Doctor Who – Blink

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I continue this month of Halloween with what is consider to be in Doctor Who the most viewed episode in the show’s history.  Blink! But before I go any further, I believe I should point out how I feel about Steven Moffat as the writer of the show. When I first saw Doctor Who, it was after season 5 ended. I did see just about every episode before season 6 began, and some of the best stories that I saw at the time were from Steven Moffat. Season 5 was truly the strongest point for the show in the New Who series, and a lot of people had high hopes for Moffat, and so did I. I was really looking forward for season 6! But when I first saw The Impossible Astronaut, I didn’t feel excited about it, and the same can be said about his other episodes in season 6. But then I felt very worried about the man after he wrote The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe, which was very boring, and I haven’t seen it since it’s broadcast. And then, *sigh*, season 7 started with Asylum of the Daleks. I only had one good thing to say about it, and it was just the plot twist. The rest was offensive to me. That was the point where I gave up on Steven Moffat.

Fortunately, I get to talk about one of Steven Moffat’s best episodes!

Blink is one of those episodes that every Whovian from the new series loves to talk about. After the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Doctor Who Magazine did a survey, and ended up ranking Blink as the second best episode in the show’s history, with Day of the Doctor being number one.

http://www.doctorwhomagazine.com/the-top-10-doctor-who-stories-of-all-time/

Sure, some of you may see that as an over exaggeration, but knowing that a massive amount of fans who rated Blink as second best in the show reveals it’s reputation. SF Debris once said that this is his kid’s favorite David Tennant episode, because they think the Weeping Angels are the best thing in the show for how terrifying they are. Even I have one of them on their shirts.

My brother’s fiance does have a shirt that says the same thing, but instead it’s this:

The reason for why she prefers this shirt over mine is because she too is scared of the Weeping Angels, and that is a great sign to show how great they work in Doctor Who!

The other thing that I remember one of my friends telling me about this episode is that Blink was suppose to be a 9th Doctor’s story, and Sally Sparrow, the main character of this episode, was suppose to be the Doctor’s new companion at the time, and as a hippie! Probably like Jo Grant. All I know is that I wish that had happened, so we can scrap the scum of the show, which was Rose Tyler. Plus, this would have been the first Doctor Lite story (which is where the Doctor is in an episode for an incredibly short amount of time for filming reasons) to have ever been aired, and it would have probably have shown Russell T. Davies how to do Love and Monsters the right way. And no, I won’t review Love and Monsters, only because the episode has been reviewed and criticized to the point that I have nothing new to add. Nash, Diamanda Hagan, SF Debris, Last Angry Geek, and the Blockbuster Buster have shared all of their pain and anguish about that episode, individually!

We open to Sally Sparrow, played by Carey Mulligan, who first starred in Pride and Prejudice, and is now well recognized in Drive. She goes inside of an abandon house at night, and takes pictures in the dark, because when you take pictures in the dark, it truly means high quality! Well, to be fair, for a rainy night in an abandon house, it is brightly lit to take pictures. I guess that makes sense. Sally walks into a room with wall paper coming off of the wall-

No, not that kind of wallpaper!

and she sees writing behind the wallpaper, telling her about the Weeping Angels, not to blink, and to duck!

 Duck!

Then Sally tears up a little more to reveal that the Doctor wrote and warned her about the weeping angels.     …..from 1969. And then the title shows.

So, after the title goes away, Sally goes to her friend’s flat, Kathy Nightingale, and finds a room filled with screens with the Doctor in it, which I should go into detail on what I think about David Tennant. He, as the Doctor, was my first experience on watching the show, and loving so much about him! I think he’s brilliant, and I know I’m very bias about this, even during this modern age with everyone calling him the best, and I do think he’s my personal best too. Yes, I did watch classic Who, and I’m still in the process of trying to watch all of them. Plus, I just started listening to the audio dramas too!

