A masterfully creepy chamber piece, in which Doc embroils Clara in his obsession to prove an unprovable theorem
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Travelling around time and space on his own, The Doctor develops an obsession with finding a hypothetical species so incredibly furtive, their genetic predisposition to remain unproven apparently proves their existence.
Meanwhile, Clara and Pink are finally having their first date and it’s such a disaster that she can’t quite get Pink out of her mind when Doc connects it to the TARDIS and whisks her away on another expedition.
Cut to Gloucester, the recent past, and the first of two frightened children we’re going to encounter in this creepy tale, namely, a young Rupert Pink who’s haunted by both a creature under his bed and a dreadful first name he can’t wait to replace.
Oh, and here’s that pic that Michael Ridgway sent us. Listen to this spiffing podcast episode and read his mini review in the comments below for context…
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I think I liked it. Though I’m glad I didn’t watch it in the evening.
4.0 out of 5 creepy episodes, because this TV show occasionally pulls out disturbing imagery like the bedcover monster and kills it in the alarming department. Also… sad Little!Doctor… heartbreak. Though damn, Clara, why would you grab his ankle as your first reflex?!
Trivia: the creature makes a guest appearance in CBeebies Bing episode ‘Birthday’.
Summary: (It’s good to) Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
3.7/5 spare underwear you’ll need if watching this episode under the following circumstances – alone, under a bed in a deserted mansion during a thunderstorm, and then someone sits on the bed.