Doctor Who

Season 4 Episode 10


Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 14, 2008 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

Location: Planet Midnight
Date: unknown
Enemies: unknown - possessive creature
While visiting the planet Midnight, a beautiful luxury planet, full of lavish and hightech cities, a terrifying problem arises that leaves the Doctor powerless.

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  • Stunning in every sense of the word!

    Yet another example why Russell T. Davies and David Tennant were the finest Doctor/Show-runner pairing the series ever saw.

    Just wow. A terrifying psychological thriller based entirely around dialogue and paranoia. Well played.
  • Midnight

    Midnight was an awesome episode of Doctor Who and I really enjoyed watching because the story was excellent, the acting was supreme and the special effects for the planet Midnight were outstanding. It was cool to have a "There's something on the Wing" episode and it turned out to be pretty intriguing. I liked how events played out and it was very touching to see what the Hostess did in the end. I liked the ending and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Another excellent episode, right in a row

    Another excellent episode, right in a row.

    A mirror held up to humanity reflecting our true selves, including our dark side.

    More than a little relevance to America post 9/11.
  • the second episodes the doctor works alone.

    the doctor and donna goes on a bit of r&r.donna at a spa and the doctor on a wee trip.but as usually disaster not far's great to see an episode were we don't see a monster or do we ? the actors had to play of each other especially for david tennant and lesley sharp[sky].for an episode it went through fairly fast.the only time i have ever screamed was at the end didn't notice the time. great story,great acting.another hint at what to come.rose is back next episode people!should watch doctor who confidential great show on the work of the sound men/women the unsung heroes of the this episode.moreless
  • I love Doctor who, but . . this was a really bad episode. The bit where the character repeated everyone quickly got VERY annoying. The plot line was thin and left many questions about it unanswered. . . .moreless

    I love Doctor who, but . . this was a really bad episode.

    The bit where the character repeated everyone quickly got VERY annoying. The plot line was thin and left many questions about it unanswered. And they managed to stick another gay character in just to be unoriginal. What was nice about the episode . . well some of the visuals were nice. The pool aria looked beautiful and what looked like a diamond city was impressive. It was also interesting that the most mean character on there was right about what to do and she sacrificed herself to save everyone.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Dee mentions having done research on the "lost moon of Poosh." This is one of the stolen celestial bodies in The Stolen Earth.

    • When the Hostess approaches the front of the cabin to apologise for the breakdown of the entertainment system, the boom operator can be seen reflected in the window behind her.

    • 'Extonic' is a made up word with no meaning in English, either casual or scientific. In the episode, Professor Hoops descibes it as "raw galvanic radiation". A term which is also effectively made up, as galvanism is the induction of an electric current from a chemical reaction, thus something which produces electrical current (electrons), not radiation.

    • Midnight is the first of the new series episodes not to show the TARDIS in anything other than the title sequence. The last time this happened was in Genesis of the Daleks in 1975.

    • When the Doctor asks if everyone is okay, Rose's face can briefly be seen on the monitor behind him, mouthing his name.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Hostess: Ladies and Gentlemen and variations thereupon...

    • The Doctor: (as he speaks, Sky copies him exactly; the two speak at the same time) Mrs Silvestry, I'm trying to understand. You've captured my speech. What for? What do you need? You need my voice in particular. The cleverest voice in the room. Why? 'Cause I'm the only one who can help? Oh, I'd love that to be true. But your eyes… are saying something else. Listen to me. Whatever you want, if it's life or form or consciousness or voice, you don't have to steal it. You can find it without hurting anyone, and I'll help you. That's a promise. So, what do you think? (Sky finishes speaking before the Doctor) Do we have a deal?

