Nightmare Fuel / Doctor Who

"Every single creature in the universe has an irrational fear of the dark. But they're wrong. Because it's not irrational."
The Tenth Doctor, "Silence in the Library"

Doctor Who: Combining cheesy camp with utterly nightmarish television since 1963. Sweet dreams!

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Classic Series

     All seasons 
  • The Doctor Who title sequence is arguably at its best when it's unnerving and looks like an acid trip. It's hard not to feel even a tiny chill when seeing the abstract alien ripples and clouds in the '60s and '70s intros, with Delia Derbyshire's original musique concréte version of the main theme, especially at the cue of the first ooooo-WEEEEEE-OOOOOOOOOOOO...
    • Speaking of the title sequence, showing the Doctor's face in the opening titles must have sounded like a good idea at the discussion table, but the final effect was often seven shades of creepy. The Fourth Doctor's head, with Tom Baker's trademark pop-eyed stare, is probably more unnerving than any other.
      • Same with the Sixth Doctor's opening. Colin Baker's smile is less Cheshire Cat and more "I'm going to eat your soul."
      • And Sylvester McCoy's creepy wink.
    • The original 1963 arrangement of the Doctor Who theme applied to this even without the visuals.
    • The 50th Anniversary closing credits is probably the worst, with the faces of every Doctor zooming towards you, looking like masks. Worst of all, their eyes look black and soulless.
    • Capaldi's face is kind of creepy in his, as all it shows are his extremely piercing eyes and his "attack eyebrows". (The original fan-created video it was based on features the Doctor's face; it was the BBC VFX team who decided to just go with the eyes, according to a Doctor Who Magazine article.)
    • In the same vein, the first title sequence of the new series to bring back the tradition of featuring the Doctor's face was in season 7B, which was a kind of Darker and Edgier theme/opening than the previous one. It features a quick lightning flash of 11's face, looking kind of grainy and creepy, and it's probably a little jarring if you're not expecting it.

     Season 1 
  • Episode 2 of An Unearthly Child displayed a whole human skeleton with its skull tilted to stare out at the audience, and a cave of piled human skulls. The episode (prior to the serials having collective names) was aptly titled "The Cave of Skulls".
  • In the original Dalek story, we see a lake full of horribly mutated aquatic creatures. One of them takes a very unfortunate Thal, and before that we hear their cries. All through the night, our heroes heard them.
    • They pulled a Dalek creature out of its casing and Ian climbed in. It must be so gross in there.
    • Barbara wandering, lost, in the Dalek city in the first episode, with doors closing behind her and locking her in, can be quite scary especially if one is claustrophobic.
  • The Edge of Destruction. The predecessor to Midnight with just the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara on the TARDIS and they begin to fight each other.
    • Susan threatening to stab Barbara with scissors, then forcing herself to instead stab her bed over and over while shrieking and sobbing is very freaky.
  • Marco Polo has Tegana, a treacherous, cold-hearted Jerk Ass who takes more than a few measures to give hell to our heroes on their journey.
  • The booby-trapped building in The Keys of Marinus. Also the Brains of Morphoton.
    • One Voord, traveling through the sea of acid, got a tear in their protective suit. Slow and painful death apparently ensued.
    • How about the bit about Barbara being trapped in an icy mountain, at the mercy of a deranged hermit? Who is the former Trope Namer for a form of murder?
  • The Aztecs takes human sacrifice and rolls with it. Not to mention Barbara's realisation that she can't possibly hope to change that aspect of history.
  • The Sensorites is worry-inducing enough with the City Administrator's scheming against the heroes, but then come the monsters in the sewer...

     Season 2 
  • In Planet of Giants, Barbara accidentally comes in contact with some nuts laced with incredibly dangerous pesticide, and becomes nearly as sick as that time everyone got radiation poisoning in The Daleks, on the verge of collapsing. Just then, the last we see of the villain involves him getting a spray of said pesticide right in the eyes.
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The early series' sense of hopelessness and despair in its purest form, as Daleks have taken over Earth entirely. Before the Doctor shows up, there is no one around fit enough to stand up to them, let alone defeat them. Couple that with that they choose the most fit among the survivors and turn them into robotic slaves, you got yourself a solid 3 hours of nightmare fuel. Heck, this story (not counting The Daleks) was by far the show's darkest moment, and its ticket into a lifetime of full-fledged Nightmare Fuel.
    • The Slyther may not be the best SPFX out there, but imagine a prison camp not only run by Daleks, but guarded by what is almost certainly another Davros special.
  • Vicki in The Rescue is a small girl virtually alone on a planet, save for her crippled crewmate who turns out to be a psychopath who killed the rest of his crew and committed genocide just so he could save himself from the Earth authorities by blaming it on a monster, who is also himself in disguise.
  • The Romans functions as a light humour piece for the most part, but towards the end, the Doctor realizes that he just may have caused the Great Fire of Rome... and laughs eerily.
  • The Web Planet: Six episodes of tension and fear as the psychically superpowered Animus (revealed in the Expanded Universe to be a creature from the Lovecraft mythos) constantly sends the usually peaceful Zarbi to massacre the rest of the natives, and becomes obsessed with the Doctor once he arrives.
    • Especially when the Doctor and Vicki get cocooned in cobwebs and it looks like they are suffocating.
  • The Space Museum: First you find yourself in a silent shadow of the world a few minutes into the future, where you yourself leave no footprints, walk about unseen and unheard, like a ghost. Then you see your own stuffed and mounted corpses on display.
  • The Time Meddler: Imagine a full-scale invasion of organized Pirates, hundreds of ships. Yeah. That's what the historical Viking invasion of 1066 was.
  • The Chase has monsters that knock down walls in the fish-people city, and the way that one monster jumps on the poor alien that Barbara tries in vain to save...
    • The chapter where the Daleks land on the sailing ship, and the crew and passengers throw themselves into the ocean in sheer terror. And then you learn that the name of the ship is the Mary Celeste...

     Season 3 
  • The varga plants in Mission to the Unknown. They are The Virus, and when you turn into one, you have this overwhelming urge to kill.
  • The Dalek's Master Plan. The whole thing:
    • It begins with a politician, an admired and respected public figure, revealed to be allying himself with the Daleks and basically selling out the whole of humanity for his own benefit.
    • They go on to explain how the Daleks are "allying" themselves with delegates from all over the universe to overthrow the solar system by building a doomsday weapon.
    • The Doctor manages to steal a vital component of this weapon, but in his escape he and the crew are forced to stop in the planet Desperus, a prison planet, where they just dump the convicts on the surface and leave them to fend for themselves.
    • When one of their allies (played by Nicolas Courtney) tries to get help from his sister, a guard from the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, she kills him and plots to do the same to the others.
    • The lot are accidentally teleported to a planet plagued with invisible monsters, which only the Daleks are able to keep at bay.
    • Later, they land on a volcanic planet, meeting an old enemy who locks them out of the TARDIS as the magma builds up around them.
    • Nearing its conclusion, the Doctor is forced to give up the device's core through an intricate plot involving Egyptians, and he has barely enough time to chase the Daleks before they activate it...
    • ...and when they do, it goes out of control, taking the planet Kembel (hosting the most hostile of jungles in the universe) and reducing it to a dry, eroded ball of nothing, as the corpses of every living creature on it are strewn across its surface. The last few minutes are just the Doctor and Steven contemplating all the destruction.
    • Victims of the Daleks' activation of their Time Destructor include themselves (hyper evolved into as the novelisation puts it "starfish creatures") and the Doctor and one of his companions. He survives although is weakened by the millions of years of time that washed over him, she is less fortunate. And the audience gets to watch as she screams and ages to dust.
  • The Massacre: somehow, a minute and a half of etchings to the sound of shouting and drums brings home the horror of one of the most terrible events in French history more effectively than any sort of live action could.
  • The Celestial Toymaker, a Psychopathic Man Child (played by Michael Gough) who will turn you into one of his playthings if you lose his games and destroy the world if you win (and you with it unless you can make a fast enough exit).
    • The games themselves? The Blind Man's Buff game wasn't so bad, compared to the booby-trapped chairs, the dance that entraps, and the electrified floor on the hopscotch field.
  • The War Machines, where brainwashed workers build said Machines until they collapse. Something of a Fridge Logic moment as an AI would surely realise that human beings need regular food and rest to work efficiently.

     Season 4 
  • There's a surviving clip in part 3 of The Smugglers where Captain Pike has just given one of his goons the You Have Failed Me treatment, and then the camera follows a bloodstained handkerchief to the pirate's corpse. Then, the dead man's eyes are staring right at you.
  • The original Cybermen make their first appearance in The Tenth Planet and prove to be extremely unnerving. Not to mention they basically looked like futuristic versions of Frankenstein's monster, and also spoke in a creepy singsong voice:
    Cyberleader: (after learning of the men trapped in the space probe) It is not important. There's really no point, they could never reach us now.
    Polly: But don't you care?
    Cyberleader: Care? Why should I care?
    Polly: Because they're people and they're going to die!
    Cyberleader: I do not understand you, there are people dying all over your world yet you do not care about them?

    Cyberleader:(after the general contacts the emergency line) That was really most unfortunate, you should not have done that.

    Cyberleader: The energy of Mondas is nearly exhausted and now returns to its twin and will gather energy from Earth.
    Doctor: Energy!?
    Barclay: For how long?
    Cyberleader: Until it is all gone.
    Dyson: But that means the Earth will die!
    Cyberleader: Yes, everything on Earth will stop.
    Barclay: But you can't just stand there and tell us we're all going to die!
    Cyberleader: You are not going to die.
    Doctor: Then how are you going to stop this drain of energy to Mondas?
    Cyberleader: We cannot, it is beyond our power.
    Doctor: How are we going to survive!?
    Cyberleader: By coming with us.
  • The Power of the Daleks: A scientist restores an inert Dalek and shows it off to the other members of his space colony. The Doctor also happens to be present, and while he tries to warn them of the misery and destruction that the creature may bring, the Dalek overlaps by yelling "I am your ser-vant! I am your ser-vant!" over the Doctor's increasingly desperate cries. They keep chanting "I am your ser-vant" throughout the serial, to very creepy effect.
    • Later in the serial, the scientist catches wind of the Daleks' true nature, which leaves him such a shock that he cannot speak without his voice trembling, and by the end he's gone completely insane, believing that the Daleks have come to replace man as the dominant species. And the eyes. God, the eyes.
      Ben: You've done all this. Why did you give them power in the first place?
      Lesterson: Well, I could control it, you see. And then Janley got one of her men - Valmar, I think it was, yes - and he rigged up a secret cable. It's carrying power directly from the colony's supply.
      Doctor: Where? Where is it, Lesterson?
      Lesterson: Valmar's the only one who can answer that. Or the Daleks of course. They know everything. Yes, you should ask the Daleks.
    • Not to mention his final moment of madness:
      Lesterson: I want to help... you.
      Dalek: Why?
      Lesterson: I... am your ser-vant.
    • Heck, that guy was creepier than the Daleks.
    • At the beginning of that same story, after the Doctor's regenerated for the first time, he huddles around in disorientation, eventually pulling out a chest with some old belongings, including his recorder, a 500 year-old diary, and a piece of metal which makes him remember a single word: Extermination.
  • The Fish People from The Underwater Menace were born humans, but went through a mind-numbing operation (which is almost forced onto Polly) which enabled them to survive underwater. Also, Zaroff's watery doom.
  • The Macra in their original story are sentient and cunning. The clips on Lost in Time are terrifying, especially when the "Controller" is pleading in vain for mercy and very obviously not in control. Thank God these things eventually devolve.
  • That tour company in The Faceless Ones. Tourists board but never disembark (unless the Doctor shows up before they start dying, which he does).
    • The Chameleons' modus operandi, not fully explained until Jamie reaches their hideout in space: when they board the planes, the victims are slowly subjected to a process of spatial compression, and by the time they've reached the hideout, they're the size of dolls, and are unconsciously kept in drawers until the Chameleons have further use for them. Also, if their disguise-generating armbands are prematurely removed, they dissolve into lifeless blobs.
    • The And I Must Scream horror of the victims paralysed in their little boxes, staring, only able to scream mentally... absolutely terrifying when this happens to Polly.
    • On a Fridge Horror note, what must have happened on the Chameleons' home planet that forced them to steal other creatures' faces and identities to survive?
      • This somewhat becomes Narm if you watch what's left, read the scripts, and learn that the reason is insultingly vague: They lost their identities. In a gigantic explosion. Yeah.
  • The Evil of the Daleks. Maxtible gets infected with the Dalek factor. Even with only the audio and Tom Baker's narration on the Missing Stories cassette or poor-quality reconstructions to go from, it's still clearly a Fate Worse Than Death.

     Season 5 
  • Tomb of the Cybermen: "... you belong to uzzzzz ... you shall be like uzzzzz"
    • The scene where they all start waking up and climbing out of their hive-like tomb... ugh. The music that plays during that scene is pure nightmare fuel too. note  Listen here: [1]
    • As if the Cybermen weren't disturbing enough, when they speak, if you listen closely you can hear a second voice underneath the louder Machine Monotone, a barely audible breathy whisper, the actual voice of the Cyberman speaking.
    • By the time The Tomb of the Cybermen comes around, we've seen enough of the implacable cyborgs to be immediately scared by them, but this story also introduces the cybermats, small, creeping cybermooks designed to look vaguely like silverfish, but with a highly Uncanny Valley pair of bug-eyes (complete with pupils), which seem to pulsate during the extreme close-ups given in the scene where they crawl over some of the sleeping main cast.
    • The Cybermats are very clearly stated in Expanded Universe materials to be made from miniaturized Cyberman tech and organs of creatures too small to be effectively cyberconverted. Including children.
  • The Abominable Snowmen:
    Padmasambhava: Oh, Intelligence. You promised to release me, yet still I feel your grasp upon this frail body. Why? What is happening? This was not your plan. But if you continue to expand...
    (He realises what the Intelligence's plan really is.)
    Padmasambhava: I have brought the world to its end.
  • The Enemy of the World progresses with a plot which wouldn't be out of place in an action movie (almost Bond-like) right up until the very end, the only time when the Doctor and Salamander meet, engaging in a duel inside the TARDIS which causes them to accidentally flip the dematerialisation switch. Only problem, the doors weren't closed, and Salamander is flung out by the turbulence into the vortex, screaming, left - possibly - to die an unimaginable death - but note, the next story has the Doctor speculating on how Salamander is now floating in the Vortex for all eternity, raising the possibility that he remains alive. And aware. And then, it just ends. Thankfully, the next story picks up at this very moment.
    • There's something disturbing about how Fedorin chokes and dies.
  • The robot Yeti, especially the death of that curator in The Web of Fear
    • Oh boy, The Web of Fear. Where do we begin? Due to the disbelief of a pompous collector and the fact that the only man who knows how to fight them has grown old and is now mocked, the Yeti make a nightmarish takeover of London, covering the entire city in a web which is also the physical manifestation of the being that controls them, which spreads so far that the first look the Doctor and co. have of the city includes a man who was ensnared alive, and the only way people have found to survive is to retreat into the underground, where the Yeti and said web are steadily closing in on them, leaving them with nowhere else to go. When Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart tries to lead a team of soldiers to a safer area on the surface, they run into a few Yeti, who kill everyone except himself... BUT that's not all. There's clearly a traitor among the small group of survivors who turns out to be dead from the start, his corpse animated by the same abomination which masterminded the whole thing. This lost trailer for Web of Fear is a testament to any remaining doubt anyone may have had about "behind the couch".
  • Episode "Fury from the Deep" has Oak and Quill's attack on Maggie, van Lutyens being captured by the weed creature, and Robson attacking the guard. And that's just in the surviving footage.
    • Imagine being stuck in an enclosed complex, miles away from civilisation, with the man in charge being prepotent and irresponsible, as well as being occasionally harassed by a couple of creepy men who seem to do everything in synch. You try to distract yourself, so you go lie down- what's that pounding noise? Is that foam coming closer to the windows? And where'd that piece of seaweed come from? What's going on? Why are the two of you here? W-what's he- HOLY FUCK, WHAT ARE THOSE TENTACLES, WHERE'S ALL THE FOAM COMING FROM, WHAAAAARGH...
  • "The Wheel in Space" is a rather slow episode, plot-wise, serving more than anything as an introduction for Zoe (The Cybermen, stellar villains, aren't even in it that much, and the Doctor doesn't even meet them until halfway through the final episode). So it can come as quite a surprise to see a cold, calculating Cyberman violently writhing in pain as he's fried to death by a force field.

     Season 6 
  • The Dominators has the (extremely painful) intelligence tests. Some may consider the Quarks' destructive power to be this as well.
  • In "The Mind Robber", there is a scene where Jamie and Zoe are trapped between the pages of a closing book — and are turned into fiction.
    • And that's a Cliffhanger, so we get to see it twice.
    • Those really bizarre sound effects in episode 1.
      • Make that almost everything in episode 1. When Jamie and Zoe are lured into the void by a mysterious intelligence, the imagery starts to get incredibly surreal. Then there's that ending... After an onslaught of deafening noise as the Doctor struggles to keep hold of sanity, the TARDIS explodes. Jamie and Zoe cling to the console as it spins in a black sea of nothingness. Zoe spots the Doctor floating, unconscious, some way off, and screams like there's no tomorrow. The rest of the serial is tame in comparison.
      • When Zoe whimpers "The Doctor!" and then suddenly starts to scream like that, an image followed by a close-up of the Doctor's face, I felt certain he was about to turn into a monster, or something.
    • Jamie ''loses his face.'' Aaaaugh!
    • Zoe and the Doctor coming face to face with Medusa. Nuff said.
  • The Invasion: Cybermen rising from the sewers of London, beginning their invasion from within the capital. And if that wasn't enough they come with horrifying sounds. Even to this day, nobody knows how or why exactly Cybermen are producing such noise, which makes it even more scarier.
    • Professor Watkins tells Vaughn he'll kill him when he gets the chance, so Vaughn challenges him by giving him a gun. After a moment of doubt, Watkins does in fact shoot him- Vaughn takes the bullet no problem. His body's made of metal!
    • One of the Cybermen was used as a test subject for an emotion-exaggerating machine, frightening it out of its mind, as it screamed inside its helmet and killed anything in front of it.
    • When Vaughn is forsaken by the Cybermen, he goes mad, destroys the communications device, then calls for his minion- and a Cyberman steps into frame.
  • In The Krotons, the primitive humanoid Gonds are tested for samples of high intelligence, and the rejects are vaporised. No Gond has been accepted during the tests, which have been going for a good thousand years.
  • The seed pods in The Seeds of Death multiply as fungus which then swells up and bursts into fumes which suck out all the oxygen in your lungs, killing you instantly. The remnants of the smoke travel invisibly to rapidly breed into more fungus.
    • An Ice Warrior transports himself to Earth and spends a number of scenes just eerily striding through the countryside, across the foam, killing anyone foolish enough to stand in his way.
  • The nightmarish abductions of The War Games make up for some pretty strong Nightmare Fuel. Along come the Time Lords, and decide that the only fitting punishment for the perpetrators is BEING ERASED FROM TIME, SPACE, HISTORY AND ALL OF EXISTENCE.
    • The Second Doctor's forced regeneration sequence isn't a pretty sight. First multiple images of himself surround him and start spinning around him, then his face is obscured in darkness as he starts spiraling down into the black abyss repeatedly shouting "No!".

     Season 7 
  • The Autons who first appeared in the Third Doctor's inaugural serial Spearhead from Space and have come back numerous times since: they're animated mannequins who want to kill you. Think about that. Yeah.
    • The Auton faces alone creep some people out.
    • The buildup to them: After hinting strongly that the alien consciousness controls plastic, they shove a doll factory montage in your face, predating Moffat's "inescapable horror shots" by decades.
    • Everything about Channing. Bilis Manger took inexpressive-face lessons from this guy.
      • Ugh. Channing. The eyes. The lack of emotions.
  • The Silurian Virus, and how it spreads rapidly to kill people in the hundreds in a matter of hours.
  • In The Ambassadors of Death - "I don't know what we brought down in Recovery 7... but it certainly wasn't human!"
    • When the astronaut in the rescue capsule goes into the stranded rocket, he looks up and screams, but you don't hear him scream. You see him scream. And it's terrifying.
  • The end of Episode 6 of Inferno. Yeah, it's an evil Mirror Universe, but the world ends and everybody dies. And the last shot of the episode is of the only remotely sympathetic secondary characters watching a river of magma crawl toward them, knowing there's nothing they can do to save themselves.
    • The horror of the ending didn't set in until you start thinking about what must have been happening further away from the penetration site. All over the world, innocent people were falling into fissures, burning alive, being beaten to death by crazed proto-human zombies, or turning into said zombies, and 99.9% of them would never even know why.
    • There's an absolutely terrifying shot in that final montage which brings the above horror home: in the midst of seeing lava spewing everywhere, people running all over the place, we see two men, sitting dazed in the middle of the lava mists, as the world goes up around them. Just sitting. While the world dies around them. There's something so moving and yet so horrific about that single moment that it almost overwhelms the final shot of Episode 6 mentioned above. Almost.
    • The Expanded Universe implies the alternate reality Earth is being ruled with an iron first... by an evil version of the Doctor. Apparently, his second incarnation chose one of the faces he was offered before his own exile began and took over the world, becoming just like Ramon Salamander.
    • Earlier on in the serial, the alternate universe version of Benton is caught by a pack of the monsters, and forcibly turned into one of them. The whole scene is eerily similar to the Transformation Sequence from An American Werewolf in London (even though it technically predates that film).

