Entertaining, unreliable narrator, and much as I like the Doctor and Clara it is nice to see them get in over their heads and have to back out. Sometimes running away is the best option, and it is certainly better than some sort of half baked contrived solutions we get sometimes. Given the unreliable narrator, showing the heroes running off is consistent with the narrator's point of view.
Good direction and some scary moments but the actual plot was mind bogglingly stupid. After this and Robot of Sherwood I'm actually wondering if Mark Gatis sustained some sort if head injury ir something. Worst episode this season.
I voted "good" for this episode. That vote might be a bit charitable. This episode was the first real clunker of the season for me. It was entertaining, but the ending was flubbed. I'm a huge fan of leaving a little ambiguity in there, but this exceeding my acceptable quotient of such things.
An odd one. It's good to see that Doctor Who can still try something different after 52 years, in this case an entire episode based around the found footage genre. I just can't decide whether or not it worked. At the time of viewing, I enjoyed it. But after some reflection it felt a little frustrating, particularly the ending - will this be followed up in a future story? Maybe it'll improve on repeat viewings, but I suspect this will remain a story that divides opinion.
I don't even see how the story made sense within its own logic. When people sleep gunk builds up on their eyes, so wouldn't eliminating sleep prevent it from building up rather than accelerate it? And how would it grow to the size where it completely consumes someone without them thinking "Hey! That crusty thing on my eye is getting a bit big. Might want to clean that off."
Machine eliminates sleep and has monstrous side-effects, I can get behind that. Machine turns eye mucous into man-sized monsters who, for some reason, want to destroy us all—huh? And all the babble about humans being greedy because of trying to eliminate sleep was very strange condescension indeed.
I thought the hacking of peoples sight was kinda neat.
But that ending... The only conclusion is that sleep monsters wipe out humanity in the 38th century. Which I'm pretty sure goes against cannon.
Did I miss something?
Every time the TARDIS materializes in a new location, within the first nanosecond of landing, it analyzes its surroundings calculates a twelve dimensional data map of everything within a thousand mile radius and determines which outer shell would blend in best with the environment.
And then it disguises itself as a Police Telephone Box from 1963.
Not a fan of the found footage genre but this wasn't a bad story. I just didn't like the ending. Running away is fine but they didn't stop the monsters and that is what the Doctor does.
"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace. We've got work to do."