The Doctor Who season finale, “Hell Bent”, is just around the corner. And ooooh, it looks intriguing! Advance reviews are favorable, and here’s the trailer:
And here’s an advance clip. You always know it’s exciting when you hear the tolling of a Cloister Bell:
Also, as we look ahead to Christmas (not far off either at this point), the BBC has put together this lovely promo for all their Christmas offerings this year, narrated by Peter Capaldi and featuring the travails of an animated brussels sprout. For the record, I love sprouts. 😉
And here’s a Christmas trailer featuring the actual shows they’ll be running, including glimpses of Doctor Who, including River Song:
Ooooh, I cannot begin to say how much I’m looking forward to this episode. 😉 Looks like she’s found a slightly tragic way of enduring the loss of mortal friends . . . she forgets them. And as a result, cannot see the tragedy in that.
Last weekend, for “Before the Flood”, the Doctor Who team swapped out the theme song on a one-time-only basis. And it is awesome.
Well, this is as far as I know the first time they’ve let the star actually play it for the theme. Yes, that really is Peter Capaldi making the music, and it is wonderful. 😉 I’m only sad that apparently this is a one-time thing and not something they’re going to do throughout. Because honestly, the Doctor Who theme is a lot better with electric guitar. 😉 Even if it’s just adding chords over Murray Gold’s existing arrangement of Ron Grainer’s original tune; it really does add a lot, and I think part of it is because it calls back to the more analog way that electronica was made back in 1963. Less of the digital synth feel this way. Whatever the case, it’s awesome, and you should enjoy it.
Radio Times: Peter Capaldi plays electric guitar over Doctor Who opening credits
This weekend’s Doctor Who episode is “Under the Lake”, and it’s the first half of a two-parter that is a ghost story, a base-under-seige story, and apparently also involves the Fisher King in some way. For those not up on their British mythology, the Fisher King is part of the general collection of stories surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He helped guard the Holy Grail, but was wounded and so his kingdom suffers. He can no longer hunt, so he just fishes. He’s kept alive and effectively immortal by the Grail, but his wounds cannot heal until someone (in most versions, Percival) asks him a question that will heal him. But Percival does not ask him the healing question. In the Grail legends where Percival gains the Grail, he’s usually accompanied by Galahad and Bors. And what’s interesting there is that the knight who suffers through the Doctor’s anachronistic “axe fight” pun in “The Magician’s Apprentice” is named Bors. Coincidence? Maybe, but it’s a suspicious one….
Anyway, enjoy these clips. It looks like an interesting episode. 😉
Well, it’s free if you’re in the US (or have a configuration that makes it appear you are…). BBC America has posted the first episode of Series Nine *for free*. Permission to squee?
And at this point, I still have no real idea what it’s about, other than that it clearly involves Daleks and Missy, and will be very, very busy….
Well, I don’t know that for sure, but what we do know is that Alex Kingston has been signed for the Christmas special of Doctor Who, playing River Song in what looks to be yet another amazing dress:
Also, the rumor-mill is abuzz since Jenna Coleman was conspicuously absent from Cardiff for the read-through and for filming. Does this mean Clara is bowing out? Or is it another fake-out by the grand troll of Whovians, Stephen Moffatt? We’ll find out in a few months…..