Series 9 Comic-Con Trailer Breakdown
Well then here we go again! It’s time to take an in-depth look at the amazingly cinematic first trailer for Doctor Who Series 9 that debuted at Comic-Con (or in fact the BBC twitter account a little early – oops!)
Note: As ever the following will be based on casting, filming, rumours, previews and plain old speculation. Proceed at your own discretion!
The trailer might look like it opens with a plain old space scene, but it’s actually a Star Trek lawsuit waiting to happen.
This TARDIS shot is now mandatory in every Doctor Who trailer.
Here’s something new though. Notice the fancy roundels in the TARDIS interior. Thank you Michael Pickwoad!
Sadly the TARDIS is not in the best shape. Again.
The first of many shots taken from Toby Whithouse’s spooky two-parter. It seems that a lot of the episode will take place in the underwater base mentioned in the recent press release.
A brave stunt double makes a prompt escape from a flooded corridor.
Guest star Sophie Stone who appears in Whithouse’s two-parter.
Is that a crown? Could this be Odin who we know appears in episode 5, played by David Schofield?
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clip showing a Dalek getting destroyed. More on the Daleks later.
Naturally the freaky eye agenda continues in 2015. Notice the symbols here. Perhaps seeing the symbols cause you to lose your eyes as witnessed with a few of the monsters we see.
The Doctor begins his narration: “Every time I think it can’t get more extraordinary, it surprises me.”
Come on Doctor, it’s a corridor. It’s a show staple. But this seems to part of the underwater base as glimpsed from overhead later on.
We’ve had a sneak preview of these monsters and they are from either episode 5 or 6, or both – The Girl Who Died / The Woman Who Lived.
This scenery and colour palette suggest this is from the opening story battle as witnessed more in the trailer later. Perhaps a grisly end for one of the soldiers?
On first glance this monster is not dissimilar to the Whispermen. But later on we see not all of these hollowed-eyed things are dressed like they’re from the Victorian era. They appear in Toby Whithouse’s two-parter.
“It’s impossible, I hate it, it’s evil, it’s astonishing…”
Perhaps the real impossibility is to have one series without the Daleks! But what is more intriguing is the classic era one behind the more modern variant.
This shot is a head turner. It’s difficult to pinpoint an episode, although we do see a gun so possibly part of the opening episode battle.
A space Viking?
The sign on the door warns of radioactive matter. This looks like another from Whithouse’s two-parter.
Despite her apparent death, Michelle Gomez reprises her role as Missy in the opening two-parter. Looks like laser sights are on her here. We know from filming that she is being hunted by mysterious men in black.
Doctor: “I want to kiss it to death!”
Ok then, Doctor. Moving on.
A trio of very intriguing shots follow from what we believe to be from the opening two-parter. We begin with what must be Skaro. This looks like a CGI version of a 60’s era Dalek city.
Is this the Master, pre-Missy? It wouldn’t be the first time we saw a hooded, and horribly disfigured version of the character. So might we see the change into Missy? The next screen gives another possible clue…
This could very well be another appearance of the planet Karn. The landscape is very similar to what we saw in The Night of the Doctor and notice the red cloaked figures around. We also have Clare Higgins confirmed to appear in the opener and she previously played Ohila, a member of the Sisterhood of Karn. So could the Master be pulling a McGann?
It’s the now obligatory yearly appearance of the orange spacesuit. We know Clara wears this in episodes 5 as part of the Viking plotline. Later on in the trailer we see things don’t go well for her.
Capaldi has just seen the BBC’s budget cuts for Doctor Who Series 10.
Missy, are you ready for your close-up? Perhaps this occurs after the possible Karn regeneration?
Sophie Stone’s character is about to be menaced by…
…Guest star Colin McFarlane, who is playing one of these creepy hollow-eyed monsters in Whithouse’s two-parter. The same eyes we saw earlier with the symbols?
We get a glimpse of this underwater base where a good chunk of the trailer action looks to take place.
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