Anyway, the screens are just recordings of the Doctor, but they’re not Kathy’s screens. They’re her brother’s, Larry, who lives with her, and walks around the house butt naked.

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More like Leisure Suitless Larry!

Now, even though I would say that Steven Moffat should know better than writing that Larry walks around the house butt naked, because there are children watching Doctor Who, but he doesn’t show him naked, nor does he glorify it. At least he writes Kathy hating him for acting like a slob. Sally wakes Kathy at 1AM in the morning to go out in the abandon house to figure out what happened. Or, maybe it wasn’t 1AM, because in the next scene, it’s daylight outside. Or……did they just sat in Kathy’s flat, sipping on coffee, and wait until Larry puts on his pants to leave in 6 in the morning? Whatever. I’ve seen time work worse in Transformers 2.

Sally and Kathy enters into the house and Sally says that the only reason for why she in this house was because she likes things that are sad, and those sad things makes her happy. I really wonder how that works? If sad things makes you happy, then does happy things make you sad? Do both Cheerful bear and Grumpy bear have to fight to the death to make sense out of this, or is this just some kind of emo thing that I don’t know about? In case if your brain didn’t fry by thinking about that too  much, Sally takes Kathy into the room with the hidden message behind the wallpaper, and also pointed outside of the window that the weeping angel moved further away from where it once was. But then someone rings the doorbell, and Sally answers it, and allows Kathy to stay on guard, in case of incidences.  Even that sounds too childish for a kid to accept. Sally opens the door to find a guy who just looks awfully weird to me. I mean, just look at the guy.

weird looking guy
Maybe I’m the look that the Doctor wanted. After all, I’m Ginger!

I…..  he just looks so distracting to me.

And just to keep the guy’s face away from me, Kathy thinks she hears something from the distance, but only sees a weeping angel outside, and makes a different face as she walks away.   ….and then the weeping angel gets closer…..  ……..and then reaches it’s hand towards her….   and then *THUMP* OH, WHAT IN THE WORLD, MAN!?!??!?!!!! I THINK THE WEEPING ANGEL JUST STOMPED ON KATHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No, this is just one of the four abilities that the weeping angels have. The other two were revealed in the Matt Smith era. I just love how after Sally yells out Kathy’s name, and this guy is like “yes, Kathy.” as if he didn’t hear the loud sound that just took place seconds ago. Yeah, the guy happens to be Kathy’s grandson, and this ability of the weeping angel sends anyone back into a period of time in the past, usually more than a century, and in a different location. This time, Kathy was sent in Holt in 1920. She wrote a letter for Sally that the weird looking guy was suppose to deliver. Obviously, Sally doesn’t believe it, but what do you expect from a guy who has the looks of a child who got lost in a train station? Sally runs upstairs to find Kathy, and she sees one of the weeping angels carrying the TARDIS key and grabs it.

The letter contains pictures of Kathy and her life from the 1920s-80s, and how good her life was. She even wrote about how her husband was the first man she first met when she appeared in 1920.     ….who didn’t noticed that she just appeared there in Holt.    ……and followed her where she went. Yeah, that was just as stalker-ish as in The Doctor, the Widow, and Wardrobe. Kathy tells Sally to tell her brother Larry to come up with a fake story about what happened to her in a DVD store that he works in. She sees a TV with both the Doctor and Martha in it. Martha was, well, boring to me. I don’t have that much to say about her, which sums up her character to me, but I think Clara Oswald might take that place. Sally looks at the TV screen as Larry walks away, and the DVD just plays on it’s own. Then she sees the Doctor speaking, almost as if the Doctor is speaking to Sally, even after it looks like he responded to her. Larry explains that this part of David Tennant is from one of the 17 easter eggs that were found in 17 different DVDs, and they are all unrelated. Larry hands Sally the list of the 17 DVDs as she walks out of the store to the police station to try and get some help, while the weeping angels follow her. Just by a blink of an eye, they disappear.

