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February 9th, 2020 42 comments

What Did You Think of Can You Hear Me?

Now that the Seventh episode of series 12 has aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.

From ancient Syria to present day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space, something is stalking the Doctor and infecting people’s nightmares.

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  • TruthTeller

    February 10th, 2020 - 5:35pm

    Interesting how some of those claiming the viewing figures don’t matter were the ones saying series 11 was going to be a big hit because of the early viewing figures. Double standards for some it seems.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    February 10th, 2020 - 4:12pm

    It was alright.

    On to the two part Cybermen finale whatever next week brings and any sign of series redemption and no exacerbation of the split fan base with no real exploding of canon.

  • Anonymous

    February 10th, 2020 - 4:04pm

    Can Jodie act because I’ve seen no sign of it yet

  • Andy R

    February 10th, 2020 - 1:29pm

    For an episode called ‘Can you hear me’ which ends with the Doctor ignoring Graham when he spoke to her about his cancer fears.. the answer from the show is obviously a No!

  • Anonymous

    February 10th, 2020 - 11:41am

    Another drop in ratings something needs to change

  • Time Maker

    February 10th, 2020 - 10:34am

    My Top 5 favourite Parts of Can You Hear Me?

    * very well executed scary moments such as the attacking nightmare beasts in the beginning, and the unsettling reveal that the nightmare Eternal was watching Ryan’s friend at night-time and to top it off detachable fingers that plug into the ears! this was one freaky yet fun Doctor Who Adventure.

    * At Last Yaz is given some character background by revealing what inspired her to become a police woman and giving some in-depth explanation to her love/hate relationship with her sister.

    * Very nice work from the set builders for the design of the Eternal’s spaceship that looked truly wicked inside and very snazzy on the outside. the look of Syria was well done too, a perfect place for monsters to stalk their prey.

    * Interesting to see how the Doctor’s companions are starting to have trouble keeping up with their regular lives due to the Doctor’s travels, goes to show that things never will be the same again, looks like we might have some tough decisions for the companions in the near future as it is better to choose one way of living rather than attempting to manage both as travelling in the Tardis is the most unpredictable way to travel in this universe.

    * it made me smile that the nightmare Eternal mentioned several other immortals including the Guardians and specifically the Celestial Toy Maker AKA The Crystal Guardian of Dream and Fantasy. I hope this means we might see said Guardian and other immortals in the show soon, would especially love to see the return of the black and white guardians and the gods of Ragnarok.

    admittedly I did feel this episode was moving at quite a slow pace and once again too many characters for just one episode to manage well but other than that I felt this was a good example of how the Doctor always wins because she/he knows there will always be a way. hopefully this means that all the cool fast pace action is being saved for the cyberman story.


    February 9th, 2020 - 11:38pm

    I feel like that was quite random. Those monsters looked like the things from Temple Run! I was a bit confused at times, especially at how the Sonic Screwdriver flew into the Doctor’s hands. That was ridiculous! I do feel like it tried to flesh out the companions a bit more, which is still very much needed… even if I do still find them tedious. I also found Whittaker a bit annoying at times, with her constant sounds of awe. I mean, it was a good enough episode, but not a memorable one for me, despite the interesting themes. I think the themes were good, but it didn’t come together as the greatest episode ever.

  • Anonymous

    February 9th, 2020 - 11:20pm

    First half was very good. Creepy as hell and interesting. Then they rushed a quick fix so they could spend the 2nd half lecturing us again.

    It is important to talk but I won’t be doing much talking about that episode

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    February 9th, 2020 - 10:48pm

    It you want to watch a decently written piece of Doctor Who which covers mental health well, then this episode isn’t it. Watch Matt Smith’s ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ instead. What on earth has happened to the writing since 2018 in this once great show. It really is dreadful.

  • Trenzalore

    February 9th, 2020 - 10:33pm

    The episode I suppose was intended to take us on a tour of how the companions are feeling at this point in the series and while thats great it can’t excuse a poor story.

    For all the hype for these supposed mythical Gods at the beginning of the story as well as in trailers and in that animation, their plan was foiled in minutes and in a way that made me feel silly for even giving these villains a second thought (I was guessing it could be the black guardian or nightmare man or the celestial toymaker who would possibly play a role in the timeless child finale). Its like they purposely want our expectations high so the disappointment will be greater when its all resolved lol.

    The characters were the focus in the episode and while I think its a shame that nearly two series in we’re still being introduced to these characters (I mean think of how well we knew Rose by the second half of series 2), Yaz had a nice storyline and Ryan did too illustrating not only how unsustainable life with the doctor is (possibly hinting at his exit) but also highlighting depression among males where suicide is the greatest.

    I like how the series is getting darker anyway, the sets and lighting reminds me a lot of 80s doctor who, and I loved the animation to explain the Gods it reminded me of the animation in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However the story was average and while DW has always had average ‘filler’ stories I just think theres no excuse for them anymore. Anyway, I love a ghost story so I cannot wait for next week and of course the finale.

  • me

    February 9th, 2020 - 10:06pm

    no matter how good or bad a episode of doctor who is .it is still better then most of the programmes on a sunday

  • The Living Shadow

    February 9th, 2020 - 9:17pm

    Decent 🙂

    I’m glad there was more of a positive and personal message. I feel like ‘take care of your personal mental health and look out for others‘ is a nicer message than ‘you’re all going to die because of large corporations are disposing plastic and polluting the environment’. You can actually take something away from the message in this one! People are still going to claim this is a political message though, I bet lol

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:52pm

    An interesting story almost totally ruined by the latest ‘BBC issue of the week’.


