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As part of a well-deserved holiday, the Doctor takes a tour on a planet called Midnight. Little does he know that something is knocking on the walls, although the planet shouldn't be inhabited. Soon the passengers begin to panic when one of them is possessed.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Rakie Ayola ... Hostess
Lesley Sharp ... Sky Silvestry
David Troughton ... Professor Hobbes
Ayesha Antoine Ayesha Antoine ... Dee Dee Blasco
Lindsey Coulson Lindsey Coulson ... Val Cane
Daniel Ryan ... Biff Kane
Colin Morgan ... Jethro
Tony Bluto Tony Bluto ... Driver Joe
Duane Henry ... Mechanic Claude


The Doctor and Donna are taking a bit of a break from their adventures and spending a bit of time on the planet Midnight. While Donna opts to spend a bit of time in the spa, the Doctor goes off on an all-day bus tour to the Sapphire Waterfall. Part way through the four hour journey to get there, the vehicle stops for no apparent reason. When they hear noise coming from outside the vehicle, panic begins to set in. When one of the passengers is taken over by the being, the passengers paranoia and fear know no bounds and the focus of their solution is to eliminate the Doctor. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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(50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?


Midnight was set to be episode 8 of season 4 with Doctor Who: Silence in the Library (2008) and Doctor Who: Forest of the Dead (2008) following it. Had the episode been originally where it had been placed it would have been the 50th episode of the revived series. A reference to this milestone was seen in the bus' name "Crusader 50". See more »


When the doors are sliding down at the beginning of the Crusader 50 trip, the wall panels can clearly be seen shaking. See more »


The DoctorSky Silvestry: [Sky is possessed by something and is able to say the exact thing the Doctor says while he says it] Oh, Doctor, you're so handsome. Yes, I am. Thank You.
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Featured in Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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3 November 2012 | by ridingjunkySee all my reviews

Seriously. Just. Wow.

"Midnight", I can safely say, is a Doctor Who experience unlike any other. In a series that had previously left me quite underwhelmed, this completely blew my mind.

This is bar none Russell T. Davies' greatest work. He tosses aside all of the DW typicality: the companion, the hideous monsters, the running... Even the Tardis takes a leave of absence. In their places, he gives us a claustrophobic,motionless, and tense 45 minutes of sheer paranoia - and boy is it amazing!

Here we find The Doctor leaving Donna behind at a spa while he boards a tour bus on its way around Midnight, or 'the diamond planet'. He gets acquainted and rather chummy with the other passengers to pass the time, until suddenly the bus stops unexpectedly in a place where no person has ever gone, and they realize that they are no longer the only passenger on board . . .

As we all know, Steven Moffat is the master in creating a disturbing, chilling, and very cerebral atmosphere. Remember "Blink"? He created a monster that was genuinely terrifying without being aggressive or loaded with prosthetic. Well, Davies does him one better here. This time, we don't even know what the monster is, or what it looks like. It's more of an essence, like a demon possession. It grabs hold of its victim and corrupts it. How? We don't know. Why? Don't know. And that's what makes it so horrific.

This seems to be The Doctor's strongest adversary to date. He can't use words to talk sense into it, or use his screwdriver to find out more about it, and as paranoia strikes everyone on bored, he can't even win their trust. There's nothing for him to fight, and he is left in the mercy of scared innocents that think of him as a risk to their own safety. In fact, this is the only time we've seen the 10th rendered completely helpless - and David Tennant plays to that beautifully! In fact, everyone in this episode did a magnificent job! It's just a gripping study in character and emotion from start to finish.

All in all, this was my favorite episode to date, and by the end of it, my heart was racing so fast, I just had to watch it again.

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