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




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 ... Malcolm Wainwright
Michael Obiora ... Billy Shipton
Louis Mahoney ... Old Billy
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 hologram Doctor uses the term "time capsule" when referring to the Tardis. This has a double meaning: while a "time capsule" could be a time-ship or time-machine (such as the Tardis), it is more commonly used to mean a cache of items and messages that is meant to be found by future archaeologists. The messages and DVD extra that the Doctor left for Sally to find, and even the Tardis itself, could be considered such items. See more »


Near the ending, once Sally and Larry have come back to the shop, It shows a folder containing a photograph of a weeping angel. Yet in future episodes the rule of "The image of an angel, is in itself an angel" is put in to effect, yet is ignored in this episode. See more »


Sally Sparrow: [going to look for a way out, leaving Larry with the statue] Don't blink. Remember what he said. Don't blink.
Larry Nightingale: [not blinking] Who blinks? I'm too scared to blink.
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Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2007) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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"Don't Blink!"
11 June 2007 | by The_SandheaverSee all my reviews

In an episode which was arguably the best of the new Doctor Who episodes yet, the Doctor has to help a young woman called Sally Sparrow, whose life is endangered by an unlikely enemy...despite the fact that he is lost in time.

In an episode which may seem utterly confusing at first, it picks up the pace dramatically and with a multitude of clues, Sally Sparrow is forced to work out the mystery of the Weeping Angels with the help of her best friend Kathy Nightingale and her brother before it is too late.

Teeming with references to other time-travel classics such as "Back To The Future", this is a phenomenally written episode where everything takes time to come together but when it all comes together there are shocks and horror in equal measure.

An interesting feature of this episode is its similarity to the Second Series episode "Love and Monsters", because The Doctor is hardly in the episode, yet the episode is so superbly written that it doesn't really seem to matter.

This episode will make any fans beg for answers at several points in the episode due to the confusing way in which the episode is put together, but don't worry, because everything is explained clearly by the end of the episode and the result is immensely pleasing episode.


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