The first episode in BBC AMERICA’s The Doctor’s Finest selection of Doctor Who episodes airs this Saturday, August 15: the classic 2007 episode “Blink.” Starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow, this unusual episode is one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed Doctor Who stories ever made. In advance of the episode showing, here are 10 facts we’ve dug up about it that you may not have heard before:
1. The episode was the third story of the revived Doctor Who to be based on something previously written for spin-off material. After season 1’s “Dalek” had been adapted somewhat loosely from the Big Finish play Jubilee, and “Human Nature” a rather more faithful take on the Seventh Doctor novel of the same name, “Blink” was adapted by Steven Moffat from a short story he’d written for the 2006 Doctor Who Annual book, titled “What I Did On My Summer Holidays, By Sally Sparrow.”
2. Moffat was originally tapped by Russell T. Davies to write the “Daleks in Manhattan” two-parter for season 3, but work commitments elsewhere left him unable to work on that story. As he later explained to Doctor Who Magazine, he then volunteered instead to write that year’s “Doctor-lite” episode to compensate. These stories, shot simultaneously alongside another episode with a secondary crew, barely featured the Doctor and his companion, and were designed to allow for production of 14 episodes per year rather than the original 13.
3. Moffat had actually intended that the Weeping Angels would be the monster in his season 4 story, “Silence in the Library,” but after deciding to adapt the “Sally Sparrow” story, which had no villain in its original form, he decided to repurpose the idea. The Angels were based partly on the childhood game “Statues” and partly on a visit to a graveyard during a family holiday.