As the next season of Doctor Who approaches and fans wonder about the still-mysterious Twelfth Doctor, it seemed fitting to look back on some of the best parts of the show and analyze the crap out of them. This week, we’re looking at the Weeping Angels. Oh and spoilers, sweetie!
When I first began watching Doctor Who, enthusiastic Whovians (are their any other kind?) warned me about the so-called Weeping Angels. I was told that after many episodes of irrational, extermination-obsessed Daleks, irrational, deletion-obsessed Cybermen, and irrational, creepy children saying “Are you my mummy?” I would eventually watch the “scariest” of all the Doctor Who episodes. The Weeping Angels first appear in the episode “Blink,” and at first glance, or rather peek-through-covered-eyes, they are indeed terrifying. Inanimate statues that are really ugly monsters with sharp teeth that move when the target is not looking are absolutely frightening. I definitely screamed the first time I watched the episode because the suspense was unbearable.
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Yet for all their terror, their form of killing is to send people back in time to live out their days in apparently wonderful and meaningful ways, while they could feed off that person’s time potential in the present. I can’t think of any character the angels touched who seemed to be worse off. Well, besides being separated from their loved ones in the present and dying in the past.
In some ways, the fact that the Weeping Angels appear in the new Doctor Who series is evidence of a particularly modern and Western conceit: that we are the masters of our own fate. Is the fear of these angels that they’re statues and you don’t know when they’ll strike (fair, although also irrational which I’ll get to later), or is that that they take away the illusion of control that we have over our lives? Continue reading