Doctor Who: Sleep No More First Impressions

Shoutout to Mark Gatiss for giving me a totally new random thing to be afraid of.

  • Found Footage: You know, I actually kind of liked how they did this.  They managed to make the format add tension without resorting to the whole “shakey cam” method of hiding the monsters.
  • Stress Assessors: I would have thought that Gatiss would have gone all the way and made a joke at the end of the “stress assessors” thing.  Too on the nose maybe?
  • GRUNTS: Leave it to humans to find a way of actually genetically engineering a lower class of people.
  • Morpheus Machine: Crap, now I’ve got that song stuck in my head.
  • Pop Up Professor: Would that be the equivalent of hiding under the covers so the monsters won’t see you?
  • Even the Doctor Sleeps: This from the man who once said that sleep was for tortoises.
  • Mr. Sandman: You have to admit Doctor, Sandmen is a bit catchier than Dustmen.
  • Blind Man’s Bluff: It makes sense that the Sandmen are blind, that said, I don’t really like the design all that much.  I know they can’t all be winners, but I would like to think that they could have done a little better than “Clayface Melting”.
  • Where Are the Cameras?: I have to say, I didn’t like this particular plot twist.  It felt a little contrived to me.  I know that they had to explain how we could see things through Clara’s eyes, but really if they had dropped that necessity and left the whole thing as being filmed by the rescue team’s helmet cams, I think it would have made things a lot better.
  • Just As Planned: Now that’s how you end a creepy episode!

Aside from the design of the monsters and a little awkward plot-hole filling, this wasn’t a bad episode at all.  They seem to be going for the creep factor of late, and I (for one) like it.

Next week we get what seems to be a Doctor Who in Diagon Alley story, and was that Maisie Williams I heard in the preview?

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