Doctor Who

Season 7 Episode 9


Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 2013 on BBC America
out of 10
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    A frightened Doctor, a companion who's catching on to the darker side of time travel faster than most, a ghost, imaginative storytelling, and a couple of love stories all combined in this overall satisfying, creepy, and emotionally juicy episode.

  • Episode Summary

    The Doctor and Clara investigate a haunted house and join a psychic and a professor who are seeking the mysterious ghost of the Witch of the Well.

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    • Awesome but Not the Ghost Story I Was Expecting

      Okay, for coolness, acting, and directing, this episode gets a nine, but for actual writing, i'd give it a six. I finally decided to give it a nine because that's how much I liked it, but the writers of Doctor Who just have to face the fact that Neil Cross is just not that great a writer. I'm sure the story sounded like a great idea, which it was acting wise and directing wise, but similar to The Rings of Akhaten, there are so many unanswered questions. For example, why exactly did the hole appear to be a wormhole? Actually, everything that is related to that circle appearing all over the place doesn't make any sense, and I still don't understand why the ghost is called the witch of the well. Neil Cross always has enough room to explain these, but he doesn't because he's constantly creating pointless subplots that are unneeded in the story. For The Rings of Akhaten, it was the Vigil, but for this episode it was the Crooked Man. The only reason Neil Cross created the Crooked Man was because he wanted something to chase the Doctor and Hila through the woods. Also, all of us were expecting a scary ghost story, but it wasn't. It turns out there was no ghost and Hila was just trapped in a parallel universe. That could have been an episode for another time, but I was really looking forward to a ghost story that never happened. As for everything else, it was fantastic. All the actors were great, along with Matt and Jenna, and the directing was great, but the writing could have been much better.moreless
    • Toggle

      That was genuinely terrifying for a few blinks, and then it fell a bit apart. Leaves us with a lot of things to think about, though. Why was Clara channeling the monster? How will the shard of ice in the Doctor's heart manifest next? How did Clara persuade the TARDIS to let her in when she did absolutely nothing but rattle the doors? This was a decent episode, and in that fright vein we don't get to see too often. It was fun and connected to the plot in that the Doctor was looking for answers regarding his companion, but it was very disconnected.moreless
    • Spooky

      Love Dougray Scott. Love ghost stories and parallel realities. Excellent story!

      So glad to see a return to form after the disappointing start to the season.
    • That's better...

      This episode is definitely a marked improvement over the previous three. It had a good monster and some great moments, particularly the wonderfully tetchy exchange between Clara and our favorite blue box. But something has been missing so far in this season. I cannot really fault the new companion Clara at all, as the actress who plays her has brought zest and freshness to the role. And Smith remains as good as ever with some great wit on display in this episode. So characterization and dialogue are not the problem. Instead I feel that the flatness I am experiencing (and my wife feels the same) is down to the relentless 'done in one' approach that Steven Moffat has adopted this season. It gives everything a rushed feel and I am finding that the 'resolution in 45 minutes' has become somewhat repetitious and not conducive to dramatic tension. We need two-part stories to mix up the pace, stave off the air of predictability, and also give us some exciting cliffhangers which have been a staple and hallmark of Doctor Who since 1963. Season 8 needs to get back to basics.moreless
    • hide was simply amazing and put the doctor in some proper danger

      brilliant! this was amazing

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