A being called the Nightmare Man haunts the dreams of Luke, Clyde, and Rani, preying on their insecurities.
Luke is recording a message on a camera, that he is being haunted by a being called ĎThe Nightmare Maní, saying that the end of the world is coming, and itís his fault.
One year before: Luke is discussing with his mother about going to Oxford University one year early, Sarah Jane questions if this was the right time to tell her. Turns out theyíve both been strapped to a bomb. A very green Slitheen enters the room, and taunts them about how theyíre about to be blown up. Suddenly, Rani, Clyde and K-9 enter the room. K-9 deactivates the bomb and Clyde flings a bucket full of vinegar at the Slitheen, causing him to explode, covering the gang in green goo.
Results Day: Luke has successfully passed his subjects, much to the joy of his mother and friends.
Four days to go: Luke, who is feeling anxious, is packing his things. Sarah Jane comforts him, telling him that being nervous is a normal part of starting something new, reminding him how nervous he was when he started high school. Luke reminds her that they were attacked by Slitheen, who turned the sun off.
Sarah Jane takes Luke to the garage, and show him her car, which she had done up and has given to him as a present for uni. Luke wonders why Sarah Jane seems to be in a hurry to get him to leave. Sarah Jane replies with a rousing speech that before she met Luke, she was alone and that he gave meaning back to her life and that she is afraid of losing him. She tells him that Bannerman Road would always be his home, and that she will always be there for him.
That night, Luke has a nightmare in which Sarah Jane and K-9 are discussing how relieved they would be when he is gone, and a mysterious hand trails up Lukeís back. He awakens to the sound of sinister laughter.
Three days to go: Luke tells Rani that he had a nightmare, which is strange because Luke canít dream, because the Bane never engineered him to be able to do so. At school, Rani asks Clyde if he will visit Luke, who hasnít seen him for a few days, Clyde declines, saying that he has football practice, while really heís stubborn because he is going to miss Luke.
At night, Luke goes to sleep again, and has another nightmare. Sarah Jane and his friends are taunting him, calling him names. A door opens and a sinister voice calls to him, telling him that he feeds on Lukeís nightmares. Luke awakens with fright again.
Two days to go: Luke tells his mother that he had a nightmare, and she immediately asks Mr. Smith to scan him, who detects no abnormalities. Clyde messages Luke, asking him to meet up after school.
At the school, Luke enters a darkened room, and suddenly the lights turn on. Clyde, Rani and the entire class are there, and have thrown him a farewell party. Luke urges Clyde to dance with Rani, who reluctantly accepts. Luke sits down and doses off.
In his dream, the party is eerily quiet, and the Nightmare Man finally materialises, introducing himself to Luke. The Nightmare Man tells him that his mind is powerful, and is allowing him to control Luke, making him unable to tell anyone of his existence. Rani manage to wake him up, and he tries to tell her about his nightmare, but he is unable to speak a word about it.
Night has fallen again. Luke is in his room, trying to send Maria a message about his nightmares. He tries to type the Nightmare Manís name, but his hands refuse to work, and he falls asleep again.
This time, heís in the attic and Sarah Jane enters with a boy named Josh, who she intends to replace him with. The Nightmare Man taunts him again, telling him that heís being forgotten. Sarah Jane and the others burn pictures of Luke in a rubbish bin outside. The Nightmare Man appears again, roasting a marshmallow on a stick over the fire. Luke demands to know what he wants, and The Nightmare Man replies that he wants to gain corporeal form through Lukeís mind, and then plunge the entire world into eternal sleep so that he can feed on their nightmares forever.
Final day: Sarah Jane, Clyde and Rani are having a small get-together to celebrate Luke. That night, Luke uses a camera to record a message about the Nightmare Man, because he canít tell anyone else, which brings us back to the beginning of the episode. Heís trying to stay awake, but the Nightmare Man manages to urge him to sleep. This gives the Nightmare Man passage into the real world, and strands Luke in a black void.
End part one.
- Anxiety Dreams
- Bowdlerise: Eenie Meenie Miney Moe does not include the N-word this time around.
- Nowadays, the bowdlerized version is so much more common that most people don't even know that the original had the N-word in it.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Clyde's a lightweight, apparently.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Luke informs Sarah Jane that he might be eligible to start university a year early. Sarah Jane suggests it might not be the ideal moment for the conversation, seeing as how they're currently handcuffed to a large alien bomb.
- Combined Energy Attack: Luke and his friends defeat the Nightmare Man via The Power of Friendship.
- Continuity Nod: The Nightmare Man says, "Children of Earth".
- Exact Words: The Nightmare Man taunts Luke over not being able to say his name to anyone due to being in his head. Luke instead perfectly mentions him via video recording.
- Foreshadowing: Luke will get a Suspiciously Similar Substitute, though not until the beginning of the next season, and a girl.
- Gilligan Cut:Luke: Are you really gonna make scrambled egg? Remember what happened last time?Sarah Jane: I think I can manage.[cut to Clyde reading a text message from Luke]Clyde: "Mum just set the kitchen on fire again."
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: The Slitheen at the beginning.Oh...bum
- Humanoid Abomination: The Nightmare Man.
- Large Ham: The Nightmare Man.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Nightmare Man.
- Necktie Headband: One of the students at the party.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: The Nightmare Man.
- Out-of-Character Alert: How Clyde figures out that he's dreaming.
- Psychopathic Manchild: The Nightmare Man is very childish, playing games of 'Eenie meenie miney moe'' to choose his victims.
- Put on a Bus: Luke heads off to university, taking K9 with him.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: As with Maria's departure, Tommy Knight was sitting his GCSEs at the time, which meant that Luke had to be written out, though he's still a recurring character. Also, K9 was written out with him because his co-creator Bob Baker was working on K9.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Double Subverted with the Nightmare Man. Luke gives a speech which he simply laughs off, asking if he really believes that talking would defeat a creature like him. I wasn't talking to you. cue Oh, Crap!.
- Tongue-Tied: Luke is unable to say or write the Nightmare Man's name.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode? Luke fears that Sarah Jane regrets adopting him and plans to replace him. Clyde fears that Sarah Jane considers him stupid. Rani fears that, in becoming a journalist, she'd be forced to expose Sarah Jane.