Flesh and Stone: Spoilers!!!!!!
“Respect the thing!”
Hooray! Finally a second part that lives up to the first part. I am a far happier man than two weeks ago. Then we’d had three episodes – one great one and two distinctly average ones. Now, the balance has swung in the opposite direction: three out of the last five episodes have been superb. I loved this and (despite a few things that I didn’t quite understand), and would give the whole story a ten out of ten!
· Loved how the beginning side-stepped and how for a moment you weren’t sure as a viewer what had happened between last week and this week’s episode.
· Terse, exciting, pacy and even more edge of the seat stuff than last week. The angels are such a great idea – just the flashes of these solitary, terrifying creatures. I do hope they appear again one day (although not too soon) – although the ending would leave us to believe otherwise. I wasn’t sure why they didn’t go for the sightless Amy – I wasn’t entirely convinced by the ‘they’re distracted and think you can see them’ line. They seem to know when they’re victims blink well enough. However, it did lead to such a tense scene that it didn’t pull me too much out of the story and I’m willing to go along with it.
· The crack – I was happy that it was addressed face on rather than just teasing us each week. Is this how Moffat revises the ETD era? Has the whole of humanity forgotten the alien invasions of the past five years? Oh, I do hope so – bring some of the mystery and terror back into the earth-bound stories.
· River Song. The mystery deepens and now Moffat has confirmed that she will be back and that the story will gradually unfold from end to beginning.
Amy - brillaint. Oh and the countdown!
· The Doctor – great, great great! His anger, his almost insane genius, his sometimes alien lack of compassion, his complete naivety when it comes to women. Great. Thought I wouldn’t like what happens in the last scene, but it was ok – as Moffat says, what woman is not gonna want to have a go with the Doctor.
· Octavian’s death scene! “I wish I’d know you better.” “You knew me at my best.”
· Not sure why the clerics and River were after the Angel – was that ever explained?
Sheer brilliance. The best story for me since the Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Let’s hope the rest of the series is like this!