The BBC gave Whovians something to look forward to at the end of the summer, announcing that Doctor Who will return to save the universe August 23.
This will be the beginning of the reign of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, who joins returning, and seemingly immortal, companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) aboard the TARDIS.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) June 28, 2014
The premiere episode promises to be a good one. The episode will be entitled “Deep Breath,“ perhaps a nod to the rumors that there will be some initial conflict as Clara and the new incarnation of the Doctor get to know each other. “Deep Breath” will be written by geek hero Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Coupling) and directed by Ben Wheatley (A Field in England). While this alone is promising, what is really exciting are these two words; Feature Length!
That’s right, not only will Who fans get a new Doctor, but the premiere will be feature length. It has yet to be confirmed if “feature length” is 75 minutes, as the 50th Anniversary episode was, or 90 as the episodes of Sherlock have been.
The news was dropped along with a new teaser trailer, though it isn’t terribly different from the teaser trailer they released earlier.
Capaldi’s Doctor has been called a “Doctor of the people,” though no one has been quite clear just what that may mean. Fans will have to wait and see just how much the new Doctor differs from Matt Smith’s rather child like incarnation, which ended, rather poetically, in a town called Christmas. Capaldi’s most recent work being his portrayal of the super evil Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC series The Musketeers leaves it a challenge to see him replacing the slightly manic Eleventh Doctor.
The August 23 premiere will air in the U.S. at 8/7c on BBC America.
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