Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 11: Blink
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  • That being said, some of the best parts of the show are when the Doctor does show up
  • I think one of the keys to really getting the most out of this episode is to put aside the hype
  • If you go in after hearing all about how it's one of the most frightening things ever or it's the best the series has ever delivered, you're bound to be disappointed
  • I enjoyed the episode, but there are others that left a bigger impression on me to be quite honest, but that could just be personal opinion
  • Definitely give this episode a watch if you get the chance, but try not to hype it up too much in your head


    • by David Finniss

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      Much like “Love and Monsters”, this is an episode where the Doctor only plays a peripheral role. Unlike the aforementioned episode, this is one of the more highly regarded in the series. I had high hopes for this episode as it is often cited as one of the creepier episodes of the show. Considering how well this show does creepy, I was expecting something to haunt my nightmares.

      Sadly, on that front, it’s a tad disappointing. The Weeping Angels are an eerie concept, and there was some nice fourth wall breaking , what with the angels remaining stationary despite none of the characters looking at them (because you’re looking at them) but it wasn’t as spine chilling as one might expect.

      The first time I watched this episode, it was alone and in the dark and I still didn’t get that unnerved by it. I’m not sure what it was lacking because in terms of editing and direction, the episode did all it could, really.

      In every other regard, this episode is quite enjoyable.


      While the Doctor and Martha only pop in every now and then, the cast of characters seen here is likable, well developed, and easy to connect to. The performances feel real and no one really comes off as over the top. Even the cop who constantly points out how hot Sally is comes off as likable in his own way (and he’s not wrong in regards to Sally).

      That being said, some of the best parts of the show are when the Doctor does show up. Tennant’s just fun to watch and Martha gets some good snarking in, which is always nice to see.

      The real strength of this episode comes with the way it addresses time travel and time loops. I loved the “conversation” between Sally and the video of the Doctor. It was not only a dramatic exposition dump, but it was just trippy in the fact that these two characters were seemingly communicating across time with each other in a surprisingly coherent fashion.

      The climax of this episode is well done, but ...


      • at the same time, depending on your mindset, it could come off as silly. My roommate actually started laughing during the flickering light bulb sequence, so while the episode is touted as being pure nightmare fuel, there’s a chance that it might have the opposite effect.

        I’ve read that this episode is highly recommended for people who are looking to get into Doctor Who. On the one hand, I get it. It’s self contained and it gives you a gist of how the show works in terms of plot. It even gives you some of the basic facts like the fact that these two travel through time and have adventures, At the same time, the two leads aren’t in it all that much, so as far as getting to know the cast, you don’t get all that much.

        I think one of the keys to really getting the most out of this episode is to put aside the hype. If you go in after hearing all about how it’s one of the most

        frightening things ever or it’s the best the series has ever delivered, you’re bound to be disappointed. On it’s own though, it’s quite good. As I said, from a technical standpoint, this episode was very well put together. Well written, well acted, well edited; the team really brought it’s A game for this one.

        Still, I don’t know if you’re going to be blown away by it. I enjoyed the episode, but there are others that left a bigger impression on me to be quite honest, but that could just be personal opinion. In any event, this episode is definitely worth a watch. It’s a “doctor lite” episode done right. After the backlash against “Love and Monsters”, the writers redeemed themselves by giving us an episode that fans adored, letting them know that coming up with episodes such as this don’t always have to result in a negative backlash. Definitely give this episode a watch if you get the chance, but try not to hype it up too much in your head.




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