- X 2019
Doctor Who - Blink
Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Hettie MacDonald
starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Obiora, Lucy Gaskell, Finlay Robertson, Richard Cant, David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Louis Mahoney, Thomas Nelstrop, Ian Boldsworth, Ray Sawyer
written by Steven Moffat, music by Murray Gold
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Martha Jones
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In an old and abandoned house, Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan) finds a
message under the wallpaper directed to her but written some 38 years ago
... or in other words before she was even born. Later, she loses her best
friend, Kathy (Lucy Gaskell) in the same house but receives a letter
telling her that Kathy was sucked back to 1920 ...
Sally reports the whole thing to the police, and police inspector
Shipton (Michael Obiora) tells her that several people have disappeared in
the house ... but soon after he tells her that, he disappears himself, and
all Sally can find out is that everything might have to do with an old
London police pohnebox (yes, Doctor Who fans, it is of course the Doctor's
time-and-space machine, the TARDIS) and with statues of angels that seem
to be constantly moving. And it seems that everything has to do with the
Easter Eggs (hidden content) on all the DVD's she owns on which a strange
character called the Doctor (David Tennant) seems to explain everything
... so together with Kathy's brother Larry (Finlay Robertson), Sally tries
to unlock the secret and manages to actually talk to the Doctor on the
DVD, learning that the angelic statues are in fact assassins from another
world who suck people back into the past but who by default cannot move as
long as you look at them - but should you blink or turn away, you are done
for ... and the Doctor asks her to send his TARDIS back to him - which
Sally and Larry manage to do in the end, this way also forcing the angels
to look at one another and forever neutralizing each other ...
But how did everything fit together ?
Actually, Larry was transcribing the whole dialogue of the Doctor on
DVD and Sally, jsut like a good conspiracy theorist would, and the Doctor
gets his hands on the transcripts when Sally meets him after her
whole adventure but before he was sucked back into 1969 (time
travel is a tricky business) and hands him the transcript for later use.
And it all got onto the DVDs thanks to cop Shipton, who - once also back
in 1969 - became friends with the Doctor and went into movie and later
Might make more sense on film than in writing actually ... sorry.
Maybe the best Doctor Who story of the series' third
season as it does away with the series' usual formula, instead plays with
the key element - time travel - of the series itself, even if that means
having to shift the attention from the series' leads to a bunch of new
characters who might never be seen again. That said, the episode is not
perfect, there are some really cheesy moments in it, but it's probably as
good as it gets ...