Doctor: Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor)
Companion: Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)
Samuel Anderson – Danny Pink/Orson Pink
Remi Gooding – Rupert Pink
Robert Goodman – Reg
Kiran Shah – Figure
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Written by Steven Moffat
Script editor David P Davis
Produced by Peter Bennett
Executive producer(s) Steven Moffat
Incidental music composer Murray Gold
Series Series 8
Length 45 minutes
Originally broadcast 13 September 2014
Clara Oswald and Danny Pink, while on their first date, get into an argument on Danny's army career, and she leaves him not wishing to aggravate the situation. At her flat, she finds the Doctor, who wants her help to explore the idea of an entity with the perfect ability to hide, and how it may be tied to a childhood fear everyone has, including himself, of a hand grabbing them from under one's bed.
The Doctor instructs Clara on using the TARDIS' telepathic link to take her to her childhood, but her thoughts wander back to her date, and they end up at the children's home where Danny, then known as Rupert, grew up. Rupert is frightened by pranks pulled by the other children, but the Doctor suggests he use his fear to empower him, and Clara offers the idea of thinking himself as "Dan the Soldier Man" and to protect himself with his toy army soldiers. Rupert is comforted and falls back asleep, and the Doctor wipes his mind of their presence though their advice remains, leading to Rupert changing his name and joining the army.
In the present, Clara returns to apologise to Danny, but her familiarity with his past troubles him, and he leaves. She is beckoned back to the TARDIS by a space-suited figure, who the Doctor introduces as Orson Pink, one of Danny's distant descendants, who proves his identity through one of Danny's toy soldiers. The Doctor had found Orson, one of humanity's first time travel pilots, stranded in his ship at the far end of the universe while searching for the invisible entity. At the ship, the Doctor instructs Clara and Orson to wait in the TARDIS, believing the entity has survived to the end of time and wants to observe it. An air seal ruptures and the Doctor falls unconscious. Orson rescues him, and Clara uses the telepathic circuits to try to return home.
The TARDIS ends up in a barn, with a boy fitfully sleeping in the loft. Clara goes to investigate, but hides under the boy's bed when two adults enter, speaking of the child being unfit to be a Time Lord. She realises the boy is the Doctor. When the adults leave, the boy tries to leave the bed, but Clara grabs his ankle, recognising she created this fear in the Doctor. She repeats the same advice to the boy that the Doctor did for Rupert and sees the boy asleep. Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor has recovered, but Clara makes him promise not to learn where they are.
After dropping Orson off to his proper time, the Doctor returns Clara to her flat. She goes to Danny, and they mutually apologise for their behavior before sharing a kiss.