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On first appearance, the Weeping Angels seem to be a quartet of harmless static statues – classic marble sculptures of the type that have adorned churches and graveyards for centuries. In reality, they are an ancient alien race who can destroy lives just by touching their innocent victims. Their origins are unknown and are thought to be as old as the known universe itself. Also dubbed ‘The Lonely Assassins’, they don’t kill their prey, as such. Instead, they send their victims back in time, usually to a different location, long before they were born. The Angels feed from the chronon energy of the days that their victims would have lived, in their original time stream.
The victim is abandoned in a different time to live the rest of their natural existence, while the Angels feed off the potential energy. To survive, they are doomed to constantly seek out victims. The name ‘Weeping Angels’ comes from the fact that they can’t look at each other, for if their eyes met they would turn each other to stone. So, they hide their eyes behind their hands as if they were crying. The winged Angels have demonic faces when they attack, displaying their sharp, fanged teeth which jut from their mouths, as well as elongated finger nails which help them to reach out to their victims. Blank eyes adorn their faces that are totally devoid of wrinkles or any other sign of aging.
The Angels, when observed, can’t move – they are ‘quantum locked’ and become like rock. As the Doctor has pointed out: you can’t kill stone. However, when you look away, even for the blink of an eye – they move at great speed. The Doctor and Martha encountered the Weeping Angels at Wester Drumlins, being sent back to 1969 after the Angels targeted the TARDIS as a source of unlimited power. Luckily, with the help of Sally Sparrow and Larry Nightingale, the Angels were tricked into seeing each other, permanently turning them all to stone. However, these are just four of the Weeping Angels – many more could be out there, disguised in the ancient architecture of the galaxy.