Possible spoilers: What NYC landmark might be making a creepy cameo on Doctor Who?

The picture has already made the rounds on the internet, but in case this was the first you're hearing of this delightful Doctor Who news, I put it after the jump. Rumor has it, however, that a famous New York landmark (that is not in New Jersey, hint hint) might be making a cameo appearance in the show's upcoming seventh season as one of its most feared villains. And as we know, the Who crew were in New York earlier this year filming scenes that may or may not have been part of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill's farewell episode, and that the Weeping Angels were involved in that episode. While this is truly exciting to read about, I'm more excited that I get to make -- hint hint -- Ghostbusters 2 references for the second day in a row. Picture and story after the jump, and I'll warn you: it's very cool.

According to the tabloid site Daily Star, New York City's most popular harbor chick, the Statue of Liberty, might be turned into a Weeping Angel for the Amy and Rory farewell episode. The accompanying picture seems to be 100 percent unofficial and not from the show, but gives us a really great idea of what the Doctor's beloved married companions might be facing in their final appearance. From Daily Star:

The Doctor and companions Amy and Rory travel to America to battle a new army of Weeping Angels.
And they get a massive shock when the 305 ft-tall statue in New York harbour turns out to be the biggest one of them all.

But it gets worse, because as we have learned over the past few months -- because Steven Moffat is the person writing this show -- the Ponds' encounter might be more tragic than usual. As the show runner has been saying since March:

“There will be a final showdown with the Weeping Angels.
“Not everyone gets out alive. And I mean it this time!”

So, all those times Rory died and came back? It's not going to be like that. Though Moffat doesn't name any particularly doomed names, does he?

If this is true, then this is a truly interesting and frightening use of the Statue of Liberty. I'm just wondering how she's going to make her move, and if they do, in fact, have Nikes in her size, Ray. Because I don't want her crumbling while making this kind of television appearance.

Look which famous U.S. landmark is a Weeping Angel on Who! [Blastr]



  1. That’s not quite “after the jump.”  But that’s okay; I’m not a Who-head.  Or whatever you call fans of the Dr.

      1. Ah.  Thank you.  Now I wonder if they live in Whovervilles.

        Someone once explained to me the difference between “Sherlockians” and “Holmesians” but I’ll be damned if I can remember the distinction now.

        1. I imagine the biggest difference would be that Sherlockians never have to worry that people will assume that they are unreasonably enthusiastic fans of HGTV’s Mike Holmes.

    1. You really need to work on that.  Start with the current run (Christopher Eccleston to David Tennant to Matt Smith) rather than the original 1960’s and 70’s episodes, since you’ve gotten the late start.  You’ll catch up quickly enough.

      1. I’ve gotten such recommendations every now and then since high school.  I can’t imagine going all the way back to the early ones (I’m in my forties with two kids and a time-consuming job; I’m neither in the Howard families nor remotely idle, so I really have to ration my time and attention), but I fear if I enjoy the new ones enough I’ll feel the completist urge and the wheels will fall off completely.  I still remember the feeling when I had to go cold-turkey with the Star Wars books once I computed the cost/benefit analysis of staying abreast.  Don’t wanna go through that again.

  2. No other villain or monster in Doctor Who has ever scared me nearly as much as the Weeping Angels. Even in “Blink”, where what they did to people was relatively benign they were terrifying. Even with all the Ghostbusters 2 references there’s still something pretty scary about a Weeping Angel that big.

    In other good Who news, though, I’ve been reading rumors that the Ice Warriors might be back in 2013. Here’s hoping we get to see that proud and noble race once again.

    1. Wouldn’t it be a bit difficult not to be observed as a 305 foot statue. I would think such enormous size would be a liability for a weeping angel.

      1.  Plus the fact that it’s hollow and you can explore the inside just raises a whole lot of questions. Are the other Weeping Angels potentially hollow too? Does observing it from the inside have the same effect as from the outside? Also looking forward to the explanation for how a massive, famous, constantly-observed human-built structure was replaced by an alien.

