When the newly-regenerated doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.

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The Doctor and Clara find themselves in London with Madam Vastra and the gang. There are clockwork men and the Doctor is still scrambling to find himself. Clara doesn't understand the regeneration process for the Doctor. Written by JD

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Doctor mentions Sweeney Todd, who is a fictional character that was popular in Victorian-era melodrama and was also known as "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." He would dispatch unwary patrons in his barber shop by pulling a lever and having the barber chair they were in drop into a pit. They would then be cut up with his straight razor and served in pies sold in by his co-conspirator, Mrs Lovett. See more »

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Just after the T-Rex bursts into flames and the Doctor is heading towards the Thames, he falls from the roof and hangs from the branches. In the shot when the Doctor leaves, moments before Madame Vastra's carriage appears, no tree or tree branches are visible. See more »

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Clara: [trying to reach the sonic screwdriver with her feet] I think I can just about reach it.
The Doctor: It's at times like this I miss Amy.
Clara: Who?
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References Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Gravitas
23 August 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It's far too early to draw any conclusions as to how Peter Capaldi and the writers will define the Twelfth Doctor -- but that isn't going to stop me or any fan of the series.

First, the episode is pretty much of a corker. With a new, weird opening sequence, we start out with a story involving a dinosaur, the Paternoster Gang and cyborgs in the Victorian Era. Most of the fun lies in figuring out who the new Doctor is.

Of course, all the Doctors are variations on the basic character laid down half a century ago by William Hartnell. Even so, there is enormous room for variation and the better episodes have taken advantage of the actors' strengths. Capaldi's predecessor, Matt Smith, was brilliant at playing an alien so bizarre that he did not understand how weird he seemed to humans. The comedy would frequently overwhelm the stories. Capaldi is equally adept at comedy, but he is not playing the clown that Matt Smith does. When he babbles, you can hear the confusion that he feels. If show-runner Steven Moffat and Capaldi mean to go on in this way, then we have not just a regenerated Doctor to look forward to; we have a regenerated show.


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