Doctor Who, which aired March 30, 2013 on BBC America, came back with a bang. It also begs the question; will Wi-Fi be the next scary thing from the show?
The Doctor is in the past living in a tower lamenting over the Clara mystery, when a monk comes to him to let him know that the bells of St. John are ringing. This spurs him into action and has him running to where his Tardis is hidden. He stares at the box in disbelief as the phone rings, the phone that has never rung.
On the other side of the phone, is Clara living in a modern England. The internet is wonky and she is calling a number that was given to her from a clerk in a store. She thinks that this is a help desk. She is living with a family, where she is sort of a nanny. As she is waiting on the phone, one of her charges is reading a book called Summer Falls by Amelia Williams and Clara comments on the book.
When the Doctor answers the phone, Clara goes on about what is going on, and the Doctor is flabbergasted that someone is on the other line talking about needing help with the internet. As they continue to talk, Clara asks the little girl what the password is, and when she tries to recite the password (which was rycbar123) but calls out the letters “run you clever boy and remember” that had the Doctor realizing that he was actually talking to Clara.
She unwittingly clicks on a strange set of symbols that allows her onto the internet, however it allows an unnamed group of people who are using the Wi-Fi symbol to suck up people’s essence to feed an unnamed alien feeds on the people’s reactions.
The Doctor finally having found Clara hurries to her, only to have her look at him crazy when he knocks on the door to the dwelling she is living as she closes the door on him. He runs to the Tardis to get dressed, but Clara is sucked into the hive internet world. The Doctor, realizing that something is wrong, gets into the house and is able to suck Clara back into her body.
The two find out that Clara is being watched and they whoosh off in the Tardis as the unnamed group attempts to crash a plane but the Doctor and Clara saves the plane.
They go on the offensive, but Clara is taken again by a Doctor look-a-like. This has the Doctor going after the unnamed group and sucking up the leader into the internet. In order for her to be released they had to release all the souls.
But let’s talk about the little clues peppered throughout the show.
The first is the homage to Amy Pond. The book we first see (which will be available to buy) called Summer Falls is by one Amelia Williams. Strange to see especially as Amy never took Rory’s last name. Is this a clue for the Doctor? Then Clara asks the boy what chapter he is on, and he states chapter 10. Clara’s responds: “Eleven is the best. You’ll cry.”
So is this a dig at the 10th incarnation of the Doctor? Or just a way to let the audience know that the 11th Doctor is her to stay for a while longer? And of course the Doctor is reading a book (could it be the same the book?) with Amy’s glasses.
Then there is the fact that the phone on the Tardis rang and that Clara was on the other line. Who gave her the number? One person that comes to mind is River Song. Since she knows the Tardis inside and out, chances are it would be her, but what if it is not another Time Lord, but Sally Sparrow? Clara states she got the number from a girl in a shop, and Sally worked in a shop, so could she have given the number to Clara?
This is a big question and we won’t find out until the end of the season, unless this arc will run into season 8, which could happen.
The other questions are the traveling book and the number 3. The doctor looked at the age of Clara that she wrote in the book, and age 23 was skipped. When Clara tried to input the Wi-Fi code the last part of the number was 123 but she input 124. Is this because she is the 3rd incarnation that the Doctor has come across? Is the number 3 just not in her vernacular? Or could it be the number 23?
Then there is the leaf as the first page. This too goes back to River Song. If you recall from last year’s episode, when the Pond’s and the Doctor realize that River is the Pond’s daughter, the people who did not have the name Melody Pond in their language that the young soldier embroidered the name River Song on a leaf. Does this mean that she is somehow related to River or to the people who don’t have the word Melody in their language?
There are more questions than answers and as this is the only first episode of the second half of season 7. And we still have no idea why Clara keeps popping into the Doctor’s life and why clever boy has been the phrase each and every time.
What did you think of this episode? This episode gets a 5.
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