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12 “Hell Bent” (Doctor Who series 9) [SPOILERS]


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So here we are.

We’ve come so far, that it feels like a lifetime ago that I sat down to watch the first episode of Doctor Who‘s ninth series, with that familiar mixture of excitement and trepidation; hoping against hope, but expecting to be disappointed.

Actually, that familiar disappointment hasn’t come. There haven’t been any out-and-out bad episodes, or even any mediocre ones. The odd one or two which hasn’t worked has been a noble failure, in that I could see what it was trying to get at, and it’s failure was not any real disgrace to the series, simply experiments that did not quite pay off.

And along the way, we have had a few episodes which weregenuine greats, up there with the likes of “Midnight”, “Blink” and even old greats like “The Genesis of the Daleks”.

The question now is whether the season finale can finish on that high note, or whether the dying chord will let the whole thing down.

No pressure, guys!

Read on… (and mind the spoilers!)

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The Time of the Doctor – A Review [SPOILERS]


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And we’re done. The act has closed, the curtain fallen, Matt Smith has left the building.

I was never the most vocal of his converts, for me David Tenant’s performance in the role is still the modern rendition to aspire to. But Smith has played a good innings, and made the role his own. His rubber-limbed, Easter Island statue-faced antics have been amusing and moving in equal measure.

But what of the episode itself?

Read on…