Doctor Who: Blink

When Sally Sparrow decides to explore an abandoned house, she has no idea just what she is getting herself into. Starting from a piece of graffiti addressed to her from ‘the Doctor, 1969’, Sally finds herself drawn into a mystery spanning four decades, and centred on a mysterious race known only as the Weeping Angels.

Alien Guide

  • Weeping Angels: A ‘quantum locked’ species, Weeping Angels have no specific form when they are not observed, enabling them to move as they wish, but as soon as they are being looked at, they are frozen into rock, appearing as a humanoid statue. They kill their prey by sending them years into the past (it doesn’t seem to be a constant amount of years) and feeding off the potential energy from the years they might have lived.

Episode Thoughts
I wasn’t expecting much after reading that the Doctor and Martha were barely in this episode, but to my surprise, it actually turned out to be one of my favourites of the season, with strong characters and generally good acting, as well as a general feeling of creepiness thanks to those angel statues. I did feel sorry for the people who got sent back into the past; even if they did have good lives, I still don’t like the idea of them being trapped in the past without internet without their friends and families, effectively stranded in a strange land.

Nitpickers’ Corner

  • Why weren’t Sally and Leon taken back in the Tardis when it made the time jump? They were indoors, so how did it know to leave them behind?
  • There are other points relating to time travel and quantum mechanics that I strictly should address, but that would involve picking apart the fabric of the entire series, and even I am not that anal.

2 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Blink

  1. I’m not sure whether to be worried or not that one of the best episodes of the season didn’t actually feature the Doctor.

    The Doctor could just have said on that preprogrammed CD they fed to the Tardis “jump back to 1969, x destination, taking no passengers”. Seems reasonable to me.

  2. I see your point with the take no passengers thing, except I can’t help feeling there have been times when it would have been better to have the Tardis not take along a particular person…not that I can specifically name those times, though, it just felt a little out of place to me. I’m probably just being overly picky as usual.

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