Doctor Who at its best? A fitting final episode for Amy Pond and Rory? The reaction to The Angels Take Manhattan has been overwhelmingly positive, something that rarely occurs unless the subject matter is one of those really memorable episodes.
So, is Series 7 Episode 5 in the same class as Blink, Human Nature, The Girl in the Fireplace, Midnight, Turn Left, The Doctor’s Wife and The Girl Who Waited? The reaction of the various reviews that have been published would suggest that it is!
Before we with the roundup, however, the overnight viewing figures for The Angels Take Manhattan reveal an average audience of 5.9 million, peaking at 6.4 million as the episode progressed. The average figure represented 26.9% of the available audience, and Doctor Who was BBC One’s highest rated show of the day. We reckon this figure will change considerably once people start catching up with the episode after discussing it at work on Monday morning…
So what about the reviews?
We’ll kick off with SFX, whose 4/5 rating might raise some eyebrows, along with their declaration that “it’s downright baffling…”. However the review is largely positive, with this interesting observation concerning the character development of the Angels.
Popular TV and pop culture website Digital Spy, meanwhile, gets to the bones of the episode, commenting on the success of Amy Pond’s long-awaited departure.
Dan Martin reviews the episode in The Guardian, and refers in detail (and delight!) to the success of the final scene back in 2012.
We’ve been hugely critical of The Telegraph’s Gavin Fuller reviews (with good reason, truth be told) over the years, but who could argue with this week’s appreciation?
We’ll end our reviews coverage with the words of someone who has been in Karen Gillan’s situation as a departing companion who never saw the Doctor again – not for many years, at least – Katy Manning, the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant. She reviewed The Angels Take Manhattan for the Radio Times, and her insight into the show brought some gems.
She’s boundlessly positive about the Tardis tag. “I don’t think about it often, because I’m so busy taking on life and its vicissitudes, but watching Doctor Who reminds me how absolutely joyous I am that I’ve been involved in that programme. What a treat! To watch this wonderful piece of modern television and be so proud that I was a part of it, all those years ago.”
I think that says it all, doesn’t it?
In previous reaction roundups we’ve taken into account our own reviews and our reader’s votes. This time around, that won’t be possible as the review isn’t due for a few hours, and the voting is ongoing! You can check back later in the week for the results of both, however.