Series: Who’s Weeping Angels
When I was fifteen I saw Back to the Future for the first time and have been transfixed by time travel shenanigans ever since. Marty McFly’s paradoxical adventures weren’t my first introduction to the time travel sci-fi sub-genre, but they were the most influential. I have recollections of scratching out a complete linear timeline of the events of all three films and have often toyed with the idea of re-editing the dvds so that they play out in chronological order. Ironically it’s a lack of time which has prevented me from seeing that idea to fruition.
My affection for time travel stories also lead me to eventually read a brilliant novel by Gregory Benford — with the unfortunately lame title of ‘Timescape’ — Like with the Back to the Future trilogy I found the events of Timescape stuck in my head for ages and, to me, these two stories represent examples of a unique understanding of time and how to think outside of it: An idea that Gale and Zemeckis took it a step further by wrapping the plot of the second Back to the Future movie around the events of the first.
Time travel is one of those deep and meaningful subjects that even the least nerdy person has contemplated. Amongst the nerdy though, it can be a hot topic of debate, especially when you start throwing paradoxes and causality into the mix… And of course, no discussion about time bending adventures is complete until someone (probably one of those nerdy people I warned you about) steers the subject in the direction of Doctor Who.
Being one of those aforementioned nerdy people, I’ve really been enjoying the new series of Doctor Who. But until this latest episode I’d not been hit with that same spell that Gale, Zemeckis and Benford had managed to put over me.
Despite the using the vehicle of time travel as a plot device, Doctor Who tends, to the most part, stay clear of mucking about with time travel stories. While the Doctor and his latest companion, Martha Jones, have adventures in all manner of eras and on all manner of worlds, the stories tend not to crack the bonnet open and show us the inner workings of time space… it does happen from time to time, but never has it been done as brilliantly as it was in the latest episode, simply titled: Blink.
Not only did Blink contain one of the most enthralling views of time travel — as seen from an outsiders perspective — that I’ve seen in a long time, but it managed to fashion a couple of really strong characters in the space of a single episode. On top of that it added some really freakin’ creepy elements as well.
Blink is a strong episode. I don’t just mean for Doctor Who, but for ANY show. It bravely casts it’s usual stars in little more than a supporting role (which it’s done before, but never this well) and manages to take a story worthy of it’s own series and tell it in a single sitting.
This is a stand alone story too, so if you’ve never seen an episode of Doctor Who, or even if you’re not particularly fond of the show, it’s worth checking out… if only so that the title of this post makes some kind of sense! [source]