A young boy living in a tower block on a council estate sends out, unknowingly, a psychic distress call transmitted to the Doctor's 'psychic paper'. When the doctor and his associates ... See full summary »




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A young boy living in a tower block on a council estate sends out, unknowingly, a psychic distress call transmitted to the Doctor's 'psychic paper'. When the doctor and his associates eventually find the correct flat in the tower block, they are inadvertently sent by the boy into a doll house, where they are terrorized by life-size peg dolls, and are threatened with becoming peg dolls themselves. Written by Anonymous

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The story was originally set in a hotel hosting a psychiatric conference, where the patients' phobias would be made manifest. However, this was very similar to "The God Complex". Steven Moffat suggested setting it in an apartment complex. See more »


When the wardrobe sucks in the Dr the child's table is knocked over but is upright again after the door closes. See more »


The Doctor: I'm not just a professional, I'm the Doctor.
Alex: What's that supposed to mean?
The Doctor: It means I've come a very long way to get here, Alex, a very long way. George sent a message, a distress call if you like. Whatever's inside that cupboard is so terrible, so powerful, that it amplified the fears of an ordinary little boy across all the barriers of time and space.
Alex: Eh?
The Doctor: Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire, through empires of glass and civilizations of pure ...
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Traditional Tale Which Is Just What The Doctor Ordered
3 September 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

You can't really blame the casual viewer if they've given up on the show at this point . Viewers demand to be entertained and this season has seen some of the most ridiculously confused and confusing story telling in the history of television . Same old , same old and it gives de ja vu a bad name and last weeks trailer didn't give much hope since Night Terrors seemed to be a remake of Fear Her which is possibly one of the most boring and predictable episodes seen in NuWho . Considering it was written by Mark Gatiss who responsible for last year's Dalek debacle a fan like myself was suffering the type of fear that the programme might be going from bad to worse

These fears were unfounded . It's not a flawless episode but what Gatiss has done has unrepently made an episode for the target audience of children . DOCTOIR WHO is not a children's show - it's a family one and the ability to absolutely terrify its younger audience without the need for gore speaks volumes as to what a unique and magical show it is . The format allows a story to be about anything in any genre but it's best remembered as a horror show lite for younger viewers and Gatiss develops this to the max As for the flaws it does resemble Fear Her plot wise , it's not a radically different type of adventure but this isn't necessarily a criticism . There does seem a slight problem with structure with the monsters themselves being slightly under developed and the ending rushed and it's very noticeable that the companions are sidelined due to dual plotting but along with Christmas Carol ( Another episode with a sidelined Amy and Rory ) this is the episode I've enjoyed most in the last two years which make me wonder if perhaps the eleventh Doctor would have worked better without companions ?

Nevertheless this is very entertaining television and I for one hope to see Mark Gatiss take helm of the show once Moffat leaves . I can't bare yet another over complicated runaround involving time paradox

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