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Doctor Who

Season 6 Episode 9

Night Terrors

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Sep 03, 2011 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


A little boy named George sends a distress signal to the Doctor when he discovers that monsters live in his bedroom cupboard.

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  • Night Terrors

    Night Terrors was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Doctor Who. The story was fun and scary. I liked the action and suspense. It was intriguing to see The Doctor find the boy who called out for help, as there were subtle suggestions to his true nature. It was awesome how George overcame his fear and finally felt like he belonged. Amy as a scary doll was quite scary! I liked how everything played out and look forward to the next adventure!!!!!!!!!

  • night terrors

    Genuinely scary episode of Doctor Who here.

    I'm impressed with the fact that there were able to terrify their audiences without the addition of supernatural elements.

    Nice twist at the end with the boy actually being the cause of his own nightmares which sends a larger scale message that we are all self-fulfilling prophecies.

    Takeaway moments were Amy being transformed to a creepy doll, Rory and Amy falling in the elevator, searching for the boy in the apartment complex, and the Doctor confessing that "monsters are real" much to the boy's father's dismay.

    Solid episode.moreless
  • Anybody getting an Isolis repeat feeling here?

    My god. The Doctor once agian gets a distress call and what do we get? An alien child whose ridiculous fears nearly kill Earth.


    Well, at least this time Rory didn;t face near death again. About time Amy went through something just as bad.

    The Doctor passes himself off as a real doctor again, but it hardly seems likely that he actualy can be good at it.

    Dolls are the monsters this time huh? Well, they had to try something new, but really. Come on.

    Once again the Doctor's memory is having trouble figuring things out, so it seems they really like using the mentally againg gag of the Doctor.moreless
  • The Doctor is back up to steam rescuing a small boy from his imaginary monsters. Or is he...

    A very solidly written episode, containing everything that is to be expected from "Doctor Who": Suspense, scary monsters, the Ponds attempting to figure things out and the Doctor attempting to put the parents minds at ease in his own (very) special way.

    The only tiny downside to this episode is that the authors own phobia for puppets shines through. Of course puppets can be scary if you design them to be scary puppets, but the story doesn't quite explain why there need to be particularly scary puppets in this episode. It's not that they embody Georges fears, they embody the authors fears. But again, now I'm just searching for it.moreless
  • After receiving a distress signal from a boy on Earth frightened by monsters in his bedroom the Doctor and team go to Earth to find the boy and help him.

    I rated this episode as only a 6.5. I just didn't find it to be that good compared to so many others. While all Dr. Who's, of course, are scifi and pretty far out, this just seemed a bit inane. Of course the story is about an 8 year old boy who can't sleep at night because of his fear of monsters in his room. His parents also know there are other odd things about him. After the Doctor, Amy, and Rory arrive the Doctor manages to locate the boy. Meanwhile Amy and Rory are kidnapped and placed in an unknown location inhabited by giant toy dolls which appear like a less horrific version of Chucky. They spend the episode attempting to escape while trying to figure out what is going on with these dolls that turn the people they capture into dolls as well. During this investigation Amy is captured and turned into a doll as well.

    The Doctor enters the house of the boy, George, under the auspices of being a government health worker to help the boy. He works with the boy's father to understand what is wrong and starts investigating the boy's fear of the monsters which seem to be locked in his closet. The boy's father meanwhile gets suspicious of the Doctor but continues to work with him. While discussing George the Doctor figures out that he is not really the couples son which awakens the father to realize his wife cannot have children. The boys fears take over when he hears that and the closet opens and pulls the Doctor and father into the same place that Amy and Rory, and a landlord and old woman, have been taken to.

    The Doctor and father are then attacked by the dolls and fend them off while the Doctor continues to work on figuring out what is going on. He realizes the boy is actually an alien, a Tenza, and simply wants to be loved and raised by his "parents" but has a fear of being taken away and his fears caused the people to be taken by the "monsters" to a giant doll house. The Doctor realizes the boy has to abate the fears to destroy the doll house prison and set everyone free. As the boy enters the doll house the dolls go after him but his "father" fearing him being an alien but loving him more for being his "son" helps the boy to overcome the fears destroying the doll house prison and setting everyone free.

