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March 31st, 2013 212 comments

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.



212 comments

  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    March 30th, 2013 - 8:29pm

    I’m not trying to be rude, but I found a mistake. When the Doctor comes out with the Anti-Grav motorbike, he didn’t close the TARDIS doors and they remained open, but a moment later when the man took a picture of the woman in front of the TARDIS, the doors were closed.

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    • Matt smithy

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:38pm

      clicked his fingers off screen? unlikley, but I like to try and think of reasons to fix errors that arn’t impossibal πŸ˜€

    • Boodleoo

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:46pm

      Saw that and thought exactly the same thing Matt Smithy πŸ˜€

    • The TARDIS

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:57pm

      Also, when the Doctor puts Clara in the bed, he puts the jammie dodger at the bottom of the pile and then when it goes to a wide shot, it’s on the top.

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:00pm

      Perhaps the TARDIS closes its doors automatically now?

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:06pm

      Maybe mistakes like these are part of the storyline? Maybe, out there there is a huge,mistake-making monster that ruins films?

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:06pm

      Just joking!

    • Anonymous

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:52pm

      What about when Clara was running about with that cup of tea she must have tilted upside down about 20 times and not a drop came out but when they are back in the tardis she drinks it ?

    • Big Noo

      March 31st, 2013 - 11:27am

      I didn’t understand how the Doctor knew to go to the shard since when she discovered where they were he wasn’t there and she was uploaded by the time he was. The next scene you see is him heading for the shard. How dd he know ?

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:34pm

      You’re right, Anonymous, I saw that too, and Big Noo, I think he looked on Clara’s computer? Just a guess.

  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    March 30th, 2013 - 8:22pm

    I think the leaf-being-page-one thing is a very important clue for the mystery of Clara Oswald, any theories?

    P.S. I forgot to mention, I’m new here, as in commenting, I’ve followed this site for a long time now.

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    • Boodleoo

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:47pm

      There looks to be another one as it is seen in the rings of akhaten poster

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:55pm

      Hmm, interesting!

    • Coming Full Circle

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:57pm

      Reference to her death? From David Tennant and Billie Piper’s universe?

    • Dr who

      March 31st, 2013 - 1:09pm

      The leaf has three gains like split…..maybe clara is like that leaf spilt across time from the same girl until something happened to her

    • Baz43

      April 4th, 2013 - 7:27pm

      Page one…the guy who created Doctor Who was Canadian.

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 8:00pm

    What do you think of the episode booboo?

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    • booboo

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:02pm

      OK, some nice dialogue but not one of my favourites if i’m honest

    • The TARDIS

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:03pm

      I agree, I think it put set pieces above the story. I hope the series picks up soon.

  • Jean

    March 30th, 2013 - 8:00pm

    This episode was really bad. Full of plot holes and the way the doctor acted was really annoying. Oh, how I miss 9 and 10.

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    • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

      March 31st, 2013 - 4:34pm

      agreed

    • @run_you_clever_boy_x

      April 3rd, 2013 - 9:58pm

      :O

  • MORLU

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:39pm

    This episode didn’t do much for me. The story was very average and it didn’t progress the characters very much at all. Mat and Jenna were great and did their best with what they had but the episode lacked in substance.

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    • stewie

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:03pm

      I liked it a little bit, however the airplane scene could’ve lasted a little longer, and the doctor only confronted the enemy for a few minutes. hopefully the next episode will have a good storyline πŸ™‚

  • Moxx of Who

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:34pm

    A brilliant episode to start off this fantastic looking series! Loved that it was back in London and the story made sense. Next week looks great to!

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  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:33pm

    Who else wondered who ‘the woman in the shop’ was? How did she know about the Doctor. It must’ve been someone who knew the TARDIS number. She might be a descendent of Winston Churchill, as he knew the TARDIS number.

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    • booboo

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:33pm

      River Song

    • This is gallifrey, our childhood, our home

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:37pm

      Is that your though BooBoo?

    • booboo

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:39pm

      just a guess

    • Doctor Stu

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:46pm

      Could have been Sally Sparrow. Just a hunch I’ve only seen snippets of the episode I haven’t seen it all yet

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:17pm

      That’s a very good idea, booboo, I wonder why I didn’t think about her?

