Doctor Who: 5×05 Flesh and Stone recap -Spoilers
The episode starts exactly where last week’s one left us at. The Doctor’s party jump and they find themselves caught by the Byzantium’s still existent gravity field. They have also landed on the outside of the Byzantium, upside down. They enter the ship, but are -of course- followed by the Angels. Father Octavian once again threatens River and my suspicions that she’s a prisoner are confirmed. The Doctor and the others manage to escape and enter the control room and through a hidden door there discover the Oxygen Factory of the ship- a borg tree forest! I’ve seen forests meant for production of oxygen on spaceships before (Sunshine, for instance) but a borg tree forest, man that’s fantastic and makes my geeky smile emerge. Amy seems similarly impressed by it but then Angel Bob calls the Doctor. As Bob reveals the plan of the Angels to absorb the entire universe they realise that Amy is being a creep and has been counting downwards from ten for several minutes without realising it. Just then the Doctor notices a crack on the wall, the exact shape of the one that has been so far following us through the season, bar the previous episode. The Doctor sends everyone away through the forest and stays behind to examine it only to declare that “That’s extremely very not good” before noticing he is surrounded by Angels.
In the meantime Amy obviously doesn’t feel very well and lies down in the forest in fetal position, grasping her head. Back in the control room the Doctor escapes, minus his coat, and follows the others. They figure out that Amy has a Weeping Angel in the visual centres of her mind. The Doctor tells her if she opens her eyes for more than a second, the Angel will escape and she will die. So as Amy is unable to see the Doctor leaves her with the clerics to protect her from the incoming Angels as the Doctor, River and Father Octavian head off to find a way to stop the Angels and Octavian drops the bomb that River is his prisoner.
The Angels start to tamper with the connections of the borg trees to make the lights flicker and keep on advancing on Amy and the clerics. The Doctor has an epiphany and realises that Time can be rewritten while back in the forest the Angels leave when a light comes from the vault. Two clerics go to investigate and Amy opens here eyes for (less than) a second to state that it’s the same crack from her wall. The remaining clerics forget about the existence of the other two, and then a third cleric goes to investigate. The one remaining cleric forgets about the others’ existence, questioning Amy. But then he also goes to check the light out, leaves Amy his communicator and disappears.
The Doctor and Father Octavian continue, but an Angel grabs Father Octavian by the neck. Apparently they’re not benign anymore and have devised different ways to kill than send you back in time. We saw that in the previous ep as well but then I supposed it was because they were extremely weakened. Before Octavian is killed, he tells the Doctor that River Song was a prisoner because she killed a man; a good man then tells the Doctor to leave him. The Doctor is shaken and as he does leave we can hear the Father’s neck snapping. The Doctor enters the next room where is River with a teleport device which is apparently dead though.
Amy manages to contact the Doctor and tells him that the clerics are gone. The Doctor says the crack is Time itself running out and that’s why the clerics wouldn’t remember each other. He then tells Amy she must go to him to the control room. And with her eyes closed, she follows his sonic screwdriver signal. Amy demands of the Doctor to tell her what the crack would do to her and he says that it would erase her from time itself. She would have never been born. The Doctor speculates that the crack is allowing time to be rewritten and River asks him how they can close it, with the Doctor retorts that a complicated space-time event can close it: himself. He did seem to snap at people loads in this episode, no?
The Angels arrive and surround Amy, whose communicator starts to beep to indicate there are Angels around her. The Doctor tells her that the Angels are still scared and just follow their instincts around her to freeze to stone, but Amy soon gives herself away as blind and the Angels close in to kill her but just in time, River teleports her to the control room. The Doctor exclaims that he could just kiss River to which she replies “Maybe when you’re older” which rules out the rumour that River is the Doctor’s mum.
All the Angels gather at the entrance of the room as they drain energy from the doors, which then open. Angel Bob, demands that the Doctor throws himself into the crack in order to save the Angels, Amy and River from it. River, as a time traveller, wants to throw herself in but the Doctor laughs at the idea, claiming that she is not even as complicated as one Angel and that only all the Angels are equivalent to him. Given this, the Doctor tells his friends to hold on to something and he collapses the artificial gravity, sending all the frozen Angels into the crack similar to vanquishing the Cybermen and Daleks in Doomsday.. This is enough to seal it, erasing them all from existence. The group escapes to the outside of the temple, Amy safe now that the Angel in her mind has been erased from time. They remember those erased from time because they are time travellers themselves. River tells the Doctor she will see him again when the Pandorica opens and that the man she murdered was the best man she’d ever known which makes me believe that she killed the Doctor himself :S I also look forward to see Pandorica and River once again! She is then teleported back to the penal ship, with the remaining clerics.
Amy tells the Doctor to take her home where, she reveals to him that she is getting married in the morning and tries to seduce him. LMAO I didn’t see that one coming. Out of all the companions (except Donna of course) Amy is the one I least expected to make a move on the Doctor 😛 He declines and realises that she is at the centre of all the cracks and that the time explosion which created them occurs today, the day of her wedding which is (if all episodes are not interrupted) the final episode date of Series 5. He quickly whisks her away in order to try to sort the issue out.
I love Steven Moffat. To pieces. This episode has once again lived up to my expectations! The Weeping Angels are seen moving for the first time! This was creepy and fantastic! It sure left us with way more questions about River though. I really really believe she killed the Doctor :s
There’s a funny moment where River says that it must always end with handcuffs with her and the Doctor. This is unknowingly referencing “Forest of the Dead” where River cuffed herself to a post to help the Doctor survive, thus sacrificing herself.
In overall I really enjoyed the episode but would probably enjoy it more with subtitles Matt Smith talks very fast and entertaining as that may be, he is really difficult to follow without subs :S