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New Doctor Who S7 trailer is here

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In which The Doctor is suitably enamoured with the idea of 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'...

New Doctor Who S7 trailer is here

Since the last Doctor Who Christmas special, it's been a long wait for the new season of Doctor Who, but now Season 7 is approaching, and the BBC have released the latest trailer.

It may contain spoilers, so read on at your peril (both of being spoiled and of exploding with geeky excitement).

Some of the highlights: Explosions! Running! Western shoot-outs (well, The Doctor running away from them, while a cyborg gunslinger yells "Face me!")! The Doctor, Amy, and Rory riding a triceratops on a spaceship! Some guy yelling "Doctor!" very dramatically! A spaceship exploding! River Song wearing a hat! Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock, with a gun!

The Doctor says "Dinosaurs...on...a...spaceship!" with an appropriate mixture of awe and acceptance that this is a perfectly reasonable thing to happen. The Doctor is no grumpy critic; he instinctively realises and embraces the importance of maintaining a healthy sense of wonder, marvelling at the high-concept storytelling all around him.

Perhaps this will be a key part of him getting past this phase of wallowing in guilt over the actions of his enemies to whom he's shown mercy, as established by the following exchange:

The Doctor: "Today, I remember the victims first: his, the Master's, the Daleks'...all those people who died because I showed them mercy!"

Amy Pond: "You see, this is what happens when you travel alone too long."

And as Amy implies, perhaps another key part will be The Doctor reconnecting with humanity. Of course, he's already acutely aware of their suffering in some ways, but his response is perhaps to risk some of those elements which make him (effectively) human.

Interestingly, Amy seems even more confident than usual in this trailer; more confident than the Doctor, in fact. For instance:

The Doctor: "We'll get through this, I promise. Don't be scared..."

Amy Pond: "Scared? Who's scared? Geronimo..."

Upon which The Doctor smiles at Amy quoting his catchphrase back at him, then a bad guy pushes him and they fall down some kind of glowing light thing.

The trailer ends with Rory, standing among a scene of devastation, asking "Who killed all the Daleks?"

And then it calls back to the mind-blowing new promo pic released last night, with The Doctor carrying Amy's body. The Doctor responds: "Who do you think?", with pride in his eyes, and a hint of sadness.

Doctor Who Season 7 will premiere some time in the Autumn.

See also:

Operatic, possibly spoilery new Doctor Who S7 pic will make your mind explode

The Moffat-Yates Saga: Will there be Two Doctors?

Doctor Who: All Daleks to return for real, not CGI

The Doctor Who Column: Five ways to fix the Daleks

Rapid Reaction: Doctor Who S7 preview discussion


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#1 If I had better things to do I wouldn't be writing this... Michael Copestake 2012-08-11 17:53
"The Doctor says "Dinosaurs...on...a...spaceship!""

Triceratopsy-wopsy?

I always expect the worst with NuWho, but I'm always wrong, its usually much worse than that.

"The Doctor is no grumpy critic; he instinctively realises and embraces the importance of maintaining a healthy sense of wonder, marvelling at the high-concept storytelling all around him."

Maybe the writers voice will also poke gently through like a sledgehammer and he can tell the viewer in no uncertain terms how 'cool' this all is ala the Xmas Special (1/10)

The characters are not there to marvel at the stories they are in they are meant to be a *part* of the story, not a cipher for the self-congratulatory voice of the author telling themselves how fab they are....which is what it tends to come across as rather than the characters simply expressing wondement at the goings on in the story of which they are a part in an 'in world' sense.

Also, I'm not sure about 'high concept'. U wot mate? I think I've got the hang if this 'high concept' malarky, let me have a go:

1. Let's touch Napoleon!
2. Orangutangs on a steam train!
3. Let's make light of Harold Shipman!
4. Orphans on a wind turbine!
5. Cybermen gone wild (featuring River Song as 'Nurse Strap-On')


"Interestingly, Amy seems even more confident than usual in this trailer; more confident than the Doctor, in fact. For instance:

The Doctor: "We'll get through this, I promise. Don't be scared..."

Amy Pond: "Scared? Who's scared? Geronimo...""

Serious point: if the characters refuse to take the supposed threats to themselves seriously and 'sell' the sense of peril (in a dalek story of all things for fecks sake) why am I going to care if the characters don't? For the sake of action hero style quipping and catchphrases? I can't *invest* in that as a viewer, emotionally or intellectually. And I *want* to be able to. This is a bad omen.

On a side note I agree with the article written here on 'Five ways to save the Daleks' and think that adding 'Supporting characters don't treat them as a joke with detached ironic sit-com dialogue' - which plagues and ruins NuWho -should also make the list.

Moffats version of Who is a particlularly tame and squemish one that flinches from not only the horror/death element of Doctor Who in place of cosy Scooby Doo nonesense, but also lacks moral courage and replaces it with cop out 'power of Wuv saves all', 'wish dead people back to life' stuff.

And no, I dont think every episode should be like Genesis of the Daleks or that the show shoudn't contain humour, just to pre-empt the most common ripostes.

Still, we'll see how the new series pans out.

/rant

It's a good site this, keep it up and all that.

PS: "then a bad guy pushes him and they fall down some kind of glowing light thing."

Still waiting for that GCSE English re-sit, huh? (don't worry, that's as mean as I'll get)
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