Doctor Who (2005– )
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Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.


Hettie Macdonald


Steven Moffat

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
Carey Mulligan ... Sally Sparrow
Lucy Gaskell ... Kathy Nightingale
Finlay Robertson ... Larry Nightingale
Richard Cant Richard Cant ... Malcolm Wainwright
Michael Obiora ... Billy Shipton
Louis Mahoney ... Old Billy
Thomas Nelstrop Thomas Nelstrop ... Ben Wainwright
Ian Boldsworth Ian Boldsworth ... Banto
Raymond Sawyer Raymond Sawyer ... Desk Sergeant (as Ray Sawyer)


"Don't Blink. Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck." These cryptic messages left on 17 DVD's leave Sally Sparrow on a journey to assist the Doctor and Martha Jones, who are trapped in 1969. But Sally is in 2007, and they won't meet until 2008. Strange? Unusual? Not if you are the Doctor. Written by docfester

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Release Date:

9 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The scene wherein the Doctor talks to Sally via a DVD extra was created by writing a conversation, removing Sally's lines, then having David Tennant record his lines. Steven Moffat felt that this one-way filming made the performance more convincing. See more »


(13 minutes in) When Sally enters the DVD store the clerk puts his finger to his lips but in the next shot his hand is away from his mouth. It then cuts back and his finger is on his lips again. See more »


Billy Shipton: And that's Sally...
Sally Sparrow: Shipton. SPARROW!
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References Back to the Future Part II (1989) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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12 June 2007 | by miksmit88See all my reviews

So in Series 2 they tried a "non doctor centric" episode. While this idea was intriguing and gave a different dynamic to the series, the writing, in particular the disappointing "absorbaloff", wasn't quite up to scratch (don't get me wrong it was still a great episode!). However, this time round, they appear to have honed their skills and come up with one of the best episodes yet, certainly one of the highlights of this series.

The format of this episode gave us a break from prosthetics, animal heads and spaceships and produced a extremely clever and frightening episode. It was superbly acted by Carey Mulligan (Sparrow) and if she were to return in future it would be great, she fit into the Doctors universe with perfect ease. I look forward to other "non doctor centric" episodes in the future. I also look forward to more episodes written by Steven Moffat, easily one of the best writers the show has.

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