I don’t really have much occasion these days to re-watch old Doctor Who shows—except for one particular episode that always catches my attention when I’m browsing my library.
It’s an episode from 2007 called Blink, written by current show runner Steven Moffat, which doesn’t really show the Doctor much—David Tennant and Freema Agyeman appear for all of barely two minutes. Instead the show is dominated by a character named Sally Sparrow, played by then-unknown Cary Mulligan, and her nemesis, The Weeping Angels. It’s a wonderful departure from the usual Who formula, and I frequently find myself coming back to it again and again.
I love the fact that it doesn’t really show The Weeping Angels much except when they’re in repose as frozen statues, and they’re all the more menacing for it. I love how the episode subverts the common tropes of sci-fi horror and upends all our expectations. It’s essentially a supernatural horror show disguised as a Doctor Who episode, as one reviewer put it.
I promise myself I’m just going to have a little sneak peek when I come across it, and end up watching it through time and time again. It’s that good. I hold it in high regard as one of the best sci-fi/horror episodes of all time, and will put it up against anything coming out these days. (I finally got a high-res copy this year, and I’m going to guard it jealously.)
Truly, it’s best to experience it for yourself, so I won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t watched it yet. Try and dig it up if you can, and watch it. If you’re just going to watch one Doctor Who episode in your life, make it this one.