Sally does get some help from someone who is called Detective, Inspector Billy Shipton. Well, Sally calls him that. She also forgot policeman officer. Shipton knows about the house where she came from, and was able to bring the TARDIS to the police station. Shipton tries to take Sally for a drink, but she only gives him her phone number. However, the weeping angels got him and the TARDIS and puts him back in 1969. Man, why did it have to be the black guy? In 1969, the Doctor and Martha finds Shipton with a Timey-Wimey Detector. How does it detect the Timey-Wimey things in time?

No, really. That’s how it lets you know about the Timey-Wimey. The Doctor hires him to hide the 17 easter eggs, ad tells Sally this on his death bed in 2007. It’s a deep and emotional scene, and I’m only going to allow you watch this scene on your own to see how great this moment is, from the cinematography to the direction. Sally is told by Shipton that the DVDs are hers and she has to use the 17 DVDs that Larry has. Larry tags along to help her and goes into the abandoned house to put a stop to the weeping angels! They use a portable DVD player to play all 17 DVDs in one disc, and takes instructions from the Doctor. The clever thing about this scene is how this DVD was made like you are actually talking to the Doctor himself. It’s almost as if they’re talking to him through Skype as the DVD actually responds to every word both Larry and Sally say. If you ever watch the DVD scenes itself, its almost like watching a first person view of those without Garfield comic strips that you see on the internet.

Larry writes down what Sally is saying, but I don’t know. It looks like, like this:

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Man, it sure makes everyone elses handwriting look like it was written by Shakespeare.

Who knows? Mayabe Larry will come up with an alphabet like this in the future. The Doctor says that the weeping angels are assassins who can only move when they’re not seen, and their perfect defense is that they are quantum locked, meaning that they don’t exist when they’re being seen and they freeze into rock when you look at them.

This is the kind of thing that makes the weeping angels great, and it made Steven Moffat well known for what he has done in Doctor Who too. Steven Moffat loved this idea so much of not doing things to not get killed by anyone that he liked using it.

Silent

Again,

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and again,

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and again,

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and again.

As the Doctor tells Sally and Larry not to blink and sees the weeping angels coming close to them, they try to run down into the basement to get into the TARDIS. Larry tries to defend her by staring right in the eyes of a weeping angel. At least I assume he is, because that could have lead into a retcon in The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone. Both Sally and Larry successfully find the TARDIS that is guarded by more weeping angels, who tries to turn off the lights so they won’t see the angels try to move towards them. They both manage to enter into the TARDIS and triggers the emergency protocals of the Doctor as a hologram.

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That’s right, David Tennant is soooo awesome, that he correctly displayed himself as a hologram that not even Coachella can successfully do with their projectors!

The hologram says to put in a disc that for some reason shines as bright as the sun,

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(Seriously, this looks so stupid that you might as well make the TARDIS key glow like that),

and inserts the disc that makes the TARDIS dematerialize both Sally and Larry out the TARDIS. The weeping angels were grabbing the TARDIS, trying to destroy it, but when the TARDIS went away, it tricked all four of the angels to stare at each other, just so they can never move again. One year has pass, and Sally sees the Doctor running down the street with Martha. Sally was going to mail the information that the Doctor needed to know about the 17 DVDs, but seeing the Doctor from a time period before this episode helps a lot better for her to deliver. And the episode ends with the Doctor explaining the dangers of the weeping angels and warns us not to blink when we see them, or any other statue that is in a figure of a human being, which will soon become ridiculous in New York City.

I always enjoy looking back at Steven Moffat’s stories in his earlier years of the show, remembering how his success got started. This is one of them. Blink still holds up as a classic horror story for me, and seeing how the weeping angels are one of the most terrifying things in the show makes them a perfect Halloween monster. I have no problem showing this episode to those who want to see an example of why this show can give children nightmares, and neither should you. It does have a number of problems, not making this one perfect. But this episode didn’t need to do that, and unfortunately, I can see that Moffat has laid in that idea for too long. To me, that is.

My overall score:

4/5

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