In Review: Doctor Who – Village of the Angels

Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing. Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting psychic experiments.
Village

Synopsis: Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing and Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting psychic experiments. In the village graveyard, there is one gravestone too many. Why is Medderton known as “The Cursed Village”? And what do the Weeping Angels want?

 

Story:

Village of the Angels was a no holds barred thrill ride. That put me in mind of The Curse of Fenric. We saw a masterful buildup of tension throughout that led to a truly epic climax. I really enjoyed how sustained the threat was at all times. As 13 and her companions were ostensibly defeated by the Lonely Assassins. The disappeared girl, Peggy, was a nice mystery that held my attention. Also great were the new abilities that the Weeping Angels debuted. To extract an entire village from space and time. I got a kick out of the “fire” Angel as well. Additionally, we got some nice exposition about the Division and the Doctor’s role within it. As the Angels captured the Doctor at the very end. Moreover, there was a nice sub plot with Bel. Who saved Namaca from becoming Azure’s captive.

 

Acting:

Jodie Whittaker performed well this week. Indeed, Whittaker sold the episode’s climax for all it was worth. Furthermore, her interaction with the Angel in Claire’s mind. Also created some great tension. Annabel Scholey was great as the Angel. She was also good as Claire. I felt that Whittaker and Scholey played well off each other. Kevin McNally was great at showing Jericho’s heroism. As the Angels closed in on our heroes. I also enjoyed his turn as the Angel using Jericho’s own voice to rattle him. John Bishop continued to bring the humour and everyman heroism. As did Jacob Anderson‘s Vinder. There was a lovely moment in the “post credits” scene where Vinder promised to find Bel. Speaking of Bel. Thaddea Graham portrayed Bel’s optimism and desire to help very well in her scenes. Blake Harrison put across Namaca’s weak-mindedness but also his kindness during his scenes with Bel and Vinder. Vincent Brimble played a great stuffy, stodgy role and Jemma Churchill performed well as his more caring wife. Penelope Ann McGhie showed adult Peggy’s cautious wisdom excellently and Poppy Polivnick was good as young Peggy. Rochenda Sandall delivered Azure’s faux empathy well as the intergalactic refugees’ “saviour”. Mandip Gill also showed Yaz’s leadership skills and true empathy to good effect.

 

Incidental Music:

Village of the Angels featured some truly excellent incidental music. I loved the theme when 13 searched for Claire. As well as the mysterious theme when Dan and Yaz walked through the deserted village. There was a lovely moment when Dan asked “How do we get back?” That the piano score really helped put across. Also good was the theme when Bel and Namaca talked. As was the gentle theme that accompanied Vinder and Namaca’s conversation. And of course the theme used when 13 was captured by the Weeping Angels was great and really helped create that moment.

 

CGI:

Village of the Angels boasted some jaw dropping CGI. Such as the “fire” Angel and the Doctor herself transforming into a Weeping Angel. At the episode’s climax. Also amazing was the FX of the “barrier” between the two time periods. As well as the village itself being displaced in time and space. I also liked the planet that Bel’s ship flew past during her initial scene. Which was a dead ringer for Peragus from KOTOR 2. Furthermore. The CGI of the refugees being swallowed up by the Passenger was also great.

 

Overall:

Village of the Angels. Has taken any doubts I may have had about Chris Chibnall’s writing and fired them into the heart of the sun. He and Maxine Alderton delivered an epic, electrifying episode that brought thrills, tension and mystery. Huge thumbs up from this reviewer.

9.7
Doctor Who - Village of the Angels
  • Story
    10
  • Acting
    8.9
  • Incidental Music
    10
  • CGI
    10

I'm a writer on the autistic spectrum who loves sci-fi, cosplay and poetry. I'm also an actor with Theatre of the Senses.
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