We haven’t been getting much, but the recent teasers have been enough to make our mouths begin to water. Entertainment Weekly has provided the first image of actual, sanctioned footage from Doctor Who Series 8’s premiere episode, “Deep Breath,” which is set to premiere August 23rd, be feature-length, and is directed by Ben Wheatley.
The episode will place the newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor (P-Caps) and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) to the Victorian era and will see the welcome return of the “Paternoster Gang” (a name I truly can’t stand, to be honest), consisting of Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), her wife Jenny (Catrin Stewart), and their faithful Sontaran manservant Strax (Dan Starkey).
In the briefest of blurbs, Coleman is quoted as saying the new Doctor is “a lot fiercer. The man is a total adrenaline junkie.” Funny that he’s tied for the oldest actor ever to play the Doctor and yet he’s a wild man. I think that will be an excellent contrast to the goofy, grandfatherly Eleventh Doctor played by the youngest actor.
Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat was pretty typically coy about the new series, but he did say, “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.”
We’ll all find out together when BBC America airs Doctor Who “Deep Breath” on Saturday, August 23rd, at 8/7c.