Whilst I’ll have to reserve judgement on the overall quality of the story, the nature of Rory and Amy’s departure from Doctor Who was both brilliantly conceived and realised.
I suppose that most of the attention will (not unsurprisingly) be focussed on Karen Gillan, but Arthur Darvill’s portrayal of Rory Williams should not be under-estimated... sometimes three isn’t a crowd and I have a feeling that in years to come, viewers will look back on these two companions as one of the best pairings in the show’s history. Certainly they have enhanced Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor and I’ve said before that notwithstanding some over-complicated storylines, his is the best characterisation of the Time Lord since Patrick Troughton’s role defining performances in the 1960s.
As for last night’s story, I do like the Weeping Angels, but their first appearance in the David Tennant story Blink was one of the best ever episodes (old or new version of the programme) and other appearances will pale in comparison.
Not too sure about heading back to Manhattan, where the Daleks had already “visited” during Tennant’s tenure. That said, given the Angels’ ability to dump their victims back in time, the story could easily have been called Manhattan Transfer (and subtitled Rat-ti-tat-ti-tat... one for the forty-somethings!).
As far as the ending, the twist that saw Rory and Amy transported several decades into the past was really well thought out. You assumed something like that might happen, but the writers were clever enough to create the “happy ever after”scenario before the Angel suddenly struck. What these final scenes showed was not only the acting talents of Smith and Gillan, but the obvious chemistry between the pair; great emotive performances – but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the tears they shed were actually real.
So Amy and Rory were left to live out their lives... together... but for the Doctor, the loss was agonising. He will carry on... because he has to... but he won’t ever forget his “Pond”...
All my own work... almost.