Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Victory of the Daleks, and The Time of Angels

The Doctor (Smith) and Amy (Karen Gillan) find themselves coming to the add of Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) in Victory of the Daleks.

Written by Mark Gatiss, this episode first aired on 17 April, 2010.

The Time Lord and his Companion arrive in England during The Blitz in World War II. A scientist, Bracewell (Bill Paterson) who is not what he seems has been supplying what he calls Ironsides as a secret weapon for the Allied forces.

Unfortunately, they are actually there as part of a Dalek plan, these machines need to be qualified as Daleks to be accepted by the rest of their race who escaped the Time War, as well as precious encounters with the Doctor.

Once named as such the Daleks who are watching from orbit implement their plans, and, much like the Doctor get a new look (not my favourite redesign for the creatures but I try to take it in stride) as they activate the Progenitor to create more Daleks.

The Doctor gets to make use of a jammie dodger, and the banter Smith is capable of as the Time Lord are becoming more and more evident. He can be brilliantly excitable, and manic, but when he swings to anger, it’s something to watch, and sets the standard to be followed and exceeded by his next regeneration.

And I have to admit, it’s pretty sweet seeing the RAF flying into space to take on the Daleks!! That’s the kind of dogfight I never thought I would see!

And of course there’s series continuity when we get a glimpse of the Crack, and the Doctor is puzzled that Amy doesn’t remember encountering the Daleks when the Earth was stolen by them…

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The Time of the Angels is the first of a two part story that was written by Steven Moffat and sees the return of the Weeping Angels. Airing on 24 April, 2010 this story features the return of River Song (Alex Kingston) and features the crash of the Byzantium, which she had mentioned previously.

Song summons the Doctor and Amy to help her after her ship crashes, and when they arrive, they learn that the Byzantium has a Weeping Angel in its hold.

With the aid of a militarised order of clerics led by Octavian (Iain Glen) the Time Lord, the Companion  and the Archaeologist try to navigate their way through amaze of the dead to  the ship before they realise that all the statues in the maze are Angels and they are repairing themselves.

We get a mention of the Headless Monks, as well as more hints of the nature of the Doctor’s relationship with River (and more) And of course knowing who she is to both Doctor and Amy adds a whole new level to their interactions.

We also learn that the image of a Weeping Angel is a Weeping Angel and that the eyes are not the windows of the soul, they are the door.

The story comes to a cliffhanger ending when the Angels apparently have the Doctor and company trapped, and Amy seems to be suffering from an infection that makes her believe she is turning to stone.

And I love this exchange:

Doctor: Oh, big, big mistake, really huge. Didn’t anyone ever tell you there’s one thing you never put in a trap, if you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap.

Angel Bob: And what would that be, sir?

Doctor: Me.

TO BE CONTINUED!

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