     Season 8 
  • "Terror of the Autons" features: a man getting suffocated by an inflatable couch, another getting his neck bitten by an evil looking doll and Jo Grant almost getting suffocated by a plastic film sprayed over her mouth by a plastic daffodil. That's before we even get into killer British bobbies.
  • The Mind of Evil features a machine that literally brings your worst fear to life to kill you. And it grows in strength so much, even the Master has trouble resisting it. Of course, this is because those with more evil are more vulnerable to it, but still...
    • Worse, the machine gets stronger each time it drains evil out of someone. And it causes the victims drained of evil thoughts to regress to childlike mentality. Why? There is an Eldritch Abomination living inside the machine, and after it grows strong enough, it quits projecting fears and starts outright killing everyone through Mind Rape.
  • Axos. Ship, captain, and crew are a single parasite that eats all living matter off a world, after persuading someone desiring to be seen as a public benefactor to disburse the axonite.
  • The Daemons was, basically, Doctor Who doing Hammer Horror, with the Master practicing what seemed like devil-worship. The occult elements have made it a firm fan favourite.
      • The opening scene, where on a dark and stormy night, a man stumbles out of a pub to see a dark figure, only to die of fear from seeing it.
      • Any scenes with Satan.
      • Even just the disturbing and uneasy atmosphere is creepy.
      • The Gargoyle. Sure the bad costuming effects can be distracting, but how he was capable of vaporizing people... -shudder-

     Season 9 
  • The Sea Devils emerging from the ocean.
  • Take your pick from The Mutants. The psycho Marshal, the mutation gone wrong, the Fridge Horror of the locals, who have the same failings we do, turning into Gary Mitchells...

     Season 10 
  • The Three Doctors has a man's face entrapped in cosmic lightning, a bizarre antimatter alien that is initially believed to destroy anyone it touches, and Omega has had his entire body eroded away by exposure to his antimatter world and exists now as nothing more than his essence full of rage and hatred. Seriously, when he takes of his helmet...
  • Drashigs in Carnival of Monsters. Relentless predators that cannot be diverted from a scent. Because they have no brains!
    • The miniscope itself is a fairly unnerving concept. Sentient beings are kept in tanks to be observed for amusement, trapped in a permanent memory-erasing loop and artificially angered to create a spectacle... it kind of makes you re-think looking at animals at the zoo or keeping fish in a tank.
  • A fungus in Planet of the Daleks can sense when an endotherm is passing and fire spore slurry at them. If not treated, the fungus chokes you. Then, there's the whole Fridge Logic of what would have happened to the universe if the Daleks had succeeded in mastering invisibility.
    • This is one of few stories in which the Daleks themselves show genuine, desperate primal fear. When Wester unleashes the Daleks' bacteriological weapon onto their scientists, sealed in a testing room, they yell "WE CANNOT LEAVE HERE. NO ONE CAN ENTER. WE CAN NEVER LEAVE. NEVER. NEVER." and remain locked in there as their base is destroyed, flooded by an icy volcano which proves lethal on contact to Daleks.
  • In The Green Death, we have: the Doctor being nearly annihilated by the hostile wildlife of Wales, miners dying from an incredibly painful infection which makes their skin glow green, mutant maggots which are able to jump and seek to spread said infection, the Doctor and Jo being forced to paddle their way through a pool of these creatures...
    • The BOSS, whose cheerfulness can be very unsettling (he sings when he's minutes away from unleashing his world-domination plan) especially when considering he's an insane computer.
    • Keep in mind that Wales is not a planet.

     Season 11 
  • The Time Warrior. A Sontaran's biggest weakness is the probic vent in the back of their neck? The last we see of Linx is Hal shooting an arrow straight into the vent.
  • A gruesome shot of a burglar bloodied up after being crushed to death by a giant dinosaur in Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Sarah Jane looks away upon seeing his mangled body, and the Doctor just gives him a pitiful look ironed out with regret. He might have been an Asshole Victim, but he seemed more like someone with hard luck than a straight aces killer.
  • If the Exxilons' chanting and frightening Monk outfits from Death to the Daleks aren't scary enough, just wait until you see their eyes.
  • Planet of the Spiders. "Round and round the mulberry bush..."

     Season 12 
  • Tom Baker's Doctor in general. A freaky, mad-eyed, rather mesmerising stare where his eyeballs seem to be trying to escape his face as fast as possible. A terrifying, insane smile with oh so many teeth that he uses far too much. Huge. No Brows. A powerful, deep, dark, mysterious, mellifluous voice that sounds like nothing else on Earth and isn't remotely what you'd expect to come out of his mouth. He's a really alien-looking bloke. Then add into that his personality that can swing from artificial charm into casual abuse of his friends into staggering anger into giddy Nightmare Fetishism into ruthless and violent insanity for no clear reasons, and then add into this the fact that you got this after Jon Pertwee's very paternal Doctor dying in an unnecessarily horrible way involving massive spiders, and the trauma of the children of a nation is assured.
  • When Sarah Jane's nightmares do not involve Daleks, she is likely reliving the incident with the Wirrn. Giant insects that turn you into them.
    • Probably the worst bit of that episode is when the Doctor encounters Noah in the final form of his transformation, with part of his mouth twisted into a hideous grimace, and bits of his face covered in green Wirrn skin...
  • The eponymous procedure in The Sontaran Experiment, but especially the outstanding part that fits this trope the most.
    Styre: Project: resistance to fear.
  • Remember Davros' experiments in The Daleks? We see more of them, land-based, in Genesis of the Daleks. One of them nearly eats Harry.
  • Genesis of the Daleks is filled with nightmare fuel, even before we get to the pepperpots. We start off with Skaro, a barren nuclear wasteland, lacking any colour, with two city-states constantly fighting one another, and they've been at it for so long their technology is sliding backwards. And the Thal and Kaled militaries are running so low on soldiers, they're recruiting incredibly young. One of the first soldiers we meet doesn't look like he'd be old enough to drive.
    • Davros. Just... Davros. When the Ninth Doctor called him 'king of his own little world' he wasn't kidding. It's not just the Daleks, the way he goes from that harsh almost-buzz to manic screaming, or the megalomania, it's everything. But the most chilling is the virus speech. And then there's that tiny 'yes'.
    Davros: "Yes... I would do it. That power would set me up above the gods! AND THROUGH THE DALEKS, I! SHALL! HAVE! THAT! POWER!"
    • The cliffhanger of the first episode. Sarah-Jane's gotten separated from the Doctor and Harry, and is walking on her own in this dark, irradiated wasteland, until she suddenly sees something. It's a Dalek, the first Dalek. And it's ready to kill.
    • The fact that neither side is much to write home about. The Daleks may be evil, but by the time they show up, there's not much that could really be done to make Skaro worse.
    • The scenes in the Thal dome once the Daleks get there. Imagine, you've finally won a war that's been going on for generations, you're celebrating, when these odd things just appear from nowhere. And just as you're staring at them, that odd egg-whisk thing moves and 'EXTERMINATE'. And we never hear of a single Dalek being destroyed by the Thals, either...
  • Anyone who is unfortunate enough to be bitten by a Cybermat in Revenge of the Cybermen gets glowing red veins.

     Season 13 
  • Terror of the Zygons. Phillip Hinclife's era is at its finest with this one. The very first full introduction of a gothic-looking Zygon in the cliffhanger for part one is handled suddenly, making the reveal extremely unnerving. Not helped by the fact Sarah starts screaming bloody murder at the sight of it. There's a good reason why this serial is called Terror of the Zygons- their appearance more than lives up to the title.
  • Planet of Evil gave us a Monster that only appears in the form of a red outline, is never heard to speak (except for a very surreal scene where it communicates with the Doctor in the black void), devours people and later regurgitates their dessicated bodies and contaminates a member of the expedition, turning him into an homicidal ape-man that can duplicate itself. Bloody terrifying still to this day.
    • Slight error: The creature that appeared only in outline was actually trying to prevent contamination of the crew members, as well as keep them from causing an apocalypse on their homeworld by taking matter from the planet with them. Killing them was preferable to allowing them to contaminate themselves with the strange material or take it away.
  • Sutekh. Holy Egyptian mythology, Sutekh.
    • To elaborate, he's a Physical God of an Omnicidal Maniac who almost wiped out his own race (except a handful of the other Osirians), can control a corpse and army of service robots from Mars, and Mind Rape the Doctor into complete submission...and he's capable of doing this while being trapped in a pyramid, unable to move for the past 7000 years. Is it any wonder that his actor later voiced the freaking Devil?! Even the Time Lords themselves can't defeat him, and this is coming from an alien race who later waged centuries of warfare against the Daleks! Oh, and you know that it's bad when the Doctor himself is terrified of him.
      • Other than that, the Egyptian "servant" gets his organs fried just because Sutekh's "servant", in a ominous black helmet and robe, was mistaken for Sutekh himself.
    Sutekh's Servant: (As Ibraham Namin screams in agony while smoke rises off his shoulders) I bring Sutekh's gift of death to all human life...

    • And then it gets even worse when it's revealed that the "servant" is Marcus Scarman. Yes, an innocent Egyptologist turned into a remorseless, ruthless, killing machine. His Uncanny Valley stare does not help, and likely gave lots of children nightmares at the time.
      • Then Sutekh makes Marcus murder his own brother. Brrrrr.
      • Some Fridge Horror here-if Sutekh escaped, he couldn't just wipe out all humans, he would wipe out every single existing thing in the universe-stars, planets, etc. He could annihilate the Daleks, crush the Ice Warriors, destroy the Sontarans, wipe out the Cybermen, burn the Autons, murder the Master, make the Silurians extinct and even take on the Great Intelligence (and very likely win.) And if he ever possessed the Doctor completely and made him his slave, he could make companions or the Doctor himself no longer exist! Worst of all, he would not stop until the universe was completely empty.
      • The scene where Scarman's head suddenly turns into some weird jackal head while screaming "DESTROY!" in an inhuman voice is pretty Uncanny Valley.
  • The Android Invasion featuring evil duplicates of both Sarah Jane and the Doctor, the only thing in the universe that can make Tom Baker's smile even creepier. The way Android!Doctor helps Android!Sarah Jane up would be touching, until you remember.
  • The Brain of Morbius sounds rather tame - a mad scientist tries to resurrect a Time Lord war criminal by building a new body. But it's only when you actually watch the episode that the Nightmare Fuel kicks in:
  • The Krynoid in "The Seeds of Doom". The seed pod hooks into an animal life form — including Human — and takes it over. When it matures (in a matter of days), it expels a thousand seeds to repeat the cycle. Oh, and it can turn all the vegetation to its cause, as well as some people.
    • Mr. Chase's mulching machine is possibly the scariest moment in the story when he puts Sergeant Henderson in it. He doesn't come out. Not long after that Chase himself follows him... awake and screaming.

     Season 14 
  • In Masque of Mandragora, there's a sequence where two villainous characters are discussing their plans to kill off the heir to the throne, while said heir's best friend is screaming in agony just off-screen. And you never know what they did to him, you just see the results later...
    • To clarify - said best friend is being tortured, nastily, by a bloke who, according to the novelisation of said story, loves red-hot pokers a tad too much.
  • The Deadly Assassin: This serial is a real nightmare fuel pile-up. Having your foot stuck in the rails when a steam train comes at you at full tilt? Check. Being drowned (a scene so horrible it was censored for years)? Check. Evil dentists with huge, fuck-off needles? Check. Random samurai kicking you off a cliff? Check. Gas mask soldiers? Check. Goddamn evil clowns? Check. Random snipers? Check. Trapped in a nightmare (one engineered by your worst enemy, no less)? Check.
    • The emaciated Master is worse. The 20th Anniversary volume Doctor Who: A Celebration features a full-page, black-and-white photo that makes him look more horribly burned than emaciated.
  • The Robots of Death: A Christie-ish mystery with a small, rapidly diminishing number of people at the mercy of a madman who reprograms their servant robots to do murderous deeds. Said robots have designs straight out of the Uncanny Valley, with extremely detailed but completely immobile faces- one of the crew, especially sensitive to human body language, goes mad from "robophobia", a fear related to the robots' lack of body language that makes him feel he is surrounded by the walking dead.
    • And then we see the villain reprogramming one of the robots. It's Strapped to an Operating Table, its face removed, there's a probe entering its brain, and its hands are spasming as if it's in horrific agony...
  • The Talons of Weng-Chiang - a hideously decaying war criminal from the future sucking the life force from local women, giant rats stalking the sewers and feeding on the corpses, the living satanic doll with the cerebral cortex of a pig as its wetware... A Grade Nightmare Fuel.
  • The cliffhangers of season 13 and 14 were amazingly frightening. For example, the cliffhanger to the first episode of "The Hand of Fear"., where the eponymous hand starts reconstituting itself and moves.

     Season 15 
  • The Horror of Fang Rock. The creepy, fog drenched atmosphere. The high death toll. The growing paranoia of being besieged in a small building with no contact to the outside world. But then there was a shot of the shape-shifting Rutan just standing there on the stairs, unseen in the shadows, expressionless.
    • The periodic sounding of the foghorn only adds to the creepy atmosphere.
    • The cliffhanger to part 3 deserves a mention:
      The Doctor: Oh Leela, I've made a terrible mistake. I thought I'd locked the enemy out. Instead, I've locked it in, with us.
  • For the most part, The Invisible Enemy is delightful nonsense. But the idea of an intelligent virus...
  • The Fendahl are giant slug-like creatures that paralyse you and eat you alive. An ancient horror that reaches out through time and takes over your mind, transforming people around you into said monsters as vessels for its rebirth. Some of this would make Steven Moffat back away shuddering.
    • Not to mention that twelve Fendahleen (the slug-like creatures) and the Fendahl Core (the formerly human "mind" of the Fendahl) are powerful enough to drain the life force of every single thing on the planet, from humans to protozoa. And the Doctor—"The Oncoming Storm" himself—was terrified of the Fendahl, even as an adult.
    • "There are four thousand million people on this planet. If I'm right, within a year, there'll be just one."
    • The sequence with the skull and Thea has rather poor SFX — the eyes/eye-sockets are mismatched — and yet is absolutely terrifying. The Fendahleen themselves are wibbly-wobbly hissing things, and so completely alien they're scary even when small.
  • The Steamer in The Sunmakers.
  • The Seers from Underworld.
  • The Doctor pretending to side with the villain of The Invasion of Time shows how mad and dark he can be.
    • Especially in Part 1 when he was screaming his head off at Borusa.
      • Forget that. How about that creepy-as-hell laugh, complete with full-on evil grin? Every kid in England likely went to bed that night worried that Tom Baker was hiding in their closet.

     Season 16 
  • The planet that pounces on other planets, killing everything on them in The Pirate Planet. Sweet dreams.
    • The Mentiads. Pale skinned, Kubrick-staring men with horrifying sunken eyes who can hurt you from a distance, and, worse, can apparently make you one of them? Even for an adult those guys are terrifying. And they're supposed to be the good guys!
    • The Captain. Most of the time, he's a rather comical LARGE HAM, but when the Doctor kills his robotic parrot, he suddenly becomes quite calm and very creepy. Particularly when he shows the Doctor what fate he has in store for him:
      Captain: A plank! The theory is very simple. You walk along it. At the end, you fall off. Drop one thousand feet. Dead!
      • And the sudden crashing realization that, as ridiculous a method of execution as it is ... it's so simple that there's nothing for the Doctor to latch onto to find an out. If he hadn't prepared his trick well in advance he would have died. And in fact ... when you think of how the Fourth Doctor actually ''did'' die ...
  • The monsters of "The Stones of Blood". Stonehenge-like stone towers that can move around, and one touch from them means instant and very painful death. The worst moment is when an innocent bystander who's camping nearby gets curious and touches the stone, and we get a close up of his hand being skeletonized while his screams echo all around.
  • The android Romana. Imagine someone you trust turning out to be a Killer Robot.

     Season 17 
  • Vraxoin, a drug that can cause total apathy, and has levelled whole civilizations. Yes, anvils can still be Nightmare Fuel.
    • The Captain, high on Vraxoin, laughs openly and mockingly upon seeing the crew and passengers being slaughtered by mandrels.
  • Skagra's mind-stealing machine in Shada.
    • Sure, Salyavin is a nice guy now. But suppose he develops a monomania...

     Season 18 
  • People visibly being torn apart in The Leisure Hive.
    • Also, the cliffhanger to part one, which features this same incident happening to the Doctor. The last shot of the episode features the camera zooming into the Doctor's screaming mouth, with an added Jump Scare thanks to the show's signature electronic scream coupled alongside the Doctor's. Sure, it may be a jump scare, but it's certainly terrifying.
  • Tom Baker as the titular villain in Meglos, especially when his skin goes all cactus-like.
  • State of Decay isn't that frightening for a child, but once you get old enough to recognise the sexual undertones... the head vampire reallly likes Adric and wants to make him a vampire too. Bad touch.
  • The ending of Warriors' Gate - All the secondary characters are wiped out when they accidentally blow their own ship up. Once the dust settles, you see the aliens they'd been keeping as slaves calmly leaving the blackened remains of the ship... aliens which are out-of-synch with time due to just having been revived from comas, meaning they leave eerie after-images everywhere they go.
    • In episode four, when one of the revived Tharils electrocutes one of the slavers. He just flops back on the table with a look of complete terror frozen on his face and his skin instantly pales to an unnatural shade of grey, staring wide-eyed at the camera. Made worse by the fact that most of the crew of the slave ship were characterized as ordinary, blue collar guys just working for a paycheck.
  • In the final scene of The Keeper of Traken, (Feb. 1981) with the crisis resolved and the Doctor departed, Consul Tremas goes to investigate a long case clock that has appeared. He touches the clock face and is unable to move. Unseen by anyone else, the ghoul-like figure of the Master emerges from the clock, gloats "A new body at last", merges with Tremas, and then leaves in the clock, his TARDIS. No blood, no gore, just horror at its understated best.

     Season 19 
  • The Mara. Otherworldly beings that invade your mind and possess your body because you fell asleep. They are the physical embodiment of Nightmare Fuel. The sequences in Tegan's mind — in the dark, alone — were some of the most blood-chilling ever.
    • It's much, much worse than falling asleep. The Mara can possss you from your dreams...and humans not only go insane and then die if they cannot dream for long enough, the only way the Doctor can temporarily suppress the constant micro-dreams a human has to protect Tegan from the Mara also renders he deaf and somewhat less than coherent, so the read of the group ends up losing track of her.
  • What horrific tortures was George Cranleigh subjected to that left him in a mental state halfway between Evil Archer post-agony-both and the Longbottoms post-Lestranges-and-Crouch?
  • Earthshock: The first enemies encountered by the Redshirt Army blow them into puddles of goo. To be honest the Cybermen guns are far less horrific (though suitably hammed up by the actors).
    • The Cybermen as they were about to destroy the planet. And then the trauma redoubled itself with Adric's death.
  • The way the Master's Kalid disguise falls when Tegan and Nyssa first interrupt the power in "Time-Flight". Yuck.

     Season 20 
  • Mawdryn Undead, where Tegan and Nyssa find someone they believe to be the Doctor, covered in blood. Then there was the cliffhanger to Part Two, where they and The Brigadier enter the TARDIS and find the same person, healed, but missing half a skull.

     20th Year Anniversary 
  • Borusa's fate in "The Five Doctors".
    • Speaking of The Five Doctors, the Raston Warrior Robot...a lightning-fast killer ninja android that massacred a whole squad of Cybermen. To be fair, some might consider it to be super extra-freaking sweet, but seriously, this thing decapitates one Cyberman, impales a few others and cuts the limbs off of at least two more. ON A KIDS' SHOW!

     Season 21 
  • Frontios had people being sucked under the earth without warning 26 years before The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.
  • Resurrection of the Daleks features the titular creatures attacking a space station by unleashing a flesh-dissolving gas upon its crewmembers. The lucky ones die almost instantly on exposure with the gas. One less lucky crewmember only gets a minor dose of the gas and is seemingly fine... until near the end of the first episode, when his face and hands starts to dissolve, resulting in another crewmember putting him out of his misery by shooting him.
    • To make it worse gas like this actually exists and was used in the first world war and other wars. Blister agents such as Lewisite and Mustard gas. Once they come into contact with the skin they slowly cause the flesh to blister and literally rot off.
  • The Caves of Androzani had Sharaz Jek. He had burns over most of his body, was quite mad, and wore a black body suit and mask that made him look like something you'd see peering in your window at night. Not only that, but he had a very unhealthy obsession with Peri. He's a man who's been stuck in an underground cave for years surrounded by nothing but androids, and as soon as he sees Peri he decides he has to have her because she's so pretty. The implications of her fate had she not escaped with the Doctor are quite unsettling.
  • The Sixth Doctor trying to strangle Peri in The Twin Dilemma
    • From the same story, we have Mestor, a giant alien slug who can kill people telepathically. He can also use people as monitors, burning out their minds in the process. What's more is that he can do it wherever he is.

     Season 22 
  • "Vengeance on Varos" when an unconscious Sixth Doctor is about to be chucked into an acid bath because the guards think he is dead. Then he moves and the guards try and throw him anyway. The first one is startled and falls in the acid when the supposedly dead Doctor speaks to him. And the first guard pulls the second one in while trying to pull himself out. The Doctor's lack of horror at the grisly fate of the guards is a little disturbing.
    • The creepiest part of this scene was before they go to throw the Doctor in, they get rid of another corpse in the acid bath, with nightmare fuel music playing as they lower the body.
  • Those landmines in Mark of the Rani that turn you into a tree.
  • The Two Doctors has an experiment that tampers with the Doctor's physiology and psychology. Not the Chameleon Arch; an experiment.
  • "Revelation of the Daleks" has Davros using the recently dead to turn into Daleks if he finds you mentally superior; if he doesn't you get turned into Soylent Green. The worst part? Kara, the president of the galaxy knows all this and wants Davros dead so she can control the food supply herself.
    • The poor man being turned into the glass Dalek - the way he screams Dalek slogans, then begs his daughter to kill him: "If you ever loved me, child, then KILL ME!"

     Season 23 
  • The scene in The Mysterious Planet where Drathro's castle is being raided, and the viewer just knows that the overworlders are going to die, no question about it.
  • The section in Mindwarp where Kiv's brain is transplanted into Peri's body.
  • All of Terror of the Vervoids. Plants will never be seen the same way again.
  • The exploding feathers quill pens from The Ultimate Foe.
    • And the thought that the Doctor could actually become the Valeyard.
    • The Valeyard demonstrates his control over the Matrix by having the sand the Doctor is standing on turn into quicksand and grey hands pulling him into as he screams in terror.

     Season 24 
  • The two old women in the tower block in Paradise Towers. Something about one of them throwing her black shawl over Mel...
  • A guy's face melts in "Dragonfire".

