The big finale for the seventh season of Doctor Who aired last night, and from the title we were promised the name of the Doctor.

“Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future…”

Did you like it? Was it the best episode of Doctor Who ever, or was this just another gimmick with an ultimate let down? Use the comment section below to share your thoughts!


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  1. I thought it was a good episode, not great but certainly good.

    But you have to keep in mind that after so many decades, no matter how they revealed it, or what the name was it was never going to live to the expectations.

    For me the best moments were the ones with lizard lady and her wife, “I’m sorry m’am, I should I have been more careful I think I was *spoiler*” Those moments were genuinely important to me, those characters are secondary and I had no idea what was going to happen to them.

    Everything else was okay, the reveal itself was nice specially how the reason for not been “The Doctor” is that he did something for the greater good, but something “The Doctor” would never do.

  2. While I accept most of the criticisms about the main plot of the episode, I think that can mostly be explained by the Great Intelligence’s limited existence and the episodes’ perspective being limited to just the Eleventh’s view on what happened. Also, just people’s inability to accept that not all the questions were answered.

    As for the final reveal, I don’t think it has anything to do with the Time War like most people are speculating.

  3. Maybe it was just because I was young and stupid, but the reveals during the time of David Tennant were better because it was subtle (?). The Bad-Wolf signs were there, but the camera didn’t zoom in on them for 5 minutes, like the Crack-in-the-Wall.

    If each “Saving the Doctor” montage shot had been divided up and shown at the beginning of each episode (in a Clara dream or something), not making it clear that she was saving him, and not just meeting him, I would have cared and gone “Whu? That’s what it means!? AWESOME!”.

    So that’s what we needed. More Bad-Wolf, not Crack-in-the-Wall, just something. But that’s just my opinion

  4. Such a let down, the whole series has plummeted compared to the series. I don’t know if I missed it, I never learnt the Doctor’s name, another let down. Most of the battles within the most recent series have ended with the Doctor just talking the enemies through it, boring, there was never any nail biting or hanging off the edge of my seat going on.

    I have loved doctor who since I was young and now I am extremely dissapointed, however it doesn’t stop me from watching it every saturday!

    The writing at the end was horrible too ;)

  5. I thought it was awesome, to the point of acting like a giddy little kid on Xmas morning after watching it.

  6. Highlights
    When Jenny realised she had left the door open and her subsiquent death
    The Doctor finding out he had to go to the one place he shouldn’t – Hat’s off to Matt Smith
    River’s goodbye – Great acting by Alex Kingston and Matt Smith, very poignant scene.
    The nostalgia factor of seeing Owsin Forest Gumped into the Who timeline
    (In) the name of the Doctor – his name is not important, and we wouldn’t be happy if we found it out anyway.

    Low Points
    I just don’t care about Clara
    Jenny being revived
    Didn’t getting a feeling of peril
    I just don’t care about Clara

  7. This would have been a fantastic episode– if it had come at the end of a full season. With more episodes to build up Clara, give me more time to care about her, instead of ham-fisting all the emotional attatchment into a half-dozen episodes, with more episodes to build up the GI, this would have been great. But this has been the longest season ever, and the end of Amy/Rory was just unsatisfying, lame, and kind of confusing. Had this been it’s own full season, this episode would have been better.

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