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Published on June 9th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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The “Doctor-Lite” episode of Series 3 takes to the airwaves tonight, with Blink described as “brilliant” by CBBC Newsrounds’ Lizo.

First up, let’s have a look at the BBC Press Office Programme Information synopsis:

Doctor Who – Blink Ep 10/13

Saturday 9 June

7.10-7.55pm BBC ONE

www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho

In an old, abandoned house, the Weeping Angels wait, as Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who continues. However, when people start disappearing, a young woman called Sally finds cryptic messages bleeding through from 1969 – messages from a mysterious stranger called the Doctor. But can she decipher them before the Angels claim their prize?

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. Carey Mulligan guest stars.

Meanwhile, Lizo states that:

…Here’s a warning – it’s definitely the scariest episode of Doctor Who ever.

Which isn’t surprising as it’s from the same man who wrote the terrifying ‘boy in the gas mask’ episodes in 2005 – Steven Moffat.

At this point he boringly goes on to claim that it was Moffat’s Press Gang that inspired Lizo to become a journalist.

The backlash begins here, Moffat!

Seriously, Lizo loves this episode, awarding it four and a half stars. I suspect it might be better than that on the Lizo scale, however, as he gave Doomsday five stars…

By the time it all finishes, you just end up marvelling at how it all fits together.

That said it will give you nightmares, with the old but effective Doctor Who strategy of taking everyday things and making you see them in a totally different way.

A Doctor-lite episode that’s good?

The Doctor-Lite episode came about after it became clear that the schedule of Series 1 was too much for the lead actor to deal with. David Tennant’s first series as the Doctor saw him appear briefly at the beginning and end of Love & Monsters alongside a similarly sparse Billie Piper, while the rest of the episode was carried by Marc Warren and his relationships with LINDA and Jackie Tyler.

Taking the action completely away from the Doctor and his companion’s family this time around is another example of how the series has spread its wings since the Tylers were left on the alternate Earth, and with Steven Moffat writing the episode, get set for a Doctor Who adventure to remember!

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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