After 96 days without new “Doctor Who”, fans gathered around their televisions for the newest story in the hopes that some questions would be answered. Who is Clara? Why does The Doctor keep meeting her? Will he ever find her again? Steven Moffat did not disappoint. “The Bells of Saint John” is a fast paced story full of adventure, thrills and fun. No doubt many children had to watch television from behind a sofa.
The story begins with The Doctor (Matt Smith) in the year 1207. He has decided to go there to meditate and try to understand the mystery of Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Suddenly he is interrupted by an announcement that the ‘Bells of Saint John’ are ringing. Rushing to the TARDIS the phone located within the door is ringing when it should not be able to. On the phone is Clara from the current day asking for assistance accessing the Internet on her computer. Once The Doctor realizes who is on the phone, he jumps into the TARDIS and rushes to her.
Once he travels back to the current time, he becomes aware that some being is utilizing the Wi-Fi system to upload human souls into the digital realm. Clara becomes a victim right before his eyes. Can he save her, stop the being from hurting humanity and savor a Jammy Dodger?
The episode is full of little details that enabled avid fans to delve into the show on multiple viewings. A book which plays a pivotal role is written by Amelia Williams; the Doctor’s previous companion. Fans on social media sites are reporting many familiar faces in the screens of uploaded victims. Many are stating that Craig Owens(James Corden) and Dan Starkey are among the faces along with members of the “Doctor Who” production team. In addition, The Doctor’s new tie harkens back to the Patrick Troughton era.
Show runner and writer Steven Moffat recently described the episode, “It’s the traditional Doctor Who thing of taking something omnipresent in your life and making it sinister, if something did get in the Wi-Fi, we’d be kind of screwed. Nobody had really done it before, so I thought, ‘It’s time to get kids frightened of Wi-Fi!'”
Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman’s chemistry is amazing. Coleman’s portrayal of Clara is quite endearing. While she is intelligent, mysterious and sassy, she is also amazingly beautiful and fun. Smith and Coleman feed off of each other causing their performance to light up the screen.
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