The new series of “Doctor Who” has the potential to be terrific. Both of the forty-second trailers look good. It’s obvious that, once again, plenty of money has been lavished on the show, which could of course be its undoing, but the biggest problem, in my opinion, is the writers’ allowing the curbing of their imaginations. “Doctor Who” made by committee doesn’t make good “Doctor Who”. I’m optimistic though. I want it to be good. I want it to be as terrific as the trailers suggest it’s going to be.
As well as featuring clips from early episodes of the new series up to and including the two-part Dalek story, this first trailer is heavily geared towards promoting the first episode with plenty of those intergalactic alien storm troopers, known as the Judoon Platoon, on the rampage in search of Plasmavore Florence played by Anne Reid. Recently seen opposite Catherine Tate in “The Bad Mother’s Handbook”, this well-respected actress has already guest-starred in “Doctor Who”. She played Nurse Crane in “The Curse of Fenric” almost two decades ago. Back in 1989, she was up against the Haemovores and now she is one… well, almost!
Also starring in the opening story, “Smith and Jones”, is Roy Marsden as Mr. Stoker, best known as the ITV version of P D James’s cultured detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh. Roy has also had a previous brush with “Doctor Who”, although a little more recently than Anne. He’s just been heard in the latest audio series on BBC7, opposite Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith, in the closing two-part Cybermen story “Human Resources”. He’s had a long and illustrious career that includes appearances in “Space: 1999”, the feature-length Sherlock Holmes story “The Last Vampyre”, and “Only Fools and Horses”. Eight days and counting!