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The Only Mystery Worth Solving: New "Doctor Who" Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 18, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 18, 2013 |

Broad spoilers for series 7 of “Doctor Who” follow, in terms of characters departing or arriving. Don’t like it? Either don’t read it, or go jump up a Dalek’s tail pipe. [dalek voice] Defecate! DEFECATE! [/dalek voice]

Well now, the logic of the current series of “Doctor Who” simply escapes me. Oblivious to such things as facts, or this Internet thing with which I could look them up, I had been glancing on Netflix every couple of weeks for the last few months waiting for series seven to go up streaming. I had it all straight in my head: the Ponds got a final season and then there was a Christmas special that introduced the new companion. So there should be a new series coming up which means the old one should go up on Netflix.

Instead there’s a whole what the what situation going on. So the first “half” of series seven was five episodes that saw the departure of the Ponds. Then there was a Christmas special introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion. And then the second “half” of the series will be eight episodes and begins airing March 30th. As a person who passed math at least through the fourth grade, I have severe objections to their use of the term “half” in these descriptions.

In any case, here is the new trailer for series 7.5:

Two things. First, I hate the new companion. She should not take this personally. I provisionally hate all new companions and all new Doctors until they prove me wrong. Thus far they all have, but part of the experience of this show as a fan is the gut objection to change.

Second, I’m kind of liking the mystery of the companion being highlighted. Not that I like her. Yet.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.