-tale sounds of landing. They are on Alpha Metraxis. The Doctor wants to leave, but Amy wants to stay on the planet. The ship crashed. Song calls someone in orbit. Four men in military fatigues appear. They are whisked down by some kind of teleportation. They are priests. This is about the Weeping Angels. There is an angel in the ship. The catacombs contain a Maze of the Dead.

She’s Mrs. Doctor from the future.

Song shows them footage of the angel in the Byzantium’s vault. It’s been dormant for about a century. The Doctor says that the angels are in quantum lock when any living thing sees them. It’s the ultimate defense. The radiation of the engines will make the angel stronger.

Amy realizes that the angel’s face is moving. That’s strange because Song said that she was looping 4 seconds worth of footage. Now, the angel is facing the camera and moving forward. Amy tries to switch off the recording and fails. It’s moving even closer.

That which holds the image of an angel becomes itself an angel.
Mad Monk

The angel is out of the recording in front of her. It’s flickering.

The eyes are not the window of the soul but the door. Don’t look into them.
Mad Monk

Amy uses the remote while the loop starts over again. Amy manages to switch it off. The door opens and she’s fine. Amy has got something in her eye because she was looking the angel directly in the eyes.

They enter the Maze of the Dead, which is filled with stone statues, a perfect hiding place for the angel. The bishop tells Song that the Doctor doesn’t know who she is. Song shouldn’t tell him otherwise the Doctor won’t help them. Song says that she won’t because she doesn’t want to go back to prison.

Amy scratches her eyes and grey sand goes pouring out. She’s turning into a statue or an angel. One of the soldiers finds the angel. Two are dead already and they haven’t even entered the maze. The Doctor goes on for a while about the Aplands, the people who constructed this maze. He does so for quite a while. I wonder why the statues don’t have two heads. The Doctor remarked on their two heads a few different times. Then, Song and the Doctor realize that all of the statues that they have seen aren’t statues but angels since they only have one head. The statues don’t have any wings. The angels are coming after them. The soldier named Bob is also killed.

The angels were dying. The angel brought the ship for sustenance. It was a rescue mission to save the angels. Bob talks with the Bishop. He says that he is dead as well. The angel is talking to them. It is using his voice. It’s the one from the ship. Amy can’t move. Her hand has turned to stone. The Doctor says that the angel is messing with her head. Her hand isn’t made out of stone. He bites her hand and she can move it. They arrive next to the ship, the Byzantium. It’s 30 feet up and they’ve got no climbing equipment. The angel talking with the voice of Bob is trying to make the Doctor angry. The Doctor will use a gun to detonate the gravity globe. He tells everyone to jump. He shoots the globe. It bursts.

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