After watching the Doctor Who episode Listen I was left with the impression that it was the Doctor's own nightmares and fears which led him to believe there was a creature perfectly evolved for hiding.

This is most likely caused by...

his encounter with Clara on Gallifrey. She hid under the bed and instinctively grabbed his leg when he was a child. This explains why he's so fascinated by the dream.

He's so used to battling monsters and aliens that he's very likely to believe such a creature is possible - he's using his own knowledge and experience to back up a common fear.

However, if all the strange noises and feelings were in fact simply people's subconscious then what was the very visible thing under the Rupert's bed?

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During the episode, the writers tried hard to leave it ambiguous as to whether the monster was real or not.
There are two things during the episode that really make you think that it was real.

  1. During the blanket scene, for a moment the blanket comes off, and we see a blurred grey-alien-looking creature :
    Doctor Who - Listen

  2. As he/she/it is leaving, there is a flash of light, akin to a transporter

  • I would +1 this just for the screwdriver!
    – Liath
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 11:33
  • Hahahaha, yeah I wish it was mine, though unfortunately I ran into the photo in a blog, I didn't take it. Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 11:40

There were lots of noises and phenomena that the characters experienced in the episode, each time there were two possible explanations given, a rational one and one that attributed it to a hidden creature.

At the end of the episode it is show that the creatures do not exist so this must mean that the rational explanations for the noises/phenomena were true.

The rational explanation for what was under the blanket was that one of Rupert's friends was playing a trick on him. So it was one of Rupert's friends under the blanket.

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