Yes ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. In just 18 days time Doctor Who returns to BBC One and BBC America, on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.
As a result of this timing, and to satiate the TV listings magazines, this Monday evening saw the preview screening for press and prize winners of The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, the two-part opening story for the 32nd season of Doctor Who!
What this means, of course, is that if you’re of a spoilerphobic disposition, it is time to hide from the Internet. Things are in the offing; facts have been divulged, and those two episodes are now out there, with aspects from them already doing the rounds on forums and blogs across the web.
A quick glance at the spoiler-free review at Den of Geek reveals just how much is going on – the review states that there is nothing given away, and this much is true, but it reads as if it is full of spoilers. The reason for this can only be down to one thing:
The Grand Moff has packed in an awful lot of stuff into these two opening episodes.
Traditionally we throw a few lines in from such reviews – this time is no exception, but if you want to get a flavour of the episodes without actually finding out anything at all, check the link above.
But thereâ€™s very much sinister business at work, too, and hereâ€™s where the story backs into one or two of the unresolved threads from the last run of the show. It’s an uneasy Doctor we meet, and what follows takes the story to some quite dark places. That means that Matt Smithâ€™s ability to switch between light and dark at the flick of a switch is very much required.
Darkness? “Sinister business”? With rumours of all manner of monstrous threats and perhaps a complete unravelling of everything the Doctor thinks he knows, this could be the most memorable series of Doctor Who yet…