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WARNING! CONTAINS IMAGE OF AN ANGEL,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Don't Blink! You don't want to miss a second of these amazing episodes.
Steven Moffat has triumphed in his two parter, 'Time of Angels' and 'Flesh and Stone' which sees not only the return of the creepy Weeping Angels (first seen in 2007's 'Blink') but also welcomes back Alex Kingston as the complex, timey wimey River Song. The Doctor and Amy are recruited by Doctor River Song and an army of clerics to search the crash of the Byzantium for the lone Weeping Angel trapped inside it. However things soon turn sinister as Amy learns the dreadful truth that even an image is powerful and Clerics begin to get their necks snapped. Soon The Doctor discovers it's not the Weeping Angel that's trapped, it's him! The Doctor and his friends are stuck in the maze of the dead surrounded by Angels, but there's one thing you never put in a trap - and it's him.
In what is the most cinematic episode of Doctor Who ever, Adam Smith directs beautifully, with the pace and action continuous and flowing wonderfully with Steven Moffat's juicy script. Matt Smith (incredibly this the very first episode he filmed) shows the more brooding, serious side of his Doctor and Alex Kingston returns with a much feistier River Song, with a more electric chemistry with this Doctor than the last.
'Flesh and Stone' picks up where the last episode left us with our jaws hitting the floor, and doesn't disappoint! The Angels are winning, Amy has seconds to live, The Doctor is helpless. It's a race against time inside the ruins of the Byzantium and the action doesn't stop! We soon learn the terrible truth of the crack in Amy's bedroom wall and that River Song isn't a woman to be trusted.
The conclusion is a satisfying one but with so many more secrets and revelations yet to be discovered. Again, direction and script are fantastic and the lead actors dazzle! Special acknowledgement goes to Iain Glen as the lead cleric, with a certain scene between himself and Matt Smith being one of the highlights of the episode, tragic and beautiful with a big fat juicy shocker!
Next we move to a stag party in Leadworth, and as the stripper arrives in a big cake... out pops The Doctor and he's got something to tell Rory Williams, his fiance tried to kiss him! So off we go to Venice in the aptly titles 'The Vampires of Venice' with a new Tardis trio, Amy and Rory are taken on a date to the most romantic city of all! Except instead of romance, death and mystery stalks the streets of Venice.
Toby Whithouse (Being Human), delivers a stellar romp of a script, with so many laugh out loud moments and great interaction dialogue between The Doctor and new recruit Rory. The direction is beautiful, with the streets of Croatia really becoming a believable Venice! Action, explosions, romance and some fish, 'The Vampires of Venice' is another hit for this series and continues to show just how lucky we are to have Matt Smith as The Doctor.
And remember, the image of an Angel can become an Angel...