Doctor Who: Blink
Before I begin, let me ask you a question: how many times in recent years have you watched a stand-alone episode of a big sci-fi show and walked away from it thinking, "Man, that was brilliant"?
Seriously -- it can't be more than once or twice. Maybe a few episodes of X-Files, or Star Trek:TNG - possibly some Babylon 5 or Battlestar Galactica.
Well, I'm really not overstating things when I say that "Blink" was one of the best stand-alone episodes of any sci-fi show I've watched in years, let alone a great episode of Doctor Who.
For me, it ranks up there with the 1995 episode of X-Files, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", starring the brilliant Peter Boyle, and surpasses my previous top Doctor Who episode from series one, "Father's Day" and "The Girl in the Fireplace" from series two.
Everything about screamed clever; it was well-scripted, emotional, scary, intriguing, romantic, funny -- and damn good fun.
Not only was it a brilliant mixture of science-fiction and horror, but it was one of the cleverest time-travelling stories I can remember for years, replete with a mind-bogglingly genius scene where The Doctor held a conversation across time with the episode's heroine, Sally Sparrow, via a series of edited-together Easter Eggs from 17 unrelated DVDs.
Even more interestingly, the episode featured much less of The Doctor and Martha we've been used to in recent months (due to filming two episodes simultaneously), and paradoxically, centred around events our favourite time-traveller had yet to experience.
So, am I going to tell you anything about this episode?
Well, okay then. It was about Weeping Angels, statues that can only move when you're not looking at them -- and if they touch you, they steal energy from the life you might have lived, by catapulting you into the past and stranding you there.
The Doctor and Martha ended up in such a state, but via a series of messages passed down through the years by people who have been sent back in time by the Weeping Angels, they gradually work towards engineering their escape in a classic ontological paradox.
I really can't overstate how good this episode was -- and I'll tell you what, I want a t-shirt with "The Angels Took My Phone Box" on it.
Oh, and in case you're wondering -- yes, I have watched "Utopia" and "The Sound of Drums" -- keep watching this space before the nail-biting finale on Saturday...
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