        1.  Most likely during the mid-80s, multi-year renovation. Come to think of it, it’s quite possible that Lee Iacocca is an alien.

      2. But facing the largest metropolis in the US means there is never a moment when someone isn’t staring at her.  Sneaky stuff, Moffitt.

    2. “Blink” is perhaps my favorite TV episode, of any show, ever. However, I didn’t find the subsequent appearances of the weeping angels to be particularly scary. They were off to a good start the second time they showed up, but then they showed them actually moving (not when the characters were looking, just the camera). That isn’t scary, and defeats the entire purpose!

      Thankfully, they have shown constraint and didn’t ruin them by using them all the time. The other regular Doctor Who monsters you can’t really ruin by overusing them, but the weeping angels need to be used sparingly to remain effective.

    1. That’s the point. You thought they organized all those boat tours and visits to Liberty Island just for the benefit of the tourists? No, the whole idea is to ensure that there’s always someone watching it.

      It’s not an accident that the Statue was moved from Paris to New York, “the city that never sleeps”. Can’t take any chances with a Weeping Angel that big …

      1. Those sneaky French though, right? Talk about Greeks bearing gifts… Incidentally, are the replicas in Paris also weeping angels? 

    1. I don’t know re: spin-offs. Without even touching on Torchwood, there was The Sarah Jane Adventures, and that pitch RTD made to give Rose her own program.

        1. He’s got his own spin off as well (it’s animated, and he’s only barely recognisable as K9). If I’m not mistaken, he had one back in the 70’s as well.

    2. The Ponds are actually among the more long-serving companions (if you count in stories and series; changes in TV since then mean nobody’s ever going to match some of the earlier companions for episode count!)  Unless you count the Brigadier, almost nobody’s ever survived as a companion for more than three series without being written out *somehow*.  (The only exceptions are Sarah Jane and Tegan, as far as I can recall, and they were still only regulars for about three years.)

      Not saying part of me doesn’t want to see those two crazy kids retire happy.  (But then, part of me would have killed Amy last series, and had Rory emerge as the villain behind the Silence as a result.  Part of me is not nice.)

  3. IIRC, River Song has seen The Doctor’s (final) death, and her reaction when Amy (I think) asked about it was something like “I don’t fear The Doctor’s death and neither should you. There’s a much worse day coming for all of us”. Since River is going backward relative to The Doctor (and the Ponds?) the version of her that we know has presumably already experienced this episode. If the Ponds are killed off, I’m thinking this is what she was talking about.

  4.  Please – if this was supposed to be ‘after the jump’ then make it after the jump and requires clicking through.  Right now, it’s all on the front page, ready to look at.

    I’d heard of the images (and the concept has been around for ages now) but others may not be quite as aware.

  5. FYI
    The potential spoiler is right there, there is no jump as promised in the first paragraph.

  6. It makes me really mad that you just spoiled what would have been a really cool reveal in a show i really like.  You did not have a break, and the image gave everything away as i scrolled down. This is the second major spoiler i have seen on BB this week, and it’s really pretty crappy.

  7. I’m betting these are foilers.  Or else the Daily Star outright made them up. Actually I hope the first is true, because I don’t think any episode dealing with Weeping Angels will ever be as scary as blink, so  why not make the final weeping angel ep funy-scary and over the top?

  8. I guessed right without looking.

    And, Jamie, you post cool things, you just have to know when to stop writing. Are you paid per word? A picture and nothing more after the jump would be enough.

  9. Love me some Dr Who!

    A couple questions though… don’t all weeping angels have wings? Hence the “angels” part. If Liberty was a weeping angel, where are her wings?  Also since any picture/recorded image of a weeping angel becomes a weeping angel, what about all those millions of images of the Statue of Liberty that are out there… or is that where the other weeping angels came from in the first place? Maybe Liberty is the Weeping Angel Overlord!

    …Sorry, I guess I still have some residual MN Convergence vibes bouncing around in me. :)

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