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|“||Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast! Faster than you can believe! Don't turn your back, don't look away and don't blink! Good luck.||„|
|~ The Doctor warning Sally Sparrow of the Weeping Angels.|
The Weeping Angels are an ancient race of alien monsters and major antagonists in the Doctor Who series. They made their debut in Series 3, in the episode Blink, and later appear as the main antagonists of "The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone", and in "The Angels Take Manhattan", and major antagonists of Series 13, "Flux". They would also appear as minor antagonists in the 2013 Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor". They also appear in the Class episode "The Lost", and in several Big Finish audio dramas.
|“||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.||„|
|~ The Doctor describing the Weeping Angels.|
The Weeping Angels are an ancient race that are described by the Doctor as "the deadliest, most powerful, most malevolent life-form evolution has ever produced" as they can sometimes kill without a thought. However, the Weeping Angels generally prefer to send a victim back in time before they were born to feed on the temporal energy that represents the life that person would have lived through. As a reflex defense mechanism, though it renders them unable to socialize with each other, the Weeping Angels revert to stone statues when looked at by another being, including themselves. For this reason, they are often seen as covering their eyes with their hands, giving the impression that they are weeping, when in fact, this is done to prevent them from looking at each other and turning to stone. Once their target's gaze is off them, the Weeping Angels can move upon them in less than seconds' time. Even the image of a Weeping Angel can take on a life of its own.
According to the audio drama Fallen Angels, three Weeping Angels were trapped inside Earth during it's formation, and were eventually discovered during the Renaissance inside marble blocks. Believing it was a miracle, a group of priests and believers formed the Order of the Three Angels, and commissioned Michelangelo to "release" the Angels. The Angels were defeated by the Fifth Doctor and locked under the catacombs of the Sistine Chapel.
The Side of the Angels
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In their first appearance, a group of Weeping Angels in the abandoned Wester Drumlins mansion trapped the Tenth Doctor and his companion Martha Jones in the past and took his TARDIS to nourish on it's energy. However, via a time paradox, the Doctor enlists the aid of a woman named Sally Sparrow to sent the TARDIS back to him while tricking the Weeping Angels into looking at each other to freeze them indefinitely.
The Time of Angels
In the distant future, most of the Weeping Angels have occupied Alfava Metraxis but ended up in a state of suspended animation as they wiped out the native race prior to human settlers arriving. However, a Weeping Angel trapped in the vault of the ship Byzantium has the vessel crash into Alfava Metraxis to awaken its kind from their slumber. The Eleventh Doctor, accompanied by Amy Pond, manages to wipe out all the Weeping Angels by having them get sucked into a crack in time which erased them from existence.
The Angels Take Manhattan
The Weeping Angels took over 1938 New York City and made it into their feeding ground due to it's massive population. They transformed the majority of statues into themselves, including the Statue of Liberty. They would keep victims imprisoned in Winter Quay and send them back in time whenever they tried to escape. Crime lord Julius Grayle captured an Angel, and several baby Angels, keeping the adult manacled in his office, torturing and damaging it, and the babies locked in his dark cellar. In response to the captive adult Angel's distress, at least two other Weeping Angels watched over Grayle's home, disguised as ordinary statues. They eventually attacked when it was left defenceless.
The Eleventh Doctor, Amy, River and Rory Williams travelled to Winter Quay, where they were trapped by the Angels. However, Rory jumped from the Quay's roof, creating a time paradox (as an alternate timeline in which the Angels kept Rory imprisoned in Winter Quay until he died of old age already existed), which poisoned and killed the majority of the Angels. However, a surviving Angel in 2012 sent Rory back in time, and Amy chose to follow him, separating them from the Doctor forever.
Time of the Doctor
At an unknown point in time, the Weeping Angels travelled to Trenzalore along with many other races, such as the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Silence and the Sontarans, in response to a mysterious message broadcast through time and space. Unlike the other species, they managed to make it onto the planet, where they were discovered by the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald. The Weeping Angels surrounded them, but the Doctor summoned the TARDIS to them and they escaped. During the Siege of Trenzalore, a Weeping Angel tried to invade the town but was trapped by the Doctor using a mirror on which he wrote "with love from the Doctor!".
The Lonely Assassins
Many Weeping Angels were recruited by the Division, to act as agents, being allowed free reign to be as sadistic as they liked as long as they achieved their goals.
- Flesh and Stone is the only episode when the Weeping Angels are actually seen moving physically, as one angel was seen moving its fingers to prepare to grab the Eleventh Doctor's coat, and another scene when the angels realize that Amy Pond was not seeing them due to having her eyes closed to prevent the angel in her head from entering her mind, and the angels started turning their heads to her.
- They are often considered the scariest villains in Doctor Who due to their design and abilities.
- In the original plans for Class, the Weeping Angels were going to feature as major antagonists of Series 2, such as visiting their home planet, and seeing a Angel Civil War. However these plans were scrapped after the series was cancelled.