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“Don’t Blink!” – The Weeping Angels
This episode is by Steven Moffat. It’s brilliantly scary and terrifying to watch. It features the first appearance of the Weeping Angels and focuses on the story of Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow.
This story, like ‘Love and Monsters’ before it, is a Doctor-lite episode in Series 3. But unlike ‘Love and Monsters’, this episode is more serious and it has more of the fear factor featured in it.
Sally Sparrow takes photographs of an abandoned house where there are strange statues. This starts Sally receiving messages from the Doctor who warns her, the Weeping Angels are coming.
This is a very clever episode that is well-written by Steven Moffat. It features a superb performance by Carey Mulligan as the main star and the Weeping Angels are also very terrifying.
The Weeping Angels appear as statues but can move when you’re not looking or when you blink. If you blink then you’re dead as the Angels zap you back in time to live your life to death.
Remember the game ‘grandmother’s footsteps’ where you look behind you and the kids stay still as statues. The same applies here, as the Angels move when someone isn’t looking at them.
The use of a DVD extra by the Doctor when sending messages to Sally Sparrow is clever. I liked this concept. Sally gets the DVDs and has an odd conversation with the Doctor via a DVD player.
The scenes where Sally talks to the Doctor with Larry beside her are my favourites from this episode. It’s confusing indeed, but it’s very clever and exciting as it gets very frightening later on.
This story features the use of tricksy paradoxes or as the Doctor describes ‘wibbley-wobbly, timey-wimey’. This is a term that’s become very popular amongst ‘Doctor Who’ fans to this day.
Carey Mulligan is lovely and amazing as Sally Sparrow. Carey has been in BBC TV dramas and films before this and continues to do so today. She delivers one of her finest performances here.
The cast also includes Lucy Gaskell as Kathy Nightingale; Sally’s best friend and Finlay Robertson as Larry Nightingale, Kathy’s brother who helps Sally to solve this DVD and the Angels mystery.
There’s also Michael Obiora as DI Billy Shipton who fancies Sally immediately and calls her ‘hot’. And there’s Louis Mahoney as Old Billy, after he was zapped back in time to 1969 by the Angels.
David Tennant and Freema Agyeman rarely appear in this episode. The Doctor and Martha get stuck in 1969 by the Weeping Angels and need Sally Sparrow to send the TARDIS back to them.
The Angels, when coming for Sally and Larry, scared the life out of it. They just appeared when they weren’t looking. I was scared for Sally and Larry as I wonder how they would survive in this.
‘Blink’ is one of the greatest ‘Doctor Who’ episodes ever made. This episode won a BAFTA and it got into the list of the top 10 favourite episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ by the fans. It’s well-written by Steven Moffatt and Carey Mulligan is superb as Sally Sparrow, the star of this amazing episode.
The DVD special features on this episode on ‘The Complete Series 3’ are as follows. On Disc 4, there’s a commentary with writer Steven Moffat and composer Murray Gold. On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Do You Remember the First Time?’.
On Disc 4 of ‘The Complete Series 3’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there are David’s Video Diaries looking at the making of ‘Daleks in Manhattan’/’Evolution of the Daleks’; ‘The Lazarus Experiment’ and ‘42’. There’s also a video diary on ‘The Weakest Link’ edition of ‘Doctor Who’, shown in 2006.
‘Blink’ rating – 9/10
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