Is there any better kind of Doctor Who‘s Day Roundup than one that’s got a new trailer in it? The new sizzling reel of highlights from the upcoming Season 9 stands proudly atop this week in Who news, promising all manner of thrills including a mysterious Maisie Williams, a whole bunch of new monsters and… is that really Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Daleks onscreen at the same time? Hold us.
As exciting as the new trailer is, it wasn’t the only glimpse of the new season we were given this week. There are also these two BBC America “Look Ahead” videos, titled What’s to Come:
… and Life is Short:
And it doesn’t stop there, either. Showrunner Steven Moffat has been spilling all kinds of new season-related beans, giving ten of the twelve episodes a non-spoilery tease in the U.K.’s SFX magazine.
But it’s not all about the future, so let’s have a look at what else has been going on in time and space this week:
• As you may have noticed, the special Doctor’s Finest selection of classic episodes began airing on BBC AMERICA last Saturday night (August 15). We celebrated their return to screens with a look back at the first two stories, giving you lists of ten things you may not have known about “Blink” and another ten about “The Waters of Mars.”
• BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who website took a look back at both “Blink” and “The Waters of Mars.”
• And here’s Steven Moffat talking to BBC AMERICA about the impact of “Blink”:
He also comments on “The Waters of Mars” alongside its original producer Nikki Wilson:
• Danny Pink fans might enjoy this brief interview Samuel Anderson has given to Digital Spy. Does he really suggest that Danny could one day make a return? Stranger things have happened…
• Last Saturday (August 15) was Doctor Who Comics Day, celebrating (unsurprisingly) the Doctor Who comics published by Titan, and specifically the new Four Doctors miniseries by former TV series writer Paul Cornell. Comic book stores in both the U.K. and the U.S. were busy getting in on the action, as were many of the writers and artists who work on the books:
— DoctorWhoComicsDay (@DW_ComicsDay) August 15, 2015
— Christian Ward (@cjwardart) August 15, 2015
— Orbital Comics (@orbitalcomics) August 15, 2015
— Emma Vieceli (@Emmavieceli) August 15, 2015
— Marc Ellerby (@MarcEllerby) August 15, 2015
— Midtown Comics (@MidtownComics) August 16, 2015
Well, that was a good day. Hope you enjoyed #DoctorWhoComicsDay wherever you were.
— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) August 15, 2015
Meanwhile, Doctor Who: The Fan Show this week takes a look at just what these stories are all about:
• You’d have to have the stone heart of a Weeping Angel not to be moved by the story of these two children who, thanks to a BBC show called Marrying Mum and Dad, organized a Paternoster Gang-themed wedding for their two moms.
• The Radio Times have been getting self-referential, with a look back at Doctor Who’s top 10 references to… Doctor Who?
• And the art critic of British newspaper The Guardian, Jonathan Jones, rather surprisingly turned his eye this week to the Doctor Who Experience attraction in Cardiff.
• We can’t get enough of these fan-made trailers that reimagine the classic seasons as if they were about to be broadcast here in 2015. Here’s a new one for 1988’s excellent Season 25:
• The director of the season finales of both Season 8 and the upcoming Season 9, Rachel Talalay, shared a fascinating post on her personal Tumblr account about the “Illustrated Slates” seen during production of Doctor Who episodes:
• And do we just have time for a few giving-absolutely-nothing-away sneak peeks from the Doctor Who Instagram account? Yes, why not? First up, some unfamiliar and mysterious writing:
And next: er, some more unfamiliar and mysterious writing. This has got to be currency of some kind, though, right?
Here’s a lovely shot of the man himself, Peter Capaldi, quickly running through some lines on set:
And finally… what an absolute beauty. Note the appearance of some extra new “round things” in the slightly-tweaked-for-2015 TARDIS interior:
Aren’t you just dying to see it back on screens again?