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Amy Pond: Well then… I just have to blink, right?

The Doctor: No!

Amy Pond: It’ll be fine. I know it will. I’ll be with him. Like I should be. Me and Rory together. Melody…

The Doctor: Stop it! Just, just stop it!

Amy Pond: You be a good girl, and you look after him.

The Doctor: You are creating a fixed time. I will never be able to see you again.

Amy Pond: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.

The Doctor: [Desperately] Amy… please! Just come back into the TARDIS. Come along, Pond, please!

Amy Pond: Raggedy Man…goodbye

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doctor who meme ♥ [3/3] enemies → weeping angels

The lonely assassins, they used to be called. No one quite knows where they came from, but they’re as old as the universe, or very nearly, and they have survived this long because they have the most perfect defence system ever evolved. They are quantum-locked. They don’t exist when they’re being observed. The moment they are seen by any other living creature, they freeze into rock. No choice. It’s a fact of their biology. In the sight of any living thing, they literally turn to stone. And you can’t kill a stone. Of course, a stone can’t kill you either. But then you turn your head away, then you blink, and oh yes it can.

That bit in Blink where Sally hands the Doctor the photographs of the Weeping Angels along with the transcript is so important.  It’s such a small moment, and easy to miss since it’s buried in the big “Sally and the Doctor finally meet” scene, but it’s the physical handing over of the folder which I noticed the most this time around, for two main reasons:

1) Speaking thematically, it’s what allows Sally to finally move forward and live her life with Larry. Larry tells her earlier on that she needs to move past what happened, and look to the future – he tells her this because she still clings on to the photographs.  By handing them down to someone else, she passes on that burden. She quite literally frees her hand of the photographs so that she can hold Larry’s hand with it instead!

2) It’s also seriously neat headcanon material.  So we learn later on that the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel, right? And those images are given to the Doctor?  I’ve seen it cited as a plot-hole before, but you could just as well read it as the opposite – the last piece of the puzzle.  Perhaps the Doctor, travelling to the recent past, leaves the photographs lying around.  Angels are born from the photographs – the same Angels which send the Doctor back in time. The episode is, after all, already an embodiment of the bootstrap paradox. What harm would one more do?

Maybe that’s all the Angels are in the end.  Circular replications of themselves – beings generated through the circulation of their own images, their own reflections, with no beginning and no end.