The answer to that is… I’m not quite sure. First the news broke that Matt Smith would return as the Doctor for 14 new episodes in 2012. Then the BBC say there’ll be no full series of Doctor Who in 2012, and now showrunner Steven Moffat has stated there will be no change to the number of episodes, only a change in “transmission”. If you’re a Whovian then all these contradictions are bound to be confusing, even moreso than Moffat’s plots. One thing is for sure that Smith will be returning as the Doctor, just when is up in the air right now.
Moffat was speaking at Comic Con France (video is below) and also mentioned that there are ambitious plans afoot for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. True to form, the showrunner dropped a few teasing hints about future storylines stating that the often-killed-off character of Rory “really was dead once” and that “dead Rory leads to something. There will be a pay-off”. On the topic of River Song, Moffat added “River Song, you do not know anything yet!” Whovians, I’d start guessing now if I were you.
WATCH /// DOCTOR WHO AUTUMN TRAILER
Just when I thought The Walking Dead trailer couldn’t be bettered, five minutes later this pops up. Under Steven Moffat, Doctor Who has undoubtedly evolved into one of the must-watch shows on British television, and this trailer looks like the second half of Season 6 isn’t letting the side down. So what do we see? Well…
- A very Shining-esque hotel corridor.
- A return for a badass-looking Winston Churchill (Ian McNiece) and Craig (James Corden), as well the villainous Madame Kovarian (Frances McDormand).
- Hitler thanking the trio of the Doctor, Amy and Rory for saving his life (well done guys)
- River Song wearing an eyepatch rather like Kovarian’s (not a good sign)
- The Silence! The Cybermen! The Weeping Angels! Time to hide behind the sofa.
- Rory punching Hitler.
- A prophecy from Madame Kovarian ”An impossible astronaut will rise from the deep and strike the Doctor dead”, along with the footage of said striking. Might we get an answer to that impossible riddle?
It looks like there’s going to be twists, turns and even more twists in the remaining six episodes, one of which is given a teaser here. The God Complex is set in that aforementioned Shining-aping hotel, but instead of ghoulish, possessed caretakers, the Doctor & co seem to be running from a minotaur of sorts. There’s also a creepy clown. No doubt everything will be explained and then confused again come September.
NEW DOCTOR WHO SEASON 6 TRAILER
Well this is a pleasant surprise; yet another trailer for the upcoming second half of the 2011 season of Doctor Who. It’s still over six weeks away, but the excitement is reaching a fever pitch. Along with older footage, this newie contains a little bit more of Madame Kovarian (Frances Barber), a pyramid with the American flag daubed across it, a bunch of pterosaurs and the return of The Doctor's cowboy hat. Cowboy hats are cool, it would seem. So who's excited?
NEW /// DOCTOR WHO STILLS FROM “LET’S KILL HITLER”
Following the news that the second half of Season 6 will start on August 27th (falling on the second day of the Reading & Leeds festivals, unfortunately) the BBC have released a handful of promo images from the first episode of the second run of episodes, “Let’s Kill Hitler”. If these don’t get you excited for the return of The Doctor, I don’t know what will. More pics are available over at Den Of Geek.
NEW /// DOCTOR WHO PROMO SHOTS
Following the images from “Let’s Kill Hitler”, now we’ve got some rather badly photoshopped efforts promoting the second half of Season 6. The Doctor’s new coat is pretty badass, however. The rest of the images can be viewed on Den Of Geek.
LOOK /// BBC RELEASES IMAGES FROM DOCTOR WHO “THE GOD COMPLEX”
Next week’s episode of Doctor Who looks like one of the best of the series so far. According to the synopsis, the Doctor, Amy and Rory end up in a hotel where the layout of the rooms keeps changing, and the rooms contain the greatest fear of each visitor. The promo pics sure give off a bit of a Shining vibe, whilst the minotaur-type creature shown roaming the halls in the adverts looks particularly nightmarish. Also, looks like the Weeping Angels are back. Have a pillow ready to hide behind on Saturday.
LEAKED /// DOCTOR WHO “WEDDING OF RIVER SONG” PROMO SHOTS
Seems like the BBC have let these promotional shots for the Season 6 finale of Doctor Who slip through their hands. Not much is known about the events of “The Wedding Of River Song”, but it seems like there’s a return for Madame Kevorian, The Doctor’s Stetson hat, Winston Churchill (as leader of the Roman Empire apparently) and The Silence. Also, it would appear eyepatches are cool now, as every bugger is wearing them. Mark Gatiss is also scheduled to appear in the episode as this fellow, Gantok.
It seems like the Doctor’s final adventure for a while is going to be more confusing and exciting than ever.
For even more promo shots, visit SpoilerTV here.
SONG OF THE DAY /// MURRAY GOLD - I AM THE DOCTOR
Purely because I get goosebumps any time I hear it used on the show (yes, I’m that big of a nerd) and it’s a fantastic piece of music.
WATCH /// DOCTOR WHO “THE WEDDING OF RIVER SONG” TRAILER
No different from the trailer shown at the end of Saturday’s “Closing Time” episode, but do we really need another excuse to get excited over this one? The final adventure of The Doctor for this season (and possibly ever?) looks like involving the Silence, pterodactyls, the Daleks, Madame Kevorian, Winston Churchill, “live chess” and the Doctor’s favourite Stetson (Stetsons are cool). It’s an intriguing mix and sure to make for an exciting season finale.
"The Wedding Of River Song" airs Saturday October 1st at 7:10pm on BBC One.