“Your life could depend on this. Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away and DON’T BLINK!… Good luck.”
This is EASILY my favourite Doctor-lite episode of the series. Written by Steven Moffat, guest starring Carey Mulligan as (the brilliantly named) Sally Sparrow and introducing the new generation of viewers to the scariest being the Doctor has EVER encountered. Literally… well, no, not ‘literally’ because of, you know, all the wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey… stuff. Honestely, though, The Weeping Angels terrified me. This is the first episode that I covered my eyes, which, in hindsight, really wasn’t a good idea because when you look back a really creepy Angel is staring at you. Evem as I write this I have to look away at certain parts. Angels that move – what a brilliant idea!
This is a doctor-lite episode which means that, although this marks my first David Tennant‘s Tenth Doctor episode in my Doctor Who 50th countdown, he makes very few appearances. During this episode, he only really appears through (as Larry Nightengale calls them) Easter Eggs – a hidden DVD extra. He only appears on 17 unrelated DVDs, the only thing that relates them is that they are owned by Sally. But when Ten comes out and make the ‘Don’t Blink’ speech at the end, that gets me everytime. He appears again about half way through the episode when one of the characters gets sent back in time, and then again at the end, when he and his companion, Martha Jones, appear carrying a bow and arrows. But Carey Mulligan and her band of crime-fighters (aka Larry Nightingale and Billy) more than fill in. Sally is a very believable character which is probably one of the reasons why I love this character so much.
This is one of the episodes of the show that you have to watch at least twice to see how things fit into place and to see all the little allusions. Yes, I said that this was my favourite Docto-lite episode but this is possibly a tied first for my favourite overall episode (tied with ‘The Shakespeare Code‘, which is just incredible. It has Doctor Who, it has Shakespeare and it has Harry Potter. Um, fandoms colliding?) 8/9 out of 10, simply because Martha was not my favourite companion. But it has Carey Mulligan and the Weeping Angels, so I’ll deal with that.