The trailer for Doctor Who‘s eighth series has finally been released! Allow me to show my appreciation with a quote from my favorite incarnation of the Time Lord: FANTASTIC!
Several days ago, we were also provided with a definite premiere date: August twenty-third. I’m so excited – a brand-new Doctor! In just over a month!
Therefore, now is the time for a fangirly post about the upcoming series. Actually, I’ll probably write another one later in the form of a wishlist (and then I can talk about which of those hopes have and have not been confirmed). But for now, I’d like to examine the trailer.
P.S. You can find my earlier film trailer reaction posts here.
Warning: Spoilers ahead! Read/watch at your own risk!
0:06 – That is a rather pretty explosion. Just saying.
0:09 – GO AWAY. I WANT A NEW COMPANION.
0:09 – DA-LEK.
0:18 – Blergh, this is my least favorite part about the introduction of a new Doctor – the companion’s uncertainty about who he really is. In New Who it’s always been there at least a little bit, but it seems like the writers are making a big deal about it this time. Like, seriously. Get over it. He has a different face. He might be wilder than before. That’s it.
0:21 – That looks like the most uncomfortable standing position ever. Maybe he’s doing Time Lord-y stretching exercises?
0:24 – “I’m the Doctor.” Well, DUH. Can we all agree to exterminate (see what I did there?) trailers that state such ridiculously obvious stuff?
0:25 – Capaldi’s eyes, though. I look forward to a scarier Doctor.
0:26 – I swear I’ve seen this person/creature/robot/thing before?
0:27 – Oh my god, it’s like a robot Silurian! Or something!
0:29 – I would like approximately five thousand of those tentacle-eyed creatures, please. They’ll be my friends.
0:31 – Is that a Victorian London skyline?
0:37 – “Where are we going?” “Into darkness.” [Insert sigh here] Wrong fandom. This isn’t Star Trek.
0:38 – VASTRA. MY LOVE. Also, the side of Strax’s head. I’m glad he’ll be back.
0:39 – So, this scene makes me really happy – if I’m interpreting it correctly, that is. Clara is wearing a red dress and falling down a tunnel. “So what?” you say. Well, that’s what happened in “Asylum of the Daleks” and one of my weirder predictions/theories is that Clara’s timeline will loop back around to one of the events that happened to her echoes. What if she died that way multiple times?
0:41 – Oh, dear. That appears to be a tyrannosaur crashing past Parliament. I mean, dinosaurs are super-cool (and I’m sure wondrousadventurer is now bouncing up and down with excitement), but they were in an episode last series too. Isn’t it a bit soon for a repeat?
0:44 – Ooh, I’ve seen this bit before from behind-the-scenes pictures: Eleven rides around in his pajamas because… why not?
0:51 – No, no, no! If the answer is, “I don’t know,” then the question shouldn’t be, “Clara, tell me. Am I a good man?” The question should be “Can Jenna Coleman actually act?” I’m sorry, but her acting was so wooden in that scene. Like, there is a problem when a secondary character (who is also a freaking potato) has more personality than the current companion.
0:55 – DOOOOO WHEEEEE OOOOH!
Well, that’s it for my trailer reactions – it was a short trailer, so there really wasn’t very much to react to. But I do have a few more thoughts that didn’t fit anywhere else in this post:
- It was confirmed that this series will not be split into two parts, as was done with series seven. I’m excited to see all the episodes without that weird mid-series hiatus!
- There will be a new companion named Danny Pink but he wasn’t shown in the trailer so I’m guessing that he plays a fairly minor role. But this is all just my speculation.
- River Song was not shown in the trailer, so I wonder if her final appearance was in “The Name of the Doctor.” Honestly, I would be OK with that – or if she appeared with Twelve once and then left for good. She’s an interesting character, but I think it’s time to move on.
I’m really excited for the new series of Doctor Who! Of course, there are some things that make me apprehensive – namely, the rumors that Capaldi might leave after only one series – but otherwise, I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO AUGUST TWENTY-THIRD. I miss that mad man with a box!
What are your thoughts about the series eight trailer?