'Doctor Who' Review: Episode 5.04, 'The Time Of Angels'

Doctor Who - Weeping AngelEpisode Title: "The Time Of Angels"

Written By: Steven Moffat

Story: The Doctor is summoned by River Song, the woman with a mysterious, possibly romantic connection to The Doctor, who was last seen in 2008's "Silence in the Library" adventure. After helping The Doctor regain control of his TARDIS, the trio of River, The Doctor and Amy Pond meet up with a group of soldiers on a barren planet and embark on a dangerous mission. Their goal? Find and eliminate an escaped Weeping Angel.

One of The Doctor's most terrifying villains is back — and it has some new tricks!

The Who, What and How: Representatives from two of the creepiest episodes of the modern "Doctor Who" series return for a new adventure: one of them a villain, the other, well... of somewhat more uncertain loyalties.

Steven Moffat returns to the writing desk for this episode, and wastes no time in crafting a tale that combines one of his most popular creations with another time-twisting adventure. The opening to the episode offers yet another great illustration of the "wibbly-wobbly" nature of time in The Doctor's universe, and reminds us that River knows more about The Doctor than even he knows about himself.

Actress Alex Kingston is great in her return to the role of River Song, and provides both a nice counterpoint to the new Doctor, Matt Smith, and an interesting study of how Smith and the previous Doctor, David Tennant, reacted to her in slightly different fashions.

The return of the Weeping Angels, however, is clearly the draw for this episode, and Moffat ups the ante when the search party realizes they're up against not one, but an army of the silent assassins. The Angels also show off a few new skills, leaving you to wonder why they actually need them — after all, it only took a few of them to ambush The Doctor in "Blink," the award-winning episode that introduced the creatures. (By the way, if you haven't seen "Blink," stop whatever you're doing and check it out. It's one of the single greatest episodes of the entire series.)

Smith and Karen Gillan continue to impress as the new Doctor and his companion. Amy Pond continues to be a little more self-aware than past companions, and a little quicker to catch on to the troubles they encounter. Meanwhile, Smith manages to balance both the funny eccentricities of his take on The Doctor and a great episode-ending, deadly serious speech.

Oh, and it's our first two-part episode!

Final Word: Maybe more isn't better when it comes to the Weeping Angels. Between the army of Angels, their new skills and the dose of personality the creatures are given in the episode, the terrifying creatures seem a little over-exposed — and somewhat less terrifying.

It's all relative, however, as the quantum-locking villains remain one of the most sinister enemies The Doctor has faced in the modern series, and even at their least scary, they feel quite a bit more dangerous than any foes in recent seasons (including the even-more-overexposed Daleks).

Smith and Gillan continue to be brilliant, and the addition of River Song complements the pair's performance rather than detracting from it. River is an intriguing character who parcels out over-arching hints and mysteries well, and one can only hope we'll see more of Kingston beyond the second half of the current story.

On that note, if there's any story that deserves a two-parter, it's this one. Despite any criticisms of the Weeping Angels in this episode, I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to see more of them and prolong the story as much as possible. Moffat has crafted a great re-introduction to the Angels, and here's hoping it will send new audiences back to "Blink" to learn more about them.

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