Operatic, possibly spoilery new Doctor Who S7 pic will make your mind explode
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It's insanely operatic, quite fitting for an episode titled 'Asylum of the Daleks'...
The first promo image for Doctor Who Season 7 is here, and it's...very dramatic. In some very specific ways.
So if you don’t want any indication of what happens, then whatever you do, don’t read on, because…Spoilers!
After the brilliant Doctor Who Season 6, Steven Moffat is really pulling out all the stops for Season 7; taking the abstract concept of ‘understatement’ and blowing it up, like some kind of televisual, timey-wimey Michael Bay.
Obviously, that’s humorous reductionism; in fact, Steven Moffat is capable of great subtlety and nuance, woven among the bombast. Doctor Who works on so many levels all at once (well, sort of all at once—wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey and all that), and that’s why it makes your brain explode. This promo picture also makes your brain explode, because emotions! And Daleks! And The Doctor’s serious face! (But he already knows what happens when ‘A Good Man Goes to War’…)
This picture evokes the intensity of that scene from ‘Day of the Moon’, where they fight the Silence to try and get back to the TARDIS, and it’s all stylish and awesome, and Doctor Who briefly becomes the best show ever (but overall the best is still Firefly).
[The next paragraph contains spoilers for Joss Whedon's Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog. If you haven’t seen it already, then you should. The title character is the second best PhD-ed character ever, surpassed only by The Doctor himself, whatever his name is (from Doctor Who, obviously). One has a PhD in Horribleness; the other, a PhD in Cheese-making.]
The picture shows The Doctor carrying Amy's body, like Doctor Horrible carrying Penny's body at the end of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog. Except Rory is totally not Captain Hammer. He’s the un-Captain Hammer—a hero, in the opposite way to the way that Captain Hammer thinks of himself as a hero. As Captain Hammer sings, “Everyone’s a hero in their own way / In their own not-that-heroic kind of way…” In his own oblivious way, Captain Hammer is singing about himself. He sees himself as a hero, but (partly because of that) he’s totally not. Rory, on the other way, is much meeker and less self-aggrandising, but when Amy needs him, he totally comes through. Even if it takes 2000 years. Rory is the hero that Captain Hammer’s not, because he instinctively understands that true masculinity is about character, not posturing; about that being a hero is for others, not for oneself.
Doctor Who Season 7 premieres this autumn, starting with 'Asylum of the Daleks', which this picture is a promo for.
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