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2[[caption-width-right:350:An older Doctor [[StepfordSmiler tries to smile]] even though he's about to go on his [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong supposed]] [[{{Tearjerker}} final]] [[ForegoneConclusion date]] with River.]]
4The one where the Doctor is guilt-tripped into chickening out of Darillium.
6Five additional scenes written and produced for "The Complete Sixth Series" boxset, which examine the question: what does the Doctor do at night, when his companions are asleep?
8They included "Bad Night", "Good Night", "First Night", "Last Night" and [[ThemeNaming "Up All Night"]]. "First Night" and "Last Night" comprise one two-part episode.
10The episodes resolve some of the plot threads set up in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary Silence in the Library]]".
12Like [[Recap/DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime "Space" and "Time"]], these minisodes are all {{Bottle Episode}}s, and the first four are also MinimalistCast episodes.
14Not to be confused with "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]".
17'''Bad Night'''
19Amy answers the TARDIS phone one night, and gets the Prince of Wales on the line. She absently swats a fly while trying to figure out what's going on. The Doctor arrives shortly after, carrying a fish bowl and getting quite cross at Amy for touching his phone, and for swatting a fly that was really a transformed warlord. As Amy tries to get through to the Doctor about the fact that she can't sleep and why, the Doctor suddenly looks horrified and yells out to River (outside the TARDIS) about the fact that the fish is not, in fact, the Queen, but an ordinary fish. He delegates Amy's emotional troubles to a very sleepy Rory while dashing out again.
21!!Tropes regarding "Bad Night":
23* BadLiar: The Doctor, when it comes to River
24-->'''The Doctor:''' I do ''not'' sneak out at night to parties with River Song!\
25'''Amy:''' How is she?\
26'''The Doctor:''' Fine.
27* BalefulPolymorph: The Queen has somehow become a goldfish.
28* BroughtHomeTheWrongKid: Or rather, goldfish.
29* NoodleImplements: The Doctor's incident involves a party, River Song, a cricket bat, the Queen turned into a goldfish, an alien warlord turned into a fly as a hostage, and a pet shop. Feel free to imagine what's happening.
30* NoodleIncident: How '''did''' the Queen turn into a goldfish?
33'''Good Night'''
35The Doctor comes home from a party one night to find Amy waiting for him. She still can't sleep; there are two timelines in her head, one with her parents and one without, and she doesn't understand why this ''isn't'' a problem. She feels that the Doctor's human friends are just little blips in his life, and even Rory's Auton memories are flighty at best. The Doctor tells her that the parts with his friends are the only parts of his life that ''matter'', the only parts he remembers. He then hooks her up to the TARDIS telepathic link and has her look at her saddest memory -- which consists of her dropping an ice cream when she was little. As the TARDIS brings them to that time and place, the memory changes to a nice red-headed lady in a nighty buying her a second ice cream. The Doctor takes her out to go do just that.
37!!Tropes regarding "Good Night":
39* CallBack: To "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]]".
40* ContinuityNod:
41** Amy's changing memory is similar to Kazran Sardick's in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]".
42** Amy has a "I hate you"/"No, you don't" exchange with the Doctor, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone just like her]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut daughter]].
43* DoubleConsciousness: Amy discusses the fact she remembers two lives. According to the Doctor, everyone has this to a certain extent -- whenever your memories don't quite match reality, or you meet someone who you feel like you've known forever, it's because of [[ArcWords time being rewritten]].
44* NoodleIncident: The Doctor's exploits while Amy and Rory are asleep. Apparently, he helped out a possessed orchestra. On the moon. Which somehow involved Creator/MarilynMonroe and a biplane.
45* RippleEffectProofMemory: Amy discusses with the Doctor how she remembers having two different timelines. Apparently everyone has them to an extent, and many false memories are just time being rewritten, but time travellers even more so.
46* ThousandYardStare: Rory has one whenever he remembers being "The Last Centurion". The Doctor has noticed.
47* TimeyWimeyBall: The Doctor causes Amy's past to change while she is remembering it.
50'''First Night / Last Night'''
52The Doctor and River have their very first date since their wedding, during her first night of imprisonment in Stormcage. Declining the "daring" dress he got her River disappears into the [=TARDIS=] to change, when a second River appears, who's been in Stormcage for five years. She comes in fleeing a battle, makes fun of the dress, and disappears into another section of the [=TARDIS=]. The Doctor tries to prevent them from meeting each other in order to prevent paradox, eventually sending the five-years River back to Stormcage. A ''third'' River walks in, this time wearing the dress, followed by an older version of the Doctor. He's going to take her to see the Singing Towers of Darillium -- he's been promising for ages. The Doctor remembers River saying that this was their last date before River's death in the Library, and with much sadness in his expression, he wishes his older self good luck. His older self wishes him good luck with their first date as well, and the youngest River happily dashes into the control room again after the older two have gone.
54!!Tropes regarding "First Night" / "Last Night":
56* ClosetShuffle
57* CliffhangerCopOut: At the end of "First Night", the second River bursts through the TARDIS doors and falls to the floor, unconscious. Cue the start of "Last Night": "River, you are holding your breath."
58* ContinuityNod: River's formal dress is the same one she wore in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day of the Moon]]".
59* DramaticIrony: River Song: "He's taking me to the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Singing Towers of Darillium]]! He's been promising for ages!" Also counts as a WhamLine, MoodWhiplash and a TearJerker.
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61* KissOfLife: The Doctor seems to be about to try this when he realizes River is playing possum.
62* {{Retcon}}: River mentions the Singing Towers of Darillium. [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong Later events]] will reveal it was in fact ''Twelve'' who took her, not Eleven; in that episode, River complains that Eleven had tried to take her several times, only to chicken out at the last minute. Evidently, he did so again.
63* TemptingFate:
64-->'''River:''' (''sigh'') Doctor. You and your secrets. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead You'll be the death of me]].
65* TwinThreesomeFantasy: River thinks so.
66--> ''Two'' of you!? The mind races, does it not?
67** Definitely a CallBack to the "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar whole different birthday]]" River mentioned.
68** [[Recap/DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime Like father like daughter?]]
71'''Up All Night'''
73Sophie prepares to leave for the weekend, and Craig is worried about whether or not he'll be able to take care of Alfie.
75!!Tropes regarding "Up All Night":
77* DolledUpInstalment: Doesn't match the rest of the set in style or theme, or for that matter share any characters, and looks suspiciously like a deleted scene or prequel for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime Closing Time]]" that they just decided to stick the "Night and the Doctor" label on.
78* TemptingFate: Regarding Craig and Alfie spending the weekend alone, Sophie asks what is the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime worst that could happen]]. Craig [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.