     Season 25 
  • The Special Weapons Dalek in Remembrance of the Daleks. More Dakka combined with Nightmare Fuel.
    • The other Daleks think this one's a homicidal maniac.
    • The girl they shoved into a Dalek command shell. The Daleks took her and used her brain as the wetware for their attack systems.
      • Right off the bat it's shown that there's something up with this girl, given the creepy little song she sings when she first catches sight of the Doctor:
        "Five, six, seven, eight. It's the Doctor at the gate..."

    • She watches people hideously killed by various means and never reacts at all. And at the end of the story, she just walks away like nothing interesting has happened at all...and she's still a Dalek war computer.
  • Moment of note - The Doctor escapes up a staircase and the Dalek follows! Dalek climbing stairs in the Classic Series.

  • The Happiness Patrol, whilst on first viewing is pretty innocuous and has a really unconvincing villain in the shape of the Kandy Man (A giant 'Bertie Bassett' shaped thing that isn't quite a robot, and definitely isn't nice- being an execution robot with a disturbing squeaky voice and sadistic sense of humour, who enjoys making its victims in, it its own words, "die with smiles on their faces".) is actually really fucked up.
    • The story revolves around Helen A and her husband/partner Joseph C who rule a colony on the planet Terra Alpha where it is illegal to be unhappy. The scene that's really nightmarish is when a man is executed by Helen A and Joseph C for the crime of unhappiness. A huge pipe is lowered over his head and molten candy is poured over his head by the Kandy Man. It's not clear if it's boiling hot, or if he drowns with his lungs full of molten sugar, but either way it's very disturbing. This is made even worse when (just before the camera cuts to the next scene) Joseph C leans forward, scrapes some candy off the corpse with his finger and eats it with a grin on his face. Urgh.
  • The Greatest Show in the Galaxy/Has a circus straight out of Bradbury/With Monster Clowns and evil eyes/And Big Brother kites up in the sky/The audience lands in the ring/And has to perform for some nasty things/Who rank the act with zip or nine/And if they're amused then you are fine/But if the rank they give is nil/With an energy blast, the act is killed.

     Season 26 
  • The final series of the classic show had Ghost Light, fun with de-evolution. The fate of the reverend and the police inspector were incredibly disturbing (even if one was meant to be something of a Karmic Death).
  • The Curse of Fenric featured Alien Vampires, a doubting priest whose holy symbols have no effect on said vampires, and the Ancient One, a giant fishy blue thing who rises from the water.
    • In one scene, several women are in a room into which a few Haemovores approach. The next time we see the room, all of the women have become Haemovores.
    • When Fenric decides that he doesn't need the Haemovores, he has the Ancient One turn them to dust.
    • The cliffhanger for Episode 3 has a crippled scientist collapse, dead. Momentarily, he stands up, with glowing eyes, and says "We play the contest again, time lord." The beginning of the following episode has the windows shatter after and the man disappear.
    • When Ace reveals to one of the soldiers the way to solve the Doctor's puzzle, thinking Fenric to be dead, only to learn that Fenric has moved into the soldier's body. Lightning promptly shoots through the window and sets the table on fire.
    • And also, as part of a plan to defeat Fenric- which involves him needing to crush Ace's faith in him- when the Doctor was yelling at Fenric about how stupid she was and how much he hated her, while Ace was on her knees, crying.
    Doctor: You're an emotional cripple. I wouldn't have wasted my time on her, unless I had to use her somehow.
    • Also the fact that though the timeline where humans become Haemovores seems to have been averted, Fenric still has half a million years to try. For all we know, humans becoming Haemovores could be a fixed point, all that could be done was delay it long enough for some humans to leave Earth.
  • The Cheetah People in Survival. Also, the planet that is falling apart around them.

     The TV movie 
  • Possessed Grace in the 1996 telemovie. Her eyes turn completely black and all the while sports an incredibly creepy grin.
  • Shortly after possessing Bruce, the Master discovers the flesh of the man's undead body is starting to rot. His first morbid discovery is that he can rip an entire fingernail off, bloody mess included.
  • How the Master takes possession of Bruce's body.
  • The newly-regenerated Doctor finding and pulling the heart probe out of his chest, complete with icky sound effects, while screaming in agony.
  • The death of the 7th Doctor. Knowing that you're going to be operated on by people who know NOTHING of your alien biology and being totally helpless to stop them. And being awake (for the most part) while it happens.

Revival Series

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Note: Steven Moffat has his own folder below, because of his status as a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. See that for his episodes.

     Series 1 
  • The man who has his cranium sucked by the Dalek's arm (or the fact that the entire Earth military could be defeated with one Dalek).
    • From the same episode; what initially seemed like a success for Rose and a few humans being chased by the Dalek think they can escape the alien cyborg horror, by merely going up a flight of stairs as the Dalek has no legs to do the same. Then... EL-E-VATE.
      • Extra points because dozens of people who watched the classic series comment the only reason they got over their fear of Daleks was that they couldn't climb stairs. Oh crap.
      • When the Doctor is first put in that room with the chained-up Dalek. The horrified look on his face when he (and the audience) figures out what it is...
      • The Doctor taunting the powerless Dalek.
        'You're right, maybe we are... Yeah, right, yeah, okay. You've got a point 'cause I know what to do. I know what should happen. I know what you deserve. Exterminate!'
      • This exchange between the Doctor and Van Statten, chilling in its bluntness:
        The Doctor: What's the nearest town?
        Van Statten: Salt Lake City,
        The Doctor: Population?
        Van Statten: One million.
        The Doctor: All dead.
  • All the timewarping caused by Rose when she tries to save her father from death in the past.
    • Not to mention the monsters that appear. Giant demonic flying creatures with scythe-like tails, who kill by embracing around the victim and disintegrating them. They also have a bit of a Blue and Orange Morality since the only way they know to solve a time paradox is by killing the planet's entire population.
  • The particularly gruesome description of how the Raxacoricofallapatorians punish planetary genocide on their homeworld (although it's quite a deserved punishment).
  • The game shows/reality shows of the far future with a twist (it's fatal to everyone except the winner, or even him if there are no other contestants). What's even worse is that it's not disintegration, but being turned into Dalek material...
    • The wireframed girl who's grown to be the motherboard of the satellite's computer that broadcasts these shows (not to mention Earth having all its surface destroyed). Constantly buzzing with thoughts, constantly watched by the Daleks, who can kill her at a moment's notice if she slips up... only a few precious seconds of freedom.
  • Even worse, the Extermination of Floor Zero in The Parting of the Ways. There was no reason for the Daleks to do it-the people weren't fighting against the Daleks, they were virtually defenseless, and there wasn't even anything down there for them to use. The only reason? They found thirty or so life forms that weren't Dalek.

     Series 2 
  • The newly regenerated Tenth Doctor, utterly destroying Harriet Jones' life and career with just six words, without any regret. It gets worse with later seasons, when it allows the Master to take over Britain, not to mention what happens in Torchwood. And Harriet herself is clearly unnerved, and asks him to stop, and he still does it. No second chances indeed.
    • As mentioned above, this action is what put the Master into power, as it was said in the Sound of Drums that "Harold Saxon" came to prominence "just after the downfall of Harriet Jones". As if the countless atrocities committed during the "year that never was" weren't bad enough, it's negation and the subsequent death of the Master allowed the government seen in Torchwood: Children of Earth to come to power and almost send millions of children to be used as alien narcotics.
      • The true Nightmare Fuel and Tear Jerker of the entire debacle occurs in Journey's End, when the Davros tells the Doctor of "The Earth woman who fell opening the Sub Wave Network." The Doctor questions who it is, and when Rose tells him Harriet Jones, the look of sheer guilt and horror is crushing.
  • An order of medic nuns who incinerate any research subject that become conscious.
  • The probably first truthfully frightful werewolf depicted in a TV series.
  • The aliens who take over a school to use the children's minds as a supercomputer, and eat the rejects. The opening of this episode is the creepiest three minutes of Doctor Who ever.
    Finch: No parents? No one to miss you? I see why the nurse sent you. You poor child. Poor... thin child. Come inside. It's nearly time for lunch.
  • "Rise of the Cybermen" and "Age of Steel"
    • The Alternate Universe Cybermen's origins with the "upgrade or be deleted" scene. So much screaming and death and terror and the Doctor knows that this could spread across the galaxy.
    • The fact that the Doctor is terrified, actually terrified of the Cybermen, to the extent that he surrenders without a fight. At first, any way. And the way he shows how terrified he is isn't matched again for the rest of the Tenth Doctor's run. He's that terrified of them.
    • The scene where the Doctor has to kill a Cyberman who he discovers was a bride at her wedding,
    • The way the Doctor defeats the Cybermen. Allowing them to feel once again, to realize what they have truly become! You know out there one of them is AU Jackie Tyler!
    • You're walking around, minding your own business, and suddenly your mind shuts down and you mindlessly walk into an incinerator. The one shot of that was... horrific.
    • The screams and agonised howls as we get a shot of the Cyber Conversion machinery from the victims POV. It's all whirring saw blades and vicious knives cutting away everything human. Now think about that...the machines are stripping the flesh and bone of the victim removing the brain and putting it inside a metal suit; the victim is conscious and feels every second of it. No wonder they go insane when their emotions are restored. The trauma would drive even Chuck Norris mad. Somehow the creepiest part of the scene is still Mr Crane bobbing away to the "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as he calmly oversees the conversion process.
    • Staying with the conversion factory, those pre-recorded messages playing throughout. "Chamber 6 now open for human upgrading. All reject stock will be incinerated." Brrr... And it raises the question of who the hell recorded those?
    • Before the Cybermen, there's the scene where everyone in that one street stopped completely still as Cybus Industries downloaded the daily news package. Absolutely everyone. They even laugh at the same time. It's just unsettlingly creepy.
  • "Idiot's Lantern"
    • The faceless zombies and the killer TV saying "Goodnight children everywhere" while absorbing a panicking Rose's soul... in an episode written by Mark Gatiss.
    • The Government hoarding them away. The Doctor said it was like Soviet Russia.
    • Killer-TV-Lady sucking her fingers, screaming/begging "Feed me!" is terrifying.
      "I'm The Wire. And I will gobble you up, pretty boy."
  • "Impossible Planet" and "Satan Pit"
    • The Ood of the far future (and the scene where a black hole eats a system with a "billion years old civilization" in it), along with Satan himself (whatever it was) together with the man he possessed.
    • After that female crewmember is blown out into space and they find her floating overhead the space station and towards the black hole, it looks like her corpse is waving to the others to come join her, or waving goodbye.
    • The possessed Toby is what's really scary, which is very understandable. The body was trapped at the center of a planet which is circling a black hole. Its body can't even touch someone standing right in front of it. Its mind is not trapped. Its mind can take over the Ood and the station's speakers and people. Its mind scarier than its body.
    • The 'don't turn around' scene. Imagine thinking that something horrible is right behind you, it's getting closer, it's almost touching you and yet you can't turn around or else you'll die.
    • The moment when he looks down and realizes that the demonic hieroglyphics are all over his body.....
  • "Love and Monsters"
    • The group of the Doctor's fans who form a fanclub and end up absorbed by an alien to die gruesomely (although one survives, as a face in a street tile...). It's hammered in that they're people, with friends and family, especially when you see them having fun together in LINDA.
    • Take that a step further. The survivor exists as a face in a one-inch thick street tile, and her boyfriend tells the viewer they still have a sex life. One part nightmare, one part squick. Can I get a brain bleach chaser with that?
  • The episode of the girl who traps other children into drawings, especially the scene where a drawn kid screams at the screen... with no voice. Or the drawing of Dad in the closet.
    • That drawing of the (implied) abusive dad was terrifying, especially later when all of Chloe's drawings come to life and you see her and her mother cowering in fear from the booming, menacing voice...
  • Finally, in the finale, we see Daleks and Cybermen waging all-out war on humanity and each other, Cybermen disguising themselves as dead loved ones to gain humanity's "trust," Daleks using their plungers to reduce a man's head to a dried-out husk (and of course, seeing nothing wrong with it), Cybermen managing to implant mind-control devices attached to your brain (and yes, we do see one ripped out), Daleks shooting anything that moves above Canary Wharf, Rose almost being sucked into Hell along with every Dalek and Cyberman on the planet and, finally, Cybermen converting humans in the basement and, by the end, only doing half the job.
  • Even worse is in the episode Army of Ghosts, where the "ghosts" are revealed to be friendly ... and seeing how ghosts are everywhere - these ghosts turned out to be Cybermen. What makes it worse is during the "ghost shift" that reveals the Cybermen, you can hear their walking sound. Imagine walking and seeing some "ghost" and it turns out to be a death robot ... worldwide.

     Series 3 
  • Millions of giant ancient spiders crawling out of the Earth's core. To eat you. Merry Christmas!
    • The Doctor himself is what made "The Runaway Bride" scary. For the first time we get a glimpse of what happens when Ten is pushed too close to the edge (which becomes something of a feature of series 3 and 4). The look on his face as he watches the baby Racnoss die is just kind of chilling.
  • A little old lady vampire (with a bendy straw, which is simultaneously terrifying and hilarious) and a brutal "police force" who can reduce you to atoms just by pulling a trigger!
  • An apparently sweet-looking girl, actually a hideous witch who uses voodoo to kill her victims! (and the Doctor shuts her and her mothers up in a pocket dimension for eternity! When we seen them briefly in a Season 4 episode, they're still screaming.)
  • A drug which induces bliss but kills a few minutes later! Space crabs that eat people who venture below the motorway! The fact that it takes years and years to cross the motorway, and there's nobody on the top of the planet anymore!
    • Years and years? Try FOREVER. It leads around in a giant loop, with all of the exits sealed off, but nobody in the main lanes has a long enough lifespan to realize it!
    • The beginning. Oh my god, the beginning! The way that their hopes were dashed as the car stopped, how terrified they were as the car was being ripped apart! How hysterical their voices were as they were screaming in fear! And how all through it, the oblivious Sally Calypso on the monitor was just cheerily signing off as the motorway-goers were screaming in terror as they were eaten! The way the lifeless hand slides off the T.V. screen... it all made an intro so horrifying that it could give the opening for "School Reunion" a run for its money.
  • More Daleks! (This time, one becomes a tentacled human hybrid by sucking a human into its armour!)
    • The evolved form of the Dalek is Nightmare Fuel in itself. Especially, for some reason, the mouth. It's way too small and low for the face, and it's always smiling.
  • A machine that turns people into mutant throwbacks! And its user (Mark Gatiss again, this time acting rather than scripting) ends up chasing the main characters through a cathedral!
    • Oh yeah, and he looks like this. And he can drain people's life force with his tail, turning them into dried-out husks.
  • A living star which possesses people and causes them to burn their loved ones until there's nothing left but a shadow on the wall!
    • Oh, man, 42... Everyone trapped on a hellishly hot and red-lit spaceship that's about to crash into a sun, claustrophobic dark tunnels, getting trapped in disengaged airlocks, people getting burned into dust and possessed by a sentient sun, all of this culminating in a screaming and absolutely terrified Doctor trying to stave off aforementioned possession while being pushed into a minus 200 deep freeze? The line: "You should've scanned for life!" in particular.
      • This is one of the very, very few times we see the Doctor completely, out-of-control terrified. Just plain disturbing.
      • "Burn with me, Martha!"
    • "I'LL SAVE YOU"
  • The punishment inflicted on the Family of Blood. Immortality... spent in various horrific prisons. The punishments all narrated calmly by the teenage son was the icing on the cake. Hell, the Family of Blood themselves. They were pretty creepy.
    • The Family of Blood example is just one instance of what's truly the scariest thing in the series: what our Technical Pacifist hero, the Doctor, is capable of when he's had enough. Don't cross him. Just don't.
    • And now every time you look in the mirror...
    • Listen carefully as he describes the fate of Daughter of Mine: He doesn't say that the Doctor trapped her in a mirror, he says the Doctor trapped her in every mirror. If even your subconscious takes this the least bit seriously, you are now trapped in an eternal, incredibly creepy game of I Spy that you can never win.
    • What the heck happened to the minds/souls of the Family of Blood's 'hosts'? Naturally you'd assume they were killed, but we see no injuries or possible signs that the bodies were dead... What if the minds of the hosts were still there? Living out the Family of Blood's punishments with them...
      • Though earlier in the episode, Mother of Mine heartlessly brags about how she "gobbled her [host] up" when asked about what happened to them. Though this detail is horrifying in it's own right, it almost seems to be written in specifically to avert any consideration of the above Fridge Horror.
    • Son of Mine makes killers out of the scarecrows in farm fields. No voice, relentless, they just want to kill you.
    • The inhuman scream of Father of Mine as he gets sent down to the mine is just terrifying.
  • The last three episodes include humanoid wildmen, the end of the universe looming, a kindly old man who, when he gets his memory back, turns out to be a genocidal monster who immediately murders his gentle assistant, the utterly eerie pleasure the human Lucy (whose mind the Master destroyed) takes in decimating the global population (she dances to pop music while he does it) and, last but certainly not least, the revelation that the robotic killing machines with childlike voices are actually powered by human brains - those of the last humans in the universe, no less, who cannibalized themselves and went back in time to avoid the end of the universe. And they share minds with one another, though that means out there is the little boy who back on the spaceship gleefully told Martha that his mother had told him in Utopia "the sky was made of diamonds".
    • Listen carefully when Professor Yana opens the fob watch: among the miscellaneous "flashback" sound effects, you can clearly hear the Master's voice saying "Step aside human, and release my majesty." When John Smith opened his fob watch, the Doctor's essence allowed him to choose whether he wanted to resume his life as a Time Lord; Yana, by contrast, was allowed no such luxury: a sweet, innocent old man had the vile mind of a thousand-year maniac literally forced upon him.
      • The most horrifying thing about Professor Yana is that, according to the Doctor in "Family of Blood"/"Human Nature", a Time Lord's chameleon arched self is actually made from a part of their personality. If not for Rassilon, the Master could've been a kindly old Doctor figure rather than the viciously evil person he became instead.
      • Maybe. It's possible that the Master was just a deranged megalomaniac to begin with, as the drumbeats were never mentioned in the Classic Series, and that said drumbeats were just something Rassilon retroactively added on to the Master in the last days of the Time War in order to enact his Evil Plan. Which is horrifying in its own right, because that would mean Rassilon knowingly made an already established genocidal maniac even more of a genocidal maniac.
    • There's also Chantho's fate to think about. The kind, generous, quirky genius with whom she's worked (and developed other feelings) for the last seventeen years suddenly undergoes a total shift in personality and begins opening up their base to invasion by the Futurekind. When she tries to stop him, he electrocutes her without a second thought. Viewers know what the Master's deal is, but Chantho dies having no idea what's going on or why she's being murdered by her best friend.
    • While many fans count the Master's gleeful reaction to killing Jack ("And the best part is...I get to kill him again!") as a Moment Of Awesome, it's equally horrific. For perspective, consider the many, many ways a human being can be tortured, maimed, and killed (if you need help, consult Wikipedia); now imagine that knowledge in the hands of a man who is utterly batshit insane, with unlimited resources and a test subject who can't die. Oh, Jack....
    • The Master getting ready to turn the Doctor's TARDIS into the Paradox Machine. It's just a brief shot of the Master standing at the console... with a blowtorch and one of the most psychotic grins ever seen on a face. The sheer malicious pleasure he shows, knowing that he's going to take what is essentially the Doctor's best and oldest friend, and he's going to break her, and twist her, and hurt her... Fridge Horror at its finest.
      • Try re-watching that scene after viewing "The Doctor's Wife" (wherein you find out just how alive the TARDIS really is). It becomes horrific on a whole new level.
    • The description (delivered alternately by the Master and the captured Toclafane) of what humans found at Project Utopia, at the end of the universe. "Furnaces, burning... the last of humanity screaming at the dark. There was no solution. No diamonds. Just the dark, and the cold. All that human invention that had sustained them across the eons... it all turned inward. They cannibalized themselves—regressing into children. We made ourselves so pretty! But it didn't work. The universe was collapsing around them. But then the Master came, with his wonderful time machine, to bring us back home!"
    • Even worst, when the human from the future is asked why they kill their ancestor despite being of the same species. Its answer? "Because it's fun!" followed by a very, very, very creepy child-like laugh
    • And the Master was the Doctor's childhood friend. Which makes everything so much worse, because in a way they're still friends.
  • The grotesque emaciated Doctor after being aged by 100 years. When aged again, he looks much worse.

