Doctor Who
The Angels Take Manhattan

Episode Report Card
Tippi Blevins: C | 11 USERS: B-
Statue of Limitations

Amy reaches back for her daughter's hand. "Melody, you look after him, and you be a good girl and you look after him." The Doctor pleads with her. "You'll be creating a fixed time. I'll never be able to see you again." Amy says she'll be fine because she'll be with Rory. "Raggedy Man, goodbye." She turns her back on the Angel and vanishes. Her name appears instantly on the headstone with Rory's. He was 82 when he died, she was 87.

Later, in the TARDIS, River works the controls while the Doctor sits in a funk. She asks him not to travel alone, so he asks her to travel with him and she accepts. At least for a little while: "One psychopath per TARDIS, don't you think?" You keep using that word! I do not think it means what you think it means! She remembers the Melody Malone book. "I presume I send it to Amy to get it published?" Why would she presume that? Why does her book have two different narrators? Why anything in this episode? "I'll tell her to write an afterword for you," she says. So... River can visit Amy, but the Doctor can't? How does any of this make sense? The Doctor remembers the last page of the book and goes running back to Central Park to retrieve it. This time, Amy does the narration. Apparently, we were seeing her fingers doing the typing all along. She writes a very sweet note to the Doctor, letting him know that she and Rory lived a happy live together. Echoing River's words, she tells him not to be alone. She asks him to visit her younger self, to tell her about all the adventures they're going to have with pirates and star whales and being loved by someone who waited 2000 years for her. Which, you know, SPOILERS. "Tell her that this is the story of Amelia Pond," she says, "and this is how it ends." In the garden, young Amelia waits for the Doctor and smiles when she hears the TARDIS returning.

Tippi Blevins is a freelance time traveler. She dropped by 2012 to write this weecap. Email her at, or find her @TippiB.

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