Can You Hear Me?
Doctor Who Season 12

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Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

"Can You Hear Me?" has plenty of ideas and some decent spooks, but good intentions can't carry an episode to a satisfying conclusion.

Episode Info

From ancient Syria to present day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space, something is stalking the Doctor and her friends. As Graham, Yaz and Ryan return home to see friends and family, they find themselves haunted by very different experiences. Who is the figure calling from beyond the stars for help, and why? And what are the fearsome Chagaskas terrorising Aleppo in 1380? To find the answers, Team Tardis embark on a mission that forces them to face their darkest fears.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Can You Hear Me?

Charlene James delivers something more, with a rare chance to explore the internal lives of Team Tardis.

Feb 11, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

From nightmares in 21st-century Sheffield to monsters in 14th-century Syria, this deeply creepy adventure represented a welcome return to form for the troubled series.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Can You Hear Me?" has good intentions, but in an era where TV shows are now regularly offering nuanced explorations of mental health issues, this episode's celebration of humanity's powers of perseverance comes across just a touch too generic.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Over the course of the hour, writers Charlene James and Chris Chibnall attempt both a creepy mystery and a deep exploration of mental health issues - with mixed results.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

"Can You Hear Me?" has some excellent ideas and noble aspirations, but some stodgy pacing and a lack of finesse are among the flaws that bring it down.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Chris Chibnall the overcompensating writer is back with "Can You Hear Me?" - a bloated Doctor Who episode that fumbles its message on mental illness with retro callbacks and far too many mysteries.

Feb 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite its flaws, Can You Hear Me? is one of the best episodes of Chibnall-era Doctor Who - and, hopefully, will be a model for the upcoming Series 13.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

A fun story, with some very old school villains and a very current day message about a very real issue. Sadly the ending was a bit crap, but I still enjoyed the story overall.

Feb 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Where this episode threatens to fall apart most is in its structure and the realization that Doctor Who is regularly stretching itself thin to accommodate the perspective of three companions that... still feel like people we barely know.

Feb 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The stuff of nightmares. That's always been Doctor Who at its best. There are certainly enough images and ideas in Can You Hear Me? to instil a few nightmares in younger viewers... But is this Doctor Who at its best? Not really. It does try hard, though.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Can You Hear Me?, then, gets the best use out of all three companions we've seen this series.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It gives us a compelling plot, ties in a bit of mythology, and even provides us with some compelling side characters.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…