Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daleks, Weeping Angels and The Silence

Doctor Who scared the daylights out of me as a kid.  I watched Tom Baker in his scarf of many colors trying to defeat the latest evil until I couldn't stand it, and ran from the living room.  Watch those old episodes now and you may think they're tame, but if you were only seven years old and the Daleks started yelling "Exterminate!" then you'd have nightmares for a month, too.  Possibly, those memories would stick with you, and you'd barely be convinced to watch the new series even though you were all grown up.  I reluctantly agreed to give them a try, but the second the music started and the swirly-whirly (timey-wimey) vortex appeared I broke into a cold sweat.  I was ready for the worst but, no longer being seven, I fell in love with The Doctor and have watched every episode since.

Let's be clear.  This is still one of the scariest series on television.  I don't mean the slash and gore kind of scary that only gives you nightmares for a night or two.  I mean the kind of scary that, despite obviously plastic aliens who are nothing more than men in suits, sticks with you for good.  The kind that, months later when you're alone in the house and it's terribly quiet, makes you get up and turn on a few lights and the TV and maybe even gets you to pick up the phone and call someone.  Like your Mom.  That is the scary that is Doctor Who and after just one episode of season six, I have a new monster to add to my list of things that keep me up at night and make me sleep with the light on...The Silence.

In nothing more than a few glimpses and one horrible scene in the bathroom where the mouthless face suddenly gets stretchy and has a mouth and blows someone up, these guys have jumped to the top of my list.  Originally this spot was held by the Daleks.  Although their most intimidating features are a toilet plunger and a skinny whisk, their chorus of "Exterminate!" sends me running every time.  The only thing that downgraded their ferocity was their recent change from steampunk metallic creatures of doom to rainbow bright Skittles.  I just cannot muster fear over a whisk wielding Skittle. Then the Daleks were completely outdone by The Weeping Angels.

The angels make it nearly impossible for me to pass a cemetery without thinking "Don't Blink!".  There's one local cemetery with a traffic light in front of it and if I have to stop I keep looking in my rear view mirror expecting to see that what I thought was mere decoration is, in fact, a Weeping Angel that has snuck into my backseat and is about to end me.  It's only a TV show, sure, but it doesn't hurt to be cautious, so I've found an alternate route around this cemetery and it's deadly traffic light.  Hey, there was a giant, hidden maze full of Weeping Angels in one episode and I do not want to be the one to discover their hidden existence in my little neighborhood.  Also, I have never seen a Police Box anywhere in town, so I can't rely on The Doctor to save me.  If you know what's good for you, then you'll avoid cemeteries.

Now, the Weeping Angels are passing the torch to The Silence.  The man-in-plastic suit rule is in full affect but these guys are scary!  After seeing a whole nest of the things, the second you turn away they are forgotten, not gone, just completely forgotten.  How many times have you climbed the stairs up from your basement and gotten the heebie jeebies?  Or what about walking in from your car late at night and feeling like you're being watched?  Or even tiptoeing around your own house in the wee hours of the morning when the sun isn't quite up?  All those times you've felt something was there, it was The Silence.  In just one episode they have me looking over my shoulder.  I may be past my childhood fears, but these guys are nightmare scary.  I can avoid Skittles Daleks, and Weeping Angels, but there is no defense against The Silence.  Leave me a comment on what you think of this latest monster to grace the Doctor Who universe.  In the meantime, I'm going to go call my Mom.

11 comments:

  1. They had me wanting to hide behind the sofa. The whole episode did.

    It was so much darker than the previous series that I had to go and get a hug.

    And look for something fluffy to cheer me up.

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  2. I don't find Doctor Who all that scary, and my own kids are on season 3 of the reboot, but I do agree that the Silence are quite creepy. I adore Doctor Who and I'm loving a monster on par with the Weeping Angels. Can't wait for next week!

    Wait a minute, isn't there something I'm supposed to tell you? I can't quite remember...

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  3. I've watched The Impossible Astronaut 3x and they are just as scary everytime, maybe more so. The fact that the minute you turn and run you'll forget them and you're completely vulnerable? What chance do you have? You can only hope that they just have no interest in you and just leave you alone. I might spend this season wearing diapers.

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  4. @Mike
    Yup, definitely hide behind the couch scary and I think it's going to be worse next week.

    @Lori
    Really? The angels don't scare you just a teeny tiny bit? Not even a little?!

    @IsThatANerd...
    I don't think I could watch it three times! The way those scenes were filmed, where you see the creatures, see a human's horrified reaction and then they turn right around and say nothing is wrong....yikes!

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  5. They don't really scare me also but they do give me the creeps. I still loved them.

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  6. You know, my wife and I talked about the dudes from I.A. and decided they're very much what The Gentlemen from Buffy would be if written by Stephen King.

    The only Who villain that has ever got in my head was the Angels. And not right away. Not until the middle of the night after that ep when I woke up. Then they were right there with me.

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  7. @csdaley
    The creeps are what MAKES them scary. They aren't chainsaw wielding killers, they're sneaky buggers!

    @Jordan_S
    Those are the best monsters. You think you're fine, no big deal, then at 2am you wake up and swear they are hiding under the bed.

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  8. It was the cybermen and the Macra Terror which scared me

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  9. I love scary things, so I find that aspect of the show rather cool. Having said that, I do agree that the Silence are one of the creepiest things we've seen on Doctor Who.

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  10. Scariest Monsters Top 5

    1 The Silence - Who?
    2 The 'old' Daleks - Exterminate
    3 The 'old' Cybermen - Tombs
    4 The Weeping Angels - Don't eveb blink
    5 The Sontarans - who took all of their handbags

    If this lot doesn't make you anxious at the very least, then I'll doff my hat to you. Personal favourite is the spiders from the divine Jon Pertwee's last serial "The Planet of the Spiders", especially the scene were the Doctor finally sees the spider hanging off Sarah Jane's back and his reaction: "Good Grief!" By the way a big thanks to the now departed Elisabeth Sladen, who made the character of Sarah Jane Smith so enduring.

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  11. YES!! FINALLY SOMEONE WHO APPRECIATES DR. WHO!!! I think tom baker is the best doctor they ever have. My sister really want's his scarf. It is so long!

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