Sleep No More
Written by: Mark Gatiss
Directed by: Justin Molotnikov
Broadcast Date: Saturday 14th November at 8:15pm on BBC One
The Gallifrey Times have seen Sleep No More and have put our spoiler free preview together.
Can you believe it? Series 9 of Doctor Who is sadly reaching it's bitter end, with no more two-parters (albeit the finale), and only 2 singular episodes foreboding, it's nearly time to say goodbye to a full series of our favourite show for another year. Don't be all too sad though, because this episode, titled, Sleep No More, is an eccentric, ambitious and tremendously creative outing that will leave you destined to never shut your eyes again. Be scared, be very scared.
However, I was hugely blown away, if-anything, Gatiss doesn't hold back, and even if you're not a fan of this hugely sickening and manic episode, you have to admire Gatiss' ambition in moving away from the normality of his usual attire. Really, I am hugely fond of Sleep No More, it's crazy antics, deep and reckless conclusions, and true creative elegance pronounce it as, whilst not totally original, a sinister and hugely enjoyable ride. The clarity of tension and horror here is gritty in a very different way, it's madness and chaos abandon leave it to be one of the most sickening and shocking episodes in Doctor Who history. Whilst falling into a few pacing issues, Sleep No More has a hugely engaging and tormenting, yet intricate and delicately woven story that moulds the horror into something way more mysterious and intriguing.
Sleep No More has its flaws, but whatever they may be, it's eradicated by Gatiss' step up into the astonishing world of Doctor Who. The ambition, creativity, sense of direction and tension all make this possibly his finest Doctor Who instalment to-date. With an engrossing gross and sensitive thematic and the horror and mystery through subtleties such as the dialled-down execution act as a perfect way to re-establish the wildly rich and hugely enjoyable tension that fans forget is what makes the show.