The basic rule is the one everyone knows: when you look at a Weeping Angel, it turns to stone, it cannot move, it also cannot be harmed. When you aren’t looking at it, it moves incredibly fast. If it gets you, it sends you backwards in time – usually back far enough in time that you will die of natural causes before you encounter yourself (although ‘Village’ breaks this rule with Peggy). ‘Village of the Angels’ also establishes that you will die if an Angel feeds on you twice, which is bad news for Rory Williams. Twice, actually. Sometimes, however, the Angel will just break your neck.
Next, as established in 2010’s ‘The Time of Angels,’ “that which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel.” If you view an Angel on CCTV or videotape recording, it’s still being perceived. Images become how Angels reproduce, or teleport. The rules on Angel individuation are a bit murky. Either way, it’s a fact that becomes terrifying to any Doctor Who fan with a postcard of the Statue of Liberty stuck to the door of their fridge.
A natural extension of that rule gets to the next rule: you stare at an Angel too long, you create an image of it in your mind. You create an Angel in your mind. Any photo, any drawing, and one assumes, any memory of an Angel also becomes one. The Weeping Angels become the ultimate, high stakes, sudden death version of The Game (apologies to all readers who just lost The Game).
But also, when an Angel has infected your mind, you get other side effects – stone dust falling out of your eyes, a cast iron belief that your hands have turned to stone. In ‘Village of the Angels’, you can also sprout Angel wings. And finally, we see the Weeping Angels can actually turn you into an Angel, when the fancy takes them.
That piece of information is accompanied by the new knowledge that some of the Angels, at least, are working for the Division, an organisation that until now we thought existed just because Chris Chibnall thought “Celestial Intervention Agency” (or CIA) sounded silly. Maybe they still are, but it is already clear it is made up of far more than Time Lords. So, this leads to our other big question.
Where Do Weeping Angels Come From?
In a lot of ways, this is a boring question. Not every Doctor Who villain needs to have a “Genesis of the”. The Doctor Who universe is big and strange and the whole point of travelling in the TARDIS is that sometimes you will encounter things that simply don’t have an explanation. But there are breadcrumbs.
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