Just when you think the show is getting better, this comes along. You know, I wish I’d listen to Rasmussen when he said we mustn't watch this episode… But hey! I hate to be a negative nancy so I’m going to at least try and pick out some best bits… though it’d probably easier to pick out the worst.
Spoilers will follow.
6. Mr. Sandman
I loved the inclusion of this song in the episode as well as the cool hologram of what appeared to be the Chordettes. Whilst I think it was a bit overplayed, it added a creepy aspect to the story and created a very tense moment where the computer interface (which I like to call ‘GLaDOS rip off’) made Deep-Ando sing the song to enter a room.
5. The Title Sequence… or lack thereof
I was a bit wary when it was announced that the story wouldn’t include or at least open with the title sequence and theme song but was hoping we’d get something similar in style to the title card for Torchwood: Children of Earth. I’ve entertained the idea of the show dropping the full title sequence and theme for something like that for quite some time now so it was great to see it finally realised, and in quite a neat way which didn’t detract from the fact we were supposed to be watching found footage.
4. Unanswered Questions
“Doesn’t make sense. None of this makes any sense.”For once I was glad that things were left unanswered; the episode was very open ended and not particularly clear. I might be the only one to think this way, but I quite like that it was like that because it really adds to the found footage aspect of the story; we shouldn’t get to see everything. Apparently Mark Gatiss might be working on a sequel… I’m not sure how I feel about that.
3. Found Footage Attempt
I’m no fan of found footage so wasn’t particularly looking forward to this episode. Whilst I don’t think it worked that well, I commend Mark Gatiss for taking the show into a new genre and attempting something different. What I loved about it was that it actually made me feel like I was in the episode. I think that the idea that we were seeing things through the sleep in the characters eyes after they’d used Morpheus, and in the dust in the air was a neat idea which added further interesting science fiction elements to the story but I think it would have been much easier to understand if they’d just had cameras. At least I think that's why we were seeing things from the POV of the characters.
2. The Doctor and Clara
“No, you don’t get to name things. I’m the Doctor. I do the naming!”Unfortunately there wasn’t a big stand out moment for The Doctor and Clara this week but it was nice to finally see them back on a good old adventure together again. It has been too long. Series 9 promised us the Doctor and Clara during their glory years, and we have only really seen that in three or four episodes this series, so it was nice to see the classic Doctor/Companion dynamic once again… before the end…
“All right. Sorry.”
“It’s like the Silurians all over again!”
1. Gagan Rasmussen
I’m so glad we finally got to see Reece Shearsmith in Doctor Who. He’s such a great actor, and who doesn’t love a mad scientist? It’d be cool if he shows up again somewhere down the line, though I would love to see Shearsmith as a different character one day… as the Doctor maybe? That final scene though… that was kind of disturbing. In a good way!
So that's it for another week; I’ve watched this one three times now and I’m still not sure what happened, but part of me kind of likes that. I don’t want to defend it too much but some have said it was a lot of running about and not much else, but I think that was kind of the point:
“I do hope you've enjoyed the show. I did try to make it exciting. All those scary bits. All those death-defying scrapes, monsters, and a proper climax with a really big one at the end! Compulsive viewing.”Next week we must Face The Raven, but first, what did you think of Sleep No More?
Nick is a 2000 year old alien who travels through time and space, saving the good and conquering the evil... or so he likes to think.