Doctor Who's Steven Moffat doesn't understand why 'Blink' is such a fan favorite

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Aug 19, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

When fans want to introduce their friends to Doctor Who, one of their go-to episodes is "Blink," from the rebooted Season 3. Even though "Blink" is light on the Doctor, it’s heavy on fear and thought-provoking concepts. And writer-turned-showrunner Steven Moffat has no idea why it works. 

In the BBC video below, released to commemorate “Blink,” Moffat said, “I don’t know why ‘Blink’ is such a fan favorite. … I had no idea there was anything special about it, honestly.”

However, producer Derek Ritchie has some ideas. “You’ve got mystery. You’ve got enigma. You’ve got great character. And then of course, there’s Weeping Angels.” As we know, "Blink" introduces one of the scarier enemies the show has ever known, the Weeping Angels, who send their victims to the past and feed off the energy of the lives they would have lived. They’re utterly chilling.

Steven Moffat is the producer who many of us love to hate. He’s a brilliant screenwriter (besides "Blink," there’s "The Girl in the Fireplace," "Silence in the Library," and "Asylum of the Daleks"). However, many (myself included) believe that his story arcs are overwrought yet messy and incomplete.  Many also (myself included) feel that his characters were unnecessarily sexual. And then there are his own personal opinions, which many of us (especially myself) feel are distasteful

In addition to Doctor Who, Moffat created, writes and produces the highly entertainng BBC show Sherlock

Check out the one-minute video.