Night Terrors was such a refreshing break from the chaotic plotlines and mindfuckery Moffat usually gives us. Thank you Gatiss, you wonderful man, but this didn't quite reach my expectations after all.
Overall rating: 7 out of 10
Not terrible, but not extraordinary or extremely scary either (which I was really looking forward to)
Fillers, oh I love fillers. Putting a filler episode after Let's Kill Hitler probably wasn't a good idea (in terms of resolving plot about all that Melody/Kovarian/The Silence hullaballoo), but series 6 is definently lacking in these. So it was a nice change of pace and setting.
Murray Gold you so quality. The sound/music in this episode added such a chilling atmosphere. Some themes from series 5 were hinted at. But ugh creepy children laughing and nursery rhymes and creaky floors welp. It was truly the only scary thing to me. Not even the peg dolls make me anxious and I'm a scaredy person.
The Doctor's interaction with George was so sweet. I demand more episodes where he speaks to children because it gave me all the warm fuzzies. I never needed my ovaries anyway. (Also, Optimus Prime toys I see you there)
"When I was your age - ooh, about 1,000 years ago - I loved a bedtime story." (He's 1,103 years old in the Impossible Astronaut so it's a possibility.)
"Whatever is inside that cupboard is so terrible, so powerful that it amplified the fears of an ordinary little boy across all the barriers of time and space; through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire, through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought and whole, terrible, wonderful universe full of impossibilities. You see these eyes? They’re old eyes. And one thing I can tell you Alex…monsters are real." (Again, his old soul really kept coming out, and Matt does this wonderful thing with his acting. His eyes really show his true age. His eyes. )
The message. Everyone's felt like George at some point, fearful and too small to face anything head on. So it's how we cope with these fears that set us apart. Some of us lock them away in a metaphorical cupboard and bottle them up much like George does. We sometimes hope and pray that somehow we'll be saved, but the only ones who can conquer all our inner demons and fears are ourselves. No doctor of any kind can do that for us.
I also have to admit that the tears came down when Alex rushed over to George and assured him that "Whatever you are, whatever you do, you’re my son and I’ll never give you away." Greatest Father award goes to you Alex.
The concept. Everyone keeps pointing out the parallels to Fear Her and I have to agree that we've seen some of these elements before: an alien nesting intself in an ordinary household to gain friendship and affection. Night Terror's Tenza added an interesting layer thanks to the character of George and this episode could have been great if the pacing towards the beginning wasn't so slow.
Amy and Rory. This episode was all about parenting and the relationship between a father and his son. This was an oppurtune moment to explore how Amy and Rory feel about not being able to properly raise Melody and the lack of a normal family life. We really haven't seen much development on that or how painful that must be for them. Amy really took charge here and tried to deduce their way out of the dollhouse, which I loved to see. This was my favorite: (Poor Rory is just so accustomed to dying lol)
Amy's momentary transformation into a peg doll really didn't give me a shock factor (it was a bit uncomfortable to watch though) and Rory didn't react as disraught as I thought he would. Overall they've been a bit one dimensional since LKH. Hopefully next week's The Girl Who Waited will successfully focus on how their relationship has fleshed out/changed during their time with the Doctor and give us much needed character development.
"Well it's good to be all back together again, in the flesh." Interesting choice of words and instantly I assumed that this in fact was Ganger! Doctor but then I found out Night Terrors was supposed to air with the first seven episodes of series 6. So technically this is Ganger! Amy actually. No need to freak out after all.