Fan Focus – 20 Terrifying Whovian Weeping Angels

Visit with these 20 artists as they explore their ideas of the terrifying Doctor Who creature: The Weeping Angel.


The Weeping Angels are an ancient race of aliens trapped in stone form so long as anyone is observing them. Steven Moffat, their creator and the serie’s current show runner, ascribes their appeal to childhood games such as Grandmother’s Footsteps (think Red Light/Green Light) and the notion that every statue is secretly a Weeping Angel (source: Doctor Who Confidential). They feed on their victims by sending them back in time, which creates time energy to feed on. When they are not being observed by another being, they can move very quickly and silently, but when they are being observed, they become “quantum-locked”, occupying a single position in space and becoming stone. In this state, they are frozen and difficult to destroy. They cannot suppress this reaction. If two Weeping Angels were to look at each other at the same time, they would be trapped in stone form until an outside force moves them apart. To prevent this, they often cover their eyes while moving – this makes them look as though they are weeping. (source: Wikipedia)

But if for some reason you haven’t seen these charming creatures yet, you can get the gist without any plot spoilers from this video:

According to The Doctor, the Weeping Angels “are as old as the universe (or very nearly), but no one really knows where they come from.” He describes them as the loneliest beings in the universe, since their quantum-lock reaction makes it difficult for them to socialize; he also describes them as “the deadliest, most powerful, most malevolent life-form evolution has ever produced.“.

They first appeared in the modern series 3 in 2007 in the episode “Blink“. The story and the monster were wildly popular and reappeared in episodes in series 5, 6 and 7.

In a poll conducted by BBC, taking votes from 2,000 readers of the Doctor Who Adventures magazine, the Weeping Angels were voted the scariest monsters of 2007 with 55% of the vote; the Master and the Daleks took second and third place with 15% and 4% of the vote. The Daleks usually come out on top in such polls. Moray Laing, Editor of Doctor Who Adventures, praised the concept of escaping a monster by not blinking, something both simple and difficult to do. ( source: Monster Hit)

Still with me? Too scared? You aren’t alone! Here is little 6 year old Sydney at ComicCon 2012 asking if the Doctor is scared of the Weeping Angels:

On the other hand, fear is fun, right?! Check out this great idea for a creepy Weeping Angels prank.

And while Moffat may have been inspired by children’s games, nature (at least of the feline variety) has its own “Weeping Angels” game:

But enough about the real and unreal monsters. It’s time to see what can be made of a creepy monster in fan art, cosplay, My Little Pony and more:

Mini TLDR-Gallery for the impatient reader:

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Individual gallery pieces with artist comments, links and info:

Weeping Angel by Reonie Bothma

The Image of an Angel by Jeremy Rathbone

  • Artist: Jeremy Rathbone
  • Title: “The Image of an Angel”
  • Finished: February 2012.
  • Tools:I drew up a sketch in Photo Shop, but did the bulk of it using “Art Rage” For people that aren’t familiar with it. Artrage is a natural media painting package, that feel more like “real” painting as opposed Photoshop.
  • Artist commentary:After receiving a great many request from fans at Comic book conventions for an angel (and being a huge fan of “Blink” I thought it was time to do my own take on the creature.
  • You can find: Jeremy at his deviantART gallery and also on his Facebook where he would appreciate a ‘Like’!

Weeping Angel by shewolf294

  • Artist: shewolf294
  • Title: “Weeping Angel”
  • Time: ~4-6 hours
  • Finished: October 2012
  • Tools: Photoshop
  • You can find: shewolf294 on deviantART

Angels in the Forest by Ktar and Kilayi of Angry Robots Cosplay

  • Artist: Ktar and Kilayi of Angry Robots Cosplay
  • Title: “Angels in the Forest”
  • Photo by: The Wendy Bird
  • Time:It took about 3 weeks working every day in the evenings.
  • Finished: 2011
  • Materials: Fabric, EVA Foam, Plaster Strips, model magic, paper mache, PVC pipe, chicken wire.
  • Artist commentary:Check out our tutorial for the costumes!
  • You can find: them on the Angry Robots – costume blog and shop, on Facebook, on Tumblr and on deviantART

Weeping Angel by Darko Janevski

  • Artist: Darko Janevski.
  • Title: “Weeping Angel”
  • Time: Around 30-40h.
  • Finished: November 18, 2010.
  • Tools: Macbook Pro, Wacom Intous, Photoshop CS4.
  • Artist commentary:Don’t Blink!
  • You can find: Darko at his studio: Aimless Fly Studio. You can also find him on Facebook as well as on deviantART

Stay Out of the Shadows by McKayla Chaffee

  • Artist: McKayla Chaffee
  • Title: “Stay Out of the Shadows”
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Artist commentary: A weeping angel and the Vashta Narada from Doctor Who. They are my two favorite creatures from DW
  • You can findt: McKayla on her Facebook and on deviantART

