The Doctor Who season seven finale marked the end of an era, but the upcoming premiere of season eight will usher in a new one as Peter Capaldi takes over the iconic “Doctor” role. Showrunner Steven Moffat has promised that the next season will change things up in a way that hasn’t been seen since the rebooted series began, and an early teaser for the next season framed the Doctor as a distinctly imposing and even frightening figure.

Continuing that theme, a new and slightly longer teaser for season eight shows the Doctor once again silhouetted against the backdrop of the TARDIS in flames as he asks Clara a chilling question. The tidbits about season eight that we’ve heard so far have indicated that Clara won’t be immediately accepting of the Doctor’s new face, especially since every new regeneration tends to come with its own slight personality change – something that her line in this teaser certainly reflects.

In light of all that happened in the final few episodes of season seven, it’s understandable that the Doctor would be having a crisis over whether or not he’s really a good man, and the fact that Clara doesn’t seem to be sure of the answer probably isn’t a good sign. To accompany the teaser, the BBC has also released a new promotional image for Doctor Who that shows the Doctor and Clara posing inside the TARDIS. Who knows what planet they’ll end up on next.

Whovians who were hoping for a sneak peek at Doctor Who season eight during San Diego Comic Con next month will be disappointed to hear that there won’t be a Doctor Who panel at the convention this year. Nerdist broke the news, explaining that the Doctor Who cast will still be busy filming during SDCC, since production on season eight doesn’t wrap until early August.

To make up for the absence, however, the Doctor Who cast and creators will be going on a world tour starting in August, which will span five continents, seven cities and twelve days. Apparently the show’s splendor could not be contained in a single SDCC panel.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One And BBC America on August 23rd, 2014.

Source: BBC America