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io9: Spoiler-Free Review of Next Week’s Doctor Who Premiere!

Steven Moffat is up to his old tricks in the midseason premiere of Doctor Who, airing a week from Saturday. “The Bells of St. John” marks a return to the overt creepiness of episodes like “Blink” and “Silence in the Library,” mixed with some very Russell T. Davies-esque villainy. Here’s our spoiler-free review…
And when I say “spoiler-free,” I mean there will be generalizations, but nothing more….

Click through if you dare.

io9: Spoiler-Free Review of Next Week’s Doctor Who Premiere!

Steven Moffat is up to his old tricks in the midseason premiere of Doctor Who, airing a week from Saturday. “The Bells of St. John” marks a return to the overt creepiness of episodes like “Blink” and “Silence in the Library,” mixed with some very Russell T. Davies-esque villainy. Here’s our spoiler-free review…

And when I say “spoiler-free,” I mean there will be generalizations, but nothing more….

Click through if you dare.

The Snowmen certainly bodes very well for the year ahead. It’s a lower key story on the surface, perhaps, albeit an episode that proves once again Moffat’s skill for introducing major new characters. It’s also an excellent Christmas special, and quite a serious one.
Doctor Who: The Snowmen spoiler-free review by Den of Geek
We’ve seen this actress before in “Asylum of the Daleks,” where she dazzled us with her quick deliver and ability to hold the audience captive even when she was the only one on screen. But we hadn’t seen her interact with the Doctor in person until now — and it’s a treat. Coleman takes to Matt Smith’s banter like a Star Whale to space. Watching these two spar is wonderful — it’s like watching two pixies hopped up on Red Bull go at it. It’s the exact kind of character who can fill in the giant void left by the Ponds. Clara is crazy assertive, she doesn’t let the Doctor win her over, she goes after him, and hard. Like a cunning little kitten that always finds a way to your feet, she’s there. All you need to know is, the chemistry works.
From io9’s “Spoiler Free Review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special”

io9’s Spoiler Free Review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special
Unless you’re the type that cringes when we post a new promo pic (your imagination is so grand that it fills in the entire plot!) this is a good spoiler-free review that’s worth checking out.

We’ve seen the new Doctor Who Christmas special that stars the dazzling new companion, Clara. What did we think? here is our entirely spoiler free review.
We’ve been sworn to secrecy and cannot share anything at all about the giant, massive reveals in this episode. So we’ll just say this: There are some enormous, huge moments that hit fast and hard, right away. Hopefully these first few revelations will leave you just as they left us: mesmerized.

So let’s get to what we can talk about. The Christmas special picks up almost immediately after the little prequel that was screened during the recent BBC charity event. So if you haven’t seen it, now’s the time….

If you haven’t seen the prequel, watch it here.
And then go read this review.

io9’s Spoiler Free Review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special

Unless you’re the type that cringes when we post a new promo pic (your imagination is so grand that it fills in the entire plot!) this is a good spoiler-free review that’s worth checking out.

We’ve seen the new Doctor Who Christmas special that stars the dazzling new companion, Clara. What did we think? here is our entirely spoiler free review.

We’ve been sworn to secrecy and cannot share anything at all about the giant, massive reveals in this episode. So we’ll just say this: There are some enormous, huge moments that hit fast and hard, right away. Hopefully these first few revelations will leave you just as they left us: mesmerized.

So let’s get to what we can talk about. The Christmas special picks up almost immediately after the little prequel that was screened during the recent BBC charity event. So if you haven’t seen it, now’s the time….

If you haven’t seen the prequel, watch it here.

And then go read this review.

@NickSetchfield (SFX): Utterly blown away by Asylum Of The Daleks. Strongest season opener yet. Epic, heart-punching, hilarious… and sneaky.
Read the rest of Nick Setchfield’s review for SFX here.

(SFX): Utterly blown away by Asylum Of The Daleks. Strongest season opener yet. Epic, heart-punching, hilarious… and sneaky.

Read the rest of Nick Setchfield’s review for SFX here.

The sum total of all of this is a really, really good slice of Saturday night fun, that puts a good Dalek story at the heart of an episode that’s impressive for reasons beyond its foes. It’s frequently funny – Moffat hasn’t lost his touch with excellent one-liners – and emotionally involving too. It also takes the Daleks to some quite dark places, with a fresh, unpleasant edge. And, as with many of Moffat’s episodes, it’ll ignite the Internet within seconds of it finishing.
Doctor Who series 7: Asylum Of The Daleks spoiler-free review | Den of Geek

The fiendishly clever script is packed with Moffat’s trademark dazzling wordplay and several guffaw-out-loud gags, while there are two scenes that will have viewers sniffling on their sofas. Best of all, the story makes the Doctor’s pepperpotty arch enemies truly scary again and contains several killer twists.

Elsewhere, the opening credit sequence has been subtly tweaked and although there’s no mention of “timey-wimey”, there is an “explodey-wodey”. Back with a bang indeed.


Doctor Who, Asylum of the Daleks, spoiler-free first review - Telegraph

Moffat has proved, again and again, that he is an inventive, manic creator who makes a constant stream of cool ideas and clever dialogue seem nearly effortless. But with this season’s arc, he’s managed to unite those strengths with a clear, consistent theme — and we’re all better off for it.

If you’ve been holding off watching Doctor Who season six until you found out whether it had a satisfying ending, go ahead and watch the whole thing — in fact, BBC America has a handy marathon all day on Saturday. It does all pay off, mostly with greatness.


io9 review of “The Wedding of River Song.” (No spoilers.)


What I also liked about The Girl Who Waited is just how old school science fiction it feels at times. Doctor Who hasn’t been shy about being overtly sci-fi, of course, but there are  times when it’s left to be utterly implicit to what’s going on. It’s  implicit here, too, but visually, the screen is filled with a really  convincing world to visit. Not that I’d be in a hurry to go there  myself.

Simon Brew, denofgeek.com

What I also liked about The Girl Who Waited is just how old school science fiction it feels at times. Doctor Who hasn’t been shy about being overtly sci-fi, of course, but there are times when it’s left to be utterly implicit to what’s going on. It’s implicit here, too, but visually, the screen is filled with a really convincing world to visit. Not that I’d be in a hurry to go there myself.

Simon Brew, denofgeek.com

A Review of Doctor Who Series 6 - A Good Man Goes to War

would-you-like-a-jelly-baby: The absolute best review I’ve seen of A Good Man Goes to War!




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