Found footage, carnivorous monsters and people running screaming round a dark, abandoned space station? Yep, all the ingredients for a scary Doctor Who ep are here, even if Sleep No More does take a while to get going – I was a little bored at first.
Still, Mark Gatiss’s contribution to the season has plenty of eerie atmosphere, some decent shocks and a great, if confusing final scene, although I don’t think I fully understood how the story panned out at the end or the actual mechanics of the Sandmen/Morpheus situation.
I have seen scarier Whos, possibly because I found them a bit less confusing than this one, but this was still a perfectly respectable contribution to the “sleep is even more essential than you think it is” field of science-fiction. One of the better eps in what has turned out to be a patchy season, I think.