     Series 4 
  • The hosting robots for a space ship turn evil and try to kill any survivors from the previous meteor collision.
  • A diet pill that creates aliens from body fat itself and occasionally from all those other bits of the body, although the creatures themselves were too cute for words. (Which just makes it worse.)
    • The first time the viewer sees the Adipose birth. Imagine you're just primping in the mirror, and then these things start sprouting from your body... and then you dissolve as your entire body becomes them.
  • Fires of Pompeii
    • Pompeiians being turned into statues(which look eerily like the casts pulled from the ash molds found at the Real Life Pompeii) by subterranean lava creatures. What makes it worse, some of the natives of Pompeii believe that becoming statues is the will of the gods and therefore an honor that should not only be accepted but embraced.
    • Imagine Pyroviles overruning the planet. A scary though, yes?
  • Planet of the Ood
    • The Ood return and are revealed to be a race of aliens turned into willing slaves by lobotomy. Some of them develop glowing red eyes and become vicious. They get their revenge by turning their human captor into an Ood in a nightmarish transformation sequence. It's even worse when the human captors include Everton from Chef! and Percy from Blackadder,
    • The Doctor and Donna come across a cage full of "uncultivated" Ood. They are singing a song that the Doctor can hear, but Donna can't. When he gives her the ability to hear it, she is so disturbed and overwhelmed that she asks him to turn it off again, and the viewer is likely to agrees with her. The feverish intensity and utter despair of those wails...
    • When Halpen turns into an Ood, he peels back his face and vomits up his own brain.
  • The Sontarans returning and Martha Jones emerging from a goo filled coffin.
  • A war fought by very quickly grown clones took place over countless generations with the implication that thousands and thousands of people had died with only an inkling of what they were originally fighting for. How long was the war? Seven days.
  • Killer wasps. GIANT killer wasps. As in cow-sized giant killer wasps.
    • A woman had sex with one. And was at least partially genetically compatible.
      • It used A Form You Are Comfortable With to take a human form for that, at least. And the species was explained to be intelligent and peaceful. The one we see in the episode is only the way he is because his mother didn't bother to tell him that his father was an alien sentient shapeshifting wasp, and also abandoned him at birth and stuck him in an orphanage. He was justifiably freaked out when he turned into a wasp when he lost control of his shapeshifting powers due to not knowing he had them.
  • "Midnight"
    • An unknown and unseen intelligence that repeats absolutely everything said, possessing a woman, causing claustrophobia on a space shuttle and leaving the Doctor completely helpless and broken for once. It's not the monster that's scary, it's the fact that it Mind Rapes the Doctor and then convinces six ordinary people to murder him, and does so very easily.
    • The Doctor is forced to repeat everything the monster says...including her commands to kill him. He is literally made to beg for his own death. Imagine being completely paralyzed, as several people physically drag you to your death, and hearing your own voice say, "Faster!"
    • This exchange:
      The Doctor: (with Sky repeating) "Listen to me. Whatever you want, if it's life or form or consciousness or voice, you don't have to steal it. You find it without hurting anyone. And I'll help you, that's a promise. So, what do you think? (Sky speaks first) Do we have a deal?"
    • Midnight is the only episode in the history of the show in which we never find out what the monster actually was. Good luck sleeping now.
    • Just how quickly a group of ordinary people decide that killing an innocent person is the best response; the whole mob mentality/homicidal rage thing. . . Because that's something that can and does happen. Not the (also terrifying) alien, you don't have to worry about that. . . but you can worry that, some day, you just might be stuck in a confined place with six panicking people. You might try and be the voice of reason and they might just straight up murder you for it.
    • The passengers are first considering throwing Sky out. The Doctor goes into a long speech asking them if, deep down, they were truly willing to murder someone. There's a long pause before a woman says "I'd do it," and she's dead serious. Then the creature causes them to all consider throwing the Doctor out too. He does his usual "I'm-competent-and-clever" act that usually causes people to follow him without question. Instead, the other passengers start to question who he is and if he's really good, which ultimately leads to them very nearly killing him at the end. It's the one time we see the Doctor's words utterly torn apart and used against him, and it's downright terrifying.
    • Doctor Who Nightmare Fuel is normally at least somewhat reduced by the end of the episode, because the monsters get defeated. In this one? We have no guarantee the thing is dead. Nor do we know if there are more of them.
    • The Midnight theme. DO NOT listen to that theme late at night in the dark.
    • A planet made of diamonds has been found.
  • Turn Left
    • A world where the Doctor and Donna never met, thus the Doctor is killed and every attempted present-day alien invasion of Earth from that point onward is successful, turning Earth into a doomed dystopia. It's not easy seeing one of your beloved characters getting KILLED.
    • Martha, Sarah Jane, her son Luke, Alan and Chrissie Jackson and Carla Langer, and the members of Torchwood all die in an effort to save others after the Doctor was gone was nightmarish.
    • The implication of what brutality and cruelty the governments stoop to during the ensuing dystopia is unsettling. Using ethnic segments of the population as political scapegoats and then shipping them off for 'gainful employment' (and, presumably, oven-related death) is chilling.
      • Three little words out of Donna's grandfather Wilfred: "It's happening again." It might actually be worse than that: the Cybermen theme is playing during that scene.
    • "There is something on your back." It freaks everyone out, even a soldier!
    • All of this put together, and we are all but told outright that the Doctor is the only thing between this world total annihilation. You'd better hope he'll always be there.
    • Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf Bad Wolf
  • Stolen Earth
    • Guess who comes back for the finale? (Hint: They were in two out of the three previous finales. And their freakish creator returns as they begin their grandest invasion of Earth ever.). To further establish the utter brutality of the episode, in one scene both Sarah Jane and Captain Jack are horrified by one word spoken by our returning "friends". While in and of itself it's not that scary, think about the implications. Jack is hundreds of years old, has seen and done everything, is virtually unkillable, and one word terrifies him. Sarah Jane's grown up and had a fulfilling life beyond the Doctor, seen more then most other companions, and in a way grown from a child to an adult. And one well placed word reduces her to tears because she's so scared. You know that when Sarah and Jack have nightmares, they are hearing the word "Exterminate". Just something about that sequence that really drives it home — this isn't an invasion, it's a sterilization.
      • It gets even worse when you realize that Ianto Jones is a survivor of the Battle of Canary Wharf, so he's probably just as familiar and just as hopeless at the realization that they're coming again. Even worse; HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS HALFWAY CONVERTED DURING CANARY WHARF!
      • When they finally established communication with the Doctor, Jack's terrified rant at wondering where the hell the Doctor has been tells you that Jack's afraid of them, even with being immortal. Don't forget: they killed him. And they can keep killing him over and over and over. Jack isn't going to be born for three thousand years. He's got very good reason to be afraid: if they win, he couldn't be there in the first place.
    • Think about it! Sarah Jane was present when Davros created the Daleks and Jack - you never forget the first time... the first time you die that is.
      • Sarah Jane looks at her son as soon as she hears the Daleks' battle cry, knowing what those words mean. That's a massive dose of Adult Fear right there.
    • While "The Stolen Earth" gives the Daleks one or two funny bits ("Yes, we know who you are."), there is enough effing Nightmare Fuel of every kind in the episode. For example (all of these come with the warning that you may negate a perfectly good Wham Episode):
      • Aforementioned reaction of Sarah, Jack and Martha to "Exterminate".
      • Daleks stealing entire planets as part of their master plan.
      • Daleks marching everyone on Earth out of their homes and incinerating anyone who doesn't come along.
      • Dalek Caan screwing with the Time Vortex in a way that beats out even the Doctor.
      • Dalek Caan's current state.
      • Davros' eaten away chest and exposed organs. Ugg.
      • The Daleks effing shooting the Doctor during a subversion of The Meadow Run, leading to an equally shocking cliffhanger.
    • Davros being within 10 seconds of achieving his extremely long life's ambition of ending everything. EVERYTHING. Ever. Period. No backsies. Just a small corner of existence filled with Daleks. "YES! I WOULD DO IT!" indeed.
    • His metaphorical holding a mirror up to the Doctor to show him who he really is - "the man who never carries a gun..."
    • The dialogue leading up to his "THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!" Davros is going into great detail to explain to Rose and the Doctor how, once the Reality Bomb goes off, it can't be stopped. It is going to spread out and destroy everything. Every planet, every star, every living being in existence is going to be reduced to nothingness - and not just in "our" universe, but every dimension in The Multiverse. Absolutely nothing will survive... except Davros and the Daleks. Think about that - there'd be nothing left except an evil race and their Mad Scientist creator. That's what the final legacy of the universe would have been had the good guys lost, which they came within a hairsbreadth of doing. All of creation reduced to inert particles, and the only exception are Space Nazis.
      • Davros' cry about "THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!" is especially chilling in retrospect from "The End of Time". The exclamation, and the idea in general, is uncannily similar to Rassilon's battle cry before the assembled lords of Gallifrey, and chillingly lends credence to the Doctor's comments on just how far the Time Lords had sunk by the end of the Time War — namely, to the level of the Daleks themselves.

     2009 Specials 
  • The Next Doctor
    • The specials-only year started with a bang, with Christmas 2008 bringing the return of the Cybermen, who create animal-like ninjas with dog brains. Oh, and more brain-electrocution and ambushes, of course.
    • The "fugue state" Jackson Lake suffers from? It's a real condition. You could have it right now, and you wouldn't even know it....
    • Easter 2009 gave us a man being burned to a skeleton as he steps through a wormhole, and a vast swarm of killer stingrays that turn planets to sand within a year.
  • The Waters of Mars
    • Russell T Davies said that "The Waters of Mars" would be very scary, going on to describe it as "nightmarish". Consider how many people were left hiding under the bed after episodes that were not intended to be that scary. How did he do?
    • Monsters that infect you with the very thing that makes up 60 percent of your body, or over 70 percent of this planet's surface. One drop is all it takes. If you're literally anywhere else other than the small, tightly enclosed, easily destructible environment the episode takes place in, infection is only a matter of time. Water can get in anywhere.
    • "Water is patient, water just waits. Water always wins."
    • During the Doctor's first meeting inside Bowie Base 1, and his eureka moment, as the names of all the in-the-flesh characters in that very room were being spouted off, it goes to a webpage showing that they die on that very day. The Doctor knew that he couldn't do anything to change it, beause it was a Fixed Point in time and how sorry he seemed for them.
      • When the Doctor realises that he is the only Time Lord left, and that consequently, he makes the rules. Nothing scarier than a man who rules reality, and is now willing to abuse that fact.
      • Then what makes him halt. Specifically, the companion-of-the-week killing herself to preserve the order of time.
      • TheTime Lord Victorious speech can be compared directly to the Master's conversation with the shrunken Doctor in LOTTL. The similarities in the mindset of the respective Timelords at those points are REMARKABLY similar, and provoked physical shaking and symptoms one might possibly associate with Mind Rape. They even say 'tough' in the same way. Oh, and in The End of Time, he quotes him directly- "Funny? No? Little bit?".
      • "I'm a Time Lord. I HAVE THAT RIGHT." Now didn't that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
      • This episode puts right out in the open a fact that often gets sort of lost in the Doctor's Cloud Cuckoolander and Bunny-Ears Lawyer qualities: The Doctor is mentally ill, and fairly unstable. In The Waters of Mars it wasn't made cute or funny; it was dark, and serious and deadly, and not ignorable. That was scarier than any villain or monster they've had on the show.
      • It's not just The Master but the Doctor's Sanity Slippage parallels that of the Time Lords in The End of Time. During the War, they went mad with their own power, to the point of being willing to destroy the universe to "ascend to a higher form of consciousness." This was why the Doctor had to kill them in the first place. Now bear in the mind that the Doctor was able to do that — to destroy not one, but two all-powerful civilizations, all by himself. Then realize that if he were to go down the same road, there might be no one at all capable of stopping him.
      • What makes that final scene even more unsettling is that the Doctor's cocky, I'm-really-so-very-awesome-me smugness in that scene isn't a million miles off from how he's behaved in other episodes after beating the baddie of the week... except this time, it's presented in a much more unsettling light. Rather than everyone around him boosting him up by fawning over how great he is in dazzled awe, they're utterly freaked out and terrified by him. The fact that it's one of the most matter-of-fact A God Am I moments ever makes it far more unsettling than a million ranting megalomaniacs.
      • In "Runaway Bride", Donna told Doctor that he needs someone to prevent him from going too far. She was proven COMPLETELY RIGHT in this episode. Though this is nothing new, all the way back to the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton stopped The Doctor from bashing a caveman's skull in with a rock. This is more or less canon that The Doctor ever since, was inspired for one reason, to keep companions, to keep his humanity in check and prevent his darkness from taking over.
    • The Doctor sonic-ing the Gadget robot and Roman screaming in pain because his brain is connected to the robot. The worst part of it all is that The Doctor is completely unaware of the damage he's causing, running around with a big grin on his face.
    • The manner in which the Flood transformed people into hive-minded water zombies was utterly terrifying. Bonus points for the tremendous Tear Jerker of Steffi desperately turning on a recording of her children during her last few seconds of consciousness, before emerging from the room she'd been sealed into (after a behind-the-back view of the transformation) to terrorize her former crewmates. Then adorable Roman's living example of the 'One Drop' being fatal.
    • The Doctor in the TARDIS, staring, being aware of the consequences of his actions and his impending end, and the Cloister Bell begins to ring...
  • The End of Time
    • What happened at the climax of The End of Time Part One with the Master turning EVERY human in the world, apart from Donna and Wilf, into a copy of himself. Gwen, Martha and Sarah Jane Smith never saw that coming, did they... Nor Jo Grant or Ace or the Brigadier or any of the Doctor's other companions on Earth, living or dead.
    • It's heavily implied the Master eats people and just leaves skeletons. Imagine seeing this [1] face falling from the sky on top of you while a psychotic voice yells "DINNER TIME!!" right before you die.
    • Remember the transformations happened during Obama's inauguration speech. The "filmed" inauguration speech. Imagine the horror of the people rewatching it.
    • How Time Lords decided to save themselves? They decided to initiate the Ultimate Sanction - to create a time paradox so severe that it would rip the Time Vortex apart, destroying the universe, and to use the free energy to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence! No wonder Doctor was so freaked out!
    • It turns out that the Master is crazy because (at least mostly) Time Lords put the signal of their heart into him to save themselves. So it makes them responsible, partially, for MANY of universe's disasters.
      • Making it worse is that the Master was a megalomaniac SOB long before the Time Lords put that signal into him. Rather than turning an innocent man into a psychopath, they turned a psychopath into a monster, all just to save their own skins.
    • The Doctor's mention of the horrible things that the Time Lords would bring back from the War if they were released. We may never get to see them, but that just makes it worse. Just the expression on the Doctor's face alone makes you realise that, to him, the Time Lords returning is HIS Nightmare Fuel. This is the guy who tells anyone he meets that the Time Lords were great and awesome — WERE being the operative word. Then he takes up the gun...
      "You weren't there, in the final days of the war. You never saw what was born. But if the time lock's broken then everything's coming through and not just the Daleks but the Skaro Degradations. The horde of travesties! The Nightmare Child, The Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres... the war turned into HELL! And that's what you've opened: right above the Earth! HELL is descending!"
      • The Time War. So the two most powerful civilizations in the universe ever are going at it with the gloves off; bad enough. Some of the weapons are creepifying just by their names — the Dalek fleet that "flew into the jaws of the Nightmare Child" is one hell of a Noodle Incident to ponder. The use of time travel to constantly resurrect the warriors, only for them to die again and again, hundreds of times? But worst of all is the simple fact implicit in its name: because it's a time war, you can never really meaningfully say that it's over from an internal perspective. It's just sealed away, with no escape....
      • Here's some lovely Fridge Horror for you — in the old series, the Time Lords all wore robes colored according to the Chapterhouse they belonged to. In "The End of Time", every single Time Lord is wearing Rassilon's red-and-gold. Based on what we saw of Rassilon, what do you think happened to the other Chapterhouses?
    • The thought of the Time Lords returning made the Doctor pick up a gun willingly. This was after he rejected taking a gun multiple times. That's how bad the situation became.
    • The post climax scene with the nuclear bolt and the two doors. The Doctor is looking at Wilfred, who will most certainly die if he doesn't sacrifice himself in his place, and declaring him "unimportant" and at the same time rambling about how important he himself is. It's a terrifying moment wherein you briefly think the Doctor is utterly and completely willing to sacrifice an innocent man because he thinks "The Doctor" counts for more. This is made more horrid by the fact that Wilfred had seen such a move coming, as earlier he had called the Doctor out on his willingness to put a Time Lord's life before that of the entire human race, and is still telling the Doctor to 'let him die'. *shudder*
    • "I've lived too long". This realization is what convinces the Doctor to make the sacrifice. The obsession to continue living despite the fallout to the innocent is what gas driven Rassilon to the Ultimate Sanction. Turning into Rassilon scares the Doctor more than being hit with half a million radons.
    • This whole episode is more tragic in retrospect with the ret-con events of the 50th anniversary special affecting the Doctor's regenerations. The Doctor regenerates, having tried as hard as he could to avoid it and we now know that it was his last regeneration in that cycle: Ten knew he was regenerating for the last time. And he could do nothing to stop it.

     Series 5 
  • "Victory of the Daleks", where in your brightest moment, you're told that your inventions are actually planetary exterminators, every single thing about you is a lie, and that you're a bomb that's gonna blow up in a few minutes.
    • Guess why it's called "Victory"? That's right, because the Daleks win.
    • When the 'Ironside' is introduced: "I-AM-YOUR-SOL-DIER." Not again. (See classic Season 4 for the reference)
      • Watch in hindsight, knowing their plan. That is distinctly a note of smugness in those mechanical tones - it knows they've set it up so that the Doctor will lose this time and it's already rubbing his face in it.
  • In "The Vampires of Venice"
    • When the Doctor muses about what would be so bad that it wouldn't mind being thought to be a vampire.
    • Their true forms are aquatic beings with horrifying teeth, and you can become one if you survive the blood transfusion.
    • The creepy room where they actually do the "transfusion." Not only is it creepily lit and stone, but they also strap you to a chair.
    • There's the end. Notice how all the people have disappeared, and it's silent? Sweet dreams.
      • If you look at the cloud line right near the very end you can see the reason for the silence: the crack in time and space that becomes the main plotline is hidden there.
  • Amy's Choice:
    • When the Doctor and Rory leave Amy with the Dream Lord:
      "And now he's left you with me. Spooky old not-to-be-trusted me... Anything could happen."
    • The scene where the Doctor falls sleep for a few seconds, and then wakes up just long enough for him to run a few feet, and then put him back to sleep again...
    • Birdsong. That's right, Doctor Who has now made birdsong scary.
      "Cold can burn, sofas can read."
      • Pay close attention. It first appeared in "The Eleventh Hour" when the newly regenerated Doctor wakes from being smacked in the head by Amy with a cricket bat, but if you pay close attention to the bird song, it follows the same pattern of the twittering chirping noise that the TARDIS makes during dematerialization.
  • "The Hungry Earth"
    • This exchange:
    Moe: They did it to me. While I was conscious.
    Amy: Okay, you're really freaking me out. Did what?
    Moe: Dissected me.
    • Amy waking up in a glass coffin.
    • Amy getting sucked into the Earth, convinced she is going to die.
      • Somewhat scarier when you realize from watching Confidential that Karen really is claustrophobic and those tears and screams are real.
    • The people getting Retgoned in "Flesh and Stone" was bad enough, but it gets even worse when it happens to an actual main character that we'd gotten to know over several episodes. And who was already dead, so the crack just stole the one kind of existence he had left.
    • If that's not bad enough, in "Cold Blood" the Doctor actually reaches into the crack and pulls something out, which we're not shown for several minutes. IT'S A PIECE OF THE TARDIS.
    • First it's statues, then it's darkness, then water, now the ground beneath our feet. Is anything safe?!
  • "Vincent and the Doctor."
    • You can't even see the Monster of the Week. More Paranoia Fuel.
    • This is not an isolated occurence. These vicious and invisible creatures drop out of their pack whenever they can't keep up. This could happen again.
  • You would think that "The Lodger" would be the one episode of Series 5 without any Nightmare Fuel. Wrong:
    • It begins around 2:30 of this clip: [1]. Nothing bad really happens, but Eleven seems to perceive a threat.
    • The silhouettes of the "people" at the top of the stairs... Luring victims up the stairs, where we hear them screaming as they are consumed by a creepy, hungry, half-sentient machine. And their burnt remains seeping down into the room below... yeesh.
      • The worst thing in that episode is the fridge horror. They repeatedly state the human population is 6,400,000,026. This number is at least 299,999,974 people less than what the population was at the time in real life. Those three hundred million are the deaths from all those alien invasions whoniverse-Earth suffers. Even scarier are the time cracks. Sure, there've been invasions, but then there are those cracks in the universe continuing to erase everything from history. So it's possible that the "miscount" actually accounts for the people that have been retgoned from existence. Yeesh!

