Blinkin' Hell

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Just Reach Out and I’ll Be There

It might have just been me, and judging by reaction elsewhere I could be right that it is only me, but “Blink” wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. This will teach me (once again) not to believe the hype generated by an online fan community, I had been hearing tales of RTD being positively chilled as he viewed the rushes during production and the “Fear Factor” team (check out the official site for more on them) scoring it as 5-and-a-half out of 5!. Oddly though, it has “stayed with me” through the course of the week a bit more than most Who episodes seem to and every time I see a statue in the background of a news reports and the like, I shout out “Don’t turn around!” (yes, I am an absolute joy to live with). Stephen Moffatt expanded on a short story contained within the 2006 Doctor Who annual to come up with this episode about a young lady who, for reasons best known to herself breaks into a dilapidated building and get spooked by the statues that, in typical Doctor Who fashion, turn out to be ancient-creatures-from-the-dawn-of-time (this phrase works best when spoken out loud in a James Earl Jones voice).

Like “Love & Monsters” last year, this was the Doctor-lite episode when the main duo take a back seat because the rigorous filming schedule results in two episodes being filmed concurrently. The main story revolved around Sally Sparrow (played by the really rather lovely, Carey Mulligan who I last saw in Bleak House) who gets a series of mysterious messages from the past where the Doctor is stranded. There were plenty of plot points about temporal paradoxes that would usually alienate the non-sci-fi viewer but Stephen Moffatt somehow managed to keep them all lightweight dismissing it as “time-y wime-y stuff” and powering on with the story. Many a writer could learn a lot from him, and he’s back on Saturday night this week with the rather interesting looking “Jeckyl”. However, unlike last year’s love-it or hate-it style, Blink had a suitably dark and gothic theme running through it. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects either but they weren’t needed as the amazing looking prosthetics on the Angels created more than the necessary number of memorable moments. Okay, it wasn’t so scary for a 36 year old like me but the kids must’ve loved it.

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    • fazzinchi
    • June 17th, 2007

    Haha…. I must’ve become de-sensitised to the scariness then.

    • Ian
    • June 15th, 2007

    Well my wife thought it was scary enough that she had to hide behind the sofa so maybe it is just you!

  1. November 17th, 2007

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