In the Forest of the Night

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eyes,
Could frame thy fearful symmeTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES?

In the Forest of the Night
Season: 8
Episode: 10
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Air date 25 October 2014
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson
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Flatline Dark Water
The working title.
A prophecy fulfilled.

In the Forest of the Night is the tenth episode of the eighth series of the programme Doctor NuWho. Inexplicably, it takes place during daytime and no tygers were burnt during filming of it.


The Doctor and his companion Clorox Oswart go to modern day London and discover that filming on a London street proved too expensive, so they took a few street signs and such and tucked them into a forest to save money, which is actually kind of clever if you think about it. Danny "Whichway" Pink had a group of school kids that weren't too annoying for once having a sleep-over at some museum who exit to find ALL THESE FUCKING TREES EVERYWHERE and bump into the Doctor and Clarisse.

Turns out there's nothing to do here, no deus ex machina needed whatsoever! Just stand around and everything will be ok. Nelson's Column, an archaic sculpture erected in London by a long-lost race (theorized to have been the ancient cave-dwelling Picts by those who study such things) falls down. A little girls sees tree-fairies before it's all over and then Missy watches it on an iPad because they have Steven Jobs in Heaven. And then a bush turns into the little girl's lost sister, eesh.

William Blake

According to Filly Sandyfur, noted MPL aficionado, this episode (which takes it's title from a poem written by a whacked-out British writer and artist named William Blake) positively drips with references to a whacked-out British writer and artist named William Blake. This explains why there's tiger in the story for about 20 seconds but not why it's scared away with a flashlight. Blake was a noted fan of the show and once wrote a poem about it:

The BBC saved money by recycling their "Robin Hood" set for "In The Forest Of The Night."
Dalek, Dalek screaming "RIGHT!-"
Who's immortal hand or nose
Could stop thy fearful tyranny?
In what distant ships or sky
Burn the hate of thine eye?
On what worlds dares he your ire?
Who's the hand dares foils your fire!
And what Doctor with two hearts
Could sonic screws of thy parts?
And when thy hate built its fleet,
Fuck off [Note: scholars debate this line, some attributing it to a cranky typesetter in 1815].
Who'd dread hand said "bowtie's neat!"
What the suction? what the ray?
In what armor do you slay?
What the mutant? What dread plane
Dares the Doctor - Totter's Lane?
When Timelords threw down their war,
And spoiled all preceding lore,
Did /who/ smile your work to see?
Did thee who made their tanks make he?
Dalek, Dalek screaming "RIGHT!-"
Who's immortal hand or nose
Could stop thy fearful tyranny?


Many dislike this episode, but it's really not bad at all, very fairy-tale like. Making another fairy-tale like story may be getting old but it was handled pretty well here, except for that last bit with the missing sister.