     Series 6 
  • The Curse of the Black Spot: Don't get hurt. Something might crawl out of the water and take you away. And then we discover it extends to reflective surfaces, too.
  • The Doctor's Wife
    • They let Neil Gaiman write an episode and its antagonist is a creature with the same level of evil as A.M. itself. It eats TARDISes. Oh, and that voice and the fact that Auntie and Uncle are stitched together from slain Time Lords and who-knows-what-else.
    • The short scene where Amy and Rory are running around in the TARDIS' corridors. The scenes where they get stuck on opposite sides of a door. Where Amy keeps going (three times!) and finds Rory increasingly older and more insane until she finds a dead corpse and hell-curse-you writing all over the walls. Imagine seeing the moldering remains of someone you love. Now imagine seeing that and knowing full well that they died hating you more than anything else in the world.
    • Insane!Rory was stuck in the TARDIS for a long time waiting for Amy and he hates her for it. Before he dies again, he writes on the wall, HATE AMY, KILL AMY, KILL ME AMY HATE AMY, KILL AMY over and over again. Seeing Rory, who is normally the level headed one, shout and scream like that is extremely unnerving.
      • "They hurt me, Amy. They come, every night, and they hurt me. Again and again."
    • TARDISes can mess with time and space. If it could do that internally then it's entirely possible some version of Rory really did live that life and House has been mind raping him for decades before wiping it all out and starting over. Even if it actually wasn't him there's a good chance that scene was created based on Amy's own fears; we learned early on in the reboot that the TARDIS gets inside her head), thus making that scene the product of her guilt at his having to wait for her for so long and her absolute terror of losing him. Imagine watching your loved ones die several times, knowing it could happen again, permanently, any second...
    • After House takes controls of the TARDIS and leaves, the way Auntie and Uncle talk about their impending deaths as if they were just going out somewhere and then dying in mid sentence, their nonchalant tones never changing through the end, is chillingly unnatural. Imagine that you're just talking to somebody and then after a while they cheerfully announce that they're going to die in a few seconds and then suddenly just dropping dead just like that.
    • We are starting to be quite familiar with now a very pissed off Doctor. Suffice to say we have seen on numerous occasions that the Doctor has displayed signs that he could be heading to a darker path, events in "The Family of Blood", "The Waters of Mars", etc. have shown what the Doctor is capable of when his patience is pushed to the limits. Knowing this, the pain and anger he showed when talking to Auntie and Uncle after his discovery makes for a very tense moment.
      • "You gave me hope and then took it away. That's enough to make anyone dangerous, God knows what it'll do to me!" Indeed.
    • One line that seems to be a typical Doctor Badass Boast can be taken in a completely different and terrifying light.
      House: Fear me, I've killed hundreds of Timelords.
      The Doctor: Fear me. I've killed all of them.
    The glib way he says this once again showcases how easily he can become the Timelord Victorious.
    • Think about it. House did that using only the TARDIS herself. She could do that to anyone, at any time, if she chose. note  We know she's alive, and sentient, and loves the Doctor. That leads us to the conclusion that she can probably get angry. She consciously controls herself if she needs to. Imagine being trapped in the TARDIS being Mind Raped again and again and again, indefinitely, and not being able to escape, because no one knows you're there. No one ever will know. Don't upset the TARDIS.
      • We already know that the TARDIS takes care of her Doctor and his companions. It's repeatedly indicated that the TARDIS is also protective of established timelines, said in "The Doctor's Wife" to be why she always lands where and when the Doctor is needed. Does anyone care to wonder what she's been doing all this time with the Carrionites the Doctor kept as a souvenir in "The Shakespeare Code"?
    • Nephew's fate is disturbing. The Doctor and Idris materialise a TARDIS on top of him.
      The Doctor: He's been... 'redistributed.'
      Amy: Meaning...?
      The Doctor: You're breathing him.
  • "The Rebel Flesh"
    • The Gangers once they undergo Glamour Failure are creepy. This is especially the case the first time the audience is shown it during the second solar tsunami, where they flash between their human and Ganger faces - with their Ganger face locked in a screaming expression.
    • The scene in the toilets where Ganger!Jennifer attacks Rory by punching him in the face, her arm stretching like rubber through the door to do so, then she stretches her head through the hole and speaks to him with the Voice of the Legion.
    • The ending where the Doctor is confronted by his own Ganger.
    • The disembodied mouth floating in a pool of living goop, whispering "Trust me."
    • This episode is showing once again just how terrifyingly paranoid un-cloned humanity loves to be. Cleaves rigs up a lethal taser based on her fears alone.
    • The scene where one of the Gangers gets dissolved in a pool of acid, which is treated with completed nonchalance by the other crewmembers.
  • "The Almost People":
    • The cliffhanger of this episode is someone watching Amy while she's imprisoned and pregnant and going into labor. "Well, dear. You're ready to pop, aren't you? Little one's on its way. Here it comes. Puuuuuusssssh." *The most blood-curdling scream in the series' history follows*
    • The pile of rotting Gangers who are both alive and fully conscious.
    • The freakish elongated monster that Jennifer turns into, which got lost on its way to a casting call for the next Resident Evil game.
    • The hallway with eyes in the walls.
    • The fact that Ganger!Jenny deliberately kills another, sentient Ganger of herself to convince Rory she's not a ganger. Because, as the Doctor repeatedly tells us, the sentient Gangers are just like real humans.
    • "Push, Amy, but only when she tells you to."
  • "Night Terrors".
    • The landlord's involuntary transformation into a doll in. It's scary because at first you think they're going to fake you out, but they don't. It's made to look like it's going to be offscreen... but it isn't.
    • Or Amy's transformation.
    • The dolls and their creepy laughter.
    • The landlord getting sucked down through his carpet while his dog just watches, not reacting in the slightest.
    • The dolls' nursery rhyme, playing over the closing scene on the TARDIS.
      "Tick tock goes the clock, he cradled and he rocked her / Tick tock goes the clock, even for the Doctor"
    • The soundtrack (spoilers, sweetie).
  • "The Girl Who Waited"
    • Amy spends 37 years completely alone, constantly on the run from robots who will inadvertently kill her. Is it any wonder that she hates the Doctor more than anyone else by the time she gets to talk to him again?
    • "This is a kindness" spoken by an army of faceless robots with projectile syringes.
  • "The God Complex":
    • A Hell Hotel that contains everyone's worst fears, with a room for everyone. A great big Minotaur wanders the halls, forced to eat the inhabitants. And Room 11 holds The Worst Thing In The Universe.
    • The Doctor is describing the Minotaur and how it wanted to die. The Minotaur apparently thinks he's talking about himself. The Doctor swears he's not saying he wants to die, but he seems to have trouble convincing himself.
    • Are you praying yet? 'cause that's about the worst thing you could pos... Praise him.
    • The scene where the Doctor finds his room (11) to be most unnerving. He opens the door, and in the dark room, the Cloister Bell of the TARDIS is tolling in low, dark tones. His eyes widen, and then, with a profound sigh, he says, in response to his greatest fear and in resignation, "Of course. Who else?" and we never get to see what it is. The implication is that it is himself.
    • There's the fridge horror. The hotel keeps showing Rory an exit, and we find out later that this is because Rory lacks both fear and faith. But we also find out that the Hotel is a spaceship. Where do exits go on spaceships?
    • The core plot element, how each of the taken's faith is broken by being exposed to their worst fears that are generally otherwise mundane and non-threatening to anyone else.
  • Closing Time,
    • At the end, River Song is trapped underwater in a spacesuit (by Madame Kovarian and the Silence to be exact), drugged and forced to kill :the Doctor. Enhanced by Kovarian's taunting, and the Silence simply standing there and making no sound.
      • River, freshly Doctor Song, is reading up on the Doctor, when guess who comes out of the shadows. Also, this:
      Kovarian: You never escaped us. We were always coming for you.
      • Plus that terrifying nursery rhyme from Night Terrors is back with a vengeance.
      Tick tock goes the clock, he cradled and he rocked her
      Tick tock goes the clock, 'till River kills the Doctor.
      • If you think about it, River's situation at the end of Closing Time comes pretty close to And I Must Scream. River knows that she is about to be forced to kill the man she loves. She will be completely conscious for this, but unable to do anything to stop it. You gotta wonder just how messed up she was after this...
    • From the main story, Craig's Cyber-conversion. Made oh-so-much worse by Alfie's (aka Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All) plaintive wailing, as if he knows what's happening to his father.

     Series 7 
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship:
    • Imagine signing up for a mission to take dinosaurs through space to a new, habitable planet in an attempt to avoid their (and your) extinction... then being woken up from your centuries-long stasis sleep by a couple of demented, chattering robots... only to be immediately flushed out through an airlock into space. Alive. Because the dinosaurs have value, but Silurians don't.
    • Solomon himself was such a monster, the Doctor killed him in cold blood. Nightmare Fuel for the bow tie wearing alien yet again.
  • A Town Called Mercy: While the Doctor is understandably pissed when he finds out just what Kahler-Jex has done, the actions he takes after Jex hits him with an all-too-apt Not So Different speech leave him sliding perilously close to becoming a Knight Templar version of his Waters of Mars persona.
  • The Power of Three's mostly a quiet, emotionally-based episode. Then we suddenly get people with flesh cubes where their mouths should be. You could also add 1/3 of the human population suddenly dropping dead for a few minutes (including the ones we see die on CCTV).
  • The Rings of Aktaken
    • Imagine what it must be like to be a chorister. You have to sing constantly and perfectly to keep this mummy asleep, because if you stop, even for a moment, it will devour your soul and move on to your home. "Do not wake from slumber, oh god, never wake from slumber." Can you hear the desperation in his voice?
    • The "Old God" makes his appearance, and he is a Genius Loci. He looks like some fiery demon and the Doctor is standing before him without any idea of what to do.
  • Cold War
    • The Doctor, Clara, and a group of Russian Marines are in a sinking submarine, all while an Ice Warrior is on the loose and is trying to fire a nuke from the submarine. Every creak and crash you hear could very well be the Ice Warrior ready to attack.
    • The team did an excellent job of making the Ice Warrior absolutely terrifying, with his deep, hissing voice, his unarmored form, and the security footage, with his menacing figure chained to the girders. Then there's the Animated Armor. The sounds he makes out of his armor are pretty scary as well, and the overall claustrophobic setting of the submarine is begging for this trope.
    • What does the Ice Warrior do to his victims? Tear them apart. Not savagely either, but deliberately and methodically. All we see is the Doctor's reaction and a bleached, bloody, hand.
  • Hide.
    • Let's start off with the ghost that appears. No matter the picture, where it's taken, the angle or the lighting, it's always caught in a photo the same way: Flailing its arms, screaming and towards the photographer. It's actually a time traveller, stuck in a pocket dimension which crumbles in a mere three minutes.
    • Then we have the weird, skeletal creatures which appear throughout the episode. You rarely ever see them, and when you do, they move erratically and suddenly, like glitches in a game. They're twisted somehow, like they spent too much time in the wrong place. Not to mention they feed on fear and reside in a haunted castle and a constantly misty forest full of trees. To top it all off, the Doctor turns around to face one and states out loud that he is afraid of these things. What are they?
    • When we get a close look at them near the end... *shudders*.
    • American soldiers left tins of spam as an offering to the "ghost" with a note that read, "Please stop screaming.", and then they focus on one of the photos of the apparition with a wide, gaping black maw. The "ghost" may turn out to be an unfortunate time traveler at the end, but try looking at that image and not shuddering a little.
      • Not to mention the sheer number of both statues and shadows in that episode...
  • Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
    • The revelation of what the charred black zombies that chase the cast throughout the episode truly are. They're the future versions of the Doctor, Clara, and the salvagers that couldn't escape the Eye of Harmony and were burnt alive.
      • For bonus horror, one of the zombies that hounded the Doctor throughout the episode has its hand fused to its face. When the Doctor explains what the zombies are as he prepares to die, he rests his hand on his face in despair. Thankfully, he takes it away as he realizes a way out.
    • One of the two surviving scavenger brothers discovers his "tiny scrap of decency inside himself", and as his brother falls into the Eye of Harmony, he catches him and tries to pull him back up. He is promptly fused to his brother by the intense heat and becomes the Bad Future version of himself, chasing the Doctor and Clara while screaming madly.
  • The Crimson Horror has the Body Horror of the titular fate— as we see when the Doctor is infected, the victims not only turn bright red but experience a total and excruciating-looking stiffening of their entire bodies, mouth frozen open, before dying.
  • Nightmare In Silver
    • This episode brings us the Doctor as the Cyber-Planner. Not only does Matt Smith embrace the madness playing the Cyber-Planner, but he does it so calmly, and sometimes gleefully.
    Cyber-Planner: Doctor, Doctor, Doctor Doctor Doctor Doctor Doctor Doctor!
    • The Doctor electrocutes himself to get rid of the Cyber-Planner. The Cyber-Planner's scream of "That's cheeeatiiing!" is chilling.
    • The Cybermen have undergone some major enhancements which have made them even more dangerous and terrifying. They can teleport in an instant, operate without a head and scariest of all: CONVERT HUMANS WITH ONE TOUCH.
    • What makes the Cybermen even more dangerous is their ability to instantly upgrade themselves to counter threats. Shoot them with a massive cannon, electrocute the water, they will find a way to become immune to that strategy.
  • "The Name of the Doctor":
    • Imagine what the universe would look like if everything the Doctor had done throughout all of his lives were undone. We get a glimpse thanks to The Great Intelligence stepping inside the Doctor's time-stream (basically the Doctor's entire life in physical form). Once the Intelligence goes to work erasing the Doctor's actions throughout time. Dozens of stars rapidly start to go out all across the sky. Jenny vanishes since the Doctor was no longer around to save her, and Strax reverts to a typical Sontaran and tries to attack Vastra. And that's just what we could see...
      • To sum up, there wouldn't be a universe.
    • Imagine having your very essence scattered all across time and space into thousands of copies of yourself. Each one is born, lives and dies, and sometimes gruesomely, and you are aware of each and everyone of them; all simultaneously. Throughout this whole experience, you don't know where you are and desperately trying to find someone so you can help them avoid a gruesome death.

     Series 8 

  • Into the Dalek. Missy's smile. It just screams "SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE"
    • The Doctor inadvertently brainwashes Rusty into possessing murderous hatred for its own kind. The Doctor seems to understand the enormity of what he's done...
    "I am not a good Dalek. You are a good Dalek."
    • The fact that Rusty was able to only see hatred and nothing else. Holy fuck, he knew the Doctor better than the Doctor knows the Doctor. You can truly see the shame in his face when he says "No, there has to be something else there." Remember last week when we got more evidence that the Doctor isn't superhero material? This week, we got that and evidence that he's Anti-Hero material.
    • The Daleks have returned and racked up a huge body count in this story... some of it including their own kind.
    • The Dalek anti-bodies. Basically floating, mechanized eyeballs that activate whenever the Dalek has intrusive organisms inside its shell that liquify said organisms to be used as protein.
  • "Robot of Sherwood":
    • The Sheriff of Nottingham does not hesitates to execute an old man who spits in his face by ramming his sword through his gizzard.
    • The robotic knights from outer space burn people to oblivion with cross-shaped beams for non-compliance. Not only is that frightening, it takes place in 1190, during The Crusades, which involved similarly gruesome acts of murder under the abused symbol of the cross.
    • The Sheriff is decapitated in a scene so shocking, it was deemed insensitive to contemporary events with the Islamic State beheadings and cut from the episode. It indicates the robot knights' shuttle fell on him and he was rebuilt into a cyborg.
    • Later, the Sheriff is knocked into his vat of molten gold by Robin Hood and bathed in it, killing him slowly enough that his gold-encrusted metallic hands are seen clutching to the side of the vat in a desperate and failed attempt to climb out before he died.
    • Alan A-Dale finding out he only has six months to live; then again, it depends on whether he believes this odd random person who shows up out of nowhere.
  • "Listen": In many ways, the entire episode is a subversion. It's set up as a "You should be afraid of this perfectly ordinary thing" episode like "Blink" (statues) or "Silence in the Library" (darkness). But in the end, the monster might not actually exist, and if it does it is content to just be left alone. The episode even goes on to insist that fear is a superpower, something that makes the prey more powerful than the predator.
  • "Time Heist"
    • The Teller, and what it can do to you. If it thinks you're guilty, it goes ahead and feeds on that guilt, melting your brain down to soup in the process until it starts leaking out of your eyes. Victims end up with a massive dent in the top of their heads, indicating it gets part of the skull, too. Then Bank'll keep your vegetative husk around afterwards, on display, as a warning. If they don't want the husk around anymore, they Kill It with Fire.
    • Madame Karabraxos incinerates her own clones, taking sadomasochism up to a whole new level.
  • "The Caretaker"
    • The Skovox Blitzer graphically incinerates a truant officer with laser fire. All that's left of him is a charred, severed hand with bits of fingers and the forearm crumbling off as it crashes to the floor. The horror is dampened when the murder victim shows up in the afterlife unharmed, and then it starts up again when he suddenly realizes that he didn't escape.
    • Missy gives her underling a very frightening Death Glare as though there is a conspiracy going on the Nethersphere, like an unsettling undertone of a false paradise.
    • The Doctor showing up at her school terrifies Clara because she knows that the Doctor is a Doom Magnet. When she says "are the children safe?" you can see the horrible possible scenarios turning in her mind.
  • "Kill the Moon"
    • Basically everything about the giant spiders. Writer Peter Harness was told to "Hinchcliffe the shit out of it for the first half" (basically, to make it scary), and it shows.
    • In-universe, it's shown the Doctor leaving and forcing Clara to decide whether to kill a baby or, potentially, the human race, shook her up significantly. So much so she tells the Doctor to leave Earth and never come back.
  • "Mummy on the Orient Express":
    • The Foretold is as grim and ghastly as you could ever expect from a Mummy. And if you see it, you have a mere 66 seconds to live.
    • Somewhere out there, there is a Dangerously Genre Savvy individual who knows who and what the Doctor is, invited him to investigate The Foretold in the hopes that they could reverse engineer the technology behind it, murdered a whole train car full of people to force the Doctor's cooperation, knew to seal up the TARDIS to prevent the Doctor's escape or rescuing of the passengers. When the Doctor manages to escape anyway, and then tries to track this person back to their source, they take the pragmatic approach and blow up the train. That person got away Scot-free and is still out there, and now knows how The Foretold worked and may have enough info to create their own version.
  • "Flatline":
    • They took the series' infamous dodgy CGI and weaponised it. That, and what seems like an innocuous piece of fancy artwork, that turns out to be somebody's nervous system torn out and displayed on the wall.
    • To make matters worse, the Boneless use the horrifically distorted image of their victims for their three-dimensional appearance. Their dead victims. And that includes the woman whose nervous system was spread out on the wall.
    • If you still can't comprehend the horror, here are some pictures and a GIF.
    • Missy seems to have chosen Clara for something, as indicated by her appearance and words in the end of the episode. Her entire demeanor in the scene is really unsettling. Even creepier is the fact she is in front of a door with a window that looks like a Cyberman's eye.

     Series 9 
  • "The Zygon Inversion" features the lovely scene when Bonnie (who's pretty chilling in her own right) forcibly reverts a Zygon to his true form. The gradual, sporadic transformation is eerily reminiscent of Lampwick turning into a donkey in Pinocchio.
  • Face The Raven:
    • The chronolock. It appears on your neck in such a way that you can never see it, and you constantly have to ask others how long you have left to live. Everyone else can see it, and they judge you for your crime, and lastly there is what happens when it hits zero.
    • You begin your day with an exhilarating adventure with your best friend whom you love, about whose safety and survival you've been increasingly worried about. The two of you are asked for help by a young father and after some investigation you easily deduce the origin of the problem. You also realize early on that it's a con game. Easy, peasy. Unknown to you, however, your friend has gone rogue and decided to take the chronolock upon herself as strategy to keep the young father safe. You discover this too late, and there is nothing you can do but hug her, receive some words of encouragement from her ... and then watch her die, screaming before being teleported god knows where without time to so much as grieve. Not a good way to end your day.


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Steven Moffat: Fueling Nightmares Since 2005.
  • Every episode of the new Doctor Who has some moments that could give somebody nightmares, but "Blink" gave everybody nightmares. If you are prone to nightmares, don't watch any Steven Moffat stories... in fact, stay away from the Eleventh Doctor's first season ENTIRELY. Moffat is the drunken captain of the oil tanker full of nightmare fuel that's headed full speed ahead straight for the rocky coast of your dreams, and in addition to "Blink", he has given us:

Series 1 - The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
  • The gas mask people from "The Empty Child" / "The Doctor Dances"
    • "End of the tape. It ran out about 30 seconds ago."
    • "I sent it to its room. This is its room."
    • Then there's the Fridge Horror part once your mind finishes digesting the story. Imagine having your face infused into a gas mask (possibly painfully), having part of your memory damaged to the point where you can't recall how your mother looks like but you're so frightened that it's all you want thanks to basic human instinct which you still have, and worst of all, your mother not wanting to admit you being her child anymore because you're this ugly monstrosity that's only human neck-down now. Body Horror and Parental Abandonment horror at it's worst.

Series 2 - The Girl in the Fireplace

  • The eighteenth century French girl who grows up and dies with the prospect of meeting the Doctor only a few times while only a handful of minutes pass for the Doctor himself (or the "clockwork robots" stalking her, especially when disguised, and the way they repair their space ship structural/electronic/critical damage with human organs).
    • The real chilling bit was how entirely believable the scenario was. Not from the sci-fi perspective, but consider it this way: they were repair drones, and the ship was in need of repair. It's their one purpose, their only reason to exist. And, as one said, "We did not have the parts." And he just repeats that, over and over, until the Doctor gets it, " one told them the crew was off limits." With an AI that single-minded, it seems horrifyingly probable for the prime directive to supercede things like "human life."
      • This could even be a Zeroth Law Rebellion: The ship is badly damaged, and too far from any sort of rescue for external help to reach it in time. In such a scenario, the AI wouldn't even be clearly wrong to use the crew as replacement parts, since they will die if the ship isn't repaired.
    • This scene takes a few seconds to sink in, but when it does, you'll shit bricks:
      The Doctor: [looks at a broken clock] Okay, that's scary.
      Reinette: You're scared of a broken clock?
      The Doctor: Just a bit scared, yeah. Just a tiny bit. 'Cause you see, if this clock's broken, and it's the only one in the room, then what's that ticking?
    • The scene where the Doctor looks under Reinette's bed is already a pretty touchy subject for anyone who's had night terrors, but when the camera slowly pans up to show that all-out shit-inducing nightmare mask, hidden in the shadows just so, you find yourself cowering under the covers.
    • The very practical approach to organ harvesting "I will not set foot there again." "We do not require your feet."
      • One line sums it up: We did not have the parts.
  • The sheer horrifying creepiness of the clockwork 'bots themselves. Eyeless 18th century pseudo-Mardi Gras mask? Check. Monotonous voice? Check. Slow and jerky but inexorable movements accompanied by sounds to alert their arrival and your sure demise? Check. Retractable saws and other scary implements? Check. Total single-mindedness focusing on harvesting your organs? Check.

