Doctor Who: Flux: Village of the Angels
November 21, 2021 10:56 PM - Season 13, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing, Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting psychic experiments, and 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?
posted by mumkin (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
That was a gangbusters episode. The best of this series. At first, I was *yawn* the Angels again. But, I thought they were effectively used.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:24 AM on November 22 [1 favorite]


I thought this was pretty good. Letting the angels take the voice of the people they were hunting was lots of fun, the story was pretty dynamic and compelling to the end.

There were parts that didnt work; the companions were basically there and didnt really accomplish anything, and while i like Bel, I think her subplot reallly undermined the horror tone of the episode.

Also, and this is a bit of a minor nitpick, but if there are two of you and a weeping angel, you shouldnt be trying to not blink, you should obviously be taking turns!
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:24 PM on November 22 [7 favorites]


I'm with Thorzdad. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I thought the angels had jumped the shark when the Statue of Liberty was one, but this one worked for me. I liked the little girl, I liked Yaz and Dan working together. And it's certainly not obvious to me where we are headed next.
posted by wittgenstein at 6:16 PM on November 22


you shouldnt be trying to not blink, you should obviously be taking turns!

Also, well, people have two eyes, your eyes could take turns. If you're very careful...
posted by BungaDunga at 7:01 PM on November 22 [1 favorite]


This was much better than the last episode, spoiled only by the irritating realization during the mid-credits scene that they're going to make Bel and Vinder into the Doctor's parents.
posted by jordemort at 8:51 PM on November 22 [2 favorites]


So much better than the last two. Thank goodness.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:37 AM on November 23


I am on-board to see where this train goes - we seem to be back into the Moffat-style crazy-pants plotting of the Matt Smith era. Peak Dr Who.

My fear is that Flux will fizzle out before its conclusion, like most of Moffat's grand schemes. But I am still holding out hope and Flux has been uniformly great so far.

Bel and Vinder being the Doctor's parents is looking likely (Bel actually wonders aloud at one point if Vinder still looks the same, a possible sneaky reference to regeneration) but that is actually better than what I originally thought - that the Doctor would regenerate into a little girl and send themself back to become the Timeless child, forming a loop.
posted by AndrewStephens at 7:06 PM on November 23


My fear is that Flux will fizzle out before its conclusion, like most of Moffat's grand schemes.

It's hard to see where it's going, that's for sure.

We know this is Jodie's (and Chibs?) final series as the Doctor. But, apparently, she is still contractually on-board for a couple of specials after this (possibly the only Who we'll get in 2022). Then the question becomes 'Will the specials be stand-alone pieces, divorced from the events of Flux, or will they be set in a post-Flux Whoverse?'

The Doctor frozen in (as?) stone is a nice opportunity to reveal the next Doctor through a dramatic regeneration that breaks the stone. But, there's been no real buzz on who the next Doctor might be, so that scenario would require the Doctor to not escape being Angel-ized until late 2022, at the earliest, meaning she doesn't escape intact from this Flux series. Not sure how I feel about that.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:05 AM on November 24


they're going to make Bel and Vinder into the Doctor's parents

I watched the episode twice and never got that feeling... why do you think this?
(I agree that it would be a bad idea)
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:24 AM on November 28


I watched the episode twice and never got that feeling... why do you think this?
  • Because Chibnall seems intent on creating a new backstory for the Doctor and subsequently explaining every second of it
  • Because I feel like their plot is set up to show us that the Doctor inherits her heroic streak and inclination towards justice from them
  • Because thus far, they've been very loosely connected to the rest of the plot, and yet they are somehow important enough to warrant a long mid-credits scene

posted by jordemort at 1:56 PM on November 28 [1 favorite]


OK, I could see that, I did think of a few different possible plot-lines if that happens to be the case... I just hope it doesn't because... WHY?! Making the Doctor the source of all Time Lords was retcon enough...

The Doctor frozen in (as?) stone is a nice opportunity to reveal the next Doctor through a dramatic regeneration that breaks the stone. But ... that scenario would require the Doctor to not escape being Angel-ized until late 2022, at the earliest, meaning she doesn't escape intact from this Flux series.

I think she'll be un-stoned (heh) within the first 10 minutes of the next episode.
posted by Saxon Kane at 5:24 PM on November 28


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