The Doctor is back! And Clara is here (again!)
And why the HELL did I not realise what "The Bells of St John" would be referring to?
Ah yes? I know why: I keep well away from indulging in "Spoilers"* I'm so spoiler-phobic that I don't even read most of DWM** until after I have seen the appropriate episodes. I try to live for the surprise.
Oh and I can reiterate as stated previously, that since the disappointing series 5+6 Gavascon titles, the opening titles sequences have been getting more and more imaginative? The colour-changing and increasingly sickly green ones for series 7 part 1, deteriorating as the episodes progressed to the doom of Amy and Rory was genius, and I'm LOVING the new titles which hark back to my youth with beautiful delight.
So: to the episode itself, which had plenty of whizz-bang action, a fair amount of cross-referencing pleasures for the nerds amongst us, and of course the spiffy Clara.
I have hopes for Clara: she's had her best introductions already of course (the Dalek! the governess!) so this episode had an impossibly high hurdle to climb over, but Clara still comes out swinging.
Okay, so I'd like them to tone down the sexy angle (bit tooooo flirty) but otherwise, I like that she's inquisitive without being too stupid. Fractional things annoyed me: at least a line or action SHOWING the TARDIS doors shutting after the motorbike rides out would have been nice. How much did the Shard pay to get to be in Doctor Who? I hope it was a lot - generally the SFX were really nice looking this episode. Oh yes, and good use of Celia Imrie as a HORRIBLE guest star.
Of course there is an irony in that trying to write this review I'm stuck with the internet connection (or rather lack thereof) from
If I'm really lucky, they'd at least be streaming Doctor Who.
Hey ho. Don't get lost in the Internet folks!
* On which note, I recently purchased the boxset of series 6 (The 'Silence' season, with Melody Pond and all that jazz), and I have to say REALLY enjoyed the little mini-episodes "Night and the Doctor")
* Doctor Who Magazine - and yes, note to self, I still don't have a bloody subscription. Years of reading each month and yet I still don't save myself the money by getting a sub. Truly am a numbskull.