As we’ve become a more global society, the practices of the television networks from other countries has changed what became an almost traditional tv season. There are also many more networks and companies creating shows. Bigger concepts are treated like mini-movies and therefore fewer episodes are produced. allowing for each one bigger, grander spectacle.
Unfortunately, this also means that there is a much longer time between new series of shows with fewer episodes overall.
Game Of Thrones, produced by American television cable network HBO, is well-known for large stretches of time between series. To remind returning viewers of what has already happened in the continuing story of the show, HBO creates a “recap” video of clips giving an overview of the story. Often, these video pieces reveal major plot points.
With so many changes coming to Doctor Who, YouTuber VeritaserumUK has created a “Game Of Thrones style” trailer for the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who that includes moments from the entire run of the rebooted Who since 2005, including all of the Doctor’s regenerations and companions. From meeting Rose to finding out who Bad Wolf is, from flying to the end of time and finding the Master to waiving at fat and the DoctorDonna, from radiation poisoning to meeting the little girl in the garden who would change the Doctor forever, every episode and special since 2005 is included in this video!
This really does tell the story of the show as it currently stands. The almost seamless editing allows one character to flow into the next, with each clip and sound bite fitting together in one complete puzzle. I especially like that every regeneration we have seen, in the order we’ve met each Doctor, has been included, and that we are treated to every companion the Doctor has taken on his adventures since the show restarted. All of them have been an important part in shaping the Doctor to the man he is now, even if he won’t admit that. Without Rose, the Doctor would’ve never “danced” again. Without Martha and Donna, he wouldn’t have regained his confidence and remembered why he loves humanity so much. With out Amy and Rory and River, the Doctor would still feel alone in universe, without a family. Without Clara, he’d be without a friend (at least a friend that generally is human shaped – besides, the TARDIS is more than a friend or family) His companions are his story, not all the places he’s been and the things he’s done. Those are just chronicled events. The Doctor’s companions give meaning to what he does.
(With thanks to John)