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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
Please note that there are SPOILERS below.

I, unlike most of the other reviewers, didn't like this episode. I didn't even find it creepy. The dolls just didn't do it for me. I think I can best express why by comparing this episode to series 3's Blink.

I loved Blink. I think the difference between Blink and Night Terrors was that Blink drew us, the audience, into the adventure. Night Terrors utterly failed to do this. Blink gave us enough information to keep us wondering about what happens next. Night Terrors hardly gave us anything until the Doctor suddenly realizes that the kid's from planet whatchamacallit, which didn't even really explain how the kid has some of the powers he's exhibiting. That doesn't give the audience any chance to get into it. The weeping angels we knew to fear very quickly, and there was so much to wonder about them. The dolls, on the other hand, show up late in the episode, and we have no reason to fear them until 2/3 of the way through the episode (when the landlord is assimilated).

Blink felt like it was about normal people, and that took us (more normal people) for the ride along with the characters. Night Terrors was really about the Doctor being confused for 40 minutes and an alien with weird powers. Amy and Rory were scared, but I got no sense of real danger. And the landlord (who isn't likable) being assimilated didn't serve to tie us in emotionally. Personally, the lack of relation to the characters here kept me from being scared.

The thing that really killed this episode for me was Rory's reaction to Amy's assimilation. It was like he knew that it was no big deal and she'd be back shortly. Rory rocked it in Let's Kill Hitler by punching Hitler to protect everyone else and by taking the lead in going after Melody (and punching someone else in the process!). In Night Terrors he lacked the fervor that he had as "The Last Centurion." I'm getting tingles rewatching the beginning of A Good Man Goes to War where Rory demands that the cybermen tell him where Amy is. There's none of that when Amy gets assimilated. I don't think Arthur Darvill's acting was the issue; I think he did the best he could with some poor writing.

2/5. If I rewatch this season, I'll be skipping this one. Casual viewers can skip this episode without any worries of missing anything in the story arc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I've now ordered 2 of these sets of 6 DVDs. The first set had a disc 1 that would not play. At all. I didn't check the other 5 discs. I returned the item for refund. (replacement was not an option.) I ordered a new set. That set arrived and I found that disc 3 and disc 4 would start to play but would stop playing part way through. Disc 5 was literally in 2 pieces and, obviously, not playable. I've returned this set for refund. (replacement was not an option.)

I'm not sure what cut rate place in China is making these so that the BBC can save a few pennies but the quality is terrible. Video compression is very high so that the DVDs can be made as single layer discs. (again to pump up that profit margin on something that is already over priced.) As a result of the high compression the quality of the video is not at all what you would expect from a modern DVD.

BBC has seriously disappointed on this one. At least Amazon was willing to provide a refund. You can usually count on Amazon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2011
Penned by Mark Gatiss, co-creator for BBC's Sherlock series along with Steven Moffat, Night Terrors was marketed as the scariest Doctor Who yet, complete with the childhood fears motif that Moffat is well known for. Save for some funny character interaction, including the Doctor's penchant for toys and biscuits and poor Rory thinking that they've died -- AGAIN! -- the episode is an overall disappointment with somewhat weak plotting and pacing. The dolls, while creepy, failed to communicate a sense of danger and I felt very little connection to either the little boy or his father.

Overall, the episode was more akin to the RTD era "monster of the week" episode than the loosely connected arc story telling from Series 5 and 6. After the thrilling roller coasters of the past four episodes, this standalone break was jarring rather than relieving. Night Terrors was originally slated to run earlier in the series, before The Rebel Flesh, which accounts for its odd placement. Worth a buy if you're a Doctor Who completist but still a disappointment for those who were hoping for more from the normally brilliant Gatiss.
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on December 18, 2013
Matt and Karen are probably the weakest actors the new series has seen so far, I spent most of season 6 hoping they would finally regenerate Matt into someone who could act better in the dramatic scenes. He does fine when the action is moving quickly, but when it comes to the real moments when he can't act wacky then his performance just falls flat, and the same can really be said for Karen.

Luckily most of his scenes are him going wild and crazy especially a space ship full of dinosaurs he does pretty well. But this season had much more drama than the previous and just was overall not as good because of it. A different doctor would have made this particular season much better.
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on November 30, 2014
The pace is uneven in this series, bordering on manic at times. I like Matt and Karen's doctor/companion duo, but they aren't strong enough actors to overcome the bad writing and frantic direction. Perhaps even Tennant, with his formidable acting skills, couldn't handle this level of confusion with aplomb. The plots and sub-plots--and plots-within-plots--and throw-away plots--are blurring together until nothing is fun anymore. An elementary art-school teacher tells students not to mix all the crayon colors together at the same time--it results in a brown mess. Someone needs to mention this fact to the writers.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
I LOVE Doctor Who and am a member of Amazon Prime as I use a Roku box at home. This show was part of the reason I became a Prime Member and now only a few episodes are available through Prime so I have to pay extra to watch these episodes. I love Amazon and have been a customer for many years but am very frustrated by this. When you pay a yearly subscription for a product you don't want to get blind-sided by additional fees for the same product after only a short period of time. I can see (maybe) paying the fee for the newer episodes (Even though Hulu doesn't do that) but not the older ones! I love this show and I can't be alone in this and want Doctor Who back on Prime!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
For me, Series 6 was somewhat disappointing, and much different from the previous sets of series. In my opinion, there is much too much focus on the 3-4 main characters. In previous editions, there were some great storylines centered around new worlds and the types of people who lived there. I hope the series gets back to that direction. Cheers!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
By far the weakest season of the show.
It gets absolutely ridiculous and there are a number of episodes that are nothing short of unwatchable.
Just an absolute debacle.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
I have watched Dr. Who for as long as it has been shown on tv. I have seen most episodes as many times as the local PBS would rerun them. I loved the return of new Doctors.

