One of the two masterstrokes in the creation of Doctor Who is a machine that can take its pilot anytime in the universe (and to some points outside it), thus opening up the possibility of telling any/every kind of story imaginable. The other is the idea that when The Doctor gets too old/damaged, he can regenerate – making it possible for the show to carry on even if an actor is unable/chooses not to go on.
The eighth season of the current run of Doctor Who introduced the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (the fourteenth if you want to be sticky about it, but for all intents and purposes the twelfth) and did something that hadn’t been done before in the show’s fifty-one year history – it gave us a hero who didn’t believe in heroes… and wasn’t even sure if he was a good man. The result was an almost intoxicatingly odd season.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will face off with his deadliest enemy. The surprise is that it happens so soon – this week, in fact!
The pissed off pepper pots return on Saturday (9/8C) to vex the Doctor once more. This week’s episode also introduces Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson, above), the guy who actually is (or will be) Clara’s boyfriend! Check out the trailer after the jump.
Meet Danny Pink. As played by new Doctor Who cast member, Samuel Anderson, Danny is a recurring character who teaches at Coal Hill School – where Clara Oswald also teaches. As always, whenever a new cast member comes aboard the TARDIS, the big question is why – and showrunner Steven Moffat promises answers in Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Twelfth Doctor.
Fans with keen memories will recall that the Doctor’s first terrestrial companions, teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright also taught at Coal Hill School and it’s the same school that appeared in 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks and in the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. It makes you wonder what trouble is brewing within those hallowed halls this time?