A super-hero created by Jack Cole for DC Comics. Midnight first appeared in Smash Comics #18 in 1941.

Midnight was really Dave Clark, a radio announcer at the WXAM. Dave's assignments were both as an announcer on radio serials, including a new one called Midnight and as the station's news reporter. When a twelve story building and a local dam both collapsed due to poor construction, Dave decided to become a masked mystery man to bring the wrong-doers to justice. Dressing all in a dark blue suit, with matching fedora and a domino mask, Dave Clark became Midnight, the "errie friend of the needy."

Midnight's first adventure saw him use his skills as boxer to bring Morris Carleton of the Carleton Construction Company to justice. He later went on to join the Freedom Fighters and the All-Star Squadron.

Later in Midnight's career, he teamed with the scientist and inventor Doc Wacky and the doctor's talking pet chimp Gabby. Midnight used two of Wacky's inventions for a time. One was his bubble gun that inexplicably shot bubbles at an opponent with enough force to knock him to the ground. Later, Midnight adopted the doctor's vacuum gun that shot a suction cup and line out and would reel itself in, allowing the user to be pulled after it.

Another of Midnight's accomplices was the detective Sniffer Snoop. Snoop was provided for comic relief and was accompanied by his pet polar bear Hotfoot.

Midnight is the tenth episode of the fourth series of the revival of Doctor Who, starring David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. Due to the shooting schedule of the show, this is a companion lite episode, with Catherine Tate only appearing at the beginning and end of the episode.

The story takes place on the planet Midnight, where the Doctor takes a "big space truck" across the surface of the planet to watch a waterfall made of sapphires. But the vehicle breaks down. The Doctor, along with about ten crew and passengers, is stuck on the hostile surface of the planet. And something seems to have gotten into the ship with them.

Whatever it is, it is intangible. But it seems to be possessing one of the passengers, making her repeat everything anyone says. And then the possession passes to the Doctor, as the increasingly frantic passengers try to figure out what is going on. The situation is saved at the last moment, although not anywhere near in the heroic fashion we have come to expect of Doctor Who.

Apparently, opinion on this episode is divided. It has none of the usual charm and wonder of Doctor Who. Almost the entire episode is set inside the interior of the vehicle, with very little in the way of scenery or special effects. This is what is called a bottle episode, with the entire set being something that could be whipped up for a community college drama production. But in my opinion, it works. The passengers and their rising hysteria from being trapped in a small, bleak space works in a way here that it could not work in an epic battle scene. And this is the only Doctor Who story I can think of where The Doctor's usual charm and wits fails to save him.

This episode also highlights one of the things that new viewers can find a problem with Doctor Who: the uneven emotional pacing and impact of the show. In this episode, only four people die, which compared to some Doctor Who episodes is a relatively small number. Voyage of the Damned had thousands of people killed, including a companion, and yet it was treated as light fare. This episode has a much smaller number of deaths, and yet it could be considered one of the most bleak episodes, the only episode where we see the Doctor truly defeated. For some people, this doesn't make sense, and for others, this is what the show is about.

Mid"night` (?), n. [AS. midniht.]

The middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.


Mid"night`, a.

Being in, or characteristic of, the middle of the night; as, midnight studies; midnight gloom.

"Midnight shout and revelry."

Milton.

 

© Webster 1913.

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