It’s finally here, the trailer for series 8 of Doctor Who.  I don’t want to go into what I think each little clip is from, as that could a) go on far too long b) probably be wrong and c) other sites are probably doing that much better than me.  However, I will say I’m pleased with the trailer, actually very pleased with it.

There has been a ton of talk about Peter Capaldi being a rebel Time Lord, which rebel is usually associated with teenage angst and going against authority.  But in the trailer he is calm and questions his past decisions.  He does this in a calm voice, not overreacting, even when he tells Clara they are going “into darkness” (umm, Moffat, were you casually watching Star Trek when watching this or just hanging out with Benedict?).  The ending of the trailer is a solemn shot of the Doctor in Clara in the TARDIS with the Doctor asking what type of man he is, which for whatever reason gave me a sort of fourth Doctor vibe.  No doubt this season will deal with the Doctor doing some major self reflecting, and with any luck will also follow through with the set up from the 50th and have him start his search for Gallifrey.  I’m also hoping at some point during his reflection they explain Jenny, Strax, and Vastra.  Not that I like them but because they really make very little sense and since they’re going to be in series 8 they may as well get some sort of back story.

Continuing the Classic-Who vibe is a T-Rex (not quite sure why we have dinosaurs again, they weren’t good at all in series 7) storming through a city (third Doctor anyone?) and a robot around the forty three second mark that looks like it could fit right into the Classic era.  Of course the Daleks are back because why not spend another episode on them?  The problem is they’re far too one dimensional to be interesting and we saw how turning them human worked out, but I suppose we’ll wait and see how it turns out.  Not related to the the characters, but as I’m watching this trailer again, I have to say, I really love some of the retro feeling music in the beginning of it, you’ll know what I mean when you hear it.

Overall, the trailer is setting up for a more drama filled series 8, which I’m looking forward to.  Matt Smith was really great but they ended up making him too goofy and annoying towards the end (particularly the first part of series 7).  His serious moments were always nice but there were far too few of them.  I’m hoping Capaldi has the opportunity to not only be more serious but actually show off the Doctor’s intelligence instead of waving around his screwdriver to save the day.  Let the Doctor be the smartest one in the room again and/or get some more smart characters on the show who can keep up with him, or at least attempt to keep up with him, intellectually.

There were only a few characters shown, so I’m thinking they kept a lot of the second half of the season and finale out of this (at least judging by the finale filming pics I saw but won’t post due to spoilers, this seems to be the case), which would be a good move, I’d like it to be a surprise.  The trailer is pretty atmospheric and more solemn than dark, which should make for an interesting change.  I’m still not on board with the Doctor being this evil being Moffat has him out to be, but seeing as there’s nothing I can do to change that I will simply go with it and see where the writing takes me.

Overall, despite my negativity about Moffat, he did do series 5, which is my favorite since the show came back, and with a new Doctor I think I’m going to maintain optimism.  It’s an opportunity to start over and get rid of all the past threads that went nowhere.  Kick of the search for Gallifrey or some other grand adventure.  Make it like a mini-series even, have one continuing story.  Do something awesome.  Moffat, stop saying how brilliant you are and let the writing do the talking for you.

Doctor Who  will be returning August 23rd, and I believe it will be shown at the same time on BBC and BBC America.  The episode goes by the title of  “Deep Breath” and they say it will be feature length, what that means I have no idea.

 

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