Series 3 - Blink, Series 5 - The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, Series 7 - The Angels Take Manhattan (The Weeping Angels)

  • "Blink:
    • When it first aired, "Blink" had a special warning telling parents that the episode was scarier than normal and should be watched in the day instead of at night. Only Doctor Who could make an episode about statues the most terrifying thing in the world.
    • One of the most impressive things about the Weeping Angels (pre-The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone) is that they were the most terrifying creation of possibly the entire run of the show, and they didn't actually kill you. Not really; you were just zapped into the past. Both Kathy Nightengale and Billy Shipton lived out happy, full lives before dying of natural causes. They don't kill you, and they still cause even the most hardened horror fans to wet themselves. Tip of the hat to the Moff.
      • If anything, that makes them even more terrifying. They don't need you to die; they draw their energy from the time you would have spent living in the present, while dooming you to reflect on what's happened to you and just what you've lost forever. The fact that they feed on your lost, wasted life is scarier than if they just outright swallowed you whole.
    • "You're not looking at the statue." "Neither are you." Cue Jump Scare.
    • "That which contains the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel." At the end "Blink" Sally Sparrow has some pictures of the Angels.
    • The horrible, demonic shrieking noises that the Angels make... when they laugh.
    • Those Angels are standing in a secure parking garage, under many light bulbs. Light bulbs burn out. If the Angels grow impatient waiting for the light bulbs to burn out naturally, they can always actively burn them out...
    • The scene in "Blink" when Sally takes the TARDIS key. While most other scenes use flickering light or camera cuts to show that the Angels have moved, this time the Angels change poses as Sally passes between them and the camera, watching her as she steps in front of them and covering their eyes as she moves away.
    • The montage of statues, narrated by David Tennant's "don't blink speech".
  • "The Time of the Angels"
    • Look in an angel's eyes long enough, and it can come out of the image you have of it in your brain. Now think back to how many times there have been close-ups of the angels' faces, and suddenly those statues are even more terrifying.
    • Angel Bob delights in providing nightmare fuel
      • "Bob, keep running but tell me, how did you escape?" "I didn't escape, sir. The angels killed me, too. They broke my neck." Scariest. Conversation. Ever. What makes it really creepy was how emotionless he said it. He was being so scared in the beginning that the monotone makes you KNOW that something's horribly wrong.
      • "And when you say you're coming, you mean..." "That's right sir, the angels are coming.". Scariest part of the episode, hands down.
    • When the Doctor asks Angel Bob why the Angel in Amy's mind is forcing her to count down. "To make her afraid, Sir." "Yes, but why?" "For fun, Sir."
    • "If [they] have two heads, then why don't their statues?"
  • "Flesh and Stone":
    • First, the Doctor has to shoot the globe that's keeping the entire MAZE of Angels at bay.
    • Then, the Doctor, Amy, River, Father Octavian and the Clerics running through the ship, having to periodically shut the lights off in order to open the doors.
    • The Doctor and River leaving Amy, who must keep her eyes shut at all times or the Angel inside her head will get free, and the Clerics alone with the Angels in the forest. The crack seems to be calling to the Clerics - who walk over and are rewritten out of time, like they never existed. Amy is left completely alone, essentially blind, and must walk through the forest full of Angels as if she can see, because only the illusion that she might be able to see them is keeping the Angels from attacking.
      • The Doctor explaining what the time energy will do to Amy: "If the time energy catches up with you, you will never have been born. It will erase every moment of your existence. You will never have lived at all.
    • On top of the terror of the Angels in this episode is bad enough, but when we learn that the crack in time is widening, things get worse. Now instead of letting things cross from universe to universe, it wipes them out... And not just by killing them, but by retroactively erasing them from existence so that no-one will even remember you, or why you went missing.
    • The soldiers shooting at the Angels in the tunnel... not because they actually expect the bullets to work, but to use the muzzle flash to light them up.
    • When just dying is a pretty good outcome (see also The Big Bang), things are pretty firmly in NF territory.
    • The Angels move in the most creepy, unsettling way imaginable. Worse, Amy has her eyes closed the entire time, and then she drops her communicator And when the barrier sealing off the forest rises up there's an army of angels just standing there. Who's at the front to greet them? Bob, the one who told the Doctor his neck was snapped and the angels were coming''.
  • The Angels Take Manhattan:
    • Weeping. Angel. Cherubim. The tapping feet in the dark, their extremely eerie giggling, and their vast numbers are arguably more scary than an adult angel.
    • The trailer shows a smiling Weeping Angel, and it's terrifying.
    • Their farm plan is industrailized evil. You are basically lured into a building and get sent back in time after witnessing the death of your older self (ensuring a fixed point). Once that happens, you are their slave. Forced to live solitary in a room for decades waiting for the event to occur again. Now it brings harshness on the fact the Doctor considered them the only people to kill you nicely since you just live on your life elsewhere. In this case, you are cattle.
      • A more horrifying implication as to why the elderly residents still reside in the farm, is that the Angels don't send their victims back several decades straight away, but instead amuse themselves by keeping their victims trapped in the building, sending them short hops into the past whenever they try to escape. This forces them back further in time and further away from the world they knew and eventually, their victims are so defeated they simply resign themselves to taking The Slow Path.
    • They've turned every single statue in New York City into an angel, including the Statue of Liberty.

Series 4 - Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
  • Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead — A two-part story penned by Steven Moffat, involving living carnivorous shadows in a giant space library, plus a cyberspace segment involving vanishing children and a woman with a warped face.
    • Apparently the little specks in bright light are Vashta Nerada, too.
    • "Hey... who turned out the lights...?" Go ahead; shudder.
    • What makes "count your shadows" so horrifying is that it's not impossible to have two shadows. If you're standing between two light sources of similar brightness (Two lamps, or even two windows on different walls) you will have two shadows.
      • More the point that you almost never even notice your own shadow, even when you think about it.
      • It could be referring to the umbra of your shadow the darkest part. You can have multiple penumbras the lighter parts but the Vashta Nerada are pitch black. And you can't have two umbras.
    • "The lights... are going... out..."
    • The Doctor saying that every creature in the universe has a irrational fear of the dark... only to explain that the fear isn't irrational.
    • Oh god... The Vashta Narada exist on every world in the universe. Sometimes a person just goes missing....
      • It's also especially implied that they exist on earth...
      • Implied?!
      The Doctor: [Vashta Nerada] are the dust in sunbeams. ... They mostly live on roadkill, but sometimes a person goes into the dark...and doesn't come back...
    • Let's not forget the line by the Doctor after they've fled from Proper Dave.
      The Doctor: [to River] You said there were five people alive in this room, right?
      River: Yes.
      The Doctor: So why are there six...?
      [beat; everyone turns around slowly]
      Proper Dave/Vashta Nerada: Hey! Who turned out the lights?
  • A person's last dying thoughts getting stuck in the suit radio until they fade: "Icecream, Icescream, I scream..."
    • Finally, the cliffhanger:
      "Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved. Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved. Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved..."

Series 5 - The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
  • The Eleventh Hour
    • Kids, see that crack in your wall? It's got a murderous shapeshifting alien behind it which looks like the hybrid of a moray eel and xenomorph. And if you look into the crack there is a giant eye that will look back at you.
    • One night that murderous alien made his way through the crack and into your home. Where it went into hiding, without you knowing, for over ten years.
    • That crack will eat your Mum and Dad and it's getting bigger.
    • Moffat got the idea after seeing a crack in his son's bedroom wall. Yeah. That's right. He tailor-designed nightmare fuel for his own child! note 
    • Everything about Prisoner Zero. It's looks scary enough without the Paranoia Fuel linked to it. Anyone you know go into a coma recently? Prisoner Zero might be masquerading as them. In fact, it could be watching you...right you look at this page...and you won't even notice. Thanks to Perception Filters, there could be many horrible things you aren't noticing...
    • "Oh, I'm getting it wrong again, aren't I? So...many...mouths."
    • The teeth of the transformed people are hugely creepy.
    • The mixed up voices were creepier for some, especially when the little girl uses the woman's voice or the man barking instead of the dog, diving headfirst into the Uncanny Valley.
      • The woman using the girl's voice to taunt the Doctor about the cracks in the Universe, then switching back to the correct voice, as if it did that on purpose. "The Doctor in the TARDIS doesn't know. Doesn't know~ Doesn't know~" It's quite possible Prisoner Zero does know.
    • There might also be hidden rooms in your house which you can't notice and which contain evil shapeshifting monsters. If you just look in the corner of your eye...
    • The sequence where Amy is going into Prisoner Zero's room, and the Doctor — the Doctor! — is absolutely terrified, screaming for her to turn back, and she just keeps going... "Walking down a hallway towards a door that shouldn't be there while someone screams not to open it? Hey, who needs sleep?"
    • Prisoner Zero was in that room for 12 years and had forged a mental link with Amy strong enough to knock her out by the time she was an adult. What would having an alien creature who had done something so awful that it's guards are willing to destroy a planet to stop it do to the mind of a little girl as she grew up? Some fans have even pointed out Amy shows signs of mental illness. From that perspective, she really needed those psychologists.
    • The Atraxi were willing to destroy an entire planet just to get rid of him. Just what the hell did Prisoner Zero do for this extreme action?!
      • The Doctor does make a fairly simple case that there must have been a less "extreme" method, since one would assume there must be a method for dealing with major convicts on planets that you can't just torch. In the process reminds us why he's so greatly feared as to get his own Pandorica.
    • The picture taken by the Hubble Space telescope a few years ago. [1]
  • The Beast Below
    • This episode has Smilers and their demonic frowns.
    • And the Test Card F girl singing an Ironic Nursery Rhyme to the condemned...
      Girl: A horse and a man, above, below./ One has a plan but both must go./ Mile after mile; above, beneath./ One has a smile, and one has teeth. / Though the man above might say hello, / Expect no love from the beast below! [cue the elevator plummeting, then the floor opening]
    • "This, then, is what has been done to preserve the safety of the British people. May God have mercy on our souls."
    • Oh, god, most of The Beast Below was freaky—well, until we get near the end when it's discovered what's so horribly wrong about the ship having no engines. It's not just that it oughtn't be moving, it's that they're torturing a star whale who ''volunteered'' to help, to achieve propulsion.. The Smilers are creepy in the pre-title sequence alone.
      • The Doctor's immediate assumption that his only choice is to to burn out the star whale's brain in order to save the humans and to spare the whale any further pain. This is a horrible choice—but two things rev it Up to Eleven: the Doctor knows the creature is sentient, and the Doctor is telepathic. Yet he never once thinks of using his own abilities to communicate with the creature. He just jumps into "I must destroy" mode and never comes out of it. Now think about all the times that the Doctor has decided that there's only one thing he can do...and realize how many innocent sentient creatures may have been destroyed by the Doctor.
      • It must have been a lot, considering it was revealed in the next season that an entire military group is devoted to defeating and killing him. Let's not forget that there was an entire order - The Silence - dedicated to preventing the Doctor from answering a pretty simple question.
    • At the end of the episode Amy points out that the Star Whale was a comparison to the Doctor's own willing nature to help humanity. So why was the Doctor so WILLING to end the creature's pain without consideration for its sentience? How often has the Doctor looked for a "painless way out" for all of his OWN suffering?
      • The Smilers' faces are made of porcelain... And each face takes up 50% of the head... And there's -THREE- faces.
      • That's not the creepy part. The creepy part is that the Smilers were never explained.
    • The fact that the Queen had lived through her 10 year reign many times, each time discovering the secret and being presented with this option:
      (forget) (abdicate)
  • The whole idea of the Alliance: Daleks, Cybus Cybermen, Sycorax, Silurians, Hoix, the Weevils out of Torchwood, Autons...
    • Even worse. All of the Doctor's enemies (and some other aliens) gang up on him and lock him in the Pandorica, which was built to prevent him apparently blowing up the universe. It didn't work.
    • "There was a goblin, or a trickster... Or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world." This is the description of the monster in the Pandorica, and it's the Doctor. This is a description of the Doctor as he is seen by his enemies. Think about that.
    • Also from The Pandorica Opens, the Cyberman's helmet springing open to reveal the rotting human skull inside. It's attempting to acquire a new body by sealing Amy's head inside it! "You will be assimilated".
    • After listening to the Doctor begging and pleading to his enemies to be let out of the Pandorica to save the universe, then panning out to see every single star exploding and darkness and silence covering everything, THE FUCKING BACKGROUND MUSIC SHUTS OFF and the scene fades to black in silence.
    • The outcome of a a Total Event Collapse. The Earth and the Moon are the only things left. Not just that it's the only planet left, but it's the only planet to have ''ever existed.'' Every single alien race, good or bad, never came to be. Earth is utterly alone, with the only intelligence left being the Silurians. Thing get worse when what's left starts suffering the same fate.
    • Oh,and here's something you may like. The Cyberman said that "all universes" will be deleted. That's right, a Class Z. And if The Multiverse truly exists, this means all of creation was wiped out during "The Big Bang". That includes our reality. WE NEVER EXISTED.
    • The Doctor hinting what he thinks happened to Amy's family: That they were erased by the crack, and judging by the number of rooms, that could easily include siblings she has no clue (n)ever existed.
    • One more: Van Gogh's painting of the TARDIS exploding, with imagery eerily reminiscent of his magnum opus Starry Night.
    • "I'm sorry, my love."
      • The "outside force" landing the TARDIS... with it's door facing a rock wall. On a place in space that is likely about as far from the Earth as the Sun. Thus probably Mars. Also, apparently at least the rock wall's edge was included in the TARDIS' time loop, since it remains even after the erasure of it's the universe's existance. Special design, or Hand Wave?
      • Eleven screaming: "PLEASE LISTEN TO ME!!!" when the Pandorica closes. The Doctor had never sounded so desperately scared in his life.
    • The Pandorica itself is terrifying when you think about it. It's a very small box where you can't move, not even your head. And it won't let you die, because that would be "escaping". Now imagine what would've happened if Rory hadn't freed the Doctor.
      • "Lucky" Amy; she was "dead" the whole time. Lucky it didn't heal her upon entry... if you imagined what the Doctor would have gone through, what about Amy? Look what an apparition of an ancient and tortured Rory was like; and he wasn't immobile.
  • Imagine you died. Killed. Gone forever. Then, suddenly, you're alive again, in an entirely different place, in an entirely different time, with everything that you've known being as distant as a dream. As if your entire life never happened... And then, you run into someone you thought didn't exist, someone you loved and they don't remember who you are. You desperately try to get them to remember, but before you can, your body, moving on its own, kills them. Not only do you have to live with killing the one person you can recover from your old life, but you are a false machine copy of who you think you are, and you're working for the bad guys.
  • "The Big Bang" gives us a half dead/half alive fossilized Dalek screaming "RESTORE! RESTORE! RESTORE!" as it tries to reboot itself.
    • It also shoots the Doctor but fails to quite kill him instantly, leaving him wincing in pain for a good chunk of the episode.
    • River Song is pretty scary now. She made a Dalek beg for mercy. A freakin' Dalek. She didn't just get it to beg - she got it to metaphorically roll over and scream for mama. You can actually hear in each iteration of the word 'mercy' its progression from 'Oh Crap!' to 'please don't kill me' to 'OHMYGODI'MABOUTTODIE!' And all in the same emotionless tone. Just be glad she's on our side. We believe...
      • River Song. It's a combination of the fact that she not only killed a man, she killed "a good man. The best man I ever knew" and the fact that the last time she sees the Doctor in The Big Bang she tells him that soon he'll find out who she is and then "I'm sorry, but everything will change." Neither of those sound good.
      • The question is, WHAT DID SHE DO TO THAT DALEK?
      • "It died."
    • Rory gets about as close to And I Must Scream as you can get while still fully mobile, standing guard over Amy for almost 2000 years, and not even being able to sleep through any of it. Of course, the fact that he takes this on willingly (and it's even his idea in the first place) also means it's a killer Crowning Moment of Awesome, Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, and Tearjerker as well.

Series 6 - The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, A Good Man Goes to War/Let's Kill Hitler, The Wedding of River Song
  • Series 6 gets kick-started with the Silence—a race of aliens where you turn to run, and instantly forget there's anything there to run from.
    • "Run, get out of this room, right now!" A reminder from Amy to herself... only a moment earlier.
      • Even scarier is when you realize that the woman had said that the lights had never worked right. Either the lights in that bathroom really did go on the fritz, or she had been around The Silence using their powers before.
    • They also look like a cross between Slender Man, the Gentlemen from Buffy, and Edvard Munch's "The Scream." Not quite seeing the "Scream" inspiration? Wait 'til it opens its mouth...
      • And then it absorbs all the local electricity to blast you into... mostly unrecognizable bits.
      • To add to the Slender Man resemblence, River Song's reaction to a pair of them? "I see you."
      • That's not all. The Silence apparently influenced humans subconsciously, including the artist of the Scream. That would mean they influenced us into MAKING SLENDER MAN.
      • The Slender Man connection gets even better if you think about it. Part of Slendy's lore is that to think/talk/spread information about Slender Man results in you becoming a target of the Slender Man. In other words, if you draw too much attention to the Expy of the Silence, the REAL Silence step in and, well, silence you.
      • To add even more fuel to the Nightmare fire; the manic scribblings on the orphanage wall are reminiscent of Slender Notes "LEAVE ME ALONE", especially to what Kate did in the sequel.
    • It keeps getting worse - they HANG. FROM THE CEILING. IN PACKS.
    • Also consider what we find out in Day of the Moon: the Silence have been subtly influencing humanity and determining the course of every action we take for the entirety of human history. Humanity are slaves and we don't even know it.
    • How many Silence have you killed? Your home could be filled with their corpses.
      • You know how while walking you will occasionally trip over something that you can't see, and you just chalk it up to tripping over your feet? Wrong...
      • Ever walk into a room, and immediately forget why you went in there in the first place...?
      • Ever wake up in the morning much more tired than when you went to bed? Maybe with some inexplicable aches and pains? Consider that your late-night trip to the fridge or the bathroom was far more "eventful" than you'll ever remember.
      • More fun thoughts. There's absolutely nothing saying that the Silence can't fight back. They may not be armed to begin with, but still all they have to do is get out of your line of sight and then try to nail you from behind some way. And who's to say they don't later choose to arm themselves? If you catch one of the Silence stealing something of yours and they get out of your sight, do you assume you misplaced it or forget that you owned it in the first place?
      • How many missing person cases will forever remain unsolved, or how many murder cases will forever be blamed on the wrong person, because the culprit isn't human and isn't possible to catch?
      • Fridge Horror: Consider that the threat of the Silence is removed - we think - because the Doctor transmits a psychic message to humanity to kill the Silence on sight. Now consider the fact that perception filters exist in the Doctor Who universe. What's to stop them from putting on perception filters and doing exactly what they did before? For all we know, we'd still forget them even if they didn't take their current form. And how do you even fight an enemy that you don't know how to recognise?
    • "You should kill us all on sight!", repeated over and over. Having that simply imprinted in your mind, even if it's the best option... And you don't even know it.
    • Whenever someone looked at his/her arm and saw marks. Then looked back and saw more. Or when Amy looked in the window and saw her face covered with marks. To realize that you've just seen the Silence and yet to have your memory telling you you didn't, that's just creepy on a whole new level.
      • Made creepier when you notice that Rory is covered in twice as many tally marks as the other characters, implying that he's either been very unlucky or the Silence have taken particular interest in him.
    • Also, when the recording/transmitting device in someone's hand starts flashing, it means they had an encounter. And then we're only shown events from their subjective standpoint, and the device starts flashing again, and more and more marks appear....
    • How can you be sure there isn't one behind you right now? You can look, but you'll instantly forget as soon as you look away...
    • Dr Renfrew, the insane children's home director. And the fact that the Silence have memory wiped him so many times there's just nothing left... His mannerisms, voice patterns and vague stare just make it worse. The fact he has literally covered the walls with variations of "LEAVE ME ALONE!" speak of the terror he's going through.
      Amy Pond: "It's the kids, yeah? They did that?"
      Dr Renfrew: "Yes, the children! It must be. Yes."
      • It was nice of him to try to warn people away, despite his near-total-mental-collapse state. And also to try to clean it up. So that people wouldn't be warned...
      • River grew up in this hellhole! With only him and Kovarian for human contact and dozens of Silence "programming" her, messing with her Memory to the point that she hardly remembers her early life to the point that she didn't recognize Kovarian, or know why she was trying to kill the future love of her life, encased in an astronaut suit filled to the brim with weaponry that barred her from any touch or basic human things like eating. Her first encounter with her mother, whom she only knew from pictures, consisted of said mother pointing a gun at her, willing to shoot her dead for a murder she hadn't committed yet. After she escaped from her horrible situation, she had to fend for herself on the street and contracted a terminal illness. She survived it by regenerating, but at the cost of being stuck on the street... as a toddler. And in spite of how warped all of this left River, she still remained somewhat human with the... capacity for suffering this entails. She tracked down her parents, like any lost child. She was twice their age when she met them, but she could never tell them she's their daughter lest she cause a paradox that prevents her conception. We have this poor woman who knows that she will probably kill the love of her life and have to live with the fact that she killed him every time she meets him, who knows that one day, she's going to meet the person her life revolves around, and he won't have a clue who she is. And then Kovarian and the Silence come for her.
    • "This isn't an invasion, this is their empire" They've been here for centuries and no one has noticed.
      • The scenes where the camera barely flickers and suddenly someone's palm is blinking. Or worse, their face and arms are covered in marks, and they can't remember why.
    • Amy finds a whole bunch of Silence sleeping batlike on the ceiling... and one of them starts moving.
    • As Steven Moffat said in a 'Confidential' episode, his inspiration for that aspect of the Silence came from him pondering just how much he had forgotten in the past year. Think about that, can you account for every single second of your life in the past year?
      • What if we assume the average human could theoretically speaking remember every single second ... and we don't because of the Silence.
      • He full-on admitted he wanted to make "the scariest Doctor Who monster". He created the Weeping Angels. And he's Steven freaking Moffat.
    • Consider the various times we feel sick or nauseous, without explanation. We assume it's something we ate, but what if you'd just seen a monster so terrifying it caused you to be physically sick and then just...forgot?
    • These guys are triply scary - not only the forgetting thing, but they can also mind-control you and influence your behaviour - and you'd forget that happened too! - and, to top it all off, blow you up with lightning too. Ouch.
    • Oh, man, the scenes in the tunnels. Sleep well, children of Britain!
  • Somebody killed the Doctor in "The Impossible Astronaut". And by killed, it doesn't mean a regeneration. It means actual death.
  • And now in "A Good Man Goes To War" we have the Doctor. No, seriously. Through the entirety of Nu Who we've seen the Doctor's tendancies. With Ten's A God Am I moments, this was taken a step further. Eleven is full-on warned that he is on the edge of good & evil. After telling the Doctor that it is he who has influenced Earth's usage of the word 'Doctor' as someone who saves and heals and fixes, River hits him with a fact of the language of a recently-dead ally who was only near the battle in the first place to meet him, and asks him how far his name will be twisted.
    River Song: For them, 'Doctor' is the word for 'great warrior'.
    • He's a scary man. Think back to "The Impossible Astronaut": "Don't play games with me. Don't ever, ever think you're capable of that". There's just something about the slightly contemptuous way he delivers that line that makes you wonder what he really thinks of humans...
    • Also the fact that Rory and Amy's baby has been taken to be made into a weapon and she happens to be River Song who just happens to have admitted in the past that she has killed the best man she ever knew and also was the girl in the astronaut suit that was then worn by her when she killed the Doctor permanently in "The Impossible Astronaut". And the Doctor completely ignores this!
    • When it turns out that Melody is a flesh avatar and dissolves. Doubles as a massive Tear Jerker.
      • Imagine that you thought your child was lost, taken away from you, that you would have to fight and search and tear the world apart to find her. But you're wrong, she's right there, in your arms, safe; nothing could separate you again. And then she explodes in your arms, leaving only a sloppy sticky splatter of liquid Flesh thing behind.
      • Kind of wrecked given how completely disinterested the main cast is in finding her again for the rest of the season...
      • Unless you saw the Let's Kill Hitler and the short that came before it.
    • The Headless Monks' Attack Chant. Hell, the Headless Monks in general!
    • "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
  • The Wedding of River Song
    Doctor, brave and good, he turned away from violence
    When he understood the falling of the Silence.
    • There's the episode itself. A creepy-ass catacomb full of living, carnivorous skulls that eat someone.
    • While a Crowning Moment of Awesome too, Amy killing Madam Kovarian with "She didn't get it all from you, sweetie." was also genuinely creepy.
    • When the agents of the Silence broke out of their containers and electrocuted most of Area 52. Then they taunt Rory about how he can't stop dying, just for the lols.
      • Rory's been killed, erased from existence, reincarnated as a Nestene plastic consciousness, lived for 2000 years as a plastic warrior, then technically deleted and recreated again when the universe rebooted. Who knows HOW his mind actually works now? It's entirely possible he had his full memory in the altered universe, and knew exactly what they were talking about.
    • The Doctor's confrontation with the crippled Supreme Dalek is another one that walks the line between awesome and terrifying. Sure it's bad-ass as hell, but the Doctor's a little too enthusiastic about pointing out that we're watching a creature who's "dying [...] a long way from home in terrible pain" getting mind-raped by its culture's equivalent of the devil because of a conflict it had nothing to do with.
      • The line might be equally applicable to the Doctor. He's a long way from home, he's always pained, and he's about to die. Then he sees the devil itself - for him, a Dalek.

