The new series of “Doctor Who” is only three weeks away and more and more details are trickling out, running the gamut from intriguing to worrying.
Good: River Song will be returning for a two parter later in the season. Which will be strange since the Doctor is now (physically looking at least) young enough to be her son.
Inexplicable: The BBC is officially calling this the “fifth series,” because it is in fact the fifth series of the new run. But Stephan Moffat has also been referring to it as the “first series” in various interviews and one of the stills from shooting (below) shows that they’re using “first series” on the snapper doodle things. So … I got nothing.
Worrying: Karen Gillan (who will play the new companion Amy Pond) says that there won’t be trips back to see Amy’s family: “Because Amy has no parents, she’s this Scottish girl in an English village. So they’re both lost souls that have found each other. And they both have a sense of adventure about them, and I think that’s what the Doctor loves about Amy. She has that spirit in her, and that fire. She keeps him on his toes.” Except that consistently what the companions have brought to the table is exactly the sort of grounding that family and connections provide. The companions that resemble the Doctor too much are the ones that can’t bring him back from the edge.
Meh: They’ve redesigned the interior of the TARDIS to be bigger and fancier. On the one hand it’s quite nifty because apparently they’ve added a couple of rooms (one with a swing, which I’m sure we’d have already heard about if Captain Jack had found it), and it would be fascinating to explore a little bit. It’s bigger on the inside, but how much bigger? I’ve always envisioned miles and miles of corridors stuffed like a hoarder’s dream. On the other hand, they’ve made the main room of the TARDIS fancier and shinier, with polished copper and multiple staircases. I frown upon change until its justified.
Odd: Nintendo has paid the BBC over £10 million (that’s metric for you, measuring mass in grams and cash in pounds) to create a Doctor Who game for the Wii and DS. I don’t own a Wii, but if I can use the wand controller thingie as a sonic screwdriver, I’d be willing to consider the ownership options.
A few still shots have been released from the first episode: