Doctor Who 'Blink' episode question (spoilers!)

This is a question about my favourite Dr Who episode.

I’ll tyoe the question next post, to avoid accidental reveals during mouseovers.

Did some hamster statue send your question back through time?

So I love ‘Blink’.

It’s got:

  • a plucky (and gorgeous) girl :slight_smile:
  • sad bits (when the policeman dies :frowning: )
  • happy bits (when the nerd gets the girl :smiley: )
  • scary bits (“Don’t blink. DON’T BLINK!” :eek: )
  • participation bits (you try not to blink :wink: )
  • a really good time-travel plot :cool:

But I have a question.

When the episode starts, Sally Sparrow is exploring the abandoned house in Wester Drumlins.
She finds a message hidden behind wallpaper, addressed to her by the Doctor. It tells her to duck. When she does, a rock passes over her head.

WHO THREW IT? :confused:

The nearest Weeping Angel is well outside the room, in the garden.
If it is the Angel, why doesn’t it zip up on Sally, when she isn’t looking?

Have I asked this before? :o

Ah well, that’s what old age does for you.

Was just wondering what was taking so long. :slight_smile:

Applying reasoning to a story that does not follow normal cause-and-effect rules is pointless, surely? Especially when it’s Doctor Who, which makes up and abandons the rules as it goes along (thereby robbing it of dramatic tension, but I digress)

Maybe the Doctor threw it? He wrote the message, and, in another time-visit, threw the rock alluded to in the message, before disapperaring again. Timey-wimey.

The episode does explain who did what to who when and how it all got sorted out. It’s not linear ‘cause and effect’, but it does all fit.
Apart from the rock.

If the Doctor did it, why don’t we hear the Tardis working?

Maybe he landed an hour before, crept up on the house, threw the rock, strolled back to the Tardis.

A BBC props guy.

I can’t swallow the notion that the Doctor chucked a rock at Sparrow. He’s the good guy, remember?

It had to be an angel. They are the only aggressive beings in the episode. No, it doesn’t fit with their usual M.O., but the whole episode is kind of loopy. How fast do the angels move? As fast as the writer requires them at any given moment.

ETA: I love the series, but I don’t expect it to stand up to strict logical inquiry.

OK, I’m going with this.

Thanks all!

My answer was some kid who goes around throwing rocks through windows of abandoned buildings.

Naturally this time he got sucked back in time but he deserved it for being such a jerk. Probably also did graffiti.

The Running Hamsters. Loneliest message board power source in the universe.

Hey - that’s really good!

I hope no-one will mind if I revive this thread - I just watched the ep today (with my Mom, the first Dr Who she’s ever seen :smiley: ) and I wondered about the rock too.

The angel throwing the rock makes some sense - but the motive would be a stretch. If it wanted to attack her and feed off her life force, obviously it would have. If it didn’t want any confrontation, it could have just stayed still.

Throwing a rock almost seems like it wanted to scare her off without hurting her or displacing her in time, and wasn’t sure how. :slight_smile:

MY question is - how did the Doctor know about the rock to put that in the message behind the wallpaper? Does he go back to look her up AFTER she gave him the transcript and after he got back from the nineteen-sixties? (Afterwards in both their timelines?)

I love convoluted time-travel plotlines. It actually seems to me that for a show with a time machine, most of the Doctor who episodes I’ve seen (from ‘Rose’ up until Blink,) have been depressingly linear. :wink:

Sally told him. She didn’t just give him the transcripts but a record of everything that had happened.

Ah. That makes sense. So the kid who deservedly got sucked back in time threw it and the Doctor warned her because she told him to.

One more followup about the rock - it was covered on the episode commentary, and the writer said that it was indeed the Angel out in the garden - as a tactic to knock Sally unconscious so that the Angel could feed on her without having to bother about her turning around and freezing it - and also mentioned that those who actually lie down and sleep of their own accord in the vicinity of a Weeping Angel are usually toast.

One other thing from the audio commentary that I thought was odd was a self-deprecating remark from the writer along the lines that “These are pretty poor Doctor Who Villains, aren’t they, if all they’ve managed to conquer is one abandoned house.” At first I thought, well, they’re not the conquer-the-Earth type. The Doctor himself mentioned that they were assasins, and I like that notion, that they don’t just feed, they’ll do it to particular people on a contract, if you offer them something that they want. (Of course, with their unique properties, it would be hard to get to someone who has a lot of security - the President say, without being noticed and likely carted off.)

So the house is just somewhere that they’re hanging around, feeding off anybody who comes near, until their next job comes along. Good enough. But even an abandoned house in a large city must be fairly confining for the Angels - all around there are so many crowds of people, looking every which way. I suppose that they have more freedom of movement late at night, or during inclement weather, when fewer people are out on the street. Not sure how far the police station was, but they may have been biding their time for that rainstorm, for a chance to get there while the building was still unlocked.

So, is hanging out in a house in the middle of the city kind of like ‘a dare’ for Weeping Angels? :wink: Something that they do to prove to themselves how tough, (as it were,) they are?

I assumed they had some kind of transportation for getting around and the abandoned house was a convenient hang out for them. Maybe some kind of Invisible Blimp. :slight_smile:

And I don’t care what the writer said. I still prefer the punk who got karmic justice immediately. (Yes, I advocate being displaced in time forty years for vandalism.)

Although the people that got displaced we see as having actually pretty decent lives, so justice might be a misnomer in that case.

My questions, which are likely answered in another episode, is what was the Doctor hunting at the end of the ep that required a bow and arrow? And was it ever revealed how the heck the TARDIS got ‘stolen’ from him in the first place?