Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror
Doctor Who Season 12

89%

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Critic Ratings: 19
Critics Consensus

If a tad light on meaning, "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" is still an enjoyable historical romp that benefits greatly from Jodi Whittaker and guest star Goran Visnjic's crackling chemistry.

Episode Info

The Doctor and her companions land in 1903, and must find out who is sabotaging Nikola Tesla's generator plant at Niagara Falls.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror

It's perfectly lovely. Is it what die-hard Whovians want, though?

Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The upshot is an enjoyable enough knockabout, which reaches a frustratingly by-the-numbers resolution after a compelling setup... this does rather feel a touch straightforward. But, at the very least, it's an intriguing history lesson.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

And I, for one, am extremely into it: Sure, I appreciate a good dramatic conflict with real-world stakes, but I'm also a sucker for insane interstellar scorpions who can shoot lasers from their tails and want to kidnap Nikola Tesla.

Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This episode is fun, smart, and everything we love about Doctor Who.

Jan 23, 2020 | Full Review…

With so much educational information to crowbar in to 50 minutes, the aliens barely got a look-in. When they did, they were obliged to stand around gnashing their X-shaped teeth while Jodie's pupils asked, 'How will that device work, Doctor?'

Jan 22, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Tesla and Thirteen make a charming pair - which is good because they spent a lot of time together this week.

Jan 22, 2020 | Full Review…

A fun story, with some great performances from the two inventors. The main villains weren't up to much, but it didn't damage the pseudo-historical that much in the long run.

Jan 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror is one of the best five episodes of the Chibnall era - but that says more about Doctor Who of late than it does about this episode.

Feb 3, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The fact that it does engage, if even for a moment-building on the arc established in the premiere, iterating on this darker, less-lenient path the 13th Doctor is being pushed down-elevates it from its otherwise average finery.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Although it's not as impactful as Rosa, this is another historical outing for the Thirteenth Doctor that shows us that the show can introduce us to some truly remarkable humans, even if it doesn't always know what to do with its aliens.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

This story is still too bogged down by the show's usual tropes to be anything more than another monster-of-the-week episode.

Jan 23, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Is this Jodie Whittaker's own "Vincent and the Doctor"? It's not quite on par with the Richard Curtis-penned episode, but it's almost up there.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…