A new trailer came out yesterday for Series 8 of “Doctor Who”. The new series (or season, for American viewers such as myself) appears to take on a darker edge. Clara (Jenna Coleman) asks the Doctor, “Where are we going?” He (Peter Capaldi) replies, “Into darkness”. Mistakes can really add up when you’ve lived for about 2,000 years.
Executive producer and show writer Steven Moffat (“Sherlock”) seems to be moving in another direction this time around. Firstly, Peter Capaldi has been cast as the Doctor. He’s older than the previous actors in the newer seasons. Capaldi, unlike fellow Scotsman David Tennant, will be keeping his Scottish accent for the role. Are Scottish accents eventually going to supersede British ones in villainous roles? Just look back to “Maleficent”, which was rife with Scotsmen trying to kill the titular character (Angelina Jolie). And of course, who can forget Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin?
Earlier this year, Capaldi was dubbed the “Rebel Time Lord”, which would be in keeping with the bleaker tone. The black suit and cape with the red accents certainly enable the Doctor to blend in with the shadowy corridors and rooms in the trailer. We get glimpses of the Time Lord with a serious expression on his face and quick soundbites of a Dalek voice. Indeed, a season of “Doctor Who” would not be complete (at least to Moffat) without the Daleks. The concept of a darker Doctor is not new. We saw it in previous seasons, when Rose suggested that the Doctor was no better than the Daleks at one point and again when the Doctor grappled with his decision not to use guns (to name a couple of examples). One hopes that we will see adversaries other than the Daleks, the Silence, and the Weeping Angels.
The new season does tease a few other details on what we can expect: a burning (and exploding?) Tardis console, some frightening encounters for Clara, Cybermen, and a dinosaur in London. Clara admits that she doesn’t know the Doctor anymore. When he asks her, “Am I a good man?”, she can only answer, “I … don’t know.” What will the Time Lord do to cast such doubt in her mind? Thankfully, the wait isn’t too long, as new episodes begin to air on August 23rd.
Fans in some areas can look forward to the Doctor Who World Tour, which makes 7 stops starting on August 7th and concluding on August 19th. The tour is quite an endeavor and coincides with the extensive promotion for the 50th anniversary of the beloved BBC series. The only stop in the United States is New York City.
“Doctor Who” is broadcast in the United States on BBC America. Season 8 premieres on August 23rd at 8|7c.