Being born and raised in New York City, my first exposure to the Weeping Angels in the incredibly popular Doctor Who episode “Blink,” scared me to my core. The Weeping Angels, once voted #3 of All-Time Scariest TV Characters by Aol TV (now Huffpost TV), are “a group of statue-like creatures that ‘kill’ their victims by sending them backwards through time to live out their lives before their birth.” It may seem like a merciful way to go – at least you live, right? – but I promise, once you have been introduced to the Weeping Angels, you will never trust another statue as long as you live. As a New Yorker, this makes hanging out around town a bit nerve-wracking. However, one could always make a silly little safety leap in their mind by saying things like, “Maybe the Weeping Angels can only blend in among the really old statues in Europe. Perhaps our ‘new world’ designs and architecture will keep us safe…”
That is, of course, until Steven Moffat decides it would be great fun to start filming some Doctor Who for the new season on location in New York. Fraser McAlpine from BBC America asked Moffat in an interview earlier this month if he could tell him anything about what happens in New York; Moffat replied with the devious laugh of a creator set to scare the pants off American Whovians everywhere when he said, “O! Tragedy! There will be Weeping Angels there,” and he ended it with a smile. Fraser McAlpine’s gasp barely mirrored my own.
On the one hand, I am ecstatic my Doctor is coming to New York. On the other, I am on pins and needles thinking of the horrible images that will be brought to life in my hometown. Moffat ensured Alpine that he will make full use of the iconic images and architecture of this well-known city, and, with that, there is one lady I have largely on my mind:
Just one more thing for us to think about while we wait for this epic 50th Anniversary season of Doctor Who. I suddenly feel inspired to go take a stroll in Central Park, find a bench, and theorize… Maybe I’ll find a Doctor there who can help me work this out!
Is there one particular TV or movie monster you’d rather not see show up in your hometown?