â€œLook everywhere else, but not their eyesâ€
After last weekâ€™s episode Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll all agree that the new cast and crew had all gelled and that Doctor Who was once again the must see TV it always strived to be. Surely Steven Moffat couldnâ€™t pull off a spectacular double and present the finest two-part adventure since his own The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, could he?
We left the Doctor, Amy, River Song and various members of a depleted army surrounded by an army of Weeping Angels. The Doctor must escape through this forest of stone and help everyone to safety.
OK, lets not try and spoil things too much but they do sort of escape only to be stuck once more. Here Matt once again turns into â€œchatty Doctorâ€ with some nice Pertwee-esque chin rubbing going on. The Weeping Angels are more aggressive and more threatening than before. Remember these are living things, desperate, anxious and angry. No longer are they silent assassins, they are manipulative (remember â€œAngelâ€ Bob?) and Amy seems to be at the core of their plan.
With so much to take in within the first 12 minutes or so, the story pounds along and builds with an ever increasing sense of claustrophobia. The Doctor and Amyâ€™s relationship grows and matures with a wonderful and emotional scene between the two nearly half way through. Instead of slowing the narrative it adds to it, defining each character with so much emotion it makes you ache for them and their situation.
Flesh and Stone also answers many questions such as the relationship between River and Father Octavian, as well as giving us more of the “crack through time,” seen in every story so far this season.
The last 15 minutes of the episode will have you at the edge of your seat, close to the TV set shouting and urging our heroes on. Memorable moments that are injected with small but wonderful levels of humour and heart. Look out for specific clues to the future of the Eleventh Doctor, some subtle hints which are far more interesting than the Bad Wolf arc from 2005.
The payoff is not what youâ€™d be expecting and the closing moments are Doctor Who at its most mature, itâ€™s most accessible and possibly at its finest. I cannot emphasise how important this episode is.
Donâ€™t miss this episode. Donâ€™t miss a moment. Donâ€™t even blinkâ€¦
(More spoilers for Flesh and Stone can be found over at Outpost Skaro)