Series 7 - Asylum of the Daleks, The Bells of Saint John, The Name of the Doctor
  • Asylum of the Daleks
    • To open off the series, and to add yet another terrifying monster to his long, long, long list of terrifying monsters, Steven Moffat introduces the one thing no one saw coming: Dalek Zombies. Humans - living and dead - infected by Dalek nanogenes that make them grow Dalek eyepieces out their foreheads, and gunarms out of their hands, and slowly transform them into looking more and more like Daleks, Empty Child style.
    • Imagine you're talking to someone. Then, the person mentions they have died, and they didn't remember dying.
    • That ghastly crack as the eyepiece rips its way through your goddamn skull.
    • The Daleks can rewrite their zombies' minds, make them forget what they are, until they're needed. Is your skin a bit too cold...?
    • The asylum itself is terrifying, being a dark labyrinth full of the seemingly lifeless shells of countless insane Daleks from different points in time, all silent and apparently all dead. Until someone makes a noise. It is also protected by a planet wide field of the aforementioned nanogenes, which transform any intruders into more Dalek zombies.
    • The "intensive care unit", housing the even more insane Daleks who survived the Doctor during the Classic Series, who despite being gunless and only capable of slowly shambling towards their target, manage to corner the Doctor and almost rip him apart with their bare plungers. Goddamn it Moffat, you put Dalek Zombies and Zombie Daleks in the same damn episode.
      • Then consider what the intensive care unit's existence means: fighting the Doctor can make a Dalek too psychotic for other Daleks. Going up against the Doctor means a very good chance of death or madness. The Daleks have very good reason to see the Doctor as an Eldritch Abomination.
    • There's the idea that if they want to badly enough, the Daleks can not just turn you into a zombie, they can make you into one of them. It's so traumatic, insanity is an escape.
    • Oswin's Madness Mantra in the flashbacks — "I am not a Dalek, I am not a Dalek..." — morphing into the classic Dalek voice until it becomes "I AM A DALEK! I AM A DALEK!..."
    • Then, turning that round, "EX-TER-MI-NATE!" switches from the classic Dalek voice to seeing and hearing human!Oswin saying it, which makes it so much worse.
    • He was right when he said he made the Daleks terrifying again. The fact that you've never heard the Doctor this terrified of the Daleks in a long time (and particularly this Doctor, who's never been this visibly afraid during his entire run) is the icing on the cake with a cherry on top. The sight of the Doctor pressed against the door, begging Oswin to open it, before simply screaming and almost sobbing with sheer terror is enough to send anyone behind the sofa.
    • A non-Dalek related bit of fuel that requires a bit of imagination, though the implication is powerful enough and so horrifying you don't want to imagine: Amy is rendered infertile because of something Madam Kovarian and the Silence did to her when she was held captive in Demon's Run. What the hell Moffat!
    • You'll never hear the word eggs the same way again.
  • The Bells of Saint John
    • After watching this episode, you're never going to want to use WiFi again. Otherwise the Great Intelligence just might make you a living puppet, completely unaware of what you're doing. He might even decide that you'd make a tasty snack and suck your soul right out of your body.
    Miss Kizlet: Nobody loves cattle like Burger King.
    • The 'living puppets' can be made more paranoid. Along with the 'Obedience' and 'IQ' sliders, there's a 'Paranoia' one. Kizlet used it on Mahler when he wouldn't obey her, causing him to freak out while she gave a chilling little smile.
    • Miss Kizlet's final fate is horrifying twice over. One, it means the Great Intelligence kidnapped a child to raise - and reprogram - to do his bidding. Two, she's been left a little girl thrown god knows how many decades into the future, into an familiar body and an unfamiliar world, wondering where her parents are.
    • The Great Intelligence is still out there, still looking for minds to devour en masse and this is a that fact the Doctor is utterly unaware of. Remember also that in the expanded universe, the Great Intelligence is a full-on member of the Cthulhu Mythos.
      • It's been confirmed that one of the names of the Great Intelligence is Yog Sothoth. Let that sink in for a bit.
  • They've somehow, impossibly, managed to top all of the above examples with "The Name of the Doctor." To start with, we have the inverse of the Silence, the Whispermen, men with only mouths. The Great Intelligence can possess them at will. Then, Jenny is killed by one of them with only a moment's notice. Then the Doctor takes Clara to Trenzalore, which he states is the one place he must never EVER go: his grave. The monument to his grave is the TARDIS, which has grown to insane heights. The sky above it is red, and the windows are cracked in places.
    • Another section of this episode is seeing the inside of the destroyed TARDIS. It's empty, dark, and covered with old vines. The control panel is gone, and there's just a single beam of light in the middle of the room. It's an intensely creepy place, where every moment of the Doctor's life is held.
    • The Great Intelligence's plan. He enters the Doctor's timestream and pretty much chooses to rewrite the ENTIRE SHOW. Every victory is reversed, every moment made pain, the entirety of the Doctor's life is made to vanish. Just the fact somebody could even do that at all is horrifying...
      • Some of the things that could have been done? The Time War going on FOREVER, Sutekh escaping and murdering everything in the universe, everyone in the parallel world converted into Cybermen, the Daleks completely destroying London in their civil war, the Valeyard murdering the Doctor, the Master wiping out everyone or turning them into himself, the Angels taking Manhatten completely, the Snowmen consuming London, Max Capricorn crashing the Titanic into Earth with the ship filled with the corpses of all the staff and passengers, Jamie and Zoe trapped forever within a book, everybody dying in the events of Inferno, the Autons killing everyone with plastic daffodils or shooting everyone they see, the Daemons taking over the world, the Wirrn converting every person on the Ark, the Sandminers killing every crewmember, everything horrible that happened in Turn Left occurring, etc...
    • The most terrifying thing about the episode has to be the sheer Fridge Horror that strikes viewers at the end. Just what the HELL did The Forgotten Doctor do to have been utterly disowned and despised by every other incarnation of the Doctor?
      • Bearing in mind that 10 and 11 both faced and accepted their genocidal role in ending the Time War, 4 allowed the Daleks to live when he could have smothered them in the proverbial crib, 3 let an entire alternate Earth die in the hope he could save the "prime" Earth, and 7's cruel manipulation of friends and enemies to catastrophic ends from the destruction of Skaro to the seeming annihilation of the Cybermen, to his "game" with Fenric, whatever the hell the Forgotten Doctor did, it must have been much, much worse than anything we have seen the Doctor do or been told he had done.
      • It's revealed in The Day of the Doctor that the War Doctor was responsible for annihilating Gallifrey completely using their most powerful WMD. Or so it seemed.

50th Anniversary - The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor
  • The fact that the Time War ending as it did is not because the Doctor went mad, oh no, it's because the Eighth gave up on himself and the universe, and willingly and intentionally regenerated into The Warrior, who went on to commit the atrocities Nine, Ten and Eleven have been suffering through the guilt of since. Doubles in full as a Tearjerker. This is, however, mitigated at least a bit by the events of the episode proper, which reveal that the War Doctor did not do what Nine, Ten, and Eleven thought he did.
    • When Cass hears that the Doctor is a Time Lord, she absolutely refuses to go with him, says bitterly that there's no longer any difference between his people and the Daleks, seals herself off from him and quite literally dies rather than be rescued by him. Forget for a moment what The Warrior did; what did the Time Lords do?
      • Use every weapon stored in the Omega Vaults, is what! Every weapon except the Moment, which was too dangerous to use because of its conscience.
  • In "Day of the Doctor" we finally see the last day of the Time War and the Fall of Arcadia and it is simultaneously awesome, tearjerking, and terrifying. Remember all those scenes from "Parting of the Ways", "Doomsday" and "The Stolen Earth" with thousands of daleks swarming from the sky to slaughter everyone on Earth? Yeah... multiply the number of daleks by a billion, take the scenes of murder and destruction up to 11, and finally add all those moments from the Classic series that made the Daleks terrifying, and you have the last day of the Time War. Long story short the Daleks have finally launched their full scale invasion of Gallifrey and have reduced Gallifrey's second city Arcadia to ashes from orbital fire while Dalek death squads swarm the burning ruins butchering civilians and fleeing soldiers en masse.

Series 8 - Deep Breath, Listen, Dark Water/Death in Heaven
  • Capaldi's intense glare being in the opening titles.
  • The Clockwork Droids are Uncanny Valley incarnate, from their eerie, stilted motions, pale, lifeless complexions of unliving, stolen flesh, the fact they don't breathe, can effortlessly weed out a real human by their inhaling and exhaling, and their emotionless gazes are creepy, to say the least. The stuttering articulations of the Half-Face Man and the incomplete part of his face are especially unsettling to look at.
    • The scene in the restaurant when the Doctor and Clara realize all of the diners around them are just 'pretending' to eat in a slow and mechanical fashion. Then, when the duo try to get up, the clockwork diners stand up and approach them silently; whenever they try to take a step towards the exit, the clockwork diners take another step closer, then reverse back to their seats and resume 'eating' the instant the Doctor and Clara sit down again.
      • Even worse if you have a heavy fear of robots. For example this troper gets freaked out by toy robotic dogs, talking Teddy Ruxpin dolls and furbies, so this was probably much more disturbing than for most viewers.
    • It's heavily implied the Clockwork Droids have been harvesting children.
    • And this time, the Clockwork Droids haven't just been repairing their ship, they've been repairing themselves. Essentially, they are like the Droids from "The Girl in the Fireplace", but with flesh on them.
    • When Clara and the Doctor are poking around the underground spaceship and the Half-Face Man is just sitting there in his command chair... every fiber of your being just knows he's about to wake up and they need to GET OUT.
    • Clara trying to hold her breath.
  • The death of the dinosaur- it gets set ablaze and graphically burns to a crisp. Worse, the Doctor can understand its shrieks of pain.
  • The S.S. Marie Antoinette gets airborne because of a hot air balloon made of human skin! Or as the Half-Face Man so eloquently puts it, "Made of you."
  • Once again, the Doctor reminds us that being a time lord does not always equate to a happy-go-lucky superhero role model.
    The Doctor: By the way, you realize one of us is lying about our basic programming, right?
    Half-Face Man: (frightened) Yes...
    • It never shows us whether it was the Doctor or Half-Face Man who was lying. He could have been more human than we thought. He may have had enough emotions to comprehend slightly what he was doing to all the people he killed for their organs.
    • From the behind the scenes special: The FX team showing off the Half-Face Man's horrifyingly realistic artificial head. Then they start moving the eyeballs around using a remote control. *shudder*
  • "Listen" is an entire episode built on a foundation of Paranoia Fuel and Nothing Is Scarier. Maybe when you're alone in the dark and you start talking to yourself, you're not really alone. Maybe there's a species of creature whose evolutionary path made them such perfect hiders that you would never even know they were there. And maybe that dream you had where you wake up in your bed and you're absolutely certain someone or something is underneath isn't quite as far-fetched as you tell yourself. And this is far scarier because it's entirely possible that these creatures don't exist... but we never find out for sure.
  • The scene where someone, or something, is under the sheets in Rupert Pink's room. Whoever/whatever it is just sits there, not moving and not responding to anyone's questions. Then the Doctor shows up and tells everyone to look away, giving it a chance to leave. Whoever/whatever is under the sheets walks up behind them and the Doctor cautions everyone to not look, no matter what. Then it removes the sheet and leaves. And, while it's never said one way or the other whether whatever was under the sheet was human or not, the brief glimpse of it's face we got certainly didn't look human.
    • Of course, the whole episode is conjecture. The brief glimpse we got could have been of a young boy's blond hairstyle.
    • Basically, like the Vashta Nerada and the Silence, the whole episode plays with the ideas of the primal fears of the dark and that you're not really alone when you think you are.
  • This moment in Danny's room before the Doctor showed up:
    Clara: See? Nothing under the bed, except us.
  • The very end of the universe. This one's even further gone than "Utopia". There is literally nothing left at the end of its lifespan to comfort someone who gets stuck there... no sound, no life, and no hope. Except for one planet- the last planet to exist in the universe- the reverse of Planet One, the first planet. And the belief that something could lurk in the dark.
  • The Doctor's mention of Clara having three mirrors. Think it's just an off-hand joke. Wrong! It points out Clara's insecurities as oh-so-subtle foreshadowing of her breakdown at losing Danny in the series finale, when she tries to strand the Doctor next to a volcano (which is incidentally the single most terrifying thing the show has done ever.) Seriously, Moff can turn just about anything into a horror show.
  • The Dead can feel the pain of their physical bodies. It's made all the more horrific when we hear the screams of someone who's "Left their body to science."
  • The souls of the dead are tricked into willingly deleting their emotions, so that they can be downloaded into waiting Cyberman bodies.
  • Missy kills a man who's been working for her, even as he's pleading for his life. He doesn't say "Please don't kill me." It's "Please don't murder me!" She's not even dissatisfied with his work! She just doesn't have a purpose for him anymore. Then she mock cries, even as the tanks behind her are revealing their unholy contents.
  • Clara. It starts from the scene with her grandmother when she calls Danny's death "boring" and she's owed better, and despite it being an hallucination, everything on the volcano rock. Her dark side being built up over the season doesn't make her breaking point less terrifying; it makes it worse. It looks like they're already in hell and enaging in some No Exit style torment.
  • "Death in Heaven": Even if it might have been faked by Missy, the three words in 3W are horrifying, especially if you've recently lost a loved one: Don't cremate me.
    • The realization that even former companions who've been buried on Earth are probably clanking around as Cybermen now. Amy and Rory, hundreds of Clara-duplicates, the Brigadier...
    • It confirms and expands The Nothing After Death alluded to in Torchwood, with the added bonus of also feeling everything that happens to your body afterwards. So your only two choices after death are nothing for eternity (not even oblivion, just conscious blackness forever while in pain until your body rots away entirely) or entering "Heaven" and becoming a Cyberman slave with no emotions or free will.

Series 9 — The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar, Heaven Sent/Hell Bent
  • The cliffhanger: It appears that the Twelfth Doctor is going to murder the helpless young Davros - whom he once abandoned mid-rescue upon realizing who he would grow up to be, allowing for all of the evil of the Daleks to come afterward (itself a nightmare fuel proposition) - after the villain's minions destroy Clara, Missy, and even the TARDIS in the present. Never mind that the whole situation is a clear case of Like You Would Really Do It for everyone involved, being the first episode of the series; the very idea that the Doctor, a Friend to All Children who risked all his lives to make sure billions of children wouldn't burn to death in the Time War and was willing to die to atone for abandoning Davros, could be driven to the Despair Event Horizon, that he at last Would Hurt a Child and create a paradox that would rip the universe apart, is heartbreaking and horrifying.
  • Colony Sarff is a Snake Person, meaning a person literally made from snakes. The way his face begins to writhe and then slither apart is extremely unsettling. It is implied that he is one of the mutants that Davros made.
  • The Hand-Mines. Imagine running along, and then suddenly something grabs your ankle. You look down and there's this hand coming out of the ground. Then it pulls you under.
  • Sealed up inside a vacated Dalek travel machine, Clara tries desperately to tell the Doctor it's her, but the chassis's mind-machine interface translates all her attempts to claim she's Clara or a friend into Dalek boasts and threats. Missy (who put her in there) urges the Doctor to shoot "the Dalek that killed Clara".
  • Daleks are designed to survive no matter what, but they're not immune to the aging process. So they stay alive for untold centuries even after their flesh decays into slime, and the younger Daleks have dumped their oozing, still-conscious remnants down Skaro's sewers.
  • The way Davros describes the Daleks' need for Clara to run before they will attempt to exterminate her.
    Davros "See how they play with her. See how they toy. They want her to run. They NEED her to run. Do you feel their need, Doctor? Their blood is screaming, 'Kill! Kill! Kill!'. Hunter and prey held in the ecstasy of crisis. Is this not life at its purest?"
  • The Veil from "Heaven Sent" is something that terrifies even the Doctor. Heavily implied to be a child's fairy tale from his youth on Gallifrey, it still has the power to scare the crap out of him all these centuries later. And not without cause. The Veil is a Determinator, always moving at a constant pace, always coming for him. If he stops for too long, if he tarries just a little more than he should, or sleeps a little more than he should (and at max he gets a mere 82 minutes to do so), it will catch him. And it can kill with a touch. Or in the case of a Time Lord, mortally wound them to the point that Regeneration is no longer an option for them. The only heralds to its arrival are t.v. monitors that show it's viewpoint, and the buzzing of flies.
  • The final line: "The hybrid is ME!" Ambiguous in its meaning, as it could be either The Doctor himself, or Ashildr, who has taken to calling herself "Me." Either would be a horrifying possibility in terms of what they might do, given that The Doctor is now utterly furious with his own people for Clara's death, and Ashildr is very nearly unkillable!
  • Billions of years repeating the same cycle of fear, pain, and death, over, and over, and over again. Can you think of a better analogy of Hell?
  • The Doctor tells us that Time Lords prefer to die in the company of their own. Why? Because apparently, the whole race is hard to kill, and even when Regeneration is no longer an option, they carry on for days after. Because of that, they prefer to die with their own kind around so that they're not buried too early. Wonder how many Time Lords have died too far from home and were put in the ground before they'd finally kicked the bucket.
    • Which puts a whole new spin on how it took Seven's inert body so long to regenerate into Eight during the TV movie. The hospital staff may have put him into the morgue drawer while he wasn't entirely dead yet.
  • The Matrix takes intruders and makes them part of it's defenses. The example we get? A Dalek begging for death.
    Dalek: EX-TER-MI-NATE ME.
    • If you look close, you'll see liquid coming from the Dalek's eyestalk. The Dalek is crying. A creature stripped of all emotions save hatred, driven to tears of despair as it begs for death. How much pain and agony is it in? And consider its pleas for death. Remember, the Machine Mind translates what a Dalek is actually saying into limited phrases. What we hear as "Exterminate me!" could be the Dalek inside screaming something akin to "Please, kill me! I can't live like this! Please end my suffering!"
  • The Doctor himself in the episode, going on a complete Sanity Slippage, especially when He steals another TARDIS and takes Clara with him despite it probably destroying all of time and space.
    Clara: I don't trust you when you're shouting..
    • And he's becoming not unlike Rassilon while doing that...
    • Who's to say the exiled Rassilon and Time Lord High Council won't attempt to take revenge on the Doctor in the future?

Christmas Specials - A Christmas Carol; The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe; The Snowmen; The Time of the Doctor; Last Christmas
  • According to Moffat, the flying shark in "A Christmas Carol" is inspired by his own childhood nightmare that sharks would be able to leave the sea and eat him, possibly as a result of evolution.
    • Also in that episode, we have the Face Spider, a creature that the Doctor claims lives on the back of wardrobes. Or in the mattress. (Very funny, Moffat.) So, is it called that because it has a face, or because it likes to hang about on faces? Or both?
  • The 2012 Christmas special Snowmen
    • Sentient snowmen with teeth.
    • One of the teaser trailers is fifty seconds of condensed horror.
      Don't talk to them. They're silly...
    • The Ice Governess. Formed from the imprint of Captain Latimer's previous governess, who had drowned in a pond that had promptly frozen over (in itself, a horrifying fate), the Ice Governess initially behaves in the same strict manner as the governess had in life... only with the intention to EAT THE CHILDREN ALIVE. After initially being destroyed by the Doctor, it reforms, unmeltable and now shouting the catchphrases of Mr. Punch. It chases the Doctor and Clara up the staircase to the TARDIS and drags Clara to her death over the edge of the cloud.
  • Matt Smith's face appearing in the opening credits.
  • If you thought the Silence were terrifying, or if you thought the Dalek roboform was horrifying, then allow us to present you with the nightmarish combined version of the two in "The Time of the Doctor".
  • The Last Christmas
    • A bit of Fridge Horror sets in regarding "Death in Heaven"'s stinger that leads into "Last Christmas". The Doctor was attacked by a Dream Crab out of nowhere and woke up thinking he was in the TARDIS. Even eerier, when he really freed himself from the crab, he was in a landscape similar to the dream-like volcano where he let Clara think she was destroying his TARDIS keys.
    • The way the Dream Crabs die. If you overcome them, they dissolve into dust. You might wake up to a pile of guts and ashes on the pillow next to you and not remember what the heck it was, or suddenly find a big clod of gnarly-looking dirt on the floor. Worse, you could witness the creature die and realise you've been preyed on by a monster, but if you were attacked without being witnessed by anyone else, no one would believe you.
    • The Kantrofarri feed similar to the Plasmavore's way of sucking blood out through a straw. Except they pry the skull loose from the brain by about half an inch and begin slowly breaking down your grey matter. You should be in extreme pain, but instead you are put in a dreamlike state and can barely feel a dull ache in your right temple that either grows or recedes depending on whether or not you are slipping in or out of the dream.
    • Every time the Doctor and company think they've beaten the Dream Crabs, only to find a message telling them that they are dying. Which means that they have fallen victim to a dream within a dream, over and over again.
    • If you are killed by the Kantrofarri, you face the prospect of waking up dead.
    • The Dream Crabs are very much like Facehuggers. Mix that with the thought of having a virtual reality helmet stuck to your head and you can't even sense it, save for a small pain in your head, nor can you do anything to remove it physically without someone else prying it off.
    • While she's dreaming, Clara being surrounded by the Doctor's chalkboard bearing the warning message, "DYING", multiplied a dozen times over.
    • the Eleventh Doctor once spoke of "face spiders" in A Christmas Carol that can lurk behind cupboards and in beds, implying they have something to do with dreams. Here, we see what very much look like face spiders in the form of the Kantrofarri A.K.A. Dream Crabs, and they literally latch onto your face while you dream. One wonders if Eleven meant these guys when he was talking to a young Kazran Sardick.



