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Angels Take Manhattan was the last episode of Doctor Who to feature Amy Pond (I shall really miss Karen Gillan). It was probably the best Doctor Who episode of all time, thanks to a superb script by creator Steven Moffat and great work by the whole team.

The long time-knotted story of Amy Pond, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (the superb Alex Kingston) reaches an emotionally charged, bitter-sweet conclusion in this episode. The series that have featured Matt Smith as the Doctor have occasionally been barmy (for example Churchill and the Spitfires flying in space), but at their best they have been really good - and this episode, which features the genuinely scary Weeping Angels, was in a class of its own.

As well as a few of my screenshots, I have reproduced the closing words from the story below. As spoken by Amy, they really cracked me up...






Afterword by Amelia Williams

Hello old friend - and here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well, and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you always.

Sometimes I do worry about you though. I think, once we're gone, you won't be coming back here for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor.

And do one more thing for me. There's a little girl waiting in a garden. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her that she'll go to sea and fight pirates. She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait 2,000 years to keep her safe. Tell her that she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived, and save a whale in outer space! Tell her: this is the story of Amelia Pond - and this is how it ends.





Jean Shrimpton excellently portrayed by Karen Gillan (with an equally good performance from the Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard as the cocky, in-your-face David Bailey)

Extract from Wikipedia (the links are mine):

Shrimpton was once engaged to photographer David Bailey. They met in 1960 at a photo shoot that Shrimpton, who was then an unknown model, was working on with photographer Brian Duffy for a Kellogg's corn flakes advertisement.

Duffy told Bailey she was too posh for him, but Bailey was undeterred, and he and Shrimpton subsequently had a relationship for four years, ending in 1964...

Shrimpton has stated she owed Bailey her career, and he is often credited for discovering her and being influential in her career.

In turn, she was Bailey's muse, and his photographs of her helped him rise to prominence in his early career. Shrimpton's other celebrated romance was with actor Terence Stamp.

She married photographer Michael Cox in 1979 at Penzance register office when she was four months pregnant with their son Thaddeus (born in 1979). They own the Abbey Hotel in Penzance, Cornwall, now managed by Thaddeus and his family...


More about the Abbey Hotel in my previous post below.


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Doctor Who stepped up to a whole new level when Christopher Eccleston took over as the Doctor (followed by David Tennant) and Billie Piper played Rose, and for the first time Doctor Who gave us a genuinely poignant love story.

The latest series has different kinds of relationships between the main players. We have come to expect great things from the Doctor's "assistant", and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond was (for my money) the best reason for watching the latest incarnation.