Maybe less of a monster plan and more of one to file under “it’s their nature!”, that doesn’t stop the Dream Crabs (Or Kantrofarri) from being positively bone-chilling. Although having said that, “The only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely?” Move over Weeping Angels, the Dream Crabs may have you beat.
Dream Crabs do exactly what they say on the tin -, they leap onto their victim’s face and attach themselves. There, they put the victim into a dream-state, using a telepathic field to alter their perception. While the victim sleeps, slowly, they liquify the brain, consuming it like melted ice cream through a straw. Once in a Dream Crab dream you can fight it by rejecting the reality around you, which if successful, kills the crab. First, however, you must realise you’re dreaming. And be careful, because if it’s a good one, you might not want to wake up!
When the Doctor and Clara encountered the Dream Crabs, they experienced a shared dream, appearing to be trapped with the crew of a North Pole expedition. They tempted Clara to give into the dream by showing her a version of Christmas where Danny Pink was still alive. Luckily, even Dream Danny didn’t hesitate to tell Clara exactly what she needed to hear, and with his help, she was able to wake up.
If it wasn’t for the help of a dream manifestation of Santa, created by the minds of the Doctor and Clara, as well as the Dream Crabs’ other victims, they would have stayed sleeping, their brains becoming hearty crab sustenance a long time ago. So, if you ever find yourself in a dream within a dream that you wouldn’t mind staying in forever, you know exactly who to call!
The Runaway Bride