Season 6 bores me. I find my mind wandering without my even noticing it. That has never happened before while watching Doctor Who.

My husband, who has not seen season 6 yet, asked me to describe what I disliked. At first I couldn't put my finger on it, but then I burst out with this description of the Doctor as "OCD, with a bit of Tourette's syndrome and with a mild touch of Asperger's syndrome." The hand flapping, the vacant eyes on the closeups, mumbling and bumbling and generally aimlessly running around and slamming things. I have no confidence in him. I have seen this before in other bad movies, the director instructing actors to look agitated and concerned, especially on tight shots. And could you do that again but looking over your shoulder a bit as though we are catching you off guard?

And the reason probably is that the poorly written scripts don't give the actors enough to work with. The story lines are poorly constructed on flimsy rehashed common themes. The "Rebel Flesh" has an echo of just about every bad science fiction movie I have seen, or is it bad westerns? Good guys, bad guys. Then everyone gets confused who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Someone dies that is good. Someone bad becomes good. There are secrets about the characters that are hinted at, but not revealed. Hmm. Did anyone see Clint Eastwood in any scenes?

Certain scenes from previous season's episodes stay with me for a long time and come to mind as great moments. The scene from "New Earth" as Doctor Who sits in front of the Face of Boe is one of those. There's not much action here, very little dialog and the whole rush of plot slows down at this point like someone hit the pause button. Why is this scene so endearing to fans? I have a feeling that the director stood back on this one and let David Tennant work his way through it by himself with just a hint of instruction. The Doctor is his usual confident self, but allows the role to take him to a place of uncertainty and amazement. We feel as though WE are sitting right there with him looking into the Face of Boe.

In the "Rebel Flesh", there is an attempt to make Rory seem deeply compassionate about the plight of the "gangers." But it almost feels like the director instructed him to look like a clerk at QwikFill who has been asked to count out the change to the customer, "say what?" He ends up hugging people a lot and alternatively running around in dangerous hallways by himself (why is he doing this?). At the end, I had no interest in which Doctor was the real one and I could not tell you how this was revealed to us. With all the mumbled dialog, I got lost.

Oh, yeah, I'll watch all of it. I wouldn't miss an episode. But I think they should retire this show. There is very little magic anymore.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
I am a long time Whovian and I can tell you that this is NOT "Doctor Who". This is "Doctor Who" trying to be the re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" and "The X-Files". Most of the season has nothing but soap opera drama in it. Remember when "Doctor Who" was adventurous and action-packed. It's not ment be a soap. Way too much drama, and way too many subplots that seem to go on in the series forever.

First you have "A Christmas Carol" which made an okay christmas episode, but overall it wasn't that great. I would have rather watched Charles Dickens' original version. Then you have the two-part season premiere "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon". That one had some great and very scary villains in it, but again the episodes have way too much drama in them and way too many subplots that aren't answered because they want you to keep watching the show. Hey BBC, if you want people to watch the show, why don't you just make it good? Then you won't need too many unanswered subplots. Then there's "The Curse of the Black Spot", which starts out great, but then disappoints in the second half. There's "The Doctor's Wife", another crappy episode. Then you have the two-part "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People", which is a complete bore from beginning to end. Then the mid-season finale "A Good Man Goes to War", which is the only good episode so far this season. It is also the episode that reveals who River Song really is.

Now for the second half of the season. There's "Let's Kill Hitler", which surprisingly was a pretty good episode. It features River's first meeting with the Doctor plus it has a good story, a lot of humorous moments, and some really good and exciting parts. Next you have "Night Terrors", which is another one of those episodes that starts out great, but then disappoints in the end. Then there's "The Girl Who Waited", which in my opinion is the worst episode in this season yet! Next is "The God Complex", which features a really scary creature in it, but the story is so idiotic and has so much drama in it, it's hard to like. Then there's "Closing Time", which wasn't to bad. It wasn't a great episode, but it wasn't a bad one either. It's a good one to watch once. It features the return of Craig from Season Five's "The Lodger", the Cybermen, and the Cybermats who haven't appeared since the 1975 Tom Baker story "Revenge of the Cybermen". It has lots of humorous moments in it as well as some suspenseful ones every now and then. Last, but not least you have the epic season finale "The Wedding of River Song", which surprisingly was a pretty damn good episode. Unfortunately you have to watch a lot of the dumb episodes this season in order to know what's going on in this one, but if you already have watched them, then this one will be a real treat. I'm not going to say too much about this episode other than it has a great story in it, the Silence returns in it, and it's action-packed.

This season did have its moments and its good episodes, but they were few and far between. Most of this season felt like a soap opera which I do not like, and overall, disappointing. I think this was the worst season of "Doctor Who" yet. If I were you I'd stick with Season Five. That one may not have been a great season, but at least for the most part, it was still a good season. More than I can say for this one.

Not recommended!
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