flesh stone

There are loads of things I’d change, I’d change all my mistakes but that would be exhausting so let me just choose one mistake, I’ll choose one mistake because it just rankles me to this day that I got this wrong. There’s a scene at the end of a season five episode, called Flesh and Stone, where Amy comes on to the Doctor. It’s a very good idea for a scene, it’s a very good idea because she’s been through this traumatic experience and she doesn’t quite know who or what the Doctor is and she actually doesn’t quite know what his interest is and there’s a brilliant scene to be written there and I entirely avoided writing it. I played it for laughs and it was so wrong.

Steven Moffat

Very interesting to have some sort of retrospective look on that scene seeing as it’s one that has always made me (and many other fans I know) fairly uncomfortable. Not sure I entirely agree with everything he says but it’s nice to see him acknowledge that it was a bad move to try and put it in a humourous context.


river song in every episode:flesh and stone (5.05)
“When the Doctor’s in the room, your one and only mission is to keep him alive long enough to get everyone else home. And trust me, it’s not easy. Now, if he’s dead back there, I’ll never forgive myself. And if he’s alive, I’ll never forgive him. And, Doctor, you’re standing right behind me, aren’t you?”

for real though, one of the best and most tense scenes in all of dr who is at the start of flesh and stone in series 5

it’s when they’re in the wreckage of the byzantium and they have to reroute the ship’s emergency power from the lights to open the bulkhead door… while the weeping angels are in the room

it has been over 7 years since that episode yet I still catch myself holding my breath every time I rewatch that scene

Robin: Our mission is to make this wreckage safe and neutralize the Sladebots. Until that is achieved -

Raven: [strained] Robin, when Garfield is in the room, my one and only ‘mission’ is to keep him alive long enough to get everyone else home! And trust me, it’s not easy! Now if he’s dead back there, I’ll never forgive myself. And if he’s alive, I’ll never forgive him. [Pause] And Gar, you’re standing right behind me, aren’t you?

Beast Boy: Oh, yeah.

Raven: I hate you.

Beast Boy: No, you don’t.

You’ll need a flow chart!

Radio Times Flow Chart of River Song


1. A Good Man Goes to War (2011) – Melody Pond is born

2. The Impossible Astronaut (2011) – young Melody is raised in an orphanage

3. Day of the Moon (2011) – Melody regenerates into Mels

4. Let’s Kill Hitler (2011) – Mels regenerates into River

5. Closing Time (2011) – River gets her doctorate, is kidnapped by the Silence

6. The Wedding of River Song/The Impossible Astronaut (2011)– River breaks time, marries the Doctor and then helps heal it for the events of The Impossible Astronaut

7. First Night (minisode, 2011) – River is incarcerated for the murder of the Doctor, but goes on her first evening trip with him

8. Last Night (minisode, 2011) – a version of River from five years in the future interacts with her younger self

9. A Good Man Goes to War (2011)

10. The Impossible Astronaut (2011)

11. Day of the Moon (2011)

12. The Pandorica Opens (2010)

13. The Big Bang (2010) – River helps the Doctor save the universe

14. Time of the Angels (2010)

15. Flesh and Stone (2010)

16. Wedding of River Song (2011) – River visits her parents Amy and Rory in their garden

17. Last Night (minisode, 2011) – an older version of River is heading to the towers of Darillium with the Doctor, but he apparently later backs out

18. The Angels Take Manhattan (2012) – River sees her parents trapped in the past

19. The Husbands of River Song (2015) – River teams up with the Twelfth Doctor but doesn’t recognise him

20. Silence in the Library (2008) – River meets the Tenth Doctor, who hasn’t met her yet

21. Forest of the Dead (2008) – River dies, but the Tenth Doctor “saves” her as a data ghost

22. The Name of the Doctor (2013) – River’s data ghost finally says goodbye to the Eleventh Doctor

D6 That's Not Even the Worst Part!

By Applejaxc: 

Next time your players complain about a fight being too easy, consider springing one of these unexpected threats on them. Your next boss fight should be accompanied by something like this….

1 - His jacket attacks me?

This is a classic

The bad guy is wearing a Cloaker, which appears for all intents and purposes as a regular cloak with eyes running down its spines. Not only do these eyes make it impossible to surprise the enemy (even with invisibility), as soon as a player gets close, the jacket flies off and attacks!

If a Cloaker isn’t a big enough threat, consider making it a Vampire Cloaker, or giving it a mummy’s Rotting Fist. Last time your player stands close to anyone in a coat.

2 - The sword is a what?

Your bad guy carries two weapons. One is a conventional sword, axe, staff, wand, or what have you. The second is a highly trained mimic shaped like a weapon. Instead of making an attack roll on the enemy’s turn, the mimic weapon attempts to grapple a target within melee range and restrain it before the enemy makes a real attack. Alternatively it can attempt to grapple a player’s weapon or shield instead.

3 - That’s not even fair!

The bad guy has an Astral Stalker for a body guard. If that’s too weak, make it two. If that’s too strong, use the stats of an appropriate monster, but make it invisible and an elemental.

4 - Bigger Fish

This is my favorite game

This is it. The final encounter. The players have prepared their spells, their contingencies. They’ve studied the enemy. They’ve cast Resistance to survive his favorite spells.

And then he’s eaten by a tyrannosaurus rex.

Or something even more terrifying bursts into the scene (teleported in, breaks through a wall, drops through the ceiling, escapes its cage, etc). It not only one-shots the bad guy to prove how powerful it is, it’s ready to kill the party, too.

5 - Those Aren’t Statues

The final encounter room (or even the whole adventure) is dotted with “statues” of men and monsters that are far too lifelike to be hand crafted. Naturally the party suspects a medusa. Instead, the bad guy is armed with a Wand of Flesh to Stone and Back.

When the party is in the midst of the most powerful petrified monsters, the bad guy reveals himself-and turns all of the “statues” back into fearsome enemies!

Conveniently the wand has just enough charges to turn any petrified party members back to flesh before becoming an expensive dud.

6 - You said this game wasn’t a competition

Roll twice. Your bad guy is sinister.

On a scale of “Justin McElroy telling Griffin that he should be able to use his History skill to answer trivia questions about history” to “Justin McElroy telling Griffin the slime monster has ‘flesh made of slime’ and should be vulnerable to ‘flesh to stone’” how unreasonable is your argument with the DM?


“ Just so we understand each other. ”

11′s “Nope I’m not jealous AT ALL. I just asked you this question for science research…so how can you get engaged in a manner of speaking, River?  WAIT I don’t want to listen to YOUR explanation Octavi - Oh, you two are not actually engaged. Got that. Cool. Stormcage hmm? Oh you bad, bad girrrrrl.” face is precious lol.