Doctor Who: Steven Moffat’s episode guide – The Bells of Saint John

Saturday 30 March: The Doctor travels to modern day London and meets Clara Oswald for the third time...

The Doctor is a man of secrets. He’s been with us for nearly 50 years, but how little we know about him! Why did he set sail to see the universe in the first place? What happened to his family that sent him on his way? Even the show’s title is a reminder that he hasn’t got round to introducing himself yet…


Eight new episodes are coming your way right now. But before you even start, just remember this – the Doctor doesn’t tell you everything, and you might be in for a shock. When last seen at Christmas, the Doctor faced a mystery. Clara, the beautiful barmaid-turned-governess who died helping him defeat the Great Intelligence in The Snowmen, turned out to be one and the same as Oswin Oswald, who’d saved his life at the cost of her own in Asylum of the Daleks. Somehow, he has encountered the same person in two very different times and places. He doesn’t know how; he doesn’t understand who she is, but one thing he’s sure of – he isn’t done with the impossible girl just yet.

The Bells of Saint John

Ever sat on a train, with a laptop, and watched all those wireless base stations appear and disappear on your screen? We live in a teeming ocean of wi-fi. The air is a soup of data, and don’t you ever worry that something else might be swimming along inside it? Well, if you haven’t worried so far, you might be about to start. Because here’s a gentle warning — sometimes you might see some strange alien symbols appear in your wi-fi menu. don’t click on them. just don’t click. Because that means there’s a Spoonhead really close.

The doctor returns to contemporary london and finds himself meeting Clara Oswald for the third time — he’s been searching the universe for her, but will she even know who he is? There’s hardly time to worry about it, though, because all humanity is in terrible danger.

Executive producers Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Series producer Marcus Wilson
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Colm McCarthy
Guest star Celia Imrie (Miss Kizlet)


Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John is on Saturday 30 March at 6:15pm on BBC1