With the recent news of David Tennant and Billie Piper returning for the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, the tension has been rising for the beginning of the new series starting tonight...
The Bells of Saint John was written by Steven Moffat and brings back Matt Smith as The Doctor. However, even though he has a new assistant, this certainly isn't her first time on the series. Clara Oswin Oswald, played by the lovely Jenna-Louise Coleman, first appeared in the beginning of Series 7 Asylum if the Daleks as a human trapped in a Dalek (many loopholes have already ensued, hopefully this series will sort that right out!). But that wasn't all! She also returned in the Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen, dying once again, but this time leaving the Doctor determined to track her down once and for all.
Back to the present, and Clara on the phone, trying to ring tech support. Clara is ringing the Doctor... after being given a mysterious number from ‘the girl in the shop’. Clara asks for the Wi-Fi passcode, and makes a rhyme to remember it... “Run you clever boy, and remember”. She's connects to the bad Wi-Fi, which hacks into her computer and into Clara herself, all being done from a mysterious location by Miss. Kizlet. The Doctor arrives at the door unexpected and Clara has no idea who he is and slams the door in his face. A young girl walks down the stairs, turning her head to reveal mechanics inside. The Doctor goes back into the TARDIS and picks out an all-new outfit... including a bow tie! It is when The Doctor runs into the house that it is revealed that Clara has been sucked into the Wi-Fi, constantly saying "I don't know where I am". After some technical jiggery-pokery the Doctor saves Clara, sending her would be captors a message – ‘Under my protection’.
Once they’ve calmed down we’re treated to more of Clara’s newest incarnation as the Doctor tries to work out who/what she is, leaving her to hack the Wi-Fi and find their enemies. This is where Miss Kizlet starts to show off, hacking into people and talking to the Doctor, controlling them and showing what she can do. She says she can hack into anyone if they are exposed for long enough. Clara finds the webcams on the Agency computers and hacks them, finding the member's social media profiles and indeed their work address.... The Shard. However, Clara gets downloaded and so the Doctor races to save her, racing across London and pulling his latest trick... an Anti-gravity motorcycle, which he uses to drive up The Shard, and crash into Miss Kizlet's office.
The last scenes show the Doctor and Clara talking in the TARDIS, and the Doctor tries to persuade Clara to come along with him. She responds with "ask me tomorrow" and once again leave the Doctor intrigued and excited. He’s finally back to his fun loving self, and just in time too!
The episode was a cracker, a perfect way to bring us back, with plenty of references and hints to keep us amused… the fact that Clara’s book was written by AMELIA WILLIAMS was a beautiful touch! As the end credits rolled, we’re left with as many questions as answers; just who/what is Clara Oswald? Who was the woman in the shop who gave her the number to the TARDIS? What is The Great Intelligence up to?
It’s going to be real fun finding out!