    • (As each character speaks, Sky copies them exactly, speaking at the same time)
      The Doctor: If you try to throw her out that door, you'll have to get past me first.
      Hostess: (after a pause) OK.
      Biff Cane: Fine by me.
      The Doctor: Oh, now you're being stupid! Just think about it. Could you actually take hold of someone and throw them out of that door?
      Biff Cane: Calling me a coward?
      Val Cane: Who put you in charge anyway?
      Professor Hobbes: I'm sorry, but you're a Doctor of what… exactly?
      Hostess: Wasn't even booked in. The rest of you, tickets in advance. He just turned up out of the blue.
      Val Cane: Where from?
      The Doctor: I'm just travelling. I'm a traveler, that's all.
      Val Cane: Like an immigrant?
      Hostess: Who were you talking to? Before you got on board, you were talking to someone. Who was that?
      The Doctor: Just Donna. Just my friend.
      Biff Cane: And what were you saying to her?
      Val Cane: He hasn't even told us his name.
      Jethro: Thing is though, Doctor… you've been loving this.
      The Doctor: Oh, Jethro, not you.
      Jethro: But ever since the trouble started, you've been loving it.
      Professor Hobbes: It has to be said you do seem to have a certain… glee.
      The Doctor: Alright, I'm interested. Yes. I can't help it. 'Cause whatever's inside her is brand new and it's fascinating.

    • (As each character speaks, Sky copies them exactly, speaking at the same time)
      Hostess: We should throw her out.
      Professor Hobbes: I beg your pardon?
      Val Cane: Can we do that?
      The Doctor: Don't be ridiculous.
      Hostess: That thing, whatever it is, killed the driver and the mechanic and I don't think she's finished yet.
      The Doctor: She can't even move.
      Hostess: Look at her! Look at her eyes! She killed Joe and she killed Claude and we're next.

    • (As each character speaks, Sky copies them exactly, speaking at the same time)
      Dee Dee: 'We must not look at goblin men.'
      Biff Cane: What's that supposed to mean?
      The Doctor: It's a poem. Christina Rossetti.
      Dee Dee: 'We must not look at goblin men. We must not buy their fruits. Who knows upon what soil they fed, their hungry thirsty roots?'
      The Doctor: Actually, I don't think that's helping.
      Professor Hobbes: She's not a goblin or a monster. She's just a very sick woman.
      Jethro: Maybe that's why it went for her.
      Professor Hobbes: There is no it!
      Jethro: Think about it though, that knocking went all the way around the bus until it found her and she was the most scared out of all of us. Maybe… that's what it needed. That's how it got in.
      Professor Hobbes: For the last time, nothing can live on the surface of Midnight!
      The Doctor: Professor, I'm glad you've got an absolute definition of life in the universe but perhaps the universe has ideas of its own.

    • The Doctor: (as he speaks, Sky copies him exactly; the two speak simultaneously) Now then, Sky. Are you Sky? Is Sky still in there? Mrs Silvestry? You know exactly what I'm going to say. How are you doing that? Roast beef. Bananas. The Medusa Cascade. (The Doctor leans forward, as does Sky) Bang! Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, TARDIS. (The Doctor leans back, as does Sky) Shamble bobble dibble dooble. Oh, Doctor, you're so handsome. Yes, I am, thank you. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O. (The Doctor stands) First she repeats, then she catches up. What's the next stage?

    • Jethro: That noise from outside. It's stopped.
      Val Cane: Thank God for that.
      Jethro: But what if it's not outside any more? What if it's inside?

    • Driver Joe: That is beautiful.
      Mechanic Claude: Look at all those diamonds. Poisoned by the sun. Nobody can ever touch them.
      The Doctor: Driver Joe, you said we took a detour.
      Driver Joe: About forty clicks to the west.
      The Doctor: A recognised path?
      Driver Joe: No, a new one. The computer worked it out on automatic.
      The Doctor: So, we're the first. This piece of ground. No one's ever been here before. Not in the whole of recorded history.
      Mechanic Claude: Did you just… No, sorry. It was nothing.
      The Doctor: What did you see?
      Mechanic Claude: Just there. That ridge. Like, like a shadow. Just for a second.

    • Professor Hobbes: (about the planet Midnight) I'm the first person to research this because you see... the history is fascinating… because there is no history. There's no life in this entire system. There couldn't be. Before the leisure palace company moved in, no one had come here in all eternity. No living thing.
      Jethro: But how do you know? I mean, if no one can go outside…
      Val Cane: Oh, his imagination. Here we go.
      The Doctor: He's got a point though.
      Professor Hobbes: Exactly! We look upon this world through glass, safe inside our metal box. Even the leisure palace was lowered down from orbit. Here we are now, crossing Midnight but never touching it.

