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This is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t. 

Welcome to Episode 98 covering Series 7, Episode 5: The Angels Take Manhattan. 

Super-short Recap 

This is the one where the Doctor, Amy, Rory, and River say goodbye.

Remember that one?

Production notes

  • Story # 230
  • Originally aired September 29, 2012 to 7.82 million viewers
  • Written by: Steven Moffat
  • Directed by: Nick Hurran


  • Grayle – Mike McShane
    • Did a BUNCH of voiceover work throughout the years.
    • Also played Friar Tuck in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • The angels take Manhattan because they can
  • Creature of the week
    • Weeping Angels
  • Doctor Who Logo
    • Statue of liberty
  • Geronimo
    • Running count – 11
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • Sonic
    • TARDIS 
      • It bounced off of 1938.
      • We see the extractor fans in action again
      • River asked if the bulb on top needed changing. He had just changed it in Pond Life and had sent her out to check on it in Good Night.
    • Psychic paper
    • Random
  • The Question/Doctor Who?
    • Aren’t you the woman who killed the Doctor? Doctor Who?

Other stuff we noticed

  • Time can be rewritten. Not once you’ve read it. Then it’s fixed.
  • At the end of The God Complex, he said he was leaving them behind because “what’s the alternative, standing over your graves?”

Who’s Who? 

  • Who is Amy?
    • Who is Rory?
      • He went for coffee and turned up in a book, how does that work?!
      • He died again. This time of old age.
      • I always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. I guess she got impatient.
      • Do you think you’ll just come back? When DON’T I?!
      • Then he died again.
    • Who is River?
      • Her character in the book had lipstick that was described as “combat ready”
      • She’s been pardoned because the person she killed never existed.
      • When one is married to an ageless god who insists on the face of a twelve-year-old, one does one’s best to hide the damage. It must hurt. Yes, the wrist is pretty bad too.
      • One psychopath per TARDIS
    • Who is The Doctor?
      • I HATE endings.
        • Me too, Doctor… me too.
      • How did that book end up in your pocket? How does anything end up in there?! I’ve stopped asking.
      • He was erasing himself from history, like Oswin started with the Daleks.
      • Amy told him not to be alone.

    Classic who connection

    • There used to be regular environmental checks before the Doctor and his companions left the TARDIS every time they landed
    • When bouncing off the landing in 1938 the TARDIS made a sound that was also heard when the TARDIS malfunctioned in Spearhead from Space.
    • At the end of the sixth Doctor’s first serial The Twin Dilemma, the Doctor’s old friend Azmael was possessed by the bad guy Mestor (a giant cockroach looking thing). Mestor could leave his body and possess other people. Azmael had the Doctor destroy Mestor while his body was unguarded while he, Azmael, forced a regeneration, in essence killing himself as he was already on his 13th regeneration. Apparently a Time Lord can conjure up regeneration energy at any time.

    Overall impressions 

    • Overall rating out of 10 – 
      • Jared – 9.75 Creepy baby weeping angels
      • Austin – 9 raggedy Doctors
      • Corbin – 6 walking statues of liberty
      • Tripp – 9 uhhh…
    • Creep Level – out of 500
      • Jared – 400
      • Austin – 225
      • Corbin – 100
      • Tripp – 165


    • Tripp says Amy’s gonna die.
      • He was right! Even though he was joking.
    • In The Snowmen, the Doctor will meet a fake-out companion who will needlessly die by the end of the episode.
      • Tripp says, in the Doctor’s arms.

    The Game Plan

    Next week, we continue with the Christmas special The Snowmen.