Things take a terrifying turn for Valerie Pitman (played by Sarah Moyle) on today's episode of Doctors (1:45pm - see our TV Guide for listings)...
Valerie wakes-up from a scary nightmare in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep.
But the surgery receptionist soon finds herself trapped in a living nightmare when she hears noises downstairs.
There is an intruder in the house!
Valerie cannot believe what is happening but slowly makes her way downstairs.
She comes face-to-face with a masked man, who is helping himself to her valuables...
Could the burglar be armed and dangerous?
After a terrible turn of events, Valerie is able to call 999.
The intruder, Kris Marsh (Paddy Stafford), escapes into the night.
Valerie turns to Al Haskey (Ian Midlane) for help after her terrifying ordeal.
Al finds Valerie in a shaken state and decides to call the Victim Support helpline.
But it could be a while before Valerie gets over this late-night fright...
Meanwhile, PC Shelley Anwar (Nikki Patel, who played Dev's troublesome daughter, Amber Kalirai on Coronation Street) gets on the case after the 999 call from victim Valerie.
Shelley is determined to prove herself and catch the criminal.
But he manages to outrun Shelley and another police officer and make his escape...
Shelley finds Valerie in a terrible state at the crime scene.
She waits with her until Al arrives and takes it upon himself to call the Victim Support helpline, the insurance company, a locksmith and the bank.
After being called to deal with more late-night crime, Shelley later has a crisis of confidence.
There's so much injustice in the world.
But is she cut-out for the demanding work of being a police officer?
Shelley has a resignation letter prepared.
Will she hand it over to her boss and walk away from the job?
Doctors continues every Monday to Thursday at 1:45pm on BBC One.
The episode is repeated at 7:00pm on BBC Two.
Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)
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