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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This was originally going to be the fourth episode of the series, but was moved to the second half as Steven Moffat felt that the first half was "too dark". This necessitated minor changes to the episode. A scene with Madame Kovarian was removed, and the ending with the data file from Let's Kill Hitler was added. This means Karen Gillan, when she filmed the episode, was in fact performing as the Ganger version of Amy. The Doctor's line at the end of the episode "Well, it's good to be all back together again, in the flesh" referring to Amy's recent turn into a peg doll was written with the intention of also applying to Amy being a Ganger. See more »

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When the Doctor is talking to George about stories, he says when he was a child, he liked bedtime stories, including the Emperor Dalek's new clothes. The Doctor did not encounter the Daleks until after he had left Galafray as an old man during his first life (William Hartnell in the Dead Planet). Of course, 11 could be lying (first rule, the Doctor lies). See more »

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The Doctor: Pantophobia.
Alex: What?
The Doctor: That's what it's called. Pantophobia. Not fear of pants though, if that's what you're thinking. Fear of everything... including pants I suppose. In that case, sorry go on.
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References EastEnders (1985) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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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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