Damn it, Mr Moffat, you're giving the younger viewers mixed signals with your Weeping Angels! First you tell 'em to keep watching - now you tell 'em that staring at a Weeping Angel on a telly screen is the worst thing they can do! There'll be interdenominational purges in the playground, I can just see it.
I think the new series has just about clicked for me now. The new theme arrangement started to feel right last week, and now we've got another good episode to follow it. Hopefully this is where the series finds its feet - it's generally taken the full first half of the run for any given series of New Who to get really good, the exception in my eyes being the 2006 series which had a pronounced slump in the second half instead. Fingers crossed for no slump this time round.
It's a provisional top-end 8 out of 10 for The Time of Angels, although as usual with two-parters I'll reserve final judgement until I've seen the other episode. It's a good 'un, but like the Silence in the Library two-parter it's coming on like Steven Moffat's Greatest Hits. No catchphrase cliffhanger, thank goodness. 51st century again, though, which means dead characters talking again. Obviously River Song vs Weeping Angels was going to happen sooner or later.
It's good that Moffat's trying out something new with the Weeping Angels, but it's equally good that he has the Doctor commenting on it, otherwise it'd look a bit odd next to their behaviour in Blink. They're clearly trying to manipulate the Doctor into doing something for them, but what? (They've shown an interest in the TARDIS before - hmm... And now it looks as though they might have an agent on the inside, so to speak - hmm...) Some interesting hints on their origins - ideas that took on a life of their own, you say?
Alex Kingston doesn't seem quite as zingy as River Song as she did the last time. Maybe she's just acting a more abrasive, less mature River, who knows? Something seems a bit off. Nice to see Moffat playing about with her story a bit - keeps things interesting. I did have a theory about her, but it doesn't sit too well with her criminal past. Presumably all will be revealed in the series finale.
The "blue stabilisers" scene deserves special discussion. It's a problematic little nugget of script. On the one hand, it's a great throwaway line, a hilarious gag at the Doctor's expense and a novel way of boosting the significance of River's character. On the other hand, it makes no sense. The TARDIS makes that noise because the Doctor leaves the brakes on? So hang on, every Time Lord seen in the show's long history - and they designed the damn things, let's not forget - has left the brakes on? When the Time Lords sent the Jon Pertwee Doctor the missing engine parts for his TARDIS, those parts had brakes and the Time Lords left them on? It'd be the perfect bit of dialogue for a charity skit, but as a canonical part of the show's mythology it's just stupid.
We might also wonder who taught River how to fly the TARDIS (and how to write in the Time Lord equivalent of Latin) if she's not joking about the Doctor being busy that day.
That's my only particular gripe about this story so far, and it's a gripe about a comedy scene, so overall things are looking good. Nice bit of James-Bond-in-space stuff at the start - we could use some of that more often. Although they haven't really come into their own as characters yet, some nice material around the Church's paramilitary wing. Nice teleport effect for their arrival. And the dead-character-talking stuff, for my money, was better than the dead-character-talking stuff in Silence in the Library. And the whole scene around the recording of the Weeping Angel was just great.
And oh look, a big crack in space and time - in the trailer at the end. Looks like it starts to get more serious next week.