Dont Blink - Weeping Angel Cosplay by Amanda Winter

  • Artist: Amanda Winter (makeup by Jeff Barkley and Amanda Winter)
  • Title: “Don’t Blink”
  • Time:It took me about three months, but I kept taking breaks. If I worked on it 5-8 hours a day every day I could have finished it in 2 weeks.
  • Materials: Plaster cast, PVC piping, acrylic paint, teeth… the list goes on and on!
  • Artist commentary:Putting the costume on was about a 4 hour process with the help of Cameron and my friend Dannie. There had to be an order for everything. First the nails and then an airbrushing of my upper body. Next I had to glue on a bald cap, then using Pros aid adhesive I applied the face, then dress, wings and hair. Things were a little crunchy and uncomfortable and the wings were a nightmare but overall it had a great reception and I has a blast! People were genuinely frightened of it, but on the other hand they also loved it which was a relief. You never know when you make something this out there, if people are going to respond well to it. My thanks to Jeff Barkley, Cameron Inglis, Dannie and the amazing photographer Eric Anderson for helping me make this happen.”
    – Amanda Winter
  • You can find: Amanda on Tumblr, on Facebook (check out this astounding photo gallery on the creation of this costume!) on Twitter and on deviantART. Amanda also asked me to share with you that she sells commissions of the hair and face prosthetic!

Weeping Pony by Eattoast

  • Artist: EatToast
  • Title: “Weeping Pony”
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Finished: 2011
  • Tools: Sculpey and acrylic paint over an existing my little pony toy
  • You can find: EatToast on Twitter, on Tumblr, on this Doctor Who comic and on deviantART

Weeping Angel by DanaXNeuro

  • Artist: DanaXNeuro
  • Title: “Weeping Angel”
  • Time: 5+ hours
  • Finished: 2011
  • Tools: Mechanical pencil
  • You can find: Dana’s art in her deviantART gallery

Beware the Weeping Angel by Bufstk

  • Artist: bufstk
  • Title: “Beware the Weeping Angels”
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Finished: 2007
  • Tools:
  • You can find: bufstk on deviantART

Do Not Blink by ymymy

Are you scared of the Weeping Angels by Katerina Arutyunova

Solitude by Ralph Schroeder

The Angels Are Coming by Richard Jao

  • Artist: Richard (Rikun) Jao
  • Title:“The Angels Are Coming”
  • Time: 10-15 hours
  • Finished: Fall 2012
  • Tools: Pencil, inks, and Copic markers
  • You can find more of Richard’s art at: The Portfolio of Richard Jao, on Facebook and on deviantART

The Angels Take Panem by Maria Sunderland

  • Artist: MariaSunderland/Jess!
  • Title: “The Angels Take Panem”
  • Time: 10~15 hours
  • Finished: October 2012
  • Tools: Photoshop CS2
  • Artist commentary:The idea was to combine two well-known fandoms together, Doctor Who and Hunger Games, while still making it believable.
    – Jess
  • You can find:Jess on deviantART

Weeping Angel by Ségolène Le Guen

  • Artist: Ségolène Le Guen
  • Title: “Weeping Angel”
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Tools: GIMP
  • You can find: Ségolène’s art on deviantART

The Angels take Manhattan postcard by Stephan Black

  • Artist: Stephan Black
  • Title: “The Angels Take Manhattan postcard”
  • Time: A few hours
  • Finished: Some time before September 29th, 2012
  • Tools: Photoshop CS2
  • Artist commentary:Post card reads “Greetings from New York, wish you were here
    – Love Amy and Rory Williams Pond
    P.S. The thing about time travel is that while everyone is dead, everyone is also alive.
  • You can find: Stephan at his Tumblr: Home Is Where the Hearts Are and on deviantART

Weeping Angel Games by Beck Seashols

  • Artist: Beck (Beckadoodles) Seashols
  • Title: “Weeping Angel Games”
  • Time: 30 Minutes
  • Finished: 2011
  • Tools: Ink and Prismacolor markers
  • You can find: Beck at her main site:, on Facebook and on deviantART

Hark The Herald Angels Scream by M Jason Reed

  • Artist: M. Jason Reed
  • Title: “Hark The Herald Angels Scream”
  • Time: 48hrs
  • Finished: 2010
  • Tools: Black & white verithin/prismacolor pencils; black acrylic
  • You can find: Jason on his Facebook and on deviantART

Weeping Angel Zombie Variant by Piers Hazell

  • Artist: Piers Hazell
  • Title: “Weeping Angel Zombie Variant”
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Finished: 2011
  • Tools: Promarkes, on white 160gsm canson card, inked with a pilot 0.5 liner pen and the white highlights were done with a fine point pilot gel pen
  • Artist commentary:This zombie Doctor Who variant was one of the most fun to do , and one of the hardest , its really interesting to turn some of these creatures into the undead , how would they be what would their skin look like when they change and of course it a weeping angel , cool right?!
  • You can find: Piers on his blood-curdling ZOMBIEVERSE blog (here be zombies…), on his Tumblr, on Twitter or on deviantART

The Facepalming Angel by Kalashnikova Elena

  • Artist: Kalashnikova Elena
  • Title: “The Facepalming Angel”
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Tools: Blue ink pen, Photoshop CS6
  • You can find: Elena as MRBorsch on deviantART

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