“Doctor Who” Trailer Better Than the Episodes Themselves?

This morning at the sprightly hour of 6 a.m. the trailer for the upcoming series of Doctor Who was released, which you can watch at this link or at the bottom of this post. It was exciting, dark, fast-paced and full of lots of rather delicious looking villains but the cynic in me couldn’t help but wonder…is this trailer going to be better than the episodes themselves?

The keyword in press releases and creator interviews for Doctor Who in the new era has been “EPIC.” The desire to make individual episodes and the series as a whole large and cinematic is understandable, blockbusters excite people and get them talking and Classic Who was all about the huge narrative arcs that spanned over lots of episodes and were resolved at the end of the series. It’s precisely those narrative arcs that I’m concerned about. The Moffat era thus far has been so concerned with visuals and the fairytale mythos so emphasised in Doctor Who publicity that they’ve forgotten to write really good solid stories with clever episode arcs. To be frank, I barely enjoyed the most recent series, with a couple of exceptions for The Doctor’s Wife and Closing Time (but that was mainly because of Stormy) and I don’t want to sit through another series of Doctor Who feeling like I’m watching a first or second draft someone’s mixed up all of the pages for.

It’s my hope that I’ll be proven wrong, that the work will be put in to make the Doctor’s rage a natural consequence of the narrative of Series 7, just as Davies masterfully did with the Time Lord Victorious at the end of the Tennant years. Perhaps, too, I am being unfair: we’ve only seen two trailers so far, after all. Still, it’s been a consistent theme of the past couple of years that the excitement I felt watching the teaser trailers did not correlate with my reaction to those episodes and what’s more, the trailers introduced characters I didn’t actually care about when the episode rolled around because the groundwork wasn’t there.

Still, it’s a beautiful trailer, excellently edited and…yes…a little bit epic. Let’s hope the series delivers all that’s promised in a trailer full of cool spaceships, excited!Doctor, angry!Doctor, New York, alien revenge and sharp, dramatic soundtracks.

  • http://twitter.com/KiddoMeikle Ross Meikle

    I agree, actually. The trailer for Series 7 was epic with the sweeping shots of Utah, hotel corridor chases and Amy wielding swords either as a pirate or as what would be revealed as her older self.

    But the epic clips shown to the epic music that Murray Gold does so well tend to be the only epic clips of the episode. Characters of whom we catch glimpses let down the audience when their one line or one epic camera shot is indeed the only epic bit about them.

    I hope that these episodes will be epic and exciting just like the trailer, but I fear you might be right. … Of course, I’ll still watch and enjoy!!

  • http://twitter.com/LoisCarlisle Lois Carlisle

    I feel EXACTLY the same way. Last season was beautiful to look at, but the story was way past convoluted. The very idea of Who is–to borrow the above phrase–”epic” on its own, so that begs the question, Does it need to be beefed up in the way Moffat is beefing it up? Do we need a grand cathedral to put the already beautiful architecture of Who’s idea inside? It’s like over seasoning something. Maybe less is more. I think everyone needs to take a step back from LOOK AT THIS, THE MOSTEST BIG SEASON OF DOCTOR WHO EVARR, and focus on a solid, quality plot.

    That being said, I am freakin’ excited about this new season. Also, Rupert Graves. Vworp!

  • rosetyler

    this is so accurate

    apart from that i hated closing time as well as the rest of the series.

  • Heather23renae

    Sometimes I don’t always feel so pleased when I finis an episode but when I rewatch it a few months later, I almost always love love love it.

  • sirpopey

    I disagree with the assertion that Moffat’s writing hasn’t been good. Rather than the tedious emotional pandering that Davies provided, we’ve seen better character development, logical plots with just the right amount of intrigue and multiple series long stories. I’d take those any day over yet another diatribe from Rose about how much she loves the Doctor.

    I don’t think we should preparedly lambast a series because in one trailer it displays the type of visuals it’s so dearly deserved.

  • 19yearslater

    I — y’know, I’ve been thinking the same. The trailer looks reminiscent of Tennant’s lengthy and emotional exit, and I didn’t love the second half of this past season. I hope I’m surprised, but not overly excited as I have been for past seasons. I’m excited for the Weeping Cherub and River because she always interests me. Also, she’s wearing a hat!

  • Ceolan

    I think i should make a point, Alot of people online have been hating on moffats writing e.g”DAVIES FTW” i disagree to a point with them. Davies was certainly a los to the series, his writing was consistent and always surprised you, moffats writing is sometimes inconsistent, but its still very good writing. the reason people don’t really like moffat is i think because they changed writer + doctor when it went from tennent to smith. The whole style of the series changed into something new. we can tell this happened because the only original character we’ve had pre-moffat is river and the way they have taken off with her story line I haven’t liked, i don’t know about the rest of the community.

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