Doctor Who fans have called the latest episode of the long-running sci-fi series a modern classic, praising it as one of the best of Jodie Whittaker’s run. Village of the Angels saw the 13th Doctor finally face off against the iconic and murderous Weeping Angels as they invaded a small English village.
Critics have raved about the episode calling it one of the scariest of showrunner Chris Chibnall’s tenure. The Guardian’s Martin Belam called it a “stunning episode” with plenty of jumpscares and a jaw-dropping final twist. Patrick Mulkern of the Radio Times was similarly effusive describing it as “a stone-cold classic” and heaping praise on the episode.
“Thrilling storytelling, faultless production, terrific performances and a jaw-dropping conclusion… in sum, or by multiplication,” he wrote. This is several orders of magnitude greater than anything that has Fluxed before.” Critics aside, fans were also delighted with the episode and took to social media to express their enthusiasm for what some are calling “the best episode of Doctor Who in a long time”.
Check out fan reactions to new Doctor Who here:
RE everyone saying that 'Village of the Angels' is the best episode of Doctor Who in a long time: pic.twitter.com/Obm5spyiZl
— Max Farrow (@Farrow91) November 22, 2021
I honestly rate tonight's Village of the Angels as one of the best Doctor Who episodes of the last decade pic.twitter.com/Mes8rzGnj0
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) November 21, 2021
Best episode of Flux by miles. Best episode in three years, easily. Best Jodie Whittaker performance, maybe, with so many little touches. And better than anything else this series, Village of the Angels married the monster of the week with the overarching plot. #DoctorWhoFlux
— Max Curtis (@MaxCCurtis) November 21, 2021
Ok. ‘Village of the Angels’ is, imo, the best Angels episode since ‘Blink’. I wasn’t sure initially but on rewatch, now I am. pic.twitter.com/O8KNo38Miw
— Max T. Bock: Flux (@MFBock) November 22, 2021
While I've always liked Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, I feel a lot of her scripts have let her down.
Not tonight. Not this series. The Village of the Weeping Angels was utterly mesmerising (and bloody terrifying). #DoctorWhoFlux is absolutely brilliant.
— Aaron James (@aaronjamesf1) November 21, 2021
— Nigel Auchterlounie (@spleenal) November 21, 2021
Doctor Who series 13, aka Doctor Who: Flux is a departure from the TV series modern format. Unlike the rest of the revived series, Flux is telling one continuous story. So far we’ve seen the universe get flipped on its head by something known as the Flux. This wave of energy destroys anything and everything in its path.
The destruction seems to be related to the character Swarm and his sister Azure who claim to have battled the Doctor long ago. Unfortunately, the Doctor doesn’t remember this battle as those memories were stolen from her by the Division – a shadowy organisation that intervenes in history when they deem it necessary.
The Doctor, in a previous regeneration (we think, regeneration is confusing), used to work for this group but they erased her knowledge of it when she left the organisation. Flux has generally been well received so far and currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88%.
Doctor Who: Flux will be followed by three specials that will see the 13th Doctor regenerate and Jodie Whitaker and Chris Chibnall leave the series. Russell T Davies, the man who revived Doctor Who for modern fans, is set to take back over as showrunner.