    • The Doctor: I'm with this friend of mine. Donna. She stayed behind in the leisure palace. You?
      Sky: No, it's just me.
      The Doctor: Oh, I've done plenty of that, travelling on my own. I love it. Do what you want, go anywhere.
      Sky: I'm still getting used to it. I found myself single rather recently not by choice.
      The Doctor: What happened?
      Sky: Oh, the usual. She needed her own space, as they say. A different galaxy in fact. I reckon that's enough space, don't you?
      The Doctor: Yeah. I had a friend went to a different universe.

    • Hostess: Complimentary earphones. Complimentary slippers. Complimentary juice pack and complimentary peanuts. I must warn you, some products may contain nuts.
      The Doctor: That'll be the peanuts.

    • (after the Crusader 50 gets back to the Leisure Palace)
      Donna: Can't imagine you without a voice.
      The Doctor: Molto bene!
      Donna: Molto bene!
      (Donna's repetition reminds The Doctor of the creature's power)
      The Doctor: (clearly haunted) No, don't do that. Don't... don't.

    • The Doctor: Oh, I can't wait! Allons-y!
      Hostess: I'm sorry?
      The Doctor: It's French for 'let's go'!
      Hostess: (insincerely) Fascinating.

    • The Doctor: Should we take a look outside, just lift the screens a bit?
      Joe: It's 100% extonic out there. We'd be vapourised.
      The Doctor: Nah! Those windows are finito glass, they'll give us a couple of minutes. Go on, live a little...

    • Donna: Oi and you be careful, all right.
      The Doctor: Nah, stuck in a big space truck with a bunch of strangers across a diamond planet called Midnight. What could possibly go wrong?

    • The Doctor: (to everyone on killing Sky) This little bunch of humans. What do you amount to? Murder? Because this is where you you decide who you are. Could you actually murder her, really or are you better than that?

    • (Donna is enjoying herself at a luxury spa when The Doctor calls her to take another adventure).
      Donna: I said no.
      The Doctor: Sapphire waterfall. It's a sapphire waterfall made of sapphires. There's an enormous jewel the size of a glacier. Reaches the cliffs of Oblivion and then shatters into sapphires at the edge and falls a hundred thousand feet to a crystal ravine.
      Donna: I bet you say that to all the girls.
      The Doctor: Oh come on, they're boarding now. It's no fun if I see it in on my own.

    • Hostess: Two people are dead!
      The Doctor: Don't make it three.

    • Sky: (about the food) Well, what's this? Chicken or beef?
      The Doctor: I think it's both.

  • NOTES (6)

    • David Troughton is the son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. David has also previously appeared in classic Doctor Who, appearing as Private Moor in the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games and as King Peladon in the 1972 Jon Pertwee story The Curse Of Peladon. He also appeared as an uncredited extra in the Patrick Troughton story The Enemy Of The World.

    • Overnight UK viewing figures for this episode were 7.3 million, with the final viewing figure at 8.05 million.

    • This episode was originally intended to be episode eight, before Steven Moffat's two-parter, but was pushed back to episode ten. The name of the shuttle bus, Crusader 50, was a reference to it originally being the 50th episode of the new series to be screened.

    • Although she appears in this episode, Billie Piper has no dialogue and doesn't directly interact with David Tennant.

    • International Airdates:
      United States: 11 July 2008
      Australia: 7 September 2008
      Turkey: 10 April 2011

    • This episode features very little of Donna, as Catherine Tate was busy filming the next episode, Turn Left.


    • Dee Dee: 'We must not look at goblin men.'

      This is a quote from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). Originally written in 1859 and published in 1862, Rossetti claimed it was a children's poem, despite some heavy sexual imagery. It tells of the temptation of two sisters to try the Goblin merchants' fruit.

    • The music video that is shown as part of the entertainment aboard the Crusader 50 is the 1978 one-hit wonder 'Do it, Do it again', by Raffaella Carra.