The Full-Length Doctor Who Series 8 Trailer Has Landed!

Dalek voice: “Life returns. Life prevails.”

“I’m the Doctor. I’ve lived for over 2,000 years. I’ve made many mistakes. It’s about time that I did something about that.”

“Where are we going?”

“Into darkness.”

I am really, really looking forward to watching Peter Capaldi bringing this Twelfth Doctor to life.

What else can we gather from this official trailer: the Daleks are back, the Paternoster Gang is back, the Doctor will gallop through some streets on horseback in a nightie, someone that looks very similar to the Gunslinger from a town called Mercy, spooky knights, and another exploding TARDIS.

I’m sure you’ve heard that BBC Worldwide in Miami seems to have a serious security problem: footage of the first Series 8 episode, Deep Breath, as leaked — and not just bits, no, the entire rough cut, albeit with stand-in credit titles and missing the FX shots. Still, it’s out there, it’s online, it’s a rough cut practically ready for broadcast, and it sucks. So, anyone, please, anyone who’s got their hands on it, don’t post spoilers, don’t start rumours, don’t ruin it for anybody. Be kind and generous. And whoever is leaking this stuff, whoever is letting these things get out: please get sacked sometime soon. Alternatively — if this is hackers doing this: stop it, you ungrateful nitwits, why would you even do that. Just to upset some nerds? Get a life.

It’s not the first time this has happened. Rose leaked 20 days before the revival started — which is probably why people were so bloody well surprised that, in Series 7A, the huge secret of Clara’s involvement in Asylum of the Daleks could be kept under wraps.

Doctor Who Series 8 Script Leak // Episode Guide @ Gallifrey Times

All those red alerts, all that dancing

As you probably have heard, BBC Worldwide have gone public with an appeal to fans not to spoil the surprises of the first five episodes of Series 8 for other fans. As it appears, the shooting-ready scripts for the first five episodes with the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, have been leaked online. Apparently, the leak is connected to the transmission of the scripts to the new BBC base in Miami, Florida. Part of the statement released by BBC Worldwide reads:

“BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.

“We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.”

This isn’t the first time that BBC Worldwide have goofed up: first, they send out copies of the Series 7 boxsets too early, nearly spoiling the events of The Name of the Doctor for parts of its fanbase, and then there were rumours of a leaked email heralding the exit of Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor some time before the BBC would have liked to make an official announcement. Plus, I seem to recall an incident of someone pressing a button too soon and an Anniversary prequel being published a day early?

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An episode guide, spoilers, and so, so many men

In other news, The Gallifrey Times has updated its episode guide to Series 8, presumably not aided by the script leak. Proceed with caution: only click the link if you don’t mind spoilers and seeing set pictures of on-location filming and the Doctor and Company in full costume.

Something that I think I can talk about without spoiling anyone — mostly because it just doesn’t come as a surprise anymore — is the fact that all the episode scripts were written by men, and that all directors are male as well, with the notable exceptions of Sheree Folkson and Rachel Talalay. There have been recent Doctor Who novels written by women, Jacqueline Rayner is an integral part of the New Series Adventures team — but funnily enough, the last episodes written by a woman were Helen Raynor’s Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks and The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky. On the whole, only a handful of episodes or serials have ever been written entirely by female writers. The show has a slightly better history with female (executive) producers, but it’s still utterly ridiculous how few women have been able to join the writing team, especially in the past few years.

New Doctor Who Series 8 Teaser Trailer Has Landed!

Basically, have 15 seconds of a Dalek emotionally manipulating the Doctor.

To be completely honest with you, this teaser trailer trend is getting on my nuts a bit, especially one like this. Teasers are clever marketing because they create waves of publicity instead of relying on the fandom to keep the tension up after a proper trailer has been released up to the series premiere, but really*. Give me something I haven’t seen before, something that’ll make me go, “Oh, I have to see this!”, not the same old “You would make a good Dalek” spiel the Daleks have been tormenting the Doctor with since revival Series 1.

* Perhaps it’s the fact that I work in marketing now and have conversations like that myself every other day…

Doctor Who, Series 8 will premiere August 23rd, 2014

Doctor Who, Series 8 will premiere August 23rd, 2014

The BBC have released a 16 seconds to Gallifrey teaser trailer for the 8th revival series, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, his erstwhile companion. The first episode of Series 8 will be called, Deep Breath.

The teaser doesn’t tell us much and yet, a lot.

Doctor: Clara, be my pal. Tell me, am I a good man?
Clara: I don’t think I know who the Doctor is anymore.

Watch the trailer on the BBC One website (it’s not up on youtube yet, I will post that link once it’s available).

Edit — here is the youtube video:

John Kennex at the crime scene in 'Straw Man'

Almost Human review: Straw Man, the season finale.

Previously on Almost Human: Beholder.

Even as this episode sets itself up for what could have been a glorious exploration of how Dorian or DRNs in general feel, all it achieves is over-accentuating the other guy’s man pain. This could have been such a great episode about Dorian and John fighting to keep Dorian in the field, it could have been such a great opportunity to actually show us the way Dorian has been dealing with things, it could have been a story full of interpretation and debate on the concept of free will in DRNs and the Synthetic Soul, in the case of one such character being portrayed by the fantastic Michael Ealy.

Instead, what we got is the glorious story about the redemption and absolution of another pair of white guys. We get a case story line that makes no sense whatsoever, seems cobbled together on account of us never having heard of that particular shade of John’s terrible, terrible pain before, and that only serves to illustrate how great of a cop John’s dad was. Continue reading →

Almost Human review: Beholder.

Previously on Almost Human: Disrupt.

It’s a long story.

And I want to hear that story. Stop underwriting Stahl! Seriously, it’s such a shame. This show is wasting numerous opportunities. It’s all well and good to tease at a character’s backstory, and to reveal it slowly, but it’s a bad idea when it could replace an otherwise mediocre and lacklustre storyline. Or, more importantly, John’s manpain. Continue reading →

Valerie Stahl and John Kennex

Almost Human review: Perception.

Previously on Almost Human: Unbound.

The trouble about FOX continuing to mess with the broadcasting order of TV shows is that I can’t trust the narrative and characterisation. These things have to happen in sequence and in contextual order — but the network’s bozos screwing with the plan without a care for writers’ carefully crafted plans is damaging the series. Characters will seem inconsistent, storylines get broken up and make no sense. Continue reading →

Dorian meets the man who created him.

Meet Your Maker — Almost Human: Unbound.

Previously on Almost Human: You Are Here.

Pinocchio meets Gepetto — but Gepetto isn’t the kind old man from a fairy tale anymore; and not for the first time it’s Dorian who’s doubting his humanity — while none other than John Kennex keeps the faith. Meanwhile, I’m having some issues with how this show treats ideas. Continue reading →