So you’ve been watching the new trailer for Series 6, Part 2 solidly since its release, eh? Well, just in case you’ve missed something vital… They say a picture can tell a thousand words. Here’s 22,000 (I make it closer to 1200 – Ed).
“Follow that nurse”: As Rory seemingly proves in episode eight, Let’s Kill Hitler: Yes, he can ride a motorbike.
“Stay out of trouble… badly”: What resides in Room 11? The God Complex sees the Doctor and co. come face-to-face with their biggest fears. Writer, Toby Whithouse has said: “Each room contains a different nightmare. Some of these nightmares are the personal nightmares of the Doctor, Amy and Rory and the people in there, and other ones are nightmares of the people who have been in the maze before and died there.”
“KBO, of course”: Ian McNiece is back as Winston Churchill, probably in one of the two as-yet-unnamed final episodes of the series. Churchill was last seen onscreen in 2010’s The Pandorica Opens, keeping a painting by Vincent Van Gogh storage, ready to warn the Doctor of the TARDIS exploding.
“No, sorry, what’s happening? Are you going to live with monkeys now?”: James Cordon returns as Craig Owens in episode twelve, by Gareth Roberts. Take a look at Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2011, pages 98-99; maybe this time we’ll see Craig’s mum, his ex-flatmate, Mark or Captain Troy Handsome…
“Prepare to engage”: This is Gibbis, played by David Walliams. No stranger to prosthetics, Walliams is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fan! Let’s hope he survives the experience.
“I am definitely Mr Grumpy-Face today”: Daniel Mays, best known as the evil Jim Keats in Ashes to Ashes, will play Alex in Mark Gatiss’ Night Terrors. He doesn’t look the heroic type, does he?
“Everybody’s got enemies”: It looks as if Amy’s main enemy isn’t the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell anymore. Badder than bad, Madam Kovarian (Frances Barber) was always going to return, wasn’t she?
“I’m going to die”: Episode twelve beckons the return of the Cybermen, last seen being threatened by Rory The Roman in A Good Man Goes to War. Looks like revenge is on the cards. (Cybermats not pictured.)
“Oh, look at you! Five years later and you haven’t changed a bit, apart from age and… size”: Wow. Amy Pond has either aged quite a bit or had an allergic reaction. Either way, that’s one odd-looking costume. This shot could be from episode ten, Tom MacRae’s The Girl Who Waited.
“Thank you. I think you have just saved my life”: Albert Welling plays… well, you can probably guess who and in which episode.
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams”: Nice one, Doctor; looks as if you’ve just saved Hitler’s life. In 1930s Berlin, maybe Hitler has to be saved to maintain the time stream. Still. Saving Hitler. Not one to boast about.
And lest we forget to mention the Doctor’s new (though probably short-lived) jacket. Matt Smith’s previously mentioned wanting a long, flowing coat, but remember: harris-tweeds are cool.
“I am definitely a madman with a box”: It’s the TARDIS, and it’s apparently crashing through a window. What more do you want?
“The Legs, The Nose and Mrs. Robinson”: You remember when Donna suddenly appeared, or when the Titanic crashed into the TARDIS and the Doctor exclaimed, “What? What? What?” Feel free to do that now. Yes, that’s River Song with a Kovarian-style eye-patch. Yes, that’s a sarcophagus behind her. No, it’s not Autumn yet.
This looks like episode twelve, which also features Craig, Sophie, the Cybermen and probably something Egyptian. In the search for Melody Pond, does the TARDIS team find a very different River Song?
“The Pandorica will open, and Silence will fall”: Haven’t we seen you somewhere before? The Silence were last seen being gunned down by River, but warnings about them have been stretched across the series ever since Moffat took control. The Saturnyne (from Vampires of Venice) “ran from The Silence” and while the Doctor was imprisoned, they caused the universe to end by blowing up the TARDIS. Now what are they up to…?
And, looking at the bubbles rising, could Matt Smith be getting his wish in this episode (most probably the series finale)? In Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2011, he told Darren Scott he’d like to pilot the TARDIS to Atlantis: “I think it’s the mythology of the sea for me, really, which is amazing… I like the idea that it’s all underwater; it has a magic to it.”
… Sorry, what were we saying?
“That which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel”: The Weeping Angels are back. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em aliens first appeared in series three and returned in last year’s two-parter, The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone. They’ll probably be in The God Complex as somebody’s nightmare made real.
At the series six press launch (all those moons ago), Steven Moffat said: “You make Doctor Who frightening to appeal to children, and children absolutely rank Doctor Who stories in order of frightening-ness. That’s what it’s all about. The jokes and the silly bits; they’re for adults. But the scares are in for the kids.”
Oh, and sorry about the image. You’ll be fine: just don’t blink.
“Trust the plastic”: Doctor Who has a history of creepy dolls. Feel free to make jokes about Dapol all you want, but we were thinking more of Terror of the Autons in which a troll gave children nationwide (and Mary Whitehouse) nightmares for weeks on end. Little is known about Mark Gatiss’ Night Terrors, but it’s fair to say the special effects will be better than 1970s CSO.
“Y’know, this isn’t nearly as bad as it looks”: Another scare from The God Complex. We’ve seen Minotaurs before; maybe this one’s a further evolved Nimon? I know, I know; don’t even joke about it.
“Of course, if you muck it up, I am going to be really cross. And dead”: Run, Rory! This looks pretty scary… Okay, so not the Nimon then.
Is Rory wearing the same shirt in The God Complex as he is in Let’s Kill Hitler? The last time anyone wore the same checkered shirt twice, they turned out to be Flesh…
“Your country salutes you”: Rory punches Hitler. Need we say more?
“An impossible astronaut will rise from the deep and strike the Time Lord dead”: On the TARDIS monitor, the Doctor gets us back up to speed. As if we could forget.
“Would you like me to repeat the question?”: Forget ‘heads will roll’; when the Cybermen are about, heads will explode. Yes, it looks pretty spectacular, but just for once, can we see a Cyber-death of old – a shaky yell, dramatic clenched fist and a tentative fall?!
“Haven’t you figured that one out yet?”: Who is the astronaut? Who is the good man River kills? What’s the Silence’s plan? Exactly which ‘one’ question are you referring to, Doctor?
Not long to wait now…