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Quotes (19)

  • Kathy: (voice-over; her letter to Sally, as Sally goes to Kathy’s grave) To take one breath in 2007 and the next in 1920 is a strange way to start a new life, but a new life is exactly what I’ve always wanted. Sally: (looking at Kathy’s gravestone) 1902. You told him you were eighteen. You lying cow! (Sally laughs)

  • (In the present day, Sally sees the Doctor and Martha) Sally: Doctor! Doctor! The Doctor: Hello. Sorry, bit of a rush. There’s a sort of… thing happening. Fairly important that we stop it. Sally: My God, it’s you. It really is you. Oh, you don’t remember me, do you? Martha: Doctor, we haven’t got time for this. Migration’s started. The Doctor: Look, sorry, I’ve got a bit of a complex life. Things don’t always happen to me in quite the right order. It gets a bit confusing at times, especially at weddings. I’m rubbish at weddings. Especially my own. Sally: Oh, my God of course. You’re a time traveller. It hasn’t happened to you yet. None of it. It’s still in your future. The Doctor: What hasn’t happened? Martha: Doctor, please. Twenty minutes to red hatching! Sally: It was me. Oh, for God’s sake, it was me all along. You got it all from me. The Doctor: Got what? Sally: OK, listen. One day you’re going to be stuck in 1969. Make sure you’ve got this with you. (hands him the file) You’re going to need it. Martha: Doctor! The Doctor: Yeah! Listen, listen, gotta dash. Things happening. Well… four things. Well, four things and a lizard. Sally: OK, no worries. Off you go. See you around someday.

  • Old Billy: I often thought about looking for you before tonight. Apparently, it would have torn a hole in the fabric of space and time and destroyed two-thirds of the universe. Also… I’d lost my hair Sally: Two-thirds of the universe? Where’d you get that from? Old Billy: There’s a man in 1969. He sent me with a message for you. Sally: What man? Old Billy: The Doctor. Sally: And what was the message? Old Billy: Just this: ‘look at the list’.

  • Billy: Drink? You, me? Now? Sally: Aren’t you on duty, Detective Inspector Shipton? Billy: No. Knocked off before I left. Told them I had a family crisis. Sally: Why? Billy: Because life is short and you are hot. Drink? Sally: No. Billy: Ever? Sally: Maybe. Billy: Phone number? Sally: Moving very fast, DI Shipton. Billy: Billy. I’m off duty. Sally: Aren’t you just? (Sally writes her phone number on a piece of paper) Billy: Is that your phone number? Sally: Just my phone number. Not a promise. Not a guarantee. Not an IOU. Just a phone number. Billy: And that’s Sally…? Sally: Sally Shipton. (realises what she’s said; embarrassed) Sparrow! Sally Sparrow!

  • Sally: (seeing The Doctor on-screen) Who is he? Larry: An easter egg. Sally: Excuse me? Larry: Like a DVD extra, yeah? You know how on DVDs, they put extras, documentaries and stuff? Well, sometimes they put on hidden ones and they call them easter eggs. You have to go looking for them, follow a bunch of clues in the menu screen. The Doctor: (on-screen) Complicated. Larry: (pausing the DVD) Sorry. It’s interesting, actually. He is on seventeen different DVDs. There are seventeen totally unrelated DVDs all with him on. Always hidden away, always a secret. Not even the publishers know how he got there. I’ve talked to the manufacturers, right, they don’t even know. It’s like he’s a ghost DVD extra, just shows up where he’s not supposed to be, but only on those. Those seventeen. Sally: Well, what does he do? Larry: Just sits there, making random remarks. It’s like we’re hearing half a conversation.

  • Sally: Message from your sister.
    Larry: Oh, Okay. What? What is it? What’s her message?
    Sally: She’s had to go away for a bit.
    Larry: Where?
    Sally: Just a work thing. Nothing to worry about.
    Larry: Okay.
    Sally: And…
    Larry: And what?
    Sally: She loves you.
    Larry: She what?
    Sally: She said to say… she just sort of mentioned it. She loves you. So that’s nice, isn’t it?
    Larry: Is she ill?
    Sally: No! No!
    Larry: Am I ill?

  • Sally: (looking at the statue in the garden) A Weeping Angel. Kathy: Wouldn’t have that in my garden. Sally: It’s moved. Kathy: It’s what? Sally: Since yesterday. I’m sure of it. It’s closer, a lot closer to the house.

  • Sally: I love old things. They make me feel sad. Kathy: What’s good about sad? Sally: It’s happy for deep people.

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Notes (14)

  • The make up and costumes for the Weeping Angels included polystyrene wings, latex arms, and facial pieces. The whole ensemble took three hours to apply.

  • In the box set of the third series produced by the BBC video, the DVD Easter Egg is hidden on the last scene selection menu of Blink. By clicking the title you can watch the five minute video that they used in the episode.

  • Calling the episode "terrifying," novelist and comic book writer Neil Gaiman listed the weeping angels among his picks for 10 new classic monsters in a feature for Entertainment Weekly.

  • International Airdates:
    Turkey: January 2, 2011 on CNBC-e

  • When Doctor Who Magazine conducted their 'Mighty 200' poll in 2009, this was found to be readers 2nd most favourite, making this their favourite new series story.

  • In the 2008 BAFTA Cymru Awards, Steven Moffat won Best Screenwriter for this episode.

  • This episode won 'Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form' in the 2008 Hugo Awards. Steven Moffat has also won this category for the past two years with The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances and The Girl in the Fireplace.

  • Overnight viewing figures for this episode were 6.1 million, with a final viewing figure of 6.62 million.

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Trivia (2)

  • As Sally walks into the shop where Larry works, the shelf in the foreground has a DVD on it called Angel Smile. The monsters in this episode are, of course, angels.

  • At the end of the episode, the montage of statues feature a lot from various places in Cardiff, such as the installations on Queen Street and several from the civic centre.

Allusions (3)

  • Larry: Who's the Doctor? The Doctor: (on the video) I'm the Doctor. This exchange mimics the lyrics of a novelty song performed by Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor) during the 1970s.

  • Kathy: Sparrow and Nightingale – it so works! Sally: It’s a bit 'ITV'. Sally is referring to ITV's 'Rosemary and Thyme', which features the adventures of two lady gardening consultants/amateur sleuths.

  • Larry: You live in Scooby-doo’s house. Scooby-Doo is the eponymous cartoon dog from the long-running TV series and spin-off movies, who, along with the members of Mystery Inc., solved crimes and unexplained phenomenon and had a penchant for visiting old haunted houses. Incidentally the first series of 'Scooby-Doo, Where are you!' aired in 1969, the year The Doctor, Martha & Billy were sent back to by the Weeping Angels.