Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Flesh and Stone, and The Vampires of Venice

The Doctor (Smith) and Amy (Karen Gillan) find themselves surrounded by Weeping Angels as the second part of last week’s story continues with Flesh and Stone. Written by Steven Moffat this story first aired on 1 May, 2010.

As the Time Lord, his Companion, River Song (Alex Kingston) and Octavian (Iain Glen) alongside the surviving clerics, make it inside of the crash of the Byzantium, but the Angels follow, tracking them through the ship’s arboretum which serves as the ship’s oxygen factory.

The Angel infection that Amy was exposed to last week is spreading, and leaving her blind, even as the quantum locked Angels track her.

The episode is fantastically tense, well paced, and has some wonderful moments, while also planting more seeds for the season arc, including the revelation that River will see the Doctor when the Pandorica opens.

We learn why the clerics are with River – she’s in custody, temporarily released from the Stormcage Containment Facility where she is imprisoned for murder. The murder of a great man, Octavian says, a hero to many… leaving fans to suspect that somehow, for some reason, she is going to kill the Doctor.

I love the fact that the Doctor is trying to puzzle out the changes in time that are happening around Amy, why she doesn’t remember the Daleks, and why Octavian’s clerics cease to exist one after the other with no one remembering them but for Amy and the Doctor. – It all ties in to the season arc!

I like the way this episode plays out, and it’s tense, worrisome and adds to the season and character mythology nicely. A lot of fun.

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The Vampires of Venice is up next, a goofy, fun episode written by Toby Whithouse, which first aired on 8 May, 2010.

After an impulsive kiss on Amy’s part at the previous episode, the Doctor decides that Rory (Arthur Darvill) and she need a bit of a getaway, especially after learning that the two are engaged.

He takes them to Venice in 1580, but things go sideways quickly. They stumble upon a girl’s school where the students appear to be some sort of vampire. They are in fact alien refugees, who are working on taking over Venice and making it their new home.

There is some static between Amy and Rory because of the kiss, and it serves as some nice character bits, all while the Doctor delves into the mystery of Signora Calvierri’s (Helen McCrory) school.

I love the addition of Rory to the TARDIS, and the episode tends to be a huge, romantic, rollicking tale that illustrates the chemistry between all the leads.

There is more world building as The Silence gets a mention, in fact the final moments rouse one’s curiosity, even as Amy and the Doctor invite Rory to travel with them for a while.

This ends up being a pretty enjoyable episode, and makes the dynamic in the TARDIS enjoyably different. How long will it last though when next week we are confronted with Amy’s Choice.

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