New Who Review: “The Angels Take Manhattan”

Vinnie Bartilucci

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  1. I for one cried and will miss Amy and Rory.

    *under the heading “I will never be able to see you again”: The Doctor can never return to NEW YORK in the TARDIS. Amy & Rosy’s lives have been “set in stone” they are “fixed points in time” he can no longer interfere in their lives. River, I assume will see they by traveling by Vortex Manipulator. But the question is, why can’t River bring the Doctor to see them? A Vortex Manipulator can transport more than one person.

    • pheonile says:

      Actually, I’m not sure River will visit them. She said to the Doctor that she assumed she had sent the script to Amy to publish it. You don’t have to visit to send stuff. Also, we could take the “once you know it’s coming, it’s written in stone” thing. The book probably doesn’t mention the Doctor and River ever seeing them again, so, you know, everything is fixed, and can’t be altered.

      I’m still wondering about something, though. Soo, Rory got back there. Does that cancel the paradox? I mean, did they both get to the point where the angels were there all over again, and got continuously looped until they died? Or dos the fact that Amy was with him enforces the paradox, and they got sent to a normal New York?

      • The paradox closed that timeline off. Rory going back this time differs from the first time in a number of ways, the most obvious being that Amy is with him. So the first event chain never happened, and this is a new one.

        In honesty, I had this pegged as the ending some time back, as soon as I heard in the teasers that their ability to send people back in time had reappeared. It’s an ending most recently seen in Heroes, when Hiro lost Google Girl, only to meet her again as an old woman. She told him not to go save her, as she ended up having a wonderful life, husband and kids and all. Which is basically what the Last page did here – ensured that The Doctor knew they were okay, and he needn’t worry about them or blame himself.