Published on June 7th, 2014 | by Rebecca Crockett

The Most Awesome ‘Previously’ Doctor Who Trailer Ever!

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)


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Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

8 Responses to The Most Awesome ‘Previously’ Doctor Who Trailer Ever!

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    Aarrrgh! This has just reminded me of all the plot holes I’d forgotten! If flying the Pandorica back to the TARDIS closes all the cracks, then why was there still a crack Gallifrey could communicate through on Trenzalore? I think I need a lie down.

    • Thank you!!! I am so glad someone has drawn attention to Moffat’s sloppy writing! That video adds further fuel to the argument that Moffat has stayed on too long, not unlike JN-T’s reign! Time for a new showrunner! Fresh face needed in that seat!

      • avatar Sleepycholar says:

        Blimey! I’m glad you said that because, I mean there’s just no one on the Internet complaining about Moffat. And let’s face it, what the show needs most at the moment is a large number of people expressing how much they hate the showrunner. Sod the programme itself. Who cares about that any more? Let’s just all get behind the really important thing: abusing Steven Moffat!

        • avatar vortexter says:

          Or perhaps he’s just being brave enough to stand out from the crowd to point out his writing style, story structure and overall plotting style are far from perfect. Don’t worry, I’m sure Steven’s a nice guy really. And I’m not picking on him above anyone else. I wasn’t very complimentary about his predecessor either…

      • avatar Rick says:

        Actually I thought it reminded me of how bad RTD’s writing got in his final seasons.

    • avatar Dr.Deathmetal says:

      Because the crack on Trenzalore isn’t an actual crack, just scar tissue that remained from the original cracks. And that scar is a weakness within the space time fabric, that’s why the timelords use it as an entry point. Just listen carefully next time because the Doctor explains it in the episode.

  2. avatar Al says:

    Very nicely done, though I do get a little frustrated at these recaps that forget the 26 seasons that preceded the modern era. Not that I’d expect them to recap all of that (as it is, at 12 minutes this is longer than you’d expect a “real” previously trailer to be), but they could have easily spent 10 seconds quickly flipping through the first 7 Doctors, perhaps during the Day of the Doctor section (I’d also have included a quick glimpse of the Curator, though that said I doubt he is likely to play a part in any arc). That said, still very nicely done and a handy recap for the recent years.

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