**Warning! Here there be spoilers! DO NOT read ahead if you have not watched through Series 5, episode 5 of Doctor Who. If you have, or don’t care, read on, but don’t get mad…**
This is a very nearly indescribable episode. It’s excellent, but so chock-full of events that it’s difficult to take stock of it all.
The Doctor has just fired his gun into the air and everyone jumped onto the bottom of the spaceship. They’re able to stand on the bottom because of the gravity generator. They enter the ship and The Doctor says, “Nobody panic.” Always good; not foreboding at all!
River Song has a secret that will greatly upset The Doctor if he hears it. I knew I didn’t trust her…She was in the Storm Cage holding facility (prison) for murdering “the best man she’s ever known” before being released into the custody of Father Octavian of the church military so that she can accomplish this mission. I still feel like something else is going on. The angels are an unfortunate side effect of the mission, but not the mission itself.
Amy keeps counting down. I think she’s linked to the Angels—don’t forget that she looked into the eyes of the angel. In some way she’s been possessed.
Holy cow! We’ve seen the crack again, and it’s growing and breaking things! The crack is made up of the fire at the end of the universe, which is “Extremely very not good!”
Now, The Doctor’s been grabbed by an angel, and Amy’s been possessed by an angel. When she made eye contact with the angel, the angel was able to go inside her mind and will kill her before it crawls back out. She must keep her eyes shut and The Doctor has to leave her for awhile. We really begin to see that Amy has trust issues with him, which makes sense, as he’s left her a few times when he said he wouldn’t. She needs a bit of convincing to trust him.
The Doctor is trying to work out what the crack means, and Amy is as well. I didn’t think of it this way, but the crack is following her throughout the universe. This crack is rewriting time, and if you walk into it, it erases every moment of your existence. This begins to explain how Amy doesn’t remember the Daleks, and other things like that.
Again, if there’s one thing that Steven Moffat does best, it’s building tension. Amy has to walk through an oxygen factory in the ship (a forest, infested with angels, of course). However, because of the angel possessing her, she cannot open her eyes, for if she does, she’ll be killed. She becomes increasingly surrounded by the angels and must walk among them to safety. It’s just a scene which put me on the edge of my seat throughout. Because Amy’s eyes aren’t open to freeze the Angels, we actually get to see them move, which was handled well.
This episode ends with some craziness!
Amy shows The Doctor her engagement ring and the wedding dress. She becomes pretty clear about her intentions, that she’s been rethinking her life and what she wants—and she wants The Doctor.
Amy tries to seduce The Doctor, which doesn’t exactly work, mainly because she’s getting married the next morning (if they stay there) and suddenly he realizes that she really is at the center of all that’s going on with the crack in time and space. It’s following her and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop. They get in the TARDIS and leave, abruptly! Dang.
Next week, we get to meet some “Vampires in Venice.”
A forest in a bottle in a spaceship in a maze, have I impressed you yet, Amy Pond?