Eleventh Doctor: The Bells of St. John

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Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Colin McCarthy

Producer: Denise Paul

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 7, ep 6

Summary: The Doctor gets a phone call from the TARDIS from the present-day version of Clara. She is babysitting and using the Wi-Fi. This is a plot by the Great Intelligence to trap people in the Internet.

Review: I think it’s great how Moffatt can take things we take for granted and actually make them scary, whether it’s statues in “Blink”, shadows in “Silence in the Library”, or in this case, Wi-Fi. While I found the “Spoonheads” kind of ridiculous, the plot made up for it.

Overall Review: 9/10

Continuity: The Great Intelligence’s plan to upload humans into the Internet as a trap is similar to that of the Wire using televisions in “The Idiot’s Lantern”. The Doctor programmed a mechanical double of himself in “The Android Invasion”. The Ninth Doctor also did not wish to bring the TARDIS into battle. (“The Parting of the Ways”) Clara uses the first letters of each word in the phrase “run, you clever boy, and remember”, her parting words to the Doctor in her previous adventures. Clara is referred to as “the Girl Who Twice Died”. The Doctor is wearing Amy’s glasses again. The Doctor notes that travelling short hops in the TARDIS can be difficult. The Doctor still has his fondness for Jammie Dodgers. The Doctor received a phone call from his TARDIS for the first time in “The Empty Child”. Clara uses Oswin for a username, her name in “Asylum of the Daleks”. The 1st Doctor also disguised himself as a monk.

 

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