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In the Forest of the Night 

One morning in London, and every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown and taken back the Earth.


Sheree Folkson


Frank Cottrell Boyce (as Frank Cottrell-Boyce)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Samuel Anderson ... Danny
Abigail Eames ... Maebh
Jaydon Harris-Wallace Jaydon Harris-Wallace ... Samson
Ashley Foster Ashley Foster ... Bradley
Harley Bird Harley Bird ... Ruby
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Siwan Morris ... Maebh's Mum
Harry Dickman ... George
James Weber Brown ... Minister
Michelle Asante Michelle Asante ... Neighbour
Curtis Flowers Curtis Flowers ... Emergency Services Officer
Jenny Hill ... Jenny Hill
Kate Tydman Kate Tydman ... Paris Reporter


One morning in London, and every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown and taken back the Earth.

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The title comes from William Blake's 1794 famous poem The Tyger, which begins, "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night" See more »


Just after finding Maebh's phone (the pink one) in the forest, Clara has her phone (the white one) in her left hand and Maebh's pink phone in her right hand. A moment later Clara is seen with the phones switched around and another few seconds later the phones have switched back. See more »


[first lines]
Maebh: I'm lost. Please, can you help me?
The Doctor: [pointing in a random direction] It's that way.
[starts to close the door, but sees trees all around the Tardis]
The Doctor: Are those trees?
Maebh: I need the Doctor. Are you the Doctor?
The Doctor: Yes. Do you have an appointment? You need an appointment to see the Doctor.
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Featured in Doctor Who Extra: In the Forest of the Night (2014) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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'Never work with animals or children….' W.C. Fields (Also - Who IS 'Missy?" I'm willing to bet
26 October 2014 | by UNOhwenSee all my reviews

The full impact behind this quote is on display in this episode of Doctor Who.

The Forest Of The Night - the 8th episode of the 10th series - is one of the (I'm sad to say) worst stories (even including the other 'child' episode - Fear Her).

Let me say I am not some 'right-wing' person who doesn't believe in the detrimental impact we're having on this planet.

What I am saying is this story is a cheap cop-out - an easy excuse to bolster ratings amongst kids & their parents, but - for the rest of the viewers (who are the majority); adults, this story's attempt at making a natural solar event into a Who-story falls flat.

The only positives here - an excellent manic performance by Peter Capaldi as The Doctor.

I am of the mind thought that the relationship between Clara Oswald & Danny Pink is forced, & very unnatural.

For those who watched this evolve from this series beginnings, Clara always seem to be the one making the moves after Mr. Pink, but - there was never anything 'there' - that, we the viewer could see.

Yes, Samuel Anderson (who portrays Danny Pink) is a handsome fellow, but, the initial pursuit Clara does for Mr.Pink seemed pointless.


Yes, without being sexist, there's nothing wrong with wanting someone for purely physical reasons, but, as this 'relationship' has continued, she seems to weigh it's value much deeper than she, and he seems to be indifferent.

So, to have the possible end of the world about to happen, I would rather save myself - Mr. Pink and kids be damned.

This episode features another appearance by the 'mysterious' 'Missy,' and I'm willing to bet 'Missy,' is the Doctor - I propose her name is short for 'Mistakes.'

I do not have any inside word from anyone @ either BBC or on the series itself - it just seems to be quite obvious.

TIme will tell.

IF I'm right, buy me a beer.

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