(Only an approximation is given in the episode, which only tells us the story is told sometime *around* this decade -- but the 1890s or 1910s are surely possible, in-universe)
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|season number = Series 12 (Doctor Who)
|season number = Series 12 (Doctor Who)

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Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror was the fourth episode of series 12 of Doctor Who.


New York City, the turn of the 20th century. For Nikola Tesla, his grand ideas for revolutionising electricity and communication are proving to be a hard sell to the public. His business rival, Thomas Edison, may not want him to succeed, but surely even he cannot be behind the sudden appearance of hostile alien scavengers? The Thirteenth Doctor and her friends are about to find out.


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  • The Doctor calls the Thassor "one of the ancient races".

Story notes

  • The official synopsis dates this story to 1903, however, this date is not given in the episode. In fact, the Thirteenth Doctor describes Nikola Tesla as "an inventor from 1900" when questioning why the Skithra sought him out. As, historically, the tower at Wardenclyffe was completed in 1902, it is likely that the story is set in 1903 and the reference to 1900 was intended as an approximation.
  • Robert Glenister, who plays Thomas Edison, previously appeared in classic Doctor Who, as Salateen in the 1984 serial The Caves of Androzani. This marks his first appearance in BBC Wales Doctor Who, making him one of the select few actors to have appeared in both incarnations of the programme.
  • Anjli Mohindra, who plays Queen Skithra, was previously a member of the main cast in The Sarah Jane Adventures. She played Rani Chandra from 2008 to 2011. This was Mohindra's first appearance in Doctor Who.
    • In fact, Bradley Walsh and Mohindra had worked together before, on the Sarah Jane Adventures serial The Day of the Clown. In that story, Walsh played the story's antagonist, Elijah Spellman. This story sees their roles reversed with Walsh now playing a companion and Mohindra playing the villain.
      • Mohindra said that, despite the fact that she and Walsh had worked together before, he did not recognise her due to her excessive make-up. She initially believed he was only joking with her but it was only when he asked to see a picture of her so he could say hello to her if he passed her in the street that she realised he was being serious.[1]


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Filming locations

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Production errors

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.

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Home video releases

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