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Needed a few tissues for this one
on September 30, 2012
I will say this for BBC's reboot of Doctor Who -- the show does both its Hello's and its Goodbyes very well. It will be difficult to write much in this review without offering spoilers. I really, really enjoyed this episode. It kept me guessing. It had Moffat's usual riddles and it had the depth of emotional drama one saw in the best of Russell T. Davies' episodes. I've been missing the old romance and panache of Amy & Rory's relationship for the past few episodes, and this episode brought it back in a huge way. Some depth added to the relationship between River Song and the Doctor, as well.
My favorite line from the episode:
"We're changing the future. It's called marriage."
God, that hit home. As both a married man and as a viewer who has really invested in Amy and Rory, this one hit home.
What else to say? The Weeping Angels were back. They weren't quite as chilling as in "Blink," but there were several intense moments that recalled that episode. As well as one rather majestic moment: "You have got to be kidding me." The show included a beautiful tribute to Manhattan and an homage to 1930s noir.
That's all incidental, though. The Doctor may hate endings, but it is the ending of this episode that is so poignant. I don't usually tear up at television. But I suppose when I do, it's when I'm watching Doctor Who.