As the days until Doctor Who tick away slowly but surely, the steady train of new glimpses and looks at the premiere episode, “Deep Breath,” have kept on a-chugging. The BBC has released four new images for the August 23rd episode, set to be shown in over 1,500 cinemas worldwide as well as on BBC America here in the States, depicting the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) along with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and one featuring Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), who looks to be living up to her Sherlock Holmesian sleuthing reputation by putting together pieces of clues on a map. That’ll be interesting to check out. Have a look below at the gallery.
In addition to these images, Empire Magazine also posted a new article on their website along with two specially-photographed portrait images of P-Caps and J-Col (I’m not as enamored with that nickname). Along with the images, the magazine also got some sound bytes from the two stars about the darker tone the series and the Doctor in general are going to take beginning in Series 8 and also how Capaldi, a longtime Who fanatic, wants to peel away the character’s accouterments and find the being inside.
“”It can become a kind of franchise where it’s not a real character at all”, cautioned Capaldi, “but just an amalgam of elements that people think are Doctor Who: a scarf, a bow tie… I wanted to be the actual Doctor Who.” (Yes, he calls the character “Doctor Who,” I think we’ll all have to get used to that.)
Capaldi also says in the article, “He’s more alien than he’s been for a while. He doesn’t quite understand human beings or really care very much about their approval.” And Coleman agrees. “With Matt’s Doctor [Clara] felt quite safe, really,” said Coleman. “She knew she’d be caught if she was in danger, but this guy is a lot less human-friendly and a lot less patient. He’s more removed and inaccessible. You can’t quite access him in the same way.”
Very interesting, I think. This series could alienate a lot of fans, but I also think the people making the show are fans enough themselves that they won’t do anything too drastic. Capaldi probably won’t go all Sixth Doctor and try to choke Clara, but if he’s a bit icy and aloof, I don’t think that’d harm anyone.
We’re almost there, fans! I’m pretty stoked, and also pretty curious. How are all these suggestions that the Doctor is going to be not so nice hitting your ears? Do you welcome the change or are you set in your Smithy ways? Let us know below!