‘Sleep No More’
Every once in a while, Doctor Who does something completely different.
I for one thoroughly enjoyed this week’s contribution by Mark Gatiss. This relentlessly paced, claustrophobic adventure is Gatiss’ first trip to the future, and the result is one of his best. “Mr. Sandman” has never been creepier. Doctor Who has a longstanding tradition of turning ordinary things evil; I wonder if young fans now find themselves afraid of sleep?
I like that we don’t really know what’s going on in this episode. Getting only crumbs of the adventure makes it more fascinating. Who is Rassmussen really? Are we now all infected with sleep monsters? Is that what’s going on with Rigsy? I understood that all stories were to be two-parters, but this one feels like it might be a bit of a stretch. Can the death of sleep really take over the universe?
It doesn’t matter, because next week is Sarah Dollard and Rigsy. I’m massively looking forward to it.