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Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan

The Doctor discovers a 1930s detective novel with a plot that describes exactly what is happening to him and his companions. When Rory disappears, the Doctor and Amy must travel to 1938 to recover him, and discover that River is already involved in a plot by the Weeping Angels.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x5
Airdate: Saturday September 29th, 2012

Director: Nick Hurran
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Sep 29, 2012
AU (ABC) Oct 06, 2012

Guest Stars
Alex KingstonAlex Kingston
As River Song
Michael McShaneMichael McShane
As Grayle (Julius Grayle)
Rob DavidRob David
As Sam Garner
Ozzie YueOzzie Yue
As Foreman
Burnell TuckerBurnell Tucker
As Old Garner
Zac FoxZac Fox
As Photoshoot PA
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams


In New York City in 1938, Julius Grayle hires Detective Sam Garner to investigate a case of statues... statues that move when no one is looking. Garner is glad to take his money, gets an address from Grayle, and leaves. Once the detective is gone, Grail nervously looks outside at the decorative statues around his house...

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Episode Notes
This week's episode uses a logo with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
StingEnglishman In New YorkAfter the Opening Credits

Episode Quotes
Sam Garner: New York. The city of a million stories. Half of them are true. The other half... just haven't happened yet. Statues, the man said. Living statues that moved in the dark.

River Song: The Angels are predators. They're deadly. What do you want with them?
Grayle: I'm a collector. What collector could resist these? I'm only human.
River Song: That's exactly what they're thinking.

River Song: Turns out the person I killed never existed in the first place. Apparently there's no record. It's almost as if someone's gone around deleting himself from every database in the universe.
The Doctor: Umm, you said I got too big.
River Song: And now no one's ever heard of you. Didn't you used to be someone?
The Doctor: You might be the woman who killed the Doctor.
River Song: Doctor who?

The Doctor: But how did you get your wrist out without breaking it?
River Song: You asked, I did. Problem?
The Doctor: You just changed the future.
River Song: It's called marriage, honey. Now hush, I'm working.

The Doctor: Why did you lie to me?
River Song: When one's in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a 12-year-old, one does one's best to hide the damage.

The Doctor: It would be almost impossible.
River Song: Loving the almost.
The Doctor: But to create a paradox like that takes almost unimaginable power. What have we got, eh? Tell me, come on. What?
Amy: (takes Rory's hand) I won't let them take him. That's what we've got.

Rory: I always wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. I guess she got impatient.

Amy: Rory, stop it, you'll die.
Rory: Yeah, twice. In the same building on the same night. Who else could do that?

The Doctor: What the hell are you doing?!?
Amy: Changing the future. It's called marriage.

River Song: What matters is this. Doctor, don't travel alone.
The Doctor: Travel with me then.
River Song: Whenever and wherever you want. But not all the time. One psychopath per TARDIS, don't you think?

Amy: 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 she'll go to sea and fight pirates. She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter that'll ever live. And save a whale in outer space. Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond and this is how it ends.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerCaroline Skinner  |  Steven Moffat
ProducerMarcus Wilson
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorJamie Pearson
Line ProducerDiana Barton (2)  |  David Mason (2)
First Assistant DirectorFay Selby
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerHoward Burden
Make-upSara Angharad  |  Vivienne Simpson  |  Alison Sing
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorAdrian Anscombe
Location ManagerNicky James
Property MasterPaul Smith (2)
Production AssistantRachel Vipond  |  Samantha Price
Script SupervisorSteve Walker (2)
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorJon Everett  |  Mark Bright (2)
Director of PhotographyNeville Kidd
StuntsStephanie Carey  |  Matthew Stirling
Stunt CoordinatorGordon Seed  |  Crispin Layfield
Production SecretarySandra Cosfeld
Art DirectorLucienne Suren
Assistant Production CoordinatorGabriella Ricci
Production ManagerMoe Bardach
Production ManagementPhillipa Cole
Sound RecordistDeian Llyr Humphreys
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorCarly Griffith
Art Department CoordinatorDonna Shakesheff
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantJeff Dunn
Casting AssistantAlice Purser
Set DresserJayne Davies
Camera AssistantEvelina Norgren  |  Meg De Koning  |  Sam Smithard
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Assistant DirectorDanielle Richards
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChristina Tom  |  Chris J. Lees
Unit ManagerGeraint Williams
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerFraser Purfit
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerJulius Ogden  |  James Scott (2)
Assistant Art DirectorRichard Hardy
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Assistant Story EditorJohn Phillips (6)
Dialogue EditorDarran Clement
Production BuyerAdrian Greenwood  |  Charlie Lynam
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Spriggs
Construction ManagerTerry Horle
Standby PropsPhill Shellard  |  Helen Atherton
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
Script ProducerDenise Paul
Costume AssistantKatarina Capellazzi  |  Gemma Evans
ADR EditorMatthew Cox
Dressing PropsMike Elkins  |  Ian Griffin
Sound Maintenance EngineerChris Goding  |  Ross Adams
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