  • We've mentioned many of the Daleks' acts, but what about the Daleks themselves? They are covered in near invincible armor (indeed, are often mistaken for being robots), and possess a weapon capable of killing ANYTHING in one hit and destroying most barriers. They fly, are strictly organized, have massive numbers, AND SEEK ONLY THE DESTRUCTION OF EVERY OTHER LIVING THING IN EXISTENCE. Many people forget that Daleks almost never fail when the Doctor is not present. The Daleks are known throughout time and space as the most horrible thing in existence. They are invincible, absurdly powerful, and omnicidal. Could you sleep well knowing that something that was capable of destroying everything was around?
    • It really says a lot about the sheer horror the Daleks command, in that they look like giant pepper shakers with toilet plunger arms, which should make them Narm of the highest caliber. And yet... they still manage to be completely terrifying.
    • By extension, Davros himself is a cripple who can do little more than talk and move his right hand. Yet he has a genius appreciated even by the Doctor (who is not one inclined to compliment anyone's intelligence without mentioning his own), and when asked whether he would release a virus capable of consuming all life in the universe, gleefully proclaimed that he would do it. The idea of a single life-form being the sole and single thing in existence was fascinating and the power to set that virus free was the power of gods. As Davros goes on, he loses more and more of his humanoid form, going from a man in a wheelchair to just his head. Later he appears to reacquire a body, but rips it apart to provide raw material for a new army of Daleks. Every bit as unreasoningly evil as his creations, Davros also possesses the intellect to bring his plans to fruition. Davros wants nothing more than to create the ultimate life-form, and then prove it by destroying all others.
      • Here's some lovely Fridge Horror for you. Dalek society... well, there isn't much of it. They don't waste time on art or cultural pursuits, they don't trade with other races, they don't eat, they don't sleep, they don't have friends, they don't have families, they don't do any of the thousand little things that humans occupy their time with. So, what do they do with all that time? They plot to FUCKING KILL YOU. Every second of every day, the entire Dalek Empire is focused on killing everything in the universe that isn't Dalek. Think about that level of relentless, psychotic hatred for a minute, and you realize that the fact that the omnicidal little bastards haven't yet swarmed over the entire Whoniverse and crushed everything out of existence through sheer relentlessness is an absolute miracle.
      • There is absolutely nothing rational about what they want. And they want it anyway.
      • The true horror of the Daleks comes in this little gem from Doomsday:
        "Technology using the one thing a Dalek can't do—touch. Sealed inside your casing. Not feeling anything... ever. From birth to death, locked in a cold metal cage. Completely alone. And that explains your voice! No wonder you scream."
    • Daleks turn out to have a sense of aesthetics... as twisted and evil as their minds. The only thing they find beautiful is pure hatred.
  • How the hell do overgrown tin cans scare the crap out of everyone on a daily basis? One word: EXTERMINATE.
  • The Valeyard is pretty terrifying. He's the utter dark side of a character we have followed and loved for years. He has all the intelligence, the drive and knowledge of the Doctor. But none of the morals. NONE. He is manipulative, nasty as hell and will kill you with a second thought. If you've ever listened to "He Jests at Scars" we actually see what would have happened if the Valeyard had won in "The Trial of a Time Lord". Without spoiling too much: Let's just say that there is a damn good reason why the Master did NOT want him around. He's THAT bad. What makes it worse is that, it is pretty much hinted at that the Time Lord Victorious and the Dream Lord from Amy's Choice are a sort of Proto-Valeyard. Think about that.
    • Let us reiterate: the Master was afraid of the Valeyard. What does it say about the Doctor when a madman is afraid of his dark side?
  • The Cybermen (particularly in their original form) are people who have had organs ripped out and replaced with machines, metal welded onto their flesh and then covered in bandages. How can people overlook this concept as being mind numbingly terrifying?
    • This Concept art for the Series 2 Cybermen is truly nightmare fuel.
      • This fan art of a cyberman being repaired? Constructed? Recycled? by some kind of mechanical/surgical device is simple but horrifying.
  • The entire concept of the Silurian and Sea Devil races, especially in their eponymous serials. Species of humanoid reptilians coming up from beneath the ground/under the oceans to reclaim the world feeling that we have usurped it from them. Extra points go to the Silurian Plague in their story and the shots of random members of the public dying in the streets. Chilling!
  • The Atraxi from "The Eleventh Hour". They were pretty creepy themselves.
    • "PRISONER ZERO WILL VACATE THE HUMAN RESIDENCE, OR THE HUMAN RESIDENCE WILL BE INCINERATED." Repeated on a loop. In every language. On every TV channel, radio station, speaker, even outside. Everywhere in the world. At first, the Doctor thinks the Atraxi are talking about incinerating Amy's house. Then he realizes that message is EVERYWHERE, and realizes they mean THE PLANET. Oh Crap!
  • An unknown, undefeated monster that repeats everything you say until it catches up with you and possesses you. And then it pleads with your voice to kill you. Add to that, it also makes people around you on edge. That's what could go wrong on the planet Midnight, Doctor.
  • The Silence. Bizarre, black-suited beings with sunken eyes and no visible mouth. Until they open them and kill you. Their entire MO as a villain seems to consist almost entirely of infiltrating humanity at every conceivable level (bathroom in the white house included), where they guide and manipulate us for their own ineffable ends. They orchestrated the entirety of the space race, apparently so that they could use a space suit. How have they done this? By some quirk of biology, should you ever actually see one, you will instantly forget the moment you look away. Even images of them decay in very short time. Not to mention their... memetic guidance means that anything they tell you will stick in the back of your mind, guiding you to their whim. Imagine that. If you ever see one you will instantly forget, if it notices you it will force its will upon you, and if it decides you are dangerous, can't be used or to make a point, it will kill you by firing an arc of plasma at you.
    • They're the ones who tried to bring about the annihilation of reality twice. So basically, one minute reality is there, then the next it's not — and even when things are back to normal, you'll never know who was behind it all.
      • Also, consider this. They were originally created to be the perfect priests, because you could confess to them and never feel any guilt again. It's specifically mentioned that they are 'genetically modified'. Yep. They were created on purpose, and were made by messing with the DNA of another creature. That should be enough to make anyone a little scared.
  • The Toclafane, in sort of the same way as Cybermen but SO MUCH WORSE. Both were originally human but were changed. Depending on which version of the Cybermen you take; they are either from Earth's twin planet or from parallel Earth, but you don't get a choice about becoming one. It's forced on you. In fact if you take away the "Emotional Inhibiter" they go mad from the knowledge of what they are. On the other hand the Toclafane chose to become what they did. They were the last of humanity. When you see a Toclafane you are seeing the future of the human race, at the end of the universe. "Furnaces, burning... the last of humanity screaming at the dark. There was no solution. No diamonds. Just the dark, and the cold." So what do they do? They decide to make themselves "pretty" by becoming little balls of flying death with a hive mind. The worst thing? They enjoy it. They have a childlike joy of killing and making others suffer.

    And so far, nothing has been done to avert this future. Just think about this, and what it must mean for Martha and the Doctor. No wonder Lucy Saxon lost all hope.
  • The BBC ran a Design-A-Monster competition for "Love & Monsters". A child created the Abzorbaloff, an horrific thought when you think that it was probably from watching Doctor Who he could think up the creature. A creature so vile that if it was kind it would still be haunting a child's waking nightmares, and yet a young boy manages to drag it from the depths of his disturbed conscience because he watches TV.
  • Sutekh, however, beats every single example in this folder to death by what he does. We only see him for one episode, and yet he is one of the most terrifying villains in the series to date. Nearly wiping out his own race? Check. Omnicidal Maniac? Check. Murdering his own servants? Check. Possessing a Egyptologist's corpse and turning him into an utterly ruthless killing machine? Check. Capable of mind raping the Doctor into complete submission and making him obey his orders? Check. So dangerous he scares the Doctor and the Time Lords cannot defeat him? Check. And if Sutekh escaped, he couldn't just wipe out all humans, he would wipe out every single existing thing in the universe-stars, planets, etc. He could annihilate the Daleks, crush the Ice Warriors, destroy the Sontarans, wipe out the Cybermen, burn the Autons, murder the Master, make the Silurians extinct and even take on the Great Intelligence (and very likely win.) And if he ever possessed the Doctor completely and made him his slave, he could make companions or the Doctor himself no longer exist! Worst of all, he would not stop until the universe was completely empty.
  • The Clockwork Robots. Originally just a one-off from The Girl In The Fireplace, as of Deep Breath we know that the whole line of these androids seem to be the worst kind of user-unfriendly you can get from technology. One breakdown away from using every and any living thing they can get their mechanical hands on for spare parts. And they were probably widespread in the 51st century. How many instances of erratic behavior before the manufacturer took THEM off the market? And if you thought their masks put them in Uncanny Valley territory in their first appearance, wait until you see them in the skin of their victims in their second.
  • Weeping Angels
    • "Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast; faster than you can believe. DON'T turn your back. DON'T look away. And DON'T Blink." This is from a guy whose traveled all of space and time and encountering all kinds of nasties. This is his warning about the Weeping Angels.
    • The Angels don't move when you see them. They don't move on-screen, even when the characters aren't looking. They can see you. They can affect you.
    • "The Image of an Angel becomes an Angel". The real-life book Doctor Who: The Ultimate Monster Guide has photos of angels, some with their faces uncovered. You'll be repeating the MST3K Mantra for a completely different reason than usual.
    • After all those ways of killing you, you'd think it couldn't get worse. Sometimes they get absolutely sadistic and like to fuck with you before they kill you. Making you count down to your own demise, making you believe you're turning to stone, and even screwming with your friends. By this point you're better off letting them kill you normally.
    • Weeping Angels are unkillable, but they can turn you into one of them if you look into their eyes long enough, in other words they are a forever growing invincible army. (Though seeing as the human race survived to the end of the universe, it seems this was never an issue) Also, did you ever wonder why that planet had so many of them? One can easily come to the conclusion the entire civilization was Angel-ified.
    • Doctor Who Live makes all the monsters even worse, seeing as its gimmick is letting them wander among the stage and audience. The Weeping Angel segment is one of the worst; two Angels on the stage, killing actors dressed as investigating policemen, with the image of one on the massive screen behind them. All set to the most soothing music of the night. It can be seen here.
  • "Sleep No More". Once again, Doctor Who makes the mundane utterly terryfing: that stuff you wipe off your eyelid when you wake up? It only takes a simple electrical pulse to bring it to life. Then it consumes you until there's nothing left but sleep dust. And then in the end the Mad Scientist responsible turns out to be nothing but dust. He's put the pulse that mutates the sleep dust into the episode. The Reveal is terrifying even without that:Eye Scream or an inversion of Eyes Do Not Belong There and Voice of the Legion combined.

    The Doctor 
  • The Doctor himself. Let's see, near godlike control over time and space + willingly committing genocide + deciding that since he's the last Time Lord, he makes the rules = one nightmarish alien. No wonder the Daleks consider him a demon.
    • The Cult of Skaro screamed (or would if they had the ability to) in Doomsday when Rose identified the man on the video screen as the Doctor. They weren't scared of 5 million Cybermen but this ONE "doctor" has ruined a lot of their plans and destroyed so many of them, they know to be scared. EVERY time the Daleks try something, he manages to interfere, even managing to mock them and in some cases just being casual about how he is able to defeat them.
      • At least two other species do the same. "I'm the Doctor." Aliens run away. They're the smart ones. By the way those were the Vashta Nerada and the Atraxi.
    • To clarify, the Vashta Nerada didn't run, but looking the Doctor up stopped them in their tracks. And then they decided to give him what he wanted rather than risk what he MIGHT do.
    • In "The Pandorica Opens" we learn that the Pandorica houses "A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos." That nameless, terrible thing? The Doctor. They just hadn't locked him in quite yet. The Pandorica was opening to receive him.
      • "And nothing could stop it or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world."
      • Nameless is correct.
    • Both the Doctor and the Master are charming, suave fellows with timetravelling capabilities, entirely alien biologies, the skill to charm the pants off anybody, the power to change their face, masters of technology and engineering, and are both merciless killers who follow their own established order. Y'know who else fits that description? Nyarlathotep.
    • Let's all give a moment of thanks that the Doctor is on our side.
      • ... Mostly...
      • Oh please, he's not on anyone's side. He's on his own side.
      • No no no. The Doctor isn't on his own side. He's on everyone's side. The Doctor is chaotic good and must do what is best for all. If it scares you that he has to keep people in check, that's your own fault.
    • Here's a 6:33 reason the Doctor is pure Nightmare Fuel.
    • And here's another. Listen to the lyrics.
  • The "Family of Blood" was a premiere example how the Doctor can be pure nightmare fuel. The punishment he hands out to the villains of the episode is just so genuinely horrifying on showing what happens when he disregards his own rules - his promise.
  • The very existence of the "War Doctor". A regeneration that did something so evil, so monstrous, so despicable, that every other incarnation of the Doctor, including ones which had fully faced and accepted their roles in atrocities like the Time War not to mention all the countless deaths that follow the Doctor wherever he goes, had utterly disowned him and attempted to bury the very memory of him.
    • Turns out the Doctor didn't quite accept the whole genocide thing. As in, the Doctor is so willing to distance himself from his own crimes he buries the "War Doctor". Let's restate that. The Doctor is willing to abandon his past self to make himself more comfortable.
    • The War Doctor. Think about everything scary about the Doctor and have him abandon his ideals that make him the Doctor. This ONE "doctor" is so devastating as a warrior that he ends the Time War all by himself. You should be glad that he became the Ninth Doctor afterwards.
      • In fact, subverted. He's not a villain, he's a Pragmatic Hero who HAS to Shoot the Dog. But when presented with an option to save Gallifrey, he grabs it immediately.
  • The Doctor's fuming anger when Danny Pink addresses him as a superior officer to provoke him. Knowing what we know of The Time War, Danny's barbs about the Doctor being a member of the aristocracy who started conflicts, while "grunts" like Danny were left to clean up the mess, probably struck more than a few nerves. Especially when considering that Four was the one who unwittingly instigated The Time War. The Doctor was practically foaming at the mouth, telling Danny "You do not call me 'Sir'!" and especially, "GET OUT OF MY TARDIS!" Rarely do we see that kind of rage from the Doctor, and it's seldom a good thing when we do.
  • The fact that the Doctor himself is so important to the existence of the Universe. Without him the multiverse itself would have been destroyed multiple times over, by the Daleks or other villains. But merely the fact that he dies causes huge amounts of trouble for humans alone as seen in "Turn Left." If he were to ever die, the universe would seem to be in for some serious shit. And even Time Lords don't live forever.
  • The Twelfth Doctor at the end of "Face the Raven". After Ashildr's gambit goes horribly wrong and Clara is Killed Off for Real (leaving him without his Morality Chain), the Doctor is justifiably angry at her, but he honors Clara's request not to take his anger out on her. No, instead he is going to give every trace of that anger to the being(s) responsible for the whole trap, and if anyone gets in his way, they will face his wrath too — and Ashildr better not cross his path again. Ashildr is notably scared out of her mind, which considering she is virtually immortal is a difficult thing to do, but remember the Doctor told her 'barring accidents' she was immortal. She knows he is the one person in the entire universe who knows how to kill her, as he made her.
    • Even worse, the entirety of Season 9 has seen his anger at the universe and the myriad cruelties he's suffered in it (the loss of everyone he comes to love, constantly dealing with death in general, the powers that be proscribing he not interfere with matters of Time and Space even when innocent lives are imperiled, the horrors of war, etc.) evolve, and as of this Cliffhanger leading into a two-part season finale, he is at the Despair Event Horizon and it is the sole thing that is driving him. All that fury, that hatred, that anger. He would make a good Dalek...
    • She set herself up as a merciless tyrant over a sanctuary crawling with alien refugees, assaulted one of them to make it look like a murder, set a death mark on an innocent bystander and framed him for the faux murder in order to lure The Doctor into a trap. And capped it by getting his Companion killed. How many of The Doctor's BerserkButtons did she just press in the space of five minutes? She's going to be looking over her shoulder for the rest of her unnatural existence. Being immortal isn't going to protect her a whit - remember the Family of Blood? He can do a lot worse than kill you.
  • The final line of "Heaven Sent" suggests worse to come (as noted above under the Steven Moffat folder). Now that he knows HIS OWN PEOPLE are responsible for the trap that led to Clara's death and the torture he suffered in this episode he's angrier than EVER. And while the wording of the line suggests Ashildr might be the Hybrid said to be Gallifrey's ruin, it ALSO suggests the Hybrid is THE DOCTOR HIMSELF. What powers has he been hiding all along if that's the case?

     The Master 
  • Even with his Large Ham tendencies (or possibly because of them), the Master is terrifying. Imagine a being that is the same species as the Doctor, but is insane/evil and wants to either rule the universe or destroy innocent lives just to spite his arch-nemesis (who happens to be his former best friend). Not only that, but he is shown to be just as smart (and is implied at times to be more intelligent) than the Doctor and has used that intelligence to invent devices that kill people in horrific and gruesome ways.
    • The guy's main tactic in the classic series was to hypnotize people into doing his bidding. Keep in mind that it was stated the Master could easily control the mind of nearly any human being. Let that sink in. The Master can control pretty much anybody he wanted through hypnosis.
    • At least twice in the series (possibly more in the Expanded Universe), he's gained a new body by possessing someone. The first time he takes control of Tremas, and the second time he's a "Goo Snake" that forces himself into the body of a man named "Bruce" and takes control of it. The idea of a deranged megalomaniac trying to take control of your body is not a comforting thought.
    • The version played by John Simm becomes a super-powered undead being during The End Of Time. That in-and-of itself is scary. But, it gets worse. Due to him constantly losing his "life force", he has an insatiable appetite and will eat pretty much anything. Did we mention this includes humans?
  • The Caves of Androzani: When the Fifh Doctor regenerated into the Sixth, he has a hallucination in which all his companions are telling him not to die, and then the Master appears.
    The Master: And now, my dear Doctor you will die! Die, Doctor! DIE, DOCTOR!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!!
  • The Master's drums. Don't you get scared every time you hear a steady drumbeat, counting four hits each time, somewhere in the background.
    • If you want an example of where you can hear that rhythm... try the show's theme tune.
      • 4 Beats in a constant rhythm... It's the heartbeats of a Time Lord.
    • Want to make the drums even more terrifying? The Master had the drums implanted into him when he was only eight, and he's at least 900 years old in the main series. Imagine living with the same monotonous repetitive sound for centuries. It's no wonder the Master became the psychotic megalomaniac he is today.
      • When the Doctor mind-melds with the Master in "The End of Time Part 1", he can barely tolerate it for more than a few seconds; the Master has had to live with it for centuries.
  • One of the Master's very first evil deeds in the series was killing a guy using a plastic chair via Auton technology. The thought of sitting down and having furniture basically engulf and suffocate you is downright creepy.
    • Even worse? He planned on wiping out humanity by suffocating them with plastic daffodils. Seems silly at first, until you realize just how easily his plan would've worked had the Doctor not thwarted him in the end. After all, who would suspect something like a plastic flower to be a murder weapon?
  • Apparently changing genders has done nothing for the Master's madness, and as the Mistress she shows a delight in calmly murdering a subordinate, not because he'd failed her, but simply because she has no further need for him in her plan.
    • Furthering this, her entire plan was Making a Cyberman army which would turn every corpse in the world into Cybermen in turn killing all the living then turning them into Cybermen. Why? To give control of the army to the Doctor as a Birthday present. Not only is this twisted even for The Master. But she was playing on The Doctor's fear of the darkness within him by trying to release it.
    • Adding a little extra frosting to Missy's proverbial birthday cake? How many allies, Companions, and friends has The Doctor lost along the way? We got confirmation that Danny Pink and The Brigadier were in that army. But there are a lot more dead friends of his that were not accounted for. Missy added a whopping dose of Revenge Through Corruption by turning all those dead friends of his into Cybermen!
  • When Missy returns in Series 9 ("Dying is for other people") to help find The Doctor, Clara wonders if she's turning good. Missy then casually vaporizes two UNIT agents before her eyes, even twisting the knife by mentioning one of them had a wife and child. Yea, definitely hasn't turned good.

  • A villain with as much Joker Immunity as The Master, Davros is worthy of a few mentions.
  • Consider that Davros wasn't always evil. He was once a scared little boy caught up in the Thousand Year War on Skaro. Events that took place in that war warped him. His body crippled and disfigured, blinded save for an electronic eye implant, he decided that survival was the ultimate ideal (and worse, this was possibly inspired by the Twelfth Doctor telling him that survival was a choice.) This ultimately culminated in him creating the Daleks, and instilling in them a sense that they must survive, at the expense of all other life.
  • From his first appearance, Davros displays an irrational temper to rival his own creations.
  • Consider that the Doctor is a scientist. In most incarnations, he seems to generally enjoy tinkering with gadgets and chemicals as a pastime. Davros, meanwhile, never seems to do anything that doesn't involve twisting and perverting science into something disgusting and harmful; flesh-eating viruses, mutations, reality bombs, Colony Sarff, and pretty much the entirety of Revelation of the Daleks. Basically, every time the Doctor encounters Davros, he has to watch his favorite hobby turned into something sick.

The statue's gone!