Magic of the Angels

Roots: There are references to Mary Poppins, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Muffin the Mule,/em>.

Continuity: The Doctor uses a mirror to create a second Weeping Angel and leaves the pair trapped looking at each other in a plinth in Trafalgar Square.

The Doctor wears a T-shirt printed with the slogan “My companion went to London and all I got was this lousy T-shirt”. He also wears a plastic bowl hat with a Union Jack pattern. He later changes into a frilly white shirt with ruffles, a long floppy black bow-tie, a velvet jacket, and a black cape with red lining, all of which he implies belonged to his Third incarnation. He buys and eats jam doughnuts and claims to be from the Magic Oval. He has a dimensionally transcendental carpet bag and a similar handbag which he gives to Amy. He briefly adopts the alias Doctor Daring.

Amy wears a one-piece sparkly silver cat-suit and a dark wig. She has seen the three magic show judges on television. She dons sunglasses here.

Links: Blink, The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone. The Doctor notes that there is a top secret base beneath the Tower of London (The Christmas Invasion, The Power of Three). He recalls fighting witch monsters in the Globe (The Shakespeare Code, mentions the Nestenes using the London Eye (Rose) and a pig flying a spaceship into the Tower of London (Aliens of London/World War III). Rory recalls waiting for Amy for two thousand years (The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang). Amy recalls meeting Winston Churchill (Victory of the Daleks) and hand-cuffing the Doctor to a pipe when they first met (The Eleventh Hour). The Doctor notes that he knows Agatha Christie (The Unicorn and the Wasp). There are references to Daleks and Cybermen.

Location: London, [c2012].

Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor claims to have been locked up in the Tower of London five or six times. He, Rory and Amy have been in London for some time at the start of this story and have been thrown out of the Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral for shouting and Madame Tussaud’s when the Doctor drew on the waxwork of Guy Faulkes. They tried to get into Buckingham Palace to have tea with the Queen. The Doctor claims to know the Beatles.

The Bottom Line: Short but sweet, with a novel use of the Weeping Angel and a plot that trips merrily along. Rayner captures the regulars perfectly and there’s lots of wit.

Discontinuity Guide by Paul Clarke

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