    This was just to me too hokey of an episode and was not scary at all. The main point was people need to accept things that are different and love each other above those differences which was the family getting together even though their "son", George, was not really their son but an alien. I gave this episode a 6.5 and will be looking forward to future episodes now that the second half of the season has fired up again.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Rory: No offense, Doctor...
      The Doctor: Meaning the opposite.
      Rory: ...but we could get a bus somewhere like this.
      The Doctor: The exact opposite.

    • Alex: He's scared to death of everything.
      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. It's a fear of everything, including pants, I suppose. In that case... sorry. Go on.

    • The Doctor: Great, reading's great. Bloke's stories, George? Yeah? Me, too. When I was your age, about, ooh, a thousand years ago, I loved a good bedtime story. "The Three Little Sontarans," "The Emperor Dalek's New Clothes." "Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday," ay? All the classics.

    • 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 long way to get here, Alex, a very long way. George sent a message, a distress call if you'd 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: Tthrough crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire. Through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought and a whole, terrible, wonderful universe full of impossibilities. You see these eyes? They're old eyes, and one thing I can tell you, Alex: monsters are real.
      Alex: You're not from Social Services, are you?

    • Rory: This is... weird.
      Amy: Yeah, says the time-traveling nurse.

    • Rory: Why aren't there any lights? I miss lights. You don't miss things until they're gone, do you? It's like what my nan used to say, "You'll never miss the water until the well runs dry."
      Amy: Rory...
      Rory: Except lights, I mean. Not--not water. Lights are great, aren't they? I mean, if this place was all lit up, we wouldn't be worried at all.
      Amy: Rory.
      Rory: Hmmm?
      Amy: Panicking. A bit.
      Rory: Yeah, yeah. Sorry.
      Amy: Yeah.

    • Alex: We went into the cupboard. We went into the cupboard. How can it be bigger in here?
      The Doctor: More common then you think, actually.

    • The Doctor: Look, wooden chicken. Cups, saucers, plates, knives, forks, fruit, chickens--all wood. So, we're either inside the dolls' house or this is a refuge for dirty posh people who eat wooden food. Or termites. Giant termites, trying to get on the property ladder. No, that's possible. Is that possible?

    • The Doctor: So, Claire can't have kids, and something responded to that. Responded to that need. What could do that?
      Alex: I thought you were the expert, fighting monsters all day long. You tell me!
      The Doctor: Oi, listen, mush! Old eyes, remember? I've been around the block a few times. More than a few. They've knocked down the blocks around there now, and rebuilt them as bigger blocks, super blocks! I've been round them as well, I can't remember everything!

    • Alex: (about George) Is he going to... I don't know, sprout another head or three eyes or something?
      The Doctor: He's one of the Tenza, remember? He'll adapt perfectly now. Hey! Be whatever you want him to be. I might pop back around puberty, mind you. Always a funny time.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was originally intended to be the third episode of the first half of this season.

    • Working titles of "What are Little Boys Made Of?" and "House Call."

    • Injoke: While discussing bedtime stories with George, the Doctor mentions "Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday." Seven Keys to Doomsday was the 1974 stage play starring Trevor Martin as the Fourth Doctor, making it a non-canon story. The play was performed again in New Zealand in 1984 and author Terrance Dicks adapted it for audio release by Big Finish in October 2008.

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: March 3, 2013


    • Rory: The Doctor's back there in Eastenders land and we're stuck here in the past.
      Referencing the popular British soap opera, first aired in 1985, which focuses on the lives of the residents of (fictional) Albert Square. Previously Doctor Who and Eastenders had a crossover of sorts in the 1993 crossover, Dimensions in Time.

    • Purcell: Bergerac, God help us.
      Referencing the British detective series (1981-1991) featuring Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac, who works for the States of Jersey Police, on the Isle of Jersey off the coast of Normandy.