Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 7

The Bells of Saint John (30 Mar. 2013)

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A chance phone call reunites the Doctor with Clara in the present day. A mysterious organization, lead by the evil Miss Kizlet, sends robots known as "Spoonheads" to steal the minds of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
The Abbott
Eve De Leon Allen ...
Kassius Johnson ...
Artie (as Kassius Carey Johnson)
Geff Francis ...
Dan Li ...
Daniella Eames ...
Little Girl
Pilot (as Antony Edridge)
Fred Pearson ...
Jade Anouka ...


A chance phone call reunites the Doctor with Clara in the present day. A mysterious organization, lead by the evil Miss Kizlet, sends robots known as "Spoonheads" to steal the minds of people who use the company's WiFi. The Doctor and Clara must work together to find the location of the organization and destroy it before the whole world is trapped by the WiFi. Written by Paul Briffett

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Producer Marcus Wilson suggested that the episode be an "urban thriller", as the story would already be set in contemporary London to introduce Clara and the Wi-Fi monsters. See more »


When The Doctor confronts the Nina server on the stairs in Clara's house, in shots where she is facing The Doctor, from his point of view, she is holding the handrail with her right hand. In shots from the side of the staircase, she is standing backwards, away from him, with her left hand next to the staircase. See more »


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A nice action story that makes sense
31 March 2013 | by (Utrecht, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

After the rushed and deus-ex-machina driven solutions of previous episodes, it was a relief to finally see a well-constructed story again. Every element that led to the story's final resolution was presented in due course, rather than dropping out of the sky at the last minute.

The scenario is perhaps not incredibly inventive, but it is well worked out and the episode has a very good flow to it. There's lots of action and some nice shots, but they are interspersed with more pedestrian scenes to help you catch your breath and let the characters interact and develop a bit. This adds depth and believability to the story. It feels like Clara and the Doctor are actually living and contributing to this adventure, rather than watching bewilderedly while the universe explodes around them, only to accidentally save it 49 minutes in.

If this is an indication of what's to come, then I think we may look forward to a very enjoyable half-season.

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