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What Did You Think of The Bells of Saint John?

What Did You Think of The Bells of Saint John?

The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where wifi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a wifi soup.

But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them.

As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.

Now that the 1st episode of series 7b has aired in the UK what did you think?, was it the best episode ever or just average.



  • lobster

    April 6th, 2013 - 9:01pm

    very good story my favourite eleventh r story yet

  • rycbar123

    April 5th, 2013 - 7:24am

    Wait, now that I’m thinking about it, Clara technically didn’t die in AOTD. She was converted into a dalek, she didn’t get killed. *Sigh* I guess that’s how time works from now on. Timey wimey, timey wimey,…


      April 6th, 2013 - 11:39am

      true, but when the asylum was attacked by the missiles she definitely did die.

  • rycbar123

    April 5th, 2013 - 7:13am

    I liked it. It was different than the other 11th doctor episodes, but change is what holds Doctor Who alive, doesn’t it? Also, I think Clara is a fixed point in the time vortex. Not in time (like Jack Harckness), but in the time vortex. Everytie she dies, there wil pop up another version of her somewhere in the Whoniverse.

  • @run_you_clever_boy_x

    April 3rd, 2013 - 9:56pm

    did anyone ntice on claras book the autor was BY: AMELIA WILLIAMS <<<<< !!! πŸ™‚

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 9:56am


    • Jjpj

      April 5th, 2013 - 8:06pm


  • @run_you_clever_boy_x

    April 3rd, 2013 - 9:54pm

    Whoever voted for awful are just mad!! i loved this ep πŸ˜‰ but i suppose its ur choice


    April 3rd, 2013 - 6:39pm

    Clara Theory!
    I think she has had her mind wiped of the Doctor. It is obvious that the Clara we saw in TBOFSJ is the backbone for the others, hence the rycbar and Nina. I think she gets dispersed over time in the hope she doesn’t meet the Doctor again, but I think she gradually remembers, which is why she keeps repeating to the Doctor: Run you clever boy, and remember. I think the missing word is ‘Me.’ Run you clever boy, and remember me.


      April 3rd, 2013 - 6:40pm

      I think she is trying to remind the Doctor to save her or go back for her.

  • xylok emperor

    April 2nd, 2013 - 3:23pm

    anyone else pick up on the fact that ages 16 and 23 were missing from the ‘101 places to see’ book. could these be how old she was in the AOTD

    • xylok emperor

      April 2nd, 2013 - 3:24pm

      and The snowmen

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 1:45pm

      Yes, because in AOTD she was a junior entertainment manager. Does that mean that shes younger?

  • DW1243655885698

    April 2nd, 2013 - 2:55pm

    I though the Bells of saint John was great


  • outnumbered

    April 2nd, 2013 - 10:42am

    i think that clara oswin oswald is…………

    the womans daughter from the xmas one with the cybermen

    both wear red both had the mind to take out 2 of the most evil race in the worlds.

    she could of sent her daughter out not to hurt him

    but to help him to say sorry

    what do u think

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 7:21pm

      Good theory, but only if the christmas episode set in the the early 1980’s.

  • Harold Saxon

    April 2nd, 2013 - 12:46am

    Fantastic episode,dark and mysterious,a good opener for part 2,really enjoyed it.

  • Dr who

    April 1st, 2013 - 8:38pm

    Dr who

  • sheepinafez

    April 1st, 2013 - 8:09pm

    someone please awnser this. Every one keeps saying “who do you think the woman in the shop was” what woman was this and in what shop?????

    • booboo

      April 1st, 2013 - 8:11pm

      when Clara phoned the Doctor he asked where she got the number from and she said from woman in the shop

    • sheepinafez

      April 1st, 2013 - 8:22pm

      ohhhh yeahhhh thanks for explaineing

    • Adam

      April 4th, 2013 - 9:42pm

      Oy,dont be sarcastic to boo boo he is a rock

  • Mike

    April 1st, 2013 - 7:43pm

    Have you noticed that Steven Moffat stories are always the ones that get better with multiple viewings. Watching the second time and more you get to appreciate the quality of the writing, the sly nods and clues, the shear beauty of the story structure and the nuances of the great acting by all the actors involved particularly the leads. Doctor Who is a total pleasure to watch on so many levels.

    • Elbonannod

      April 1st, 2013 - 10:45pm

      I agree with that 100%!

    • Mike

      April 2nd, 2013 - 5:08pm

      Thank you donnanoble (elbonannod).

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 8:46pm

      No. As I watched more The Bells of Saint Johns, the story seemed to get worse.

  • the doctor

    April 1st, 2013 - 4:57pm

    The Epiosde was Fantastic and Epic. A Best bit from it was when the Doctor used the Antigrav Motorbike and drove up the Shard! It reminded me of The Idiots Lantern as it had faces (Well head and shoulders) in the TV’s. I think that The Great Intelligence could be the New Wire.



