The Doctor celebrates his 51st year battling monsters by…. battling monsters. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will return in the 9th season of Doctor Who, thwarting Daleks (seen in the trailer as sporting the traditional design), battling shape-shifting Zygons, crossing swords with dragons, matching wits with Missy and playing the electric guitar (some fans may know that Capaldi was in a band called the Dream Boys along with late night TV host Craig Ferguson).
After appearing to be stern and rather abrasive last year, the Twelfth Doctor seems whimsical and more passionate in the new trailer, far more similar to Doctors Nine, Ten and Eleven. In one sequence he states wanting to ‘kiss the universe to death.’
I’m a bit disappointed as it was a daring move to actually change the personality of the Doctor for the first time in ten years. There is also the usual telling over showing syndrome which plagues the new series as the Doctor tells villains who he is (‘I’m the Doctor and I save people!’), apparently defeating them with speeches.
The ninth season promises the usual cataclysmic events that have marked the program since its return in 2005 including the arrival of a character from the Doctor’s part played by Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones (in a previous trailer, the Doctor glances off screen in shock, ‘YOU!’). Any guesses on who that is? My money is on Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter, but Moffat insists that it is a new character.
I don’t mean to sound too critical as I was (for the most part) happy with last year’s stories and adore Capaldi’s Doctor. I’m just tired of Moffat’s approach and am eager to see something innovative and new.
The latest season of Doctor Who will start September 19, 2015 at 9 pm EST on BBC America.