As of today, we’re exactly one month away from seeing new episodes of BBC’s long-lived sci-fi adventure series Doctor Who. Between the 50th anniversary festivities last year, and the fact that the upcoming season eight introduces us to Peter Capaldi’s twelfth incarnation of the Time Lord—he popped up in the last holiday special, but this is our first proper meeting—Whovians the world over are getting pretty pumped up. We don’t know a whole lot about the new chapters, but now we’ve got little nugget that provides a bit of insight into each of the dozen new episodes.
We’ve heard promises from the folks involved that these new episodes will usher in a darker, more serious version of the two-hearted Doctor from Gallifrey, and the trailers and teasers that we’ve seen only drive home this point. And with a director like Ben Wheatley—most known for his pitch black genre-bending films like Kill List and A Field in England— at the helm for the first two episodes, it’s hard to imagine anything else. (Those of you in the mood for more adventures of the previous two Doctors should check out the newly released comics, one each for Doctors number 10 and 11.)
While we have an idea of what to expect from a larger standpoint, reading these brief descriptions from SFX Magazine, provides our first glimpse into specific episodes. Check them out for yourself:
801. Clara trying to cope with her best friend being someone else. A terrifying monster.
802. Gritty Dalek ep that goes into the last place in the universe the Doctor should be.
803. Very funny Robin Hood story all about being a hero and whether the Doctor is as a good man.
804. The story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown. Tiny guest cast, no CGI. A bit of Coupling. Quite scary.
805. A Doctor Who heist movie with a cracking monster, one of Neill Gorton’s best.
806. What effect would slipping away with the Doctor have on your life? A hoot with some serious bits. Bit like The Lodger.
807. Proper drama with monsters and all the Doctor Who stuff that you could want. Also features a callback to a past episode (sort of).
808. Moffat playing the long game with a callback to something from Matt’s first series. A brilliant idea of a monster. Foxes singing.
809. A horror story that starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end. One of the best ever sight gags in it.
810. Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea.
811/12. High octane action, with Cybermen and some proper UNIT stuff. Strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them.
From these brief, you can barely call them synopsis, there are some interesting, exciting times in store for the Doctor, Clara, and all of the fans. From what we’ve seen, both Clara and the Doctor are having trouble coming to terms with their new situation. Some fan favorite villains like the Daleks and the Cybermen will be back to cause a ruckus, as is their habit. It also sounds like there will be some big, grand-scale adventures juxtaposed with some smaller, more intimate stories.
There is a lot to sift through and digest here, but there is also a great deal of potential. Do you see any bits that you’re particularly excited or concerned about? Any episodes that you’re especially looking forward to now? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
New episodes of Doctor Who return on Saturday, August 23.