Doctor Who Delivers the First Officially Lame Episode of Series 9 With 'Sleep No More'

Sunday, 15 November 2015 - 2:46PM
Doctor Who
Sunday, 15 November 2015 - 2:46PM
Doctor Who Delivers the First Officially Lame Episode of Series 9 With 'Sleep No More'
Doctor Who series 9 has mostly been a blast up to this point, but it seems like it may have finally hit it's low point with 'Sleep No More.'

This week's episode featured the Doctor and Clara investigating a 38th century space station in orbit around Neptune. A team of special ops were also checking out the station, as the crew apparently had gone MIA. It was then revealed that an invention called 'Morpheus' (a machine with the ability to let a person take a 5 minute power nap that would provide all the sleep they'd need for days) was being stored on board the ship. Oh, and then there were the monsters haunting the space station, which were revealed to be nothing more than sentient compilations of the mucous that forms in the corner of one's eye as they sleep.

The description of the 'Sleep No More' monsters should be enough to demonstrate why this week's episode could very much be considered a failure. Yet Doctor Who has worked through some pretty terribly thought out villains before by compensating with the storyline. Sadly, that didn't happen either this week. They even took away the introductory title sequence for the episode, which is sort of the one guaranteed enjoyable moment fans have come to expect during each week's show!

Writer Mark Gattiss was obviously going for something different in this episode, and he at least delivered on that much. However, different doesn't always equal better. Gattiss isn't a bad writer, and he's done an excellent job with BBC's Sherlock, but without doubt, this wasn't one of his better stories.

'Sleep No More' was the first official standalone episode of series 9, but the way the episode ended was enough to set up an eventual sequel. There were numerous questions left unanswered, and no real resolution to the events of the story were ever given.

Series 9 is quickly approaching its end, so hopefully 'Sleep No More' will turn out to be the marker for the low point of this season. It tried too desperately to be creepy, and the point-of-view video style should have been saved for a better episode. Overall, series 9 has been a great run of the show, and so that makes this week's bad episode just a bit easier to swallow.

Things are certainly looking up for next week, however, with Rigsy from the series 8 episode 'Flatline' returning to the show and Ashildr finally popping back up after a 3 episode hiatus! Catch it next Saturday at 9p.m. ET on BBC America.
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