ABSTRACT

The antithesis between life and death which provided the principal dynamic of the film is replayed in The Angels Take Manhattan in a heightened form. There is no doubt that in the contest between life and death instincts in Blink, love of life prevails. In Blink, actual or potential relationships of love are counter posed in several instances to death-threatening encounters with the Weeping Angels. As the Doctor Who team have said, the most frightening monsters are those nearest to the experience of normal life. Doctor Who episodes mingle narrative genres. While Blink sets its science fiction narrative in a gothic setting, in The Angels Take Manhattan the central characters find themselves transported into the time, place, and atmosphere of an American thriller or film noir of the 1930s. Doctor Who gives its young viewers an acquaintance with many different fictional forms.