Episode 98 – Don’t Count On Any Long Goodbyes

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 7×5 The Angels Take Manhattan and Angel 1×20 War Zone

The Angels Take Manhattan

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran

The Doctor and the Ponds follow clues in a hard-boiled detective novel to 1930’s New York which the Weeping Angels have overwhelmed. Discussion points include:

  • A case of diminishing returns?
  • Hard-boiled film noir tropes
  • The Ponds enter their thirties!
  • Amy & Rory “live to death”
  • Is the suicide problematic?
  • Does the Doctor understand time as well as he says?

Link: Tie-in novel The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery

Prequel Storyboards: “P.S.” by Chris Chibnall

War Zone

Written by Gary Campbell; Directed by David Straiton

Angel and his gang encounter the economic spectrum of Los Angeles through a nerdy billionaire and a gang of homeless teenagers. Discussion points include:

  • The introduction of Gunn and David
  • The social spectrum of L.A.
  • Infantile David and his vampiric friends
  • The charismatic but reckless Gunn
  • Angel/Gunn parallels
  • Subverting the superhero tropes

Next time: Buffy 4×21 Primeval and the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen.


About Katherine Sas

Graduate of Messiah College and Signum University with degrees in literature. I'm a student of the imaginative literature, TV, and film, particularly Tolkien and the Inklings, Doctor Who, and the fairy tale tradition.

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