Whovians were surely disappointed when it was announced last week that Doctor Who wouldn’t be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con. No panel, no new footage – nothing! There was a silver lining, however, in that Doctor Who season 8 premieres only a few weeks after Comic-Con and will air continuously, meaning no breaks to split the season into two halves as had been done with previous seasons.
And with Doctor Who‘s season 8 premiere so near, it’s only a matter of time before the BBC releases a full trailer, perhaps even a clip or two. We’ve already had our initial look at new Doctor Peter Capaldi when the Eleventh Doctor regenerated at the end of last year’s Christmas special. Since then, we’ve seen a pair of teasers, which – while exceedingly short – have implied The Doctor and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will need to learn to trust one another all over again.
Now in yet another teaser someone else is questioning this new Doctor and wondering what truly lies in his two hearts. Watch the latest season 8 teaser above.
It’s not entirely apparent just who is speaking, but they’re definitely Dalek. Whether it’s the Daleks’ creator, Davros – last seen in the season 4 finale “Journey’s End” – or perhaps another of the Daleks’ leaders (Supreme Dalek, Emperor Dalek, etc.) isn’t known, but whomever it is claims to be able to look into The Doctor’s soul and see its “beauty, divinity, and hatred!”
There has been major beef between The Doctor and the Daleks since the the series’ inception, and during last year’s 50th anniversary special, we finally witnessed the Time War; an apocalyptic battle between the Daleks and the Time Lords that saw both races burn and Gallifrey destroyed. Yet, after the events of the anniversary special, Gallifrey was no longer destroyed while the Daleks still perished thanks to The Doctors’ (plural) help.
With the aftermath of the Time War altered it’s easy to see how anyone sympathetic to the Daleks would seek revenge on The Doctor. Could season 8 be where the Daleks again return with Davros or another leading them?
As even further appeasement for skipping out on Comic-Con, Doctor Who is going on a world tour in lead up to its late August premiere. Capaldi, Coleman, and executive producer Steven Moffat will travel to seven cities spanning five continents in 12 days to promote the hell out of season 8. It all kicks off with the season world premiere of season 8’s first episode “Deep Breath” – written by Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley – in Cardiff, Wales on August 7th as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.
It’s also been revealed that novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People) will pen an episode of season 8. Best known for his award-winning children’s novels and most recently for scripting London’s 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies, his episode will feature a cast of child actors.
Cottrell Boyce is beyond excited by the opportunity and was recently quoted:
I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode – partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.
Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’
Moffat – who’s been sure to mention how “different” and “surprising” season 8 will be – is also excited about Cottrell Boyce joining Doctor Who:
Frank’s script is pure magic – and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony!! ‘Doctor Who’ is born anew in the mind of a genius!
Cottrell Boyce’s episode will be the tenth of the season and will be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova) and produced by Paul Frift (Escape Artist).
What kind of an impression are you getting about Doctor Who season 8 after watching these teasers? Are you excited to hear Frank Cottrell Boyce is writing an episode this season? Let us hear what you think in the comments below!
Doctor Who returns to BBC One And BBC America on August 23rd, 2014.