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7.7 - The Bells of Saint John

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/14/19 11:46 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This episode has a number of striking similarities with the 10th Doctor story Partners in Crime: They both feature the Doctor starting out alone then meeting up with someone he recognises from a previous adventure who joins as his new companion. They both feature an alien power controlling a human organisation based from an office building with a strong female leader. They both feature humans being used unknowingly for the benefit of the alien power. They both feature an action scene with the Doctor on the side of the office building. It therefore comes across to me as a kind of remake. I find it rather lazy to copy and it is out of order to copy without admitting to it. However, the only way to make a remake a success is to change key aspects of it and make the remake better than the original. That is what this story achieves.

It is a very good adventure which does not have big flaws in logic or other annoying faults. It is fun, entertaining and well scripted. The aliens in Partners in Crime were the cute but rather silly and non threatening Adipose. Here we have the Great Intelligence, an enemy faced many many years before by the 2nd Doctor in the brilliant Season 5 of the Classic Series and who had returned in the previous episode, the Christmas Special The Snowmen. This creates an ongoing plot thread which links in to the story arc for Clara and leads on to the season finale. Having the Great Intelligence and the sinister robot servers is a much better threat than the Adipose were and makes for good scenes of danger and menace as well as the promise of more to come later in the series. The plot is not easy to get your head around but is perfectly within Doctor Who logic and is interesting and exciting enough to keep me absorbed right to the end. Although the defeat of the plot seems slightly anticlimactic in how it is achieved I liked that it is clear the plot was only a minor part of a greater threat and I loved way the brilliant Miss Kizlet, wonderfully played by Celia Imrie, and her workforce are released from control and are shown to return mentally to how they were before they came under the evil influence. It is actually very sad and affecting to see Miss Kizlet convincingly and hauntingly revealed as having been controlled since childhood. It was also great to have UNIT getting involved.

Production values, effects, acting and direction are all great and the dialogue is thoughtful, funny and smart. Jenna Louise Coleman is strong as new companion Clara and at this stage the mystery of her impossible existence is very intriguing.

I have to criticise Moffatt for lifting too many elements from an earlier story but other than that this is a mostly excellent story, not among the most amazing adventures but a high standard one which I rate as 9/10.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 12/17/15 3:06 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An excellent start to the second half of series 7
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/27/15 2:06 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The story isn’t bad, but it’s not a great opening for the impossible girl arc. The plot was intriguing but had a bit of a throwaway ending the point of the plot wasn’t the real point of the episode but to introduce Clara as the new Companion.

There’s some nice flashy moments like the Doctor riding a motorcycle up the side of a building (sort of ), but it’s all Sound and Fury not really signifying anything.