I have watched a lot of TV in my life. Only one series has ever made me start to tear up, and now it’s done so twice.

Cast and Crew Information

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amelia “Amy” Pond
Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams
Alex Kingston as River Song
Michael McShane as Mr. Gayle
Rob David as Mr. Garner

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Nick Hurran

Availability Information

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The Angels take Manhattan.

High Point

“When don’t I?”

Low Point

Tearing out the last page was a bit too heavy-handed for foreshadowing in my book.

The Review

This series has a long history, though I am admittedly unfamiliar with most of what happened before 2005. It’s hard to stay original with that much history. That said, there are thematic similarities to previous episodes, none of which were executed in this particular fashion. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were well done, and used to excellent effect. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story is generally extremely well done. I loved the Rockford Files references, though I question the, shall we say, reproductive cycle of the Angels, but that may be an unrevealed part of their nature rather than an inconsistent part. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting worked extremely well for all concerned. You can tell emotions were as high on the set as they were on screen. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is solid. Some elements of some episodes this season have felt rushed, but nothing feels rushed here. These people knew the importance of the episode and they pulled together to deliver. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response was telegraphed in the preamble. In short, NAILED IT. 6 out of 6.

Overall, this is a worthy episode to take a break on. Our next new episode will be in December. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, The Angels Take Manhattan receives 41 out of 42.