    • Anonymous

      March 30th, 2013 - 10:13pm

      Rose πŸ˜‰

    • Ellen Black

      March 31st, 2013 - 10:47am

      But remember, it was the outside phone that rang, not the inside phone. In 1×09 ‘The Empty Child’, the outside phone rings, and Nine says ‘Well, if you know so much, tell me this. How can it be ringing? It’s not even a real phone. It’s not connected.’ How did Clara get through to an unconnected phone?

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:37pm

      Good point, Ellen, I think that she unknowingly hacked into the outside phone, and maybe her hacking skills passed onto Dalek Oswin.

  • Dr Who Who

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:32pm

    Amazing, Loved everyminite of this episode. Loved the appearence of UNIT, the great intelligence and the hole London feel, truly one of the best episodes in a long while.

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  • jim richardson

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:31pm

    Great start to the series, new assistant is ace, no pun intended, Bow tie box was my favourite bit along with the jammy dodger, and yes bow ties are cool.

    Keep it up loved it.

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    • Scott the Raptor

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:51pm

      No they’re not cool.

    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:02pm

      Bow Ties are LAME πŸ˜›

    • Scott the Raptor

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:04pm

      Agreed πŸ˜†

    • Mat in Swansea

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:43pm

      Agreed Jim, great start. And bow ties are cool for the doctor, not you mere mortals.

    • Scott the Raptor

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:47pm

      We are more than mortals, we are humans, brilliant, important, clever humans. Bow ties aren’t cool.

    • Mat in Swansea

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:52pm

      Speak for yourself Scott, I may possibly be human but I’m not very clever or at all important. Especially in a cosmic sense – just a speck of irrelevant dust. As are we all. And maybe a bow tie wouldn’t suit you, but it is sooooooo cool on the doctor.

    • Mortimer

      March 31st, 2013 - 9:59am

      Fact: Bow ties are cool
      Fact: Fezzes are also cool

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2013 - 12:26pm

      Lol Mat, The Doctor is a fictional character who was created by the BBC. Speak for yourself Mat, but bow ties aren’t cool.

    • @run_you_clever_boy_x

      April 3rd, 2013 - 9:59pm

      BOW TIES ARE COOL!! STOP DISSING THEM πŸ˜€

  • matt9982

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:27pm

    Has anyone noticed that the current Clara has become a computer genius just like the future Clara. Possibly a new gene passed down to the future Clara?

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    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:51pm

      Oh, yeah!

    • Coming Full Circle

      March 30th, 2013 - 10:00pm

      Yeah I agree, the first time that the Doctor meets her will be the last time she’ll see him. Possibly when she became a Dalek or prior to that she forgot about the Doctor? Or she was hiding it from the Doctor to save him from pain, suffering and revealing his future with her?

  • Sugardoc 5

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:24pm

    That was AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!!!!

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  • sheepinafez

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:21pm

    amazeing im just a little disapointed we didnt see the spoonheads a bit more

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    • joe

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:31pm

      why? they were rubbish.

  • obeythewhispermen

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:17pm

    By the way im new on here.

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  • obeythewhispermen

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:16pm

    You think that episode was good well wait till you whatch Journey to the centre of the tardis.

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    • Anonymous

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:17pm

      Well anything is better than this episode!

    • joe

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:32pm

      how do you know this? have you seen the episode? for all we know, Journey to the Centre of The TARDIS could be a terrible episode.

  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:16pm

    I really enjoyed this episode. it was everything I wanted from doctor who

    Stevan Moffat you have really outdone yourself this time well done πŸ˜€

    P.S I hope the daleks return

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    • Coming Full Circle

      March 30th, 2013 - 10:04pm

      It’s going to inevitable for the Daleks to return because we have to know possibly how the first time the Doctor met Clara she was a Dalek, and possibly an explanation of how she lost her memories of him (that’s just me assuming that the future Clara will be wiped of her memories of her travels with the Doctor).

