NOTE: FULL EPISODE REVIEW, MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John REVIEW
Finally, the wait is over! The Doctor has returned in the second part of Series 7, continuing to delve into the mystery of The Doctor’s new companion, Clara “Oswin” Oswald, who we first met in “Asylum of the Daleks” earlier in Series 7, and again in “The Snowmen”, the 2012 Christmas special. This episode, written by Steven Moffat, is about, in short, the dangers of being immersed in technology. The Spoonheads, the featured aliens of this episode, are attempting to “preserve” human souls by downloading them from the internet. Of course, they don’t think anybody will notice, so they carry on. That is, until The Doctor comes along. When a call from a woman asking about her WiFi, The Doctor recognizes the voice.
She has died twice, and seems to be impossible, yet here she is. He rushes to the house she is staying in, taking care of a family friends kids (hmm, that job seems familiar?), where he finds that she doesn’t recognize him. All would be fine, except for the aliens trying to kill off the human race, until Clara clicks on a certain WiFi network.
Don’t click it. Once you’ve clicked it, they’re in your computer. If they’re in you computer, they can see you. And if they can see you, they might choose you. And if they do, you die.
After that, The Doctor has to save Clara. With the help of his ever-so-handy Sonic Screwdriver, he can relinquish her from The Spoonheads grasp, if only temporarily. When The Doctor realizes that the WiFi is controlling everyone, he rushes Clara into the TARDIS to avoid a crashing plane. The episode continues, with The Doctor trying to save the human race. By using a bike ridden in the Anti-Grav Olympics, the Doctor scales up the Shard, the headquarters of The Spoonheads, and convinces the head there to let all of the souls go, to free them from a “living hell”.
The episode ends, with Clara waking up, and all of The Spoonhead’s “employees” finally free from their grasp. However, Clara confronts The Doctor in his TARDIS as to why he is still there. After a conversation, The Doctor asks Clara if she would like to join him. When she replies with a casual “come back tomorrow”, The Doctor is confused. He is offering all of space and time, anything beyond your imagination’s reach, and she says “maybe”? We’ll see in the next episode, “The Rings of Akhaten” what her answer is, premiering April 6, 2013.
Overall, this episode delivered what fans expected, but not more. The promises The Doctor Who team gave, such as that it was like THe Bourne Identity, just didn’t size up. The chemistry between The Doctor and Clara is intriguing, and I can’t wait until the next installment to find out more.
Final Rating: 9 out of 10
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