Additional Doctor Who crumbs dropped as season 8 nears.
As Whovians and Peter Capaldi fans await Doctor Who’s season 8 premiere, the marketing is getting creative. The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series featuring Murray Gold’s captivating music accompanied by big screen video sequences of the Doctors in action, is now being hyped for a 2015 debut. And as if prompting us to pay attention to the event, here’s the latest 12th Time Lord promo released by the BBC:
Premiering in Melbourne, Australia in 2012, the critically-acclaimed Symphonic Spectacular evolved to keep pace with the TV series. The event was recently updated to include epic music from the 50th anniversary episode, Matt Smith’s final adventure “The Time of the Doctor,” as well as the score and footage from season 8.
It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales. A host of live monsters – including Silurian warriors, the Ood, Saturnyn refugees (or the Vampires of Venice), the Silence, and Cybermen – add to the electric atmosphere.
Show hosts have included Doctor Who stars Peter Davison (the 5th Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), and Mark Williams (Rory’s dad, Brian, last seen watering the plants). Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015.
This event is currently slated to enjoy a limited run of 12 performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. Who fans across the pond would certainly love to enjoy it as well – are you listening, BBC?
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been quoted as saying that the show’s “fairytale” era is over; season 8 will reportedly center on consequences of traveling with the 12th Doctor and the return of darker themes. Jenna Coleman is back as Clara Oswald and Samuel Anderson has been cast as recurring character Danny Pink. We’ll see a return of the Daleks and Cybermen, as well as some “terrifying” new alien creatures. There will also be no flirtation or romance between this Doctor and his companions. This decision follows what many Who fans have seen as an inappropriate leaning towards romantic encounters since the series reboot in 2005.
“We still blow a lot of shit up,” said Capaldi. “That’s very important, but it’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over recent years,” he told the Sunday Times. “A bit more gravity.”
“Some situations are more somber, and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I’ve loved, there has often been a breathless vigor; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer.”
The season 8 premiere, “Deep Breath,” (featuring the return of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax) airs on BBC, BBC America, and in select theaters with unspecified additional content August 23rd. The theatrical premier will debut in US theaters August 25th. What are you most excited to see happen? Will you wait to see it on the big screen? Sound off on the GEEK Facebook page, or add your comments below.