      April 2nd, 2013 - 1:00pm

      Thats the first thing i thought having seen it was the comparison with the idiots lantern. ‘the wire- now updated to wi-fi. Also the doctors passing remark that monks aren,t cool. was that a swipe and a wink to ‘the meddling monk, i wonder.

  • Dalek Jake

    April 1st, 2013 - 4:40pm

    I just read on wikipedia (Don’t know whether its true or not) that Alex Kingston will appear as River Song in the series 7 finale.

    • the astronaut of death

      April 1st, 2013 - 7:13pm

      it s true it said in the radio times that Alex Kingston guest stars as river song in the series finale

  • Dw50

    April 1st, 2013 - 2:18pm

    Dr who and the daleks on channel 5 +1

  • Dr Moo

    April 1st, 2013 - 1:17pm

    Now Clara has died a number of times – do you think it reminds you of anyone?
    Captain Jack for instance? Could she be a face of beau race ??

    • joe

      April 1st, 2013 - 4:14pm

      captain jack was only immortal after he was brought back to life in the parting of the ways after he was killed by a dalek. nothing to do with his race

    • Space Fish

      April 1st, 2013 - 6:21pm

      Rory turns out to be captin jack and has eaten a horsemeat burger. Twitter goes mental

  • Alex (

    April 1st, 2013 - 12:18pm

    Amy! Amy! Amy! Amy!

    Anyone see that she wrote that book, Summer Falls? It said that it was written by Amelia Williams! Wow!

    Also, I think the Woman in the shop has to be River. It might seem obvious, but, ya know. Or maybe it could be the Doctor’s mother, from the end of time? But I think she won’t be coming back to be honest…

    Who was that woman…

  • Anonymous

    April 1st, 2013 - 11:27am

    Everyones saying that it was a copy of idiots lantern (which I agree with, what with trapped people and moterbikes) but I think its more of a copy of partners in crime, which is the reason I think the woman in the shop was rose.

  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    April 1st, 2013 - 11:23am

    There should be a bow-tie-in-a-box collectors item! Any other ideas for products?

    • Dw50

      April 1st, 2013 - 2:19pm

      Yeah I agree

  • Skaroman

    April 1st, 2013 - 10:42am

    This may only be a theory, but I may have understood what the leaf meant.

    Doctor Who began on the 23rd November, right?

    November is Autumn time, and the leaf is probably from the Autumn. Plus Clara says that it is Chapter 1: The beginning of Doctor Who!! πŸ˜†

    • Scott the Raptor

      April 1st, 2013 - 10:48am

      Wow! I would never have come up with that! You, sir, are a genius!

    • the doctor

      April 1st, 2013 - 4:46pm

      I didnt even think of that! You may have just solved a Who mystery!

    • Baz43

      April 4th, 2013 - 7:25pm

      Plus, wasn’t original creator Sydney Newman a Canadian?

  • Hector Sandler

    April 1st, 2013 - 8:04am

    I can’t say anymore because it great.

  • CG

    April 1st, 2013 - 12:11am

    loved the doctors new jacket!

  • ForeverDalek2313

    March 31st, 2013 - 11:59pm

    This episode was well structured,unlike the first half.

  • KayNine

    March 31st, 2013 - 8:28pm

    Just a thought, but could the ‘Women in the shop’ be the Doctors Daughter? Sure we will see her again at some point in timey wimey. I first thought about River Song, but I reckon that would be too obvious.

    Go easy lads and lasses, first time poster N’arrl that πŸ™‚

    • wut

      March 31st, 2013 - 10:03pm

      She’s not coming back. There’s been no reference from anyone involved with the show since that episode about whether she would come back apart from when somebody randomly asked Matt Smith it at the 2010 Comic-Con. I think the fact is that Moffat doesn’t want her back so she won’t be back.


      March 31st, 2013 - 10:25pm

      i think she should come back as… i just think she should!

    • Risistance is useless

      March 31st, 2013 - 11:50pm

      Maybe it’s Susan πŸ˜‰

    • the traffic warden

      March 31st, 2013 - 11:59pm

      I think ‘the women in the shop’ is river song, also did any one spot that the book the young lad was reading ‘summer falls’ was written by Amila Williams AKA amy pond????

  • The Flying Shark

    March 31st, 2013 - 7:31pm

    That was okay, the opening was awful, the monk bit was unneeded, but after that, it got better. Celia Imrie was the best thing about it.

    • MasterKasterborous

      March 31st, 2013 - 11:54pm

      I thought it worked quite well and created a sense of a new start. Also it follows nicely on from the prequel.

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