Last night, in the middle of their coverage of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, the BBC debuted the first full trailer for Doctor Who Series Eight.
And, what a trailer! At just over a minute long we see glimpses of Daleks and their saucers, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, various unnamed new creatures, all manner of explosive chaos going on, a veiled Vastra, and of course, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, who he promises to take “into darkness”……….
It’s obvious from this trailer that Peter Capaldi is going to make one hell of an impact as the Doctor, cutting an imposing figure and looking absolutely right in the role. We at TIMD are excited. Roll on August 23rd and Deep Breath.
And on that subject, if you’re reading this you’ll no doubt be aware of two major leaks relating to Series Eight in the last week; firstly the scripts of the first five episodes have found their way onto the web and rapidly circulated, and then, unfinished monochrome work prints of the first two episodes found their way to torrent and file sharing sites.
Our advice is to avoid these leaks, and don’t be tempted to download them. Don’t spoiler yourselves with a month to go. Don’t be tempted to read, or to watch the unfinished episodes, which are missing FX sequences and aren’t ready yet. Of course, fandom abhors a vacuum, and waiting for the Doctor can be a long slog at times, but it’s not long to go, and we at TIMD think that what’s coming is going to be pretty special.
So, take a deep breath until Deep Breath, watch the trailer again, and let us know in the comments below if you spot anything we haven’t. To paraphrase a friend of ours, good times are coming.