Following the usual skepticism and uncertainty that comes with any Doctor or companion change in Doctor Who, viewers have begun to appreciate what BAFTA-winning star Peter Capaldi is attempting to do with the titular character. Even though the season 8 premiere underwhelmed some fans, the current series of episodes has (for the most part) received positive praise and consistently strong ratings. The last two episodes, “Listen” and “Time Heist” were especially solid – allowing Capaldi further room to explore his version of the Doctor while also presenting a pair of intriguing sci-fi storylines.
This week’s episode, “The Caretaker,” marks a halfway point of the season (not including the 2014 Christmas Special) and with only another six episodes left, there are still plenty of questions that viewers will be hoping to see answered in the coming weeks. Despite being slightly “rude” and downright “pushy,” it has become clear that the Twelfth Doctor is still a good man – albeit one who is willing to break a few more rules to get the job done. Nevertheless, insight into the Doctor has not brought us much closer to the larger mystery of the season – who and where, exactly, is the umbrella-toting Missy?
While fans theorize about the possibilities, BBC has provided a new round of press materials for upcoming Doctor Who episodes – including a brief synopsis for the series’ seventh installment, “Kill the Moon.”
First up, check out a new trailer and preview clip as well as synopsis and images for this week’s episode, “The Caretaker” – featuring a much clearer look at mysterious robot assassin, Skovox Blitzer, first seen in the season 8 teaser (click each image for the full version).
The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet. When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.
Easily one of the more-talked about aspects of the season 8 trailer, many gaming fans couldn’t help but point out similarities between Skovox Blitzer and Mass Effect crew member, Garrus Vakarian. No doubt, the two share some comparable features but a closer look at Skovox makes it pretty clear that any similarities end below the neck. Exactly why Skovox, “one of the deadliest killing machines ever created,” has targeted Coal Hill Secondary School remains a mystery. Will his interest in destroying all humanity, like many Doctor Who villains, simply be the product of a serious misunderstanding or a truly malevolent plot?
The episode will also mark this first meeting between The Doctor and Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) – who is still expected to be more than a throwaway love interest for Clara. Nevertheless, The Doctor has made it very clear that even if he’s not quite as restrained as his prior iterations, he’s still not a fan of soldiers – which should make for an interesting dynamic between the two characters. After all, Danny has repeatedly proven (or at the very least insinuated) “Dan the Soldier Man” is different from the stock gun-toting grunts that the Doctor typically distrusts – and the suggestion that he recognizes the Doctor’s face (at the end of the TV trailer) certainly hints that events from “The Caretaker” may add layers to ongoing season plot/character arcs.
Earlier this week we were also treated to new details regarding who will appear in the 2014 Christmas Special – suggesting that, despite Jenna Coleman’s efforts to spin rumors of her departure, she’ll at least be traveling with the Doctor until the holiday episode. As a result, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to hear that the character will be included in the aforementioned seventh episode of the season, “Kill the Moon” – though no mention is made of an appearance by Danny Pink.
Check out the official program synopsis for “Kill the Moon” below:
In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle, making a suicide mission to the Moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.
As for type of “shock” (psychological or physical) that Clara will receive, for now all we can do is speculate – and hope that Doctor Who‘s version of “vicious” moon spiders is more satisfying than the batch depicted in 2011’s found-footage horror film, Apollo 18.
Doctor Who season 8, episode 6 “The Caretaker” will premiere September 27th on BBC and BBC America.
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