First of all: the new intro sequence. Yes, they've changed it yet again. This one is done with so many bright colours whirling past you, that you wonder if you've accidentally tuned into the last ten minutes of "2001: A Space Odyssey", or perhaps
That aside, after the intro, we are introduced to the new companion, Clara Oswin Oswald. You may be thinking "but didn't we meet her twice before?". No, we met some of her other incarnations before, remember, when Steven Moffat is the head writer on "Doctor Who", all the companions become the centre of the universe and have the storylines focus mainly on them, rendering The Doctor as somewhat of a background character... Anyway, Clara is having some trouble logging onto her household's Wi-Fi, and, it was mentioned in the episode's teaser, that there's a mysterious Wi-Fi network who's router name appears as a bunch of random symbols which no one in the world would be stupid enough to click on because it's so blatantly a scam... as it happens, several thousand people have already fallen for this and had their minds assimilated into the internet for reasons of plot.
Anyway, Clara phones the helpline given to her by "the woman in the shop" who sold her the netbook. As it happens, phoning said number phones the TARDIS. Quite baffled, The Doctor proceeds to recite the best tech-support he can from what he learned from watching all 24 episodes of "The I.T. Crowd" on 4OD. The fact that "the woman in the shop" knows The Doctor's phone number is never addressed because of Moffat's insistence on overlooking important details like that, but one assumes that it's probably some more lame attempts at a series wide story arc involving River Song or some such bulls**t! This is where we learn that Clara is an expert at following instructions, as, after The Doctor tells her to "click the router name that looks familiar", she clicks the random bunch of symbols instead of the one with her household's family name on it.
The Doctor realises that she's done something that will have her inevitably in danger, and rushes over to the present day, and in doing so, chooses a new, dark brown jacket along with a dark brown bowtie to replace his old light brown jacket and red bowtie. This is one of the aspects of the episode that annoyed me the most, in my opinion, a costume change should happen when The Doctor regenerates, not randomly for no reason; it would be like if the fifth Doctor swapped his iconic beige outfit for a black one!
Naturally, Clara is frightened that a strange man is hammering on her door pleading to be let in, so refuses to do so. Two minutes later, she is attacked by a robot girl thing. Tired of knocking on the door, The Doctor opens it with his screwdriver and finds Clara unconscious It turns out that the Wi-Fi network is trying to "give people a kind of immortality" by uploading them into a Cloud network, where the subjects can sit around wondering where they are and how they got there.
The Doctor cancels Clara's upload and puts her consciousness back into her body. Since she's still asleep, he carries her to bed, and wanders around her room, sniffing her stuff like a perverted stalker.
That evening, Clara wakes and sees The Doctor sitting outside messing around with her netbook. He explains some stuff about assembling and accidentally inventing a thing called a Quadrocycle. (Though if you think about it, "Quadrocycle" ought to be the name for a quad-bike, since bikes get their names from having two wheels, so "quad bike" sounds like a collection of four bicycles, and frankly, a four-wheeled-motorised-cycle really should be named "Quadrocycle").
We then cut away to the office of the people who own the Wi-Fi network, and we see them use the data they got earlier on Clara to increase her IQ (though how they can change her properties if The Doctor cancelled her upload is one of the episode's plot-holes). The Doctor notices that Clara went from being an oblivious know-nothing to a super-genius and figures out that the company must have tampered with her brain.
Then all the lights in the nearby houses switch on and all the lights in the rest of London switch off.
I think that was supposed to be one of Moffat's "scary moments", the like of which he hasn't successfully achieved since "Blink" in 2007, but this one just comes across as silly.
It turns out that the Wi-Fi company was responsible for messing around with the lights. They also make some pilots within range of their Psy-Fi fall asleep. So now The Doctor and Clara have a Boeing 747 on a collision course with the general area in which they're standing.
This is the bit where they show off the TARDIS to the new companion. "It's bigger on the inside" Clara states blandly. This was actually a little dull, given that 19th Century Clara from the Christmas special actually said "it's smaller on the outside", which, as The Doctor pointed out, had been a first, and it would have been in-keeping with the character to have 21st Century Clara do so too.
After this, there aren't really any more plot-holes or character inconsistencies that I can recall, besides one inconsistency for The Doctor's character, in which he says he doesn't bring the TARDIS into battle "because it's the most powerful machine in the universe and (he) doesn't want it falling into the wrong hands", I think it would be more in-keeping with The Doctor, if he'd said "it's the most powerful machine in the universe, and I feel that by bringing it into battle, (he'd) be cheating". Other than that, there is nothing really worth criticizing in terms of the episode's storyline, so I won't go into detail about too much of it, which means I can keep the second half of the episode spoiler-free for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
This new episode continues the trend regarding how the series has had an ever declining quality ever since Steven Moffat took over as head-writer. You know, the declining quality that people blame on Matt Smith, even though it's clearly the writing that's the problem?
Besides the aforementioned plot-holes and character inconsistencies, there are some effects that are fairly transparent; one scene in which The Doctor and Clara are at a rooftop cafe has some of the most obvious green-screening I've ever seen, and there's one scene where Clara is supposed to be typing on her netbook, and, besides the fact that Jenna Louise-Coleman was clearly just spamming the "ENTER" key, the footage is clearly sped up to make it look like she's typing much faster than she really is, which is an effect that would be excusable, if they can only make sure not to speed it up so much that the effect is so noticeably fake.
The final problem I had with this episode was the writing was bland! A lot of the time, the characters are just explaining things without any apparent emotion or motivation; once again, this is NOT the fault of the actors, the actors are clearly trying their best to work with a script that's about as believable as Cyprian economy, but just can't manage to deliver such an awful script.
Recently, the UK newspaper, The Sun, rumoured that Matt Smith would be resigning from "Doctor Who" at the end of the year, this rumour has now been denied by Matt; however, what I would like to see happen, is Steven Moffat resign from being lead-writer on "Doctor Who" before he completely drives it into the ground, and should focus more on "Sherlock", for which he seems to be more suited.