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Published on April 24th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who to the MAX

So – what happens next? In the most unusual cliffhanger in Doctor Who since the show returned to television in 2005, The Time of Angels ended in thrilling fashion – but where next for the Doctor and his friends?

Doctor Who - The Time of AngelsAnd was that a return to form or what?

Showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat has already said this week that the Doctor Who is about to get darker, and the first part of this thrilling Weeping Angels story will certainly have put to rest any concerns following The Beast Below and more recently Victory of the Daleks (and there were many…)

With tight direction, superb location work and visuals and a great supporting cast (Iain Glen in particular) The Time of Angels threw the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and the enigmatic River Song (Alex Kingston) into an Aliens-esque ambush which completely changes what we thought we knew about the quantum-locked villains, The Weeping Angels.

We’ll have a review of the episode in the next day or so – and if you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for?!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

3 Responses to Doctor Who to the MAX

  1. avatar Carn says:

    A return to form? That makes it sound like the previous episodes were crappy when I really don’t think they were. Maybe I can understand a few bad things about Victory of the Daleks (though personally I enjoyed it immensely) but I thought The Beast Below was excellent even if Liz Ten grated on me slightly.

    Anyways yeah I thought todays episode was fun (went by very quickly for me, I certainly didn’t think it time for the cliffhanger when it happened as I didn’t realise it was the end already). I like the changes to the Angels behavior and the fact these ones actually kill you. I hated that the Angels in Blink only put people back in time and in both main cases we saw those people led happy fulfilling lives which I don’t find all that scary so no I wasn’t a fan of the angels but I found them more of a threat in this episode, though still not scary. If they could actually come out of my TV then I might pee myself a bit.

    I think I hate 2 parters though. Not in a bad way. Just that I don’t like waiting a whole week for the story to conclude. I’ve watched too much classic Who lately on DVD where the next episode is readily available straight after.

    This was the first filmed wasn’t it? Or at least the beach scenes were and I was impressed with how the main cast had already seemed comfortable as their characters. The Eleventh Doctor and Amy are easily my favorite Doc/companion combo since the Seventh & Ace.

    Anyways good episode but damn the wait and damn the distracting animated graham norton who appeared at the bottom of the screen during the cliffhanger announcing the next show that I really couldn’t care less about.

  2. avatar krumstets says:

    Well yes, `a return’ to something that is less directed at kids exclusively and more of family experience.
    Nice episode. Just wish the Doctor could go places where people don’t know him and that he has never been to before for a change.
    But hey, can’t have it all my way..

  3. avatar STLShawn says:

    I guess everyone can return to their favorite “era” of Doctor Who. The Mid 70′s is considered the “scary” era of Doctor Who. Let’s face it, Pyramids of Mars, Brain of Morbius, etc etc etc,,, all good rather dark stories. With the changing of the times “Horror” had dropped out of fashion a bit. By the end of the 70′s Hammer Horror was forgotten, and we were the neon, plastic, electro synthesized kids,,,, even though many of us still watched old horror flicks late at night on the late late late movies.

    Around the time of Romana’s departure, about the time Baker announced his leaving the show, it became more “sci fi action/drama” than anything. I am sure there were those who wanted more “scares” but from what i’ve read, the BBC wouldn’t have anything to do with it. Davison (in the commentary to warriors of the deep) mentions how he would love it to have scarier, with more darkness and close ups, but the BBC would not let them film that dark at the time. It wasn’t until the end when McCoy’s Doctor was there an effort to put a bit more darkness back into it. I think it would have become rather X-filesesque if it was left to float longer, but we’ll never know.

    Anyway, sci fi drama, sci fi love stories, sci fi battle stories, are all over television right now, and I am glad to see Who going back to it’s most successful roots as something mysterious, something a bit scary.

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