‘Doctor Who’ Series Six Updates: Claims of the Biggest Villain Yet, Plus Gaiman’s Episode Has a Title And Video from the WonderCon Panel
The Doctor Who panel at WonderCon and new clips from the BBC give us still more hints at what’s ahead for The Doctor this season as we get ever closer to that magical April 23 premiere date.
First of all, there’s a wonderful new one-minute trailer from BBC America, completely different from the BBC version, that was released Saturday:
Then there’s tantalizing little behind-the-scenes featurette, in which the cast make bold claims that this season has the biggest Doctor Who villain ever. A few vague plot details also slip through, including the fact that this year, Amy Pond will be keeping a secret from The Doctor that will change their relationship forever.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Two clips of Season Six footage also popped up at WonderCon, including one from Neil Gaiman‘s apparently epic story, which we now know is titled “The Doctor’s Wife.” The footage was WonderCon exclusive, but our friends at io9 have a descriptor:
And we saw two clips. One from the first two-parter, in which Mark Sheppard’s character, Delaware, is drinking in a bar when he gets recruited for a government mission. Delaware has left the FBI but President Nixon wants him for a secret mission. “You were my second choice for this mission,” Nixon tells Delaware. “That’s all right,” Delaware replies. “You were my second choice for president.” And meanwhile, in the TARDIS, River Song is telling the Doctor and friends about Delaware and his mission.
And the second clip was from Neil Gaiman’s episode, “The Doctor’s Wife.” The Doctor, Amy and Rory are on the spaceship graveyard planet, meeting a group of four or five people — including an Ood. Amy is alarmed by the Ood, but the Doctor tells her not to be scared. The Ood has a broken speech globe, but the Doctor repairs it — at which point, a babble of weird voices comes out until it shuts off. The Doctor is incredibly freaked out, and starts asking who else is there. Just The House, explains the older woman in the group of natives. They’re inside The House and standing on it — the whole planet is The Room. The Doctor can meet The House if he likes. The Doctor is very eager to do so — and Amy asks what those voices were. “Time Lords,” the Doctor explains. Near here someplace, there are “lots and lots of Time Lords.”
The footage was accompanied by a panel featuring Gaiman, director Toby Haynes, actor Mark Sheppard and Chris Hardwick. Among the highlights were Gaiman’s comments on his episode:
It’s called “The Doctor’s Wife”… It’s episode four. It was going to be episode eleven of the last season. But I got a sad email as they started shooting the last season, when they got up to the point where they were going to be shooting my episode. It said, “We’ve run out of money, so we’re going to be shooting “The Lodger” instead because we can shoot that in a flat around the corner. And we can’t make your episode in the flat around the corner.”
Blessedly the entire panel discussion has made its way to YouTube (Minus the clips. Dammit):
What else is there to say? This just keeps getting better.
Doctor Who returns to BBC and BBC America April 23.