Review of the new Doctor Who trailer
The wait is almost over. The Doctor is nearly here. This week saw the release of the trailer for series 6 of Doctor Who, so the question is: What is in store for the Time Lord and his companions this time around?
The trailer kicks off with an ominous voice-over from River Song (Alex Kingston) declaring: “This is the Doctor’s darkest hour. He’ll rise higher than ever before and then fall so much further”. Cue a shot of a feral-looking Matt Smith wrapped in chains and being held prisoner by an unknown force.
Audiences will finally learn who the enigmatic River is, after first encountering her in ‘Silence in the Library’ in series 4 with David Tennant’s Doctor. There have been hints from the start that she is the Doctor’s wife, which could turn out to be true if the trailer is anything to go by, with the Doctor and River sharing a tender kiss.
Apart from the mystery of River unravelling, there are a whole host of new monsters to send children scurrying behind sofas across the nation, including figures in white masks, pirates, ghosts and ventriloquist dummies.
There is also a deep, omnipresent voice that declares: “Fear me, I have killed hundreds of Time Lords.” To which the Doctor retorts; “Fear me. I’ve killed all of them.” Could this be the big villain that will capture the Doctor? Will it be up to Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) to save the day?
The trailer gives several glimpses through spy holes into hotel rooms containing sad clowns holding balloons and a glaring minotaur-like creature which are reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’.
However, the one moment that proves particularly troubling is midway through where Rory and Amy seem to be witnessing some sort of regeneration in the TARDIS. Will the Doctor be changing his form once more? Only time will tell.
There are also appearances from model Lily Cole as a ghostly figure, a frightened Danny Mays and Hugh Bonneville as the pirate captain. James Corden’s character Craig Owens from ‘The Lodger’ in the last series is set to make a return as well.
The trailer finishes with Amy firing a gun despite the Doctor’s fervent protests, and a bookended voice-over from him that leaves a foreboding chill: “I’ve been running my whole life, now it’s time to stop.”
Judging from the trailer, showrunner Stephen Moffat has upped the ante with series 6 and many fans are saying that it could be the best so far. It promises to be darker and scarier with new adventures ahead and foes to be faced.
The new series will begin on Saturday 23rd April with a two-part story entitled ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ and ‘Day Of The Moon’ respectively.
For spoilers and to get a sneak peek of ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ visit: www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw
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