10 questions that Doctor Who fans need answered right now

Why can't the Doctor visit Amy and Rory in '60s Manhattan? How does River Song know the Doctor's name? And just what happened to the Doctor's daughter? We count down the big questions, and see if there really is an answer for them after all…

7. How did the Statue of Liberty move across New York without being seen in The Angels Take Manhattan? 

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This one is pretty straight-forward. In Angels Take Manhattan, the whole of New York is revealed to have been taken over by Weeping Angels, with even the Statue of Liberty getting in on the hot quantum-locked action. But just how does New York’s most famous landmark manage to move all the way across the city to Winter Quays without being, you know, noticed? 

Is there an answer?

Yep! Steven Moffat, writing in Doctor Who Magazine, cleared the whole thing up with: “The Angels can do so many things. They can bend time, climb inside your mind, hide in pictures, steal your voice, mess with your perception, leak stone from your eye… New York in 1938 was a nest of Angels and the people barely more than farm animals. The abattoir of the lonely assassins! In those terrible days, in that conquered city, you saw and understood only what the Angels allowed, so Liberty could move and hunt as it wished, in the blink of an eye, unseen by the lowly creatures upon which it preyed. Also, it tiptoed.”

6. Why can’t the Doctor just visit the Ponds in the past in a place that isn’t Manhattan?  

Another The Angels Take Manhattan mystery concerns its ending, where both Amy and Rory are zapped back in time by Weeping Angels and, for some reason that isn’t properly explained, the Doctor can never see them ever again. It was an ending that left even the most devoted of Doctor Who fans – those who deal with timey-wimey plot-lines on a weekly basis – scratching their heads. For if – as its inferred – the Doctor can’t visit the Ponds in ’60s Manhattan, then why couldn’t they just move to, say, England and let the Doctor visit them there?

Is there an answer? 

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There is. Speaking to fan site Blogtor Who, Steven Moffat explained that: “New York would still burn. The point being, he can’t interfere. Here’s the ‘fan answer’ – this is not what you’d ever put out on BBC1, because most people watch the show and just think, ‘well there’s a gravestone so obviously he can’t visit them again’. But the ‘fan answer’ is, in normal circumstances he might have gone back and said, ‘look we’ll just put a headstone up and we’ll just write the book’. But there is so much scar tissue, and the number of paradoxes that have already been inflicted on that nexus of timelines, that it will rip apart if you try to do one more thing. He has to leave it alone. Normally he could perform some surgery, this time too much surgery has already been performed. But imagine saying that on BBC1!”