Breaking down the Doctor Who #TimeForHeroes Trailer


Earlier today, the BBC released a short trailer for the new series of Doctor Who – set to return on April 15th, Doctor Who series 10 will star Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, alongside Pearl Mackie as Bill and Matt Lucas as Nardole.

The new trailer teased the return of many classic villains, and the introduction of plenty of new ones – here’s what we saw:

The above screencap tells us a lot already, giving us our first glimpse of:

  • The Daleks: Pearl Mackie was first introduced to the nation as Bill in the special minisode Friend from the Future, presenting a possible scene from her debut that sees her meeting the Daleks for the first time. We can assume that scene will make it into the show in some form, with this trailer indicating the return of the Doctor’s perennial foes.

  • The Cybermen: Interestingly, the iteration of the silver giants appears to be the design first introduced in 2006 story Rise of the Cybermen – not the revamped version we’ve seen since 2011’s Nightmare in Silver. Peter Capaldi has been quite open in his desire to see a ‘Genesis of the Cybermen’ type story, dealing with the classic Mondasian Cybermen – might Steven Moffat be uniting all the different Cyber designs, as he previously has with the Daleks?

  • Emojibots: The first of our new monsters, these quirky robots are thought to be appearing in the second episode of the new series, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (who previously penned Capaldi-story In the Forest of the Night). It’s rumoured that these robots like to hug people – to death!

  • Ice Warriors: A favourite of Mark Gatiss’, this is going to be the second episode of the modern series of Doctor Who to feature the Ice Warriors, who previously appeared alongside Matt Smith in 2013’s Cold War. Interestingly, when Mark Gatiss announced he was writing an Ice Warrior episode for this series, he promised a new type of Ice Warrior we’d never seen before – we’ll get onto that in a minute…

  • The Pyrovilles: Admittedly less certain here, as it’s hard to tell exactly what these monsters are – but it seems they might be the Pyrovilles, who features in David Tennant episode The Fires of Pompeii. Interestingly, it was that episode that featured Peter Capaldi’s first appearance in Doctor Who – perhaps the hope is that the return of the Pyrovilles will bring his tenure full circle?

Immediately, then, it’s clear that we can expect to see quite a few classic monsters, but those aren’t the only ones. Take a look at these next two screencaps from the trailer – might we be able to expect a return from both the Sontarans and Davros, creator of the Daleks?

Let’s think back for a moment, though, to the Ice Warriors. As already noted, Mark Gatiss promised “a new kind of Ice Warrior”, a type we’ve never seen before. With that in mind, take a look at this screenshot from the end of the trailer…

You can see how it’s reminiscent of the Ice Warriors as we know them, yes? Perhaps, then, this is the new kind of Ice Warrior that we’ve been promised – might it be a female Ice Warrior? An Ice Queen, potentially? It certainly feels likely.

Elsewhere in the trailer, you can spot the titles on these books:

With very few of the episode titles for series 10 released yet, could these be our first hints towards them? Smile sounds like it could be episode featuring the Emojibots, while Thin Ice is an excellent title for an Ice Warrior story (fun fact: it’s the title of a Big Finish Audio featuring the 7th Doctor and the Ice Warriors). As to the others, it’s not quite clear – but no doubt we’ll find out soon.

All that remains to consider now is the dialogue, with one line standing out in particular:

“I’m having the time of my life, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world – even if it kills me.”

The final words of the trailer are spoken by Bill, and they’re a reminder of the dangers of time travel – but might they also be a portent of her eventual fate? Doctor Who is in the midst of a transitory time, with a new Doctor and a new showrunner waiting in the wings – could it be the case that Bill will only be travelling in the TARDIS for a single series, departing to make way for a new companion alongside the Thirteenth Doctor?

One thing is for certain, though – with Doctor Who returning, you wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.


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