From the moment he captured our hearts with “Barcelona” to the moment he left us heartbroken with “I don’t wanna go” Join us in celebration as Series Three marks David Tennant’s 10 years anniversary since his Doctor met Martha Jones.
John Smith is back to his old self and ready to save the universe once again. But this time, the Doctor and Martha take the backseat as they are trapped in 1969 without the TARDIS.
Arguably one of the scariest monsters in Doctor Who history, the Weeping Angels are everywhere and ready to kill you the moment you blink. Take the Doctor’s advice, kids – don’t blink if you want to stay alive. Here are 10 things we learned about “Blink”
1. Lite episode
Just like Series two’s Love & Monsters, Blink is the Doctor and Companion-lite episode. To focus on filming the final 3 episodes of series three, David Tennant and Freema Agyeman’s appearance was minimum. Instead, Sally Sparrow (Carey Milligan) took the leading role in telling the story. However, Tennant and Agyeman are still credited as main stars despite having minor parts in this episode.
2. Killing you softly
The Weeping Angels made the debut in this episode. They later become one of the scariest monsters on the show. The Weeping Angels are deadly but they’re probably the most merciful monster around. Yes, they can kill you with the blink of an eye but your death is a slow and painless process. The Doctor says it best, “fascinating race, the Weeping Angels. The only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely. No mess no fuss they just zap you into the past and let you live to death”
3. It goes “ding” when there’s stuff.
The Timey Wimey detector is something to be fascinated by. More importantly, the Doctor manages to create it using stuff from 1969 and without any helpful resource from the TARDIS. The Timey Wimey detector goes “ding” when there’s stuff. It can also boil an egg at 30 paces. We see a similar machine in the 50th-anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” only that one was a shapeshifter DNA detector. It can also microwave frozen dinner for up to 20 feet.
4. Big ball of wibbly wobbly
Blink introduced the Tenth Doctor’s most iconic dialogue, “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-liner, no subjective viewpoint it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff” Of course the term “timey wimey” was used to describe several of Moffat’s complex time travel stories during the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)’s run.
5. Carey Mulligan
Brilliant actress Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow) was delighted to be a part of this episode despite her concern that David Tennant will have little screen time. Mulligan went on to star in several Hollywood productions including Public Enemies, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Drive, and The Great Gatsby.
6. Successful episode
Blink‘s writer, Steven Moffat, won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. In 2009, Blink was voted the second best Doctor Who stories ever by Doctor Who Magazine behind Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor’s final story, The Caves of Androzani. Then again in 2014, Blink was voted the second best story ever behind The Day of the Doctor (also written by Steven Moffat)
7. The Weeping Angels.
Moffat’s idea of Blink was inspired by a children’s game, Statues, which he always found it frightening.
Did you know: all of the Weeping Angels were performed by actresses, Aga Blonska and Ellen Thomas, wearing makeup and prosthetics. The team used digital effects to freeze the shots, making the angels look still, in post production.
8. Spawn of merchandise
Larry (Finlay Robertson) mentions that he has “The Angels have the phone box” on a t-shirt. Funnily enough, both that and “wibbly wobbly timey wimey” became very popular phrases that resulted in countless t-shirts productions.
9. An ontological paradox
Here’s to confuse you with time travelling mumbo-jumbo, Blink is an ontological paradox, where the story doesn’t have a “start” or “finish. Sally knows about the Weeping Angels because she gets the information and clues from the Doctor, but the Doctor receives the information from future Sally. In other words, the story is an endless loop. Time travel is confusing, best not to question it too much.
10. Life of a Time Traveller
Sally finally gets to meet the Doctor one year after the Weeping Angels ordeal. As Sally frantically tries to jog his memory, the Doctor explains that he has a complex life and that things don’t quite happen in the right order. “Gets a bit confusing at times, especially at weddings. I’m rubbish at weddings, especially my own” Well, look what happens in “The Wedding of River Song” and “The Day of the Doctor”
The episode ended with the Doctor’s final warning words about the Weeping Angels pair with a montage of various statues from all over. “Don’t blink, blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good luck” then finished off with a blink. How’s that for creepy factor?
Blink remains as one of the best episodes during David Tennant’s era and one of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes ever. The Weeping Angels made several more appearances during the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi)’s run. Let’s hope we get to see the return of these terrifying monsters during Jodie Whittaker’s run as the Thirteenth Doctor.