Doctor Who – The Bells of Saint John

OK, this is the more or less spoiler-free first impressions thingy rather than a full report.

First, there’s the little matter of the title. I was wondering what those bells would turn out to be, and what they’d have to do with the story. Well, they turned out to be a classic bit of Moffat-style interestingness. And more than likely to make most viewers slap themselves and shout “of course that’s what they are”. Nicely played, Mr Moffat.

Then there’s the fun and games with something nasty in the WiFi, which leads to some entertaining hacking, some fun with a motorbike which turns out to have a hidden extra feature, oh and there’s the little matter of the airliner…

But all of that is secondary to the real point of the episode – the Doctor finding Clara for the third time and getting to know her a little better.

Oh, and there’s another nice little detail, which I won’t mention. Well, not yet, anyway.

All good fun, and a decent opening episode. Another seven to come, which will see the return of the Ice Warriors, the Cybermen and quite delightfully, Madam Vastra and her entourage. Oh, and apparently something big will be revealed in the finale.

And that leads us up to the 50th anniversary special, expected to be shown on 23 November, the exact 50th anniversary of the first episode. This wasn’t supposed to be revealed until next week, but it slipped out when some subscription copies of Doctor Who Magazine were delivered early. In the tradition of previous anniversary special stories, there will be appearances from some old friends. David Tennant and Billie Piper will be in it, which probably means there will be even more wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff than usual. Oh, and John Hurt will in it, too.