Matt Smith as The Doctor in Order: S5 EP: 5 Flesh and Stone

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Matt Smith as The Doctor in Order: S5 EP: 5 Flesh and Stone

The lat­est in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doc­tor Who years

Sum­mary: Can the Doc­tor and his friends sur­vive long enough to stop the return of the angels or fail­ing that escape?

Plot: An Army of Angels have awak­ened on ;Alfalfa Metraxis and if that’s not bad enough the Doc­tor & Amy finally notice the Crack in her wall as a child is fol­low­ing her.

Writ­ing: Part two of Steven Mof­fat River Song return not only com­pletes the tale of their meet­ing but also fully estab­lishes the plot arc for the sea­son as the major char­ac­ters become aware of the crack in time that has been fol­low­ing them. I think that device slightly weak­ens the episode because Mof­fat needs to steer things in two direc­tions at once.

Act­ing: Kingston con­tin­ues to shine but this time Gilliam man­ages to keep up with her with weaker mate­r­ial it’s worth not­ing that Iain Glenn does his best to steal his scenes and nearly pulls it off.

Mem­o­rable moments:The Angels and comfy chairs, Amy’s count­down, The Doctor’s bed­side mat­ter, The Bishop Beggs to Dif­fer and River & Amy Get a grip.

Odd­i­ties: The angels are sup­posed to move really fast yet they can’t catch a blind Amy Pond?

Pet Peeves: I’m sorry the idea that the Angels don’t fin­ish the Doc­tor is pretty bad but the whole “instincts kick­ing in” scene is worse.

Great Quote(s):Many

The Doc­tor: I’m 907 years old. Do you under­stand what that means?

Amy Pond: It’s been awhile?

OCTA­VIAN: Our mis­sion is to make this wreck­age safe and neu­tral­ize the Angels. Until that is achieved…
RIVER: Father Octa­vian, when the Doctor’s in the room, your one and only mis­sion is to keep him alive long enough to get every­one else home. And trust me, it’s not easy. Now, if he’s dead back there, I’ll never for­give myself. And if he’s alive, I’ll never for­give him. And, Doc­tor, you’re stand­ing right behind me, aren’t you?
DOC­TOR: Oh, yeah.
RIVER: I hate you.

AMY: So, what’s wrong with me?
RIVER: Noth­ing. You’re fine.
DOC­TOR: Every­thing. You’re dying.
RIVER: Doc­tor!
DOC­TOR: Yes, you’re right. If we lie to her, she’ll get all better

AMY: So, what’s wrong with me?
RIVER: Noth­ing. You’re fine.
DOC­TOR: Every­thing. You’re dying.
RIVER: Doc­tor!
DOC­TOR: Yes, you’re right. If we lie to her, she’ll get all better

Of all the great quotes this is the best hands down

Octa­vian: [about The Doc­tor] You trust this man?

River Song: I absolutely trust him.

Octa­vian: He’s not some kind of mad­man, then?

River Song: I absolutely trust him.

Final Ver­dict. A strong story with some plot holes but enough great moments to make up for it.

Four Stars

Rank­ing in Series 5 to date 3rd out of 5

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. Flesh and Stone
4. Vic­tory of the Daleks
5. The Beast Below

Rank­ing in Matt Smith Era (out of 5)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. Flesh and Stone
4. Vic­tory of the Daleks
5. The Beast Below

The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: Can the Doctor and his friends survive long enough to stop the return of the angels or failing that escape?

Plot: An Army of Angels have awakened on ;Alfalfa Metraxis and if that’s not bad enough the Doctor & Amy finally notice the Crack in her wall as a child is following her.

Writing:  Part two of Steven Moffat River Song return not only completes the tale of their meeting but also fully establishes the plot arc for the season as the major characters become aware of the crack in time that has been following them. I think that device slightly weakens the episode because Moffat needs to steer things in two directions at once.

Acting: Kingston continues to shine but this time Gilliam manages to keep up with her with weaker material it’s worth noting that Iain Glenn does his best to steal his scenes and nearly pulls it off.

Memorable moments:The Angels and comfy chairs, Amy’s countdown, The Doctor’s bedside matter, The Bishop Beggs to Differ and River & Amy Get a grip.

Oddities: The angels are supposed to move really fast yet they can’t catch a blind Amy Pond?

Pet Peeves: I’m sorry the idea that the Angels don’t finish the Doctor is pretty bad but the whole “instincts kicking in” scene is worse.

Great Quote(s):Many

The Doctor: I’m 907 years old. Do you understand what that means?

Amy Pond: It’s been awhile?

OCTAVIAN: Our mission is to make this wreckage safe and neutralize the Angels. Until that is achieved…
RIVER: Father Octavian, when the Doctor’s in the room, your one and only mission is to keep him alive long enough to get everyone else home. And trust me, it’s not easy. Now, if he’s dead back there, I’ll never forgive myself. And if he’s alive, I’ll never forgive him. And, Doctor, you’re standing right behind me, aren’t you?
DOCTOR: Oh, yeah.
RIVER: I hate you.

AMY: So, what’s wrong with me?
RIVER: Nothing. You’re fine.
DOCTOR: Everything. You’re dying.
RIVER: Doctor!
DOCTOR: Yes, you’re right. If we lie to her, she’ll get all better

AMY: So, what’s wrong with me?
RIVER: Nothing. You’re fine.
DOCTOR: Everything. You’re dying.
RIVER: Doctor!
DOCTOR: Yes, you’re right. If we lie to her, she’ll get all better

Of all the great quotes this is the best hands down

Octavian: [about The Doctor] You trust this man?

River Song: I absolutely trust him.

Octavian: He’s not some kind of madman, then?

River Song: I absolutely trust him.

Final Verdict. A strong story with some plot holes but enough great moments to make up for it.

Four Stars

Ranking in Series 5 to date 3rd out of 5

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. Flesh and Stone
4. Victory of the Daleks
5. The Beast Below

Ranking in Matt Smith Era (out of 5)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. Flesh and Stone
4. Victory of the Daleks
5. The Beast Below