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At the risk of sounding a bit hyperbolic, can I nominate it for a Hugo?
The whole thing was marvellous. The guest characters were interesting and sympathetic, the dialogue was sharp, the concept was cool and the execution was good.
LOL at the little dig at ITV, at "It goes beep when there's stuff" and "You told him you were 18."
The scene where ex-DI Shipton died was pure poetry. The bit where Cathy disappeared was the scariest thing since Muuuummeeeey.
On a scale of
Daleks in Manhattan to The Empty Childone to ten this is the first ep in over a year to rate a ten.
Next week... Derek Jacobi! Hurrrah!
And I'm gonna go ahead and say: Best episode of Doctor Who I've ever seen. There was nothing in there I didn't like. I think i'm also going to give the BBC's version of Jekyll and Hyde a go seeing as Steven Moffat wrote it...
The center of Khlysty surrounds me
The BEST episode to date. may sound ironic but the best doctor who episodes are the ones he isn't in, the ones where other people have to solve the problem themselves.
These were well casted extras for the episode, may have to stop talking otherwise i may just repeat the fact of how great it is.
Brilliant episode. The DW team have confirmed that Doctor-light episodes (inc Random Shoes) can be extremely effective. The abismal show that was Love & Monsters was worth it if Blink was the next gen version.
Incredible baddies, in fact the most terrifying Who has ever had (and I NEVER judge enemies by them being scary...). Loved the gothic horror angle as well.
"Five Rounds Rapid"
That was the best episode of Doctor who I've seen. So creepy and scary. Before watching it, I didn't think it would be that scary, but it was. Loved the charaters. And I loved the way the doctor managed to trick the angels. I don't think there have been monsters like that in sci-fi before. Woot!
I don't think i'll look at a statue the same again
Joe Mallozzi: "Like my grandmother used to say: Whenever a gate closes, a hyperspace window opens…"
I've just remembered another bit I liked - they let you live to death. How fantastical is that?
Anyone reckon the statue on top of the Old Bailey is one of THEM?
Absolutly fab episode even tho it was Doctor lite it was brilliant, I loved the gothic type horror, I wasn't quite behind-the-sofa but I was hugging the cushion, I don't think I'll be looking at the gargoyles at the church the same for a while or the statues in Fareham. The ending was inspired, making out that the angels may still be in every statue and gargoyle. I had to giggle at the Blackadder-esque 'Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey' line, it made me want Ben Elton to write an episode, Stephen Moffett does Hitchcock-esque Dr Who really well and I'm looking forward to his episodes next series, the last 3 episodes have more than made up for the disappointing start to the series
Must... get .... breath ... back....
That was, without a doubt, pure brilliance. I'll agree, the best episode of the revival yet, taking the place of "The Empty Child", and I'm sure its no coincidence that Steven Moffat wrote that one too.
The Doctor had a definate presence, even though he only had a handfull of minutes screentime. The one sided conversation was nothing short of creepy, and the way in which he delivered the message was both brilliant and beautiful.
Putting the recording on a DVD was a stroke of pure Doctoresque brilliance. Then the way in which he used Shipton to tell Sally what he had to do, knowing that when the rain stopped, he would be gone, its tough not to marvel in the brilliance in both the writing and directing involved.
Then comes the pure horror of the weeping angels. Don't blink, don't turn your back, don't blink. So simple, yet impossible. Not one villain has literally scared me since that bleedin' gask mask wearing Empty Child, but these had me going if I'm honest.
It's a general rule, what you don't see is scarier than what you do, the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is proof of that. To combine the two, what you can and what you can't in that amazing basement scene, creates pure terror. They're approaching, but you never see them move. And those faces, those horrid faces!
The two main characters, Sparrow and Nightingale (loved the ITV quip ) were excellent, and certainly were a mile ahead of Elton Pope and Eugene from Love & Monsters and Random Shoes respectively. They both had brilliant reactions to what was happening to them (Sally especially, her "people have died" line was great).
Of course, Sally also showed the obsession that people can get from encountering The Doctor that we saw with Elton, and a similar obsession of Eugene's after his encounter with Torchwood. The only difference between Sally and the others was that when it was all over, she seemed to get on with her life, or at least we're lead to believe that.
When this season started, I promised myself that unless an episode was pure perfection, it would not get a 10/10. Last week was very good, and deserved a 9.5 (I went for the "****" option instead). I honestly didn't expect to give a single 10/10 this year after the Dalek two parter was such a disappointment, but this episode was exactly what deserves a 10. Perfection.
10/10 - Proof that budgets, bells and whistles are not necessary to make fantastic entertainment.
Top Line: "They let you live to death" chilling to say the least.
- Joss Whedon - Equality Now
Wow! Given how much moaning there was last week about their being another Doctorlite episodes I don't think anyone was expecting this. That was brilliant, I reckon the best episode of Doctor Who I've ever seen. It was the only episode I've screamed at, in fact its the first TV program to make me scream in fright in over eight years.
Yeah, that's a pretty interesting way of killing you. Really makes you pause for a second. This episode had tons of thought-provoking science-fiction-y ideas like that."They let you live to death"
In fact I'd say this was the most science fiction Doctor Who episode yet, of the revival at least. While previous Doctor Who episodes have used science fiction as a plot device or a backdrop, this one went overboard with quantum observer-effect statue-creatures and explored the consequences of time travel.
One thing I loved about the Weeping Angels (aside from the sheer coolness of the premise) and the episode itself was that there were clear rules (the Angels can only move when you're not looking, but they're fast, and when they touch you they timewarp you into the past so you live to death), and the episode played with this - there was no last-minute technobabble solution or deus ex machina - they beat them with their own pre-established ground rules.
For me, this was the best episode yet. Awesome.
got to say that was a fab episode,
quite scary, its the fact that u dont see them makes it scarier, must of been cheap to do without that much special effects but most of done alot of back ache from moving those statues.
makes me afraid of statues abit now lol
how did the doctor and martha get stuck in time anyway????
Have to say that the preview to this made me think...wtf.
1. Then you had that sequence when Cathy gets transported to 1920! First I thought the guy at the door was the power behind the angels!
2. "They make you live to death". That's one way of putting it, though you 'live to death' whatever era you get old in. What makes them bad guys is the fact that they throw you back in time, make you live a life you weren't supposed to live.
3. The Easter egg thing wasn't a bad idea.
4. The warped casuality thing is the maddest paradox I've seen for a while.
Overall, Family of Blood has the edge on it but it blow ten tons of cack out of Love and Monsters and is deffo one of the better eps this season.
I think its safe to say we will be seeing these nasties again very very scary.
No doubt kids everywhere will be having nightmares even now.
And, wow, the shots and pace for the cutting when the four nasties were closing in on them at the TARDIS was exceptional.
I think that the episode began a little slow and confusing, but when it picked up it became utterly fantastic. The whole idea of the villians was scary and amazing, but my one question is that he tricked them into staring at each other in the end....so what if the light goes off? And what if there's a power cut?