Blink: First Glance
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the seasons ‘Doctor Lite’ episode ‘Blink‘ proves you utterly wrong. Steven Moffat created an incredible story from a very basic premise and left a lasting after-image to haunt little kiddies for some time to come. Not since the Nimon has anything really frightened me in Who, but even I will treat statues with a little more caution from now on.
Like earlier episodes, ‘Blink’ provided knowing nods to other sources, like ‘Back to the Future: Part II’ in this instance. The dark coated messenger turning up with a message from the past echoed the final scenes of the film, including the flinch from the heroine as the messenger pulls the letter from the inside of his coat.
I didn’t stop to think for a moment during the episode, didn’t care to wonder whether any inconsistencies might exist in the storyline. Having so much timey-wimey stuff involved makes it easy enough to sidestep any problems anyway… and the episode worked, so why pick. I shall be going back to my 2005 Doctor Who annual to re-read the short story by Moffat that trickled into the writing of this episode. Didn’t even occur to me until I read about it afterwards.