The first time you meet him, he’s funny. The second time, he’s amazing. The third time, you realise he’s the most dangerous man in the universe. He says he’s a man of peace, but he walks in war. I’m having the time of my life, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Even if it kills me.
Compared to the “Next Time” trailer given to us at Christmas, this teaser trailer doesn’t really give us all that much to go on. But it’s certainly explosive, which is a good sign in detailing that the production value hasn’t dwindled and that Series 10 is expected to be outstanding in terms of how its looks and feels.
I’m still not entirely sure yet about new companion Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie) but she certainly delivers an interesting speech. Within this speech we clearly hear details about both her character and the current state of The Twelfth Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi). Bill’s clearly aware of the dangers, and thrills, of both the adventure in space and time, as well as The Doctor’s ancient persona. Despite all this she appears to be enjoying the journey and will stop at nothing to remain aboard for the ride, even at the cost of her own life.
I liked the statement about The Twelfth Doctor speaking of peace, but also walks amongst war, which really demonstrates the conflict this incarnation has always endured in which he battles to overcome his past demons, which had recently resurfaced just prior to his arrival. “The Day of the Doctor” brought The Doctor back into contact with his deeds during The Last Great Time War, following by his forced participation in protecting Gallifrey against his greatest enemies on Trenzalore during “The Time of the Doctor”.
Ever since then, shown greatly in “Into the Dalek” and “The Zygon Inversion”, The Twelfth Doctor has hated war and the terrible consequences that comes with it. He even ended up taking a dislike to both Journey and Danny Pink simply because they were soldiers, probably because their roles reminded him of The War Doctor (played by John Hurt), the incarnation that acted against The Doctor’s name. It’ll be interesting to see how this arc is carried over to Series 10, and how it links into Bill’s introduction to the Time Lord and their development throughout the narrative.
We also have Nardole (played by Matt Lucas) present for the dramatic teaser and all its explosions. Regardless of whether you like him or not it’s very apparent that he’s here to stay.
And lastly we get a cool shot of a weird cloud of darkness/or energy coming towards The Twelfth Doctor, Bill, and Nardole, in the final moments of this intense teaser. If you look carefully the cloud features the faces of the enemies that will be featured in Series 10. Though I’m not sure about some of them, I can identity a Dalek, a Cyberman, and an Ice Warrior. This is finished off with the appearance of the brand-new Ice Warrior creature (which was recently confirmed, along with the return of the Ice Warriors, in a Mark Gatiss penned episode).
Doctor Who Series 10 is due to start 15th April 2017! Hopefully Steven Moffat can redeem himself for his final series as show-runner, along with giving Capaldi the send-off he deserves.