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This week on Doctor Who: Steven Moffat tears out everyone’s hearts.
Okay, to be fair, the entire internet has been freaking out about the Ponds leaving for, like, months, so it’s not like we didn’t all know it was coming. But STILL.
We catch up with Amy, Rory, and the Doctor as they’re hanging out in Central Park. The Doctor’s reading a book, and he rips out the last page because he doesn’t like endings. Seriously, it’s like Steven Moffat sat down to write this episode and said, “How many times can I remind everyone that the Ponds are going away FOREVER?”
Rory steps away to get coffee and suddenly there are Weeping Angels everywhere! Incidentally, it seems a little weird that nobody has noticed them. There are a lot of people in New York, and you’d think that after the third or fourth statue attack, some bystanders might start getting suspicious.
Then River Song shows up! And then some guys take Rory and her away. Amy and the Doctor figure out that Rory and River are in the year 1938, and after some TARDIS trouble, they’re able to catch up.
Meanwhile, River is being interrogated by Grayle, a crime boss and angel aficionado. I don’t totally get his role in this episode, but he puts Rory in the cellar with some creepy angel babies and lets another angel attack River, so I don’t like him. They try to save Rory from the angel babies, but it’s too late: he’s been taken to a place called Winter Quay. River, Amy, and the Doctor arrive just as an older version of Rory is dying. Basically, the angels will send Rory back in time and he’ll have to live his life alone in Winter Quay.
The only way to save Rory is to create a time paradox. Rory decides to jump off the roof, making him die twice in the same night. Voilà! Paradox! All the angels will be destroyed! In a truly heartrending scene, Amy and Rory jump together, but the paradox makes it so that they don’t die. They wake up in a graveyard with the Doctor and River. Everything is okay! Right? RIGHT?
Just as I was thinking that this whole “sad goodbye” thing was an elaborate ruse, Rory sees his own tombstone. Then a rogue angel zaps him back in time, and they can’t go back to save him because…time reasons.
Amy decides she’ll let the angel send her back too, so that at least she and Rory will be together. The Doctor and Amy (and all the viewers) have a tearful goodbye, and the Doctor and River head off in the TARDIS.
The next episode will be the Christmas special, so we have roughly three months to mourn the Ponds and accept the new companion, Clara Oswin, into our hearts. But you only get a tiny bit of our hearts for now, Clara. And be careful of that Amy/Rory shrine in the corner.
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