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:15pm

    I loved this episode, the story was very clever and funny, the 45 minutes whisked by like a ride up the Shard! Unfortunately, the resolution was way too rushed, and Clara’s ongoing story is beginning to feel a bit too contrived. Jenna-Louise Coleman has continued to impress however, and the shots of London gave it a real feeling of freshness. The relationship between the two leads has grown immensely, and I look forward to seeing it advance.
    7/10

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    • The TARDIS

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:17pm

      Failed of course to mention the stunning performance from Celia Imrie, and the reveal of the Great Intelligence which hints towards a greater story unfolding. Some good we pieces of music by Murray Gold as well.

  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:14pm

    Most disappointing Dr Who ever

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    • Jean

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:57pm

      I so agree! This episode was really disappointing!

    • Mat in Swansea

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:45pm

      Yaaaawwwwnnnn….

    • Colin Buckley

      March 31st, 2013 - 12:29am

      Give it a 6.7

  • Matt Burnett

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:13pm

    The episode isn’t working for me! The opening credit – specifically the Tardis-doors-opening-to-reveal-the-episode part – is awful: the idea is twee and 80’s and the execution itself was from a 1995 home video editing package. The Tardis seems characterless now, quite cold, and The Doctor seems to be almost irritating in his manic attitude! The new outfit is awful, the musical director needs shooting and the whole thing seems to be trying too hard whereas before it was exciting and charming. I hope this was a one-off blip!

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    • This is gallifrey, our childhood, our home

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:39pm

      the person who wrote the music was a certain MURRAY GOLD who wrote all of the other Who music from 2005, a genius no less!

  • pathdw98

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:10pm

    Great start to the new series. Matt and Jenna were amazing, Celia Imrie was great as well. Bring on next week.

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  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:08pm

    Loved the 70s credits although it should have been a two parter

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:11pm

      Sadly mate, no 2 parters this series.

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:48pm

      I agree it should be a 2-parter too! The solution was too quick! But overall, it was a good episode, I liked the Great Intelligence twist and the Doctor’s spoonhead ‘motivation’!

  • Dalek Jake

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:08pm

    So many brilliant things about this episode: the book by Amelia Williams, The Doctor epically riding up the shard and that nice twist with the Great Intelligence which I wasn’t expecting!

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:10pm

      That was not the Doctor, it turned out to be a Spoonhead.

  • TnTKid

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:06pm

    Good episode, good to see the fez again!

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  • Will

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:05pm

    Best episode in a while now! Back on form I hope!

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    • Kevla

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:23pm

      i totally agree

  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:04pm

    Very good SIMEON wow didnt expect that

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:10pm

      Actually, it was the Great Intelligence, just using his face to communicate with that woman.

    • Dr who

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:18pm

      It looks like the great intelligience is gonna be involved as the new arc

    • Anonymous

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:19pm

      No new story arc I hate story arcs

  • matt9982

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:03pm

    I thought this was a nice little episode to start off the series but the Rings of Akhaten dosen’t look that good though…

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    • Adam

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:45pm

      I agree that the Rings of Akhaten looks bad but we could be wrong!!!

  • 11matt

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:02pm

    brilliant

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  • drjakeyoung

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:02pm

    anyone else noticed the theme music and titles had altered?

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:09pm

      Yeah they have a little.

    • drjakeyoung

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:17pm

      on several places it has been changed, and they have composed a closing theme!

  • This is gallifrey, our childhood, our home

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:02pm

    I loved the Amelia Pond book, and the boe tie box!

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    • methinks umbranteen

      March 30th, 2013 - 7:29pm

      I loved the bow tie box

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:39pm

      They should make a bow-tie-in-a-box as a collectors item

  • DOCTOR WHO ONE

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:01pm

    I laughed when I saw the Doctor [or rather a Spoonhead] ride up the Shard πŸ˜€

    WELCOME BACK DOCTOR πŸ˜‰

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    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:36pm

      Me too!

    • Mat in Swansea

      March 30th, 2013 - 8:47pm

      Me three! Nice Triumph bike too πŸ˜‰

    • isquqiwus

      April 2nd, 2013 - 10:33pm

      jfdk

  • TheMadManWithABox1

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:01pm

    really enjoyed this episode.

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