  • Can You Hear Me?

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:43pm

    They could very well be reading the lines straight off a board being held up by some of the crew, that’s how bad the acting has become.

  • Doctor Stu

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:36pm

    Camera zooms in on giant blue orb between two massive planets:

    Jodie (heavily enunciating): Whoa! There’s SOMETHING hovering BETWEEN those two PLANETS.

    Jesus I feel like I’m being hand held through the script, mental health is such an important topic to tackle, which is why Vincent and the Doctor worked so well. But the message here was just executed poorly and the acting was simply atrocious from everyone. And what significance was there in Aleppo? It was just dire from start to finish. Really thought this series was finding its feet. Episode 4, 5 and 6 were all really good on the trot. And then……this. Just hope to god next weeks is better, can’t see many viewers sticking around to see though

  • Banksy

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:36pm

    The BBC Action Line message at the end shows us everything we need to know. This was an episode based solely on an issue and to push an associated agenda. No, I’m not against those suffering mental health issues before I’m accused of being so, I simply oppose what is being done to a once great show. The message this week seemed to be to talk about mental health yet they clearly haven’t listened to their own message. The Doctor, usually so arrogant and talkative of late, clearly didn’t care about what Graham was feeling. The last (boring) ten minutes was entirely talking. The whole issue of Yaz having run away from home felt fake as it’s never been even hinted at before now to my knowledge. To get viewers invested in characters they need to build them from the ground up and develop them progressively, something they’ve failed on here. The dialogue is amateurish and 2 dimensional. Again, a stupidly quick resolution to the threat. A sorry state for the show to be in when the story becomes a secondary.

  • 1

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:34pm

    I was genuinely happy with the first 10 minutes of the episode. I thought it was going to be a companion lite episode with what looked like a good monster but, then it descended from there on in to just loads of absolute soap rubbish. Don’t get me wrong the desire to get men to open up & talk is all well intended but, that’s not what I personally want from the show, I want it to be escapism tv that shows fantastical worlds. I also find myself shouting at the screen because this doctor has took to letting everyone into the Tardis, when I say everyone I’m sure she has let someone apart from the companions into the Tardis every episode of this series so far, that just didn’t happen before. Just my views, sorry.

  • who

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:32pm

    good 1/10

  • who

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:26pm

    worst episode of nu who

  • Andy R

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:23pm

    I thought that was a good episode.. only Jodie talking to herself and filling every pause with dialogue took away some of the emotion to scenes.. but everyone else got space and a chance to breathe. Even the ancillary characters got some closure. The eternals seemed like an interesting inclusion (name drop of the Toymaker). I got flashbacks to Storm from the X-men but not a bad thing. They should have had their own story and the mental health issues another episode. Still a worthy episode.

  • whovian

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:16pm

    Just to add on to what I’ve put, it’s very good that Doctor Who is dealing with anxiety & depression as I have both.

    This is a genuinely important topic that needs to be addressed more often as it’s something that affects many people’s lives every single day.

  • ColinB

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:14pm

    Another forgettable episode. Another chance to have a memorable villian (who I thought was the black guardian) but wasted it by having too much plots going on at the same time. The dreams were dark and creepy and the music was nice. But that was it. I got bored with it.

  • Tim M

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:09pm

    Hmmm not sure what to make of that episode. I enjoyed parts of it, but once again Chibnall has clearly turned Doctor Who into an agenda show, and for me it takes away a fresh, original, fully creative story. Something which Doctor Who has done so well over many years. It’s a show I keep watching hoping will improve. But clearly under Chibnall it wont.

  • Jordan9364

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:08pm

    They’re never going to stop are they? Episode after episode of political stuff idek any more

  • whovian

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:06pm

    Erm…. I’ve no words

  • Anonymous

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:05pm

    As someone who suffers with depression I fully applaud the efforts of all programmes who deal with it. As a dr who episode I loved it. All of the immortals talk brought a smile to my face. No doubt there will be complainers. Mental health is a seriously debilitating condition, the benefits of programmes such as soaps, dramas and news are so important. I don’t look again at the comments here as they are too upsetting. I loved the episode and this is turning into one of the best series for a long time.

  • David Havers

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:05pm

    This season just keeps getting better and better, brilliant performances and some scary monsters and moments, just what Doctor Who is all about.

  • Doctor Stu

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:03pm

    I must have been watching something else I thought it was dire. I felt like I was supposed to be getting emotional at some points when really I’m just thinking ‘when is this going to end?’ It just dragged and dragged and dragged I had no clue what was going on, it was weird, bad acting from everyone, Ryan also regressed as an actor he seemed to be doing better this year but this was like seeing him in a series 11 episode. The Doctor was over enunciating again, lots of ‘whoa’ and another message. Just yikes let’s hope next weeks is better

  • Anonymous

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:02pm

    Average story let down by poor acting from Jodie

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    February 9th, 2020 - 8:01pm

    Very slow. More of a character piece and struggled to get it completely. Will certainly take a second watch. So far just average for me.