310. Blink




In an old, abandoned house, the Weeping Angels wait. However, when people start disappearing, a young woman called Sally finds cryptic messages bleeding through from 1969 – messages from a mysterious stranger called the Doctor. But can she decipher them before the Angels claim their prize?


Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Hettie MacDonald

The Doctor – David Tennant
Martha Jones – Freema Agyeman
Sally – Carey Mulligan
Kathy Nightingale – Lucy Gaskill
Larry Nightingale – Finlay Robertson
Malcolm Wainwright – Richard Cant
Billy Shipton – Michael Obiora
Old Man – Louis Mahoney
Ben Wainwright – Thomas Nelstrop
Banto – Ian Boldsworth
Desk Sergeant – Ray Sawyer


The Doctor: "People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear non-subjective view point, it’s more like a big ball of wibley-wobbley … timey-wimey … stuff."

The Doctor: "Fascinating race, the Weeping Angels. The only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely. No mess, no fuss, they just zap you into the past and let you live to death. Rest of your life, used up, blown away in a blink of an eye. You die in the past and in the present they consume the energy of all the days you might have had. All your stolen moments. They’re creatures of the abstract, they live off potential energy."
Billy: "What in God’s name are you talking about?"
Martha: "Trust me, just nod when he stops for breath."

Sally: "But what is it? What’s a police box?"
Billy: "Well, it’s a special kind of phone box for policemen. They used to have them all over, but this isn’t a real one. The phone is just a dummy and the windows are the wrong size. Can’t even get in here. Ordinary yale lock, but nothing fits. But, that’s not the big question. See, you’re missing the Big Question."
Sally: "Okay, what’s the big question?"
Billy: "Will you have a drink with me?"

The Doctor: "They have taken the blue box, haven’t they? The angels have the phonebox."
Laurence: "The angels have the phonebox", that’s my favourite, I’ve got that on a T-shirt."

The Doctor: "The angels are coming for you but listen: your life could depend on this. Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe, don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and don’t blink. Good luck."

Larry: "You live in Scooby Doo’s house."
Sally: "For God sake, I don’t live here."


Blink is based on Steven Moffat’s short story from the Doctor Who Annual 2006 called "What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow".

Steven Moffat was awarded the 2008 BAFTA Craft and BAFTA Cymru awards for Best Writer for this episode.