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Nightmare Fuel / Doctor Who New Series

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  • "The Halloween Apocalypse"
    • The episode's cliffhanger is rather terrifying. The Doctor and her friends discover the universe is being ripped apart by the Flux, a temporal storm that is disintegrating whole worlds and turning everyone who lives on them into dust. The Flux targets the Doctor's ship, forcing our heroes to flee from it. But no matter what they do, they can't fight it and they can't outrun it. At one point, the Doctor (out of sheer desperation) opens up the heart of the TARDIS and attacks it with pure energy from the time vortex - the same energy that gave Rose Tyler the powers of a goddess in "The Parting Of The Ways" - and it does absolutely nothing. The Doctor is at least able to think of a way to protect the Earth from the storm's onslaught, but there's no guarantee that her plan will actually work. And by the final shot of the episode, the Doctor, Yaz and Dan are caught right in the path of the storm, with instant death barreling towards them rapidly.
    • For a less frantic but equally worrisome kind of Nightmare Fuel, something is really wrong with the TARDIS: a black liquid is leaking from the ceiling and seems to be slowly covering the columns around the console (with the Doctor's reaction being "I'm fine. The TARDIS is fine. We're all fine."), the internal dimension seems to be falling apart, with the door being multiplied around the console room (including having half a police box buried on the floor), and having even more trouble than usual landing and taking off: while at the start of the episode the Doctor's needing to hit the console with a hammer to get it to dematerialize seems a fun throwback to 9/10's era, by the end of the episode the Doctor shatters one of the console panels on her attempt to get her to dematerialize away from the Flux. While the show has never been shy about using "the TARDIS has a breakdown" as a plot point, the slow build up on issues, combined with the Flux eating the universe away makes clear that something very bad is happening to the Doctor's beloved ship.
      • Looking closely when the multiple doors fly open as the Flux approaches, the police box isn't just buried - the roof is distorted into a curve, suggesting its growing out of the floor.
    • Unlike every other time where the Doctor isn't intimidated by any taller man, and is more likely to intimidate them instead, she's actually nervous when the Swarm gets into her personal space.
    • Swarm's resurrection scene is terrifying. He disintegrates a Division member and then absorbs her lifeforce, screaming as crystalline implants appear on his head. "Trick or Treat, Doctor" indeed.
  • "War of the Sontarans"
    • We are very quickly treated to a snapshot of War Is Hell as soon as the Doctor and co. arrive in Crimea. There are dead bodies everywhere and at this point it's not made clear that the Sontarans are responsible.
    • The battle between the British and Sontarans is as one-sided as you might expect. Not a single Sontaran falls while the British forces are massacred. When the British General makes it back to the Hotel, he weakly asks "What do I do?" like a child.
    • Swarm and Azure demonstrate their power when they are able to infiltrate the Temple of Atropos and disintegrate the Priest Triangles and the Moari, the latter of which are apparently are powerful enough to regulate Time itself. Then they proceed to Kick the Dog, first by taunting Vinder and Yaz using their Teleport Spam abilities, then by transforming them into Moari despite knowing full well the force of Time flowing through them will kill them.
    • The TARDIS is in an even worse state in this episode than the previous one. For most of the episode the door isn't even present, but when the Doctor manages to get inside, she finds that the black liquid is leaking everywhere, spires of crystal are jutting out through walls and floors, the controls won't respond to her (apparently hijacked by Swarm or the Priest Triangles) and the Cloister Bell is still ringing.
  • "Once, Upon Time"
    • While the Doctor, Dan and Vinder have relatively safe travels inside their timelines, with Dan only briefly watched by the Passenger, but mostly just reliving past events, something weird seems to be happening around Yaz: she is actively stalked by Weeping Angels, and at one point she ends up on an event she hasn't lived yet, where the house she's in doesn't match her real home. The Doctor suggests that there's "something wrong" with her time stream, and it's unclear if the Weeping Angels are the cause or they're just trying to feed on whatever is happening to her timeline.
    • Speaking of which, the Angels are up to their old tricks and it's as frightening as ever. Special note goes to the scene in which the Angels appear within the video game Yaz is playing, and just like in "The Time of Angels" one starts to materialize out of the screen... except this time, just turning off the system isn't enough to kill the apparition, and it only disappears when Yaz smashes the console itself. And then at the end of the episode, one pulls the same trick using Yaz's smartphone, materializes in the TARDIS control room, and almost immediately begins steering the ship, prompting a Mass "Oh, Crap!" from the Doctor and crew.
    • Dan experiences strange jumps in time during his travel, and at one point notices Passenger at the bottom of the staircase he and Diane are sitting on. When he turns to Diane, she's gone.
  • "Village of the Angels"
    • The Angels simulating a Creepy Monotone version of Jericho's voice to taunt him is downright unsettling.
    • Segun Akinola's leitmotif for the Weeping Angels is a distorted set of screeches which take Hell Is That Noise to a whole new level.
    • Remember that which holds an image of an Angel becomes itself an angel? Well, this episode takes that concept and runs with it! Angels can manifest through drawings, can draw themselves on polygraphs through psychic projection and can grow from stone dust! And trying to burn a drawing of an Angel results in the Angel manifesting on fire.
    • Claire looks into the bathroom mirror, and her reflection has the wings of an Angel.
    • The Doctor, Jericho and Claire have to escape through a tunnel made of Angels, with their hands reaching out from the walls.
    • Peggy seems to have gotten used to other people arriving in 1901 only to die gruesomely at the hands of the Angels...
    • Peggy being told by her elderly future self that she doesn't get home "for a very long time."
    • The very end of the episode. The Angel in Claire's mind had earlier claimed it was a runaway from the Division, and that it baited the Doctor in so she could help it escape. However, after Claire and the Doctor flee Jerico's house, they run right into a trap, easily over 50 Angels surrounding them on all sides. A terrified Claire, now being held hostage by the Angels, explains that the Angel in her mind never wanted the Doctor's help, it wanted to sell her out to the Division, in exchange for its freedom. What follows is an up-close view of the Doctor being transformed into a Weeping Angel, while she gasps and cries out in pain and horror, complete with limbs being turned to stone and wings bursting out of her back.
      • The Next Time trailer isn't comforting at all in this regard. There are scenes of Yaz and Dan figuring things out in 1901, Bel and Vinder looking for each other, and the Ravagers plotting some new scheme, but the only thing we see of the Doctor is the petrified Angel statue, still standing in exactly the same place.
    • The episode ends with a heartwarming scene of Vinder tracking Bel, and finding the message she left for him. That's not scary. What is scary is that this scene takes place in the middle of the credits sequence, which glitches out as it cuts back and forth. Seems like the Flux isn't just breaking apart planets...
      • The music that plays over the credits is also... missing something. Specifically, it's missing the bassline and the drumbeat in the background, the one that matches up exactly with the four-tap heartbeat of a Timelord. And considering what just happened to the Doctor...
  • "Survivors of the Flux"
    • The way the Grand Serpent murders his victims. He places a snake inside them, letting it burrow its way out, disfiguring and suffocating them in the process.
    • The older woman is revealed to be Tecteun, and for everyone who missed that she was an abusive parent in "The Timeless Children", the episode lays it on thick.
  • Eve of the Daleks
    • After Yaz tearfully admits her feelings for the Doctor to Dan, they realise the Daleks are lurking behind them in the dark. Yaz attempts to bluff them by calling the Doctor, but one of the Daleks - likely having heard at least part of the conversation - responds in an utterly gleeful tone "The Doctor cannot save you. The Doctor will NEVER save you!". It's possibly the most personal the Daleks have ever gotten when threatening their victims.