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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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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First Let-Down of Season Openers
30 March 2013 | by (Atlantic Coast, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, the Doctor is back. The musical score is as thrilling as ever, the Doctor is as manic as ever, his companion is as cute and wise-cracking as ever... Sadly, this all means we've pretty much seen what the Doctor has to show us. The new companion's back-story is different from the others, but it's also incomprehensible, so "different" isn't so much "new" as it is "frustratingly confusing." Yes, this is a show about a time-traveling Jack-of-All-Trades, so it's _bound_ to be confusing. But the great joy to be found in the 21'st century's version of the Doctor has been that, if you paid really, really close attention, it always made sense. This time... well, it might still make sense before they're done, but I'm already lost. I'm not even sure I know what to be making sense _of_ at this point.

Meanwhile, the story in this particular episode is actually rather hum-drum by comparison to many we've seen for the past few years. Another peril, another show-down, another moment of truth for the Doctor. Stuff like this has to be _headed_ somewhere, eventually, or it all just starts to feel like copies of itself. The "Amy Pond" arc had that sense of direction. Alas, that's in the past now, which is kind of an ironic indicator that a show about a creature called a "Time Lord" may, after fully half a century, have reached the limits of its time and space.


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