The very first official photo from the Series 8 premiere, Deep Breath, has been unveiled by American magazine, Entertainment Weekly.
As you can see, the Twelfth Doctor’s not quite got his look down to a tee yet, so perhaps he’s still suffering from post-regeneration confusion; Clara, nonetheless, looks as beautiful as ever.
Deep Breath sees the TARDIS set down in Victorian London with the return of the Paternoster Gang: Vastra (a Silurian), Jenny (a sometimes-leather-clad human), and Strax (a grenade-loving Sontaran). It’s written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley, and is known to be “feature-length”, ie. roughly 75 minutes or so. As Kasterborites may recall, the scripts for the first five episodes were leaked online earlier this week, though they were quickly taken down by an apologetic BBC.
Entertainment Weekly spoke to Jenna Coleman, who stars opposite new Doctor, Peter Capaldi and calls her co-star, “a total adrenaline junkie”!
“It’s a big introduction — he’s the new Doctor,”Moffat explains. “There’s no point pretending that it’s not the most interesting, dynamic thing that you’ve got to sell in that first episode. It’s going to be about ‘What’s he like? How’s he different?’ I suppose it feels a bit like a character piece, but there’s plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy, as there ever is in Doctor Who.”
And he then teases the two-part finale, directed by Rachel Talalay. How will viewers feel after the finale? “Like they want Doctor Who to come back very, very quickly,” Moffat says. Well, that’s how we always feel!
Here’s that first in-action photo of the Twelfth Doctor in full, courtesy of Adrian Rogers, BBC America and Entertainment Weekly.
Excited yet? Doctor Who returns on 23rd August, and yes, it feels great to be writing that!