Sleep No More
Doctor Who Season 9

61%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

Doctor Who's effective horror elements and unexpected cliffhanger save "Sleep No More" from being a gimmicky found-footage episode.

Episode Info

Footage from the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station yields a terrifying story.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Sleep No More

There is a series of brilliant misdirections at the center of this episode, and the Doctor-usually a master of misdirection himself-doesn't quite seem to see them. "Sleep No More" wants us to think it's about sleep, but... it's about the unconscious.

Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[The] episode falls down on delivering the shivers it promises, which makes its uniqueness less exciting than it should be.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The episode seemed destined to go down as the worst episode of Season Nine so far. Instead, a literal last minute twist all but shifts how the episode should be perceived, elevating the hour from "meh" to a more memorable "oh, damn..."

Nov 15, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's no fun reading someone struggling to find new and interesting ways to write "IT SUCKED" over and over again. Yeah, we thought it was that bad.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's sort of a clever experiment, though I'm not sure it entirely gels, and it's probably saved by a fairly creepy twist ending.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"Sleep No More" was by turns spine-chilling, dismaying, gut-wrenching and frustrating-but one thing it was not, was boring.

Nov 23, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Sadly, the show had very little to offer other than a gimmicky shooting style, making "Sleep No More" feel like the first real misfire of the season.

Nov 15, 2015 | Full Review…

As a technical exercise and an expansion of Doctor Who's boundaries, "Sleep No More" is moderately engaging, but as a satisfying adventure in its own right it can only be described as a snoozer.

Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…

"Sleep No More" isn't boring or offensively bad, it's just a little underwhelming and the risky found footage format never quite gels. It's not the first time a Doctor Who story has failed to realise it potential, but we can't fault it for trying.

Nov 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gagan Rassmussen: "You must not watch this! I'm warning you. You can never unsee it." Rassmussen could easily have been speaking about "Sleep No More" itself with that very first line of the episode.

Nov 15, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Resorting to a visual gimmick to aid in some late-season storytelling doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. Doctor Who certainly makes the best of it during "Sleep No More."

Nov 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Doctor Who does found-footage... and it actually works in a way that most found-footage stories don't even bother with anymore.

Nov 15, 2015 | Full Review…