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Doctor Who series 11 trailer

We have a teaser!

Okay, it doesn't say much. But what struck me is how it is not about saving the world or the Doctor herself. We see the Doctor with the future companions's eyes, and it's ceratainly more RTD's style than Moffat's. I never liked it when the focus was directly on the Doctor. We're clearly past the "last of the Time Lords" era, and we're past the "centre of the universe" era, and in the teaser new viewers will see that the Doctor is mysterious, can play with time and likes to laugh - that's a nice starting point.

I also like how warm the light and the colours are. It was a good thing in series 10 to get rid of those dark mood of series 8 and 9, and with a new logo I can only be happy the change's doing to last.

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shivver13
Jul. 16th, 2018 05:45 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the trailer, because I never watch trailers or follow the media because I want to experience the content without pre-conceived expectations. Your description was very nice (not spoilery at all), and it makes me optimistic about the upcoming season, especially your comment that the Doctor no longer is the center of the universe. That's probably the biggest thing that turned me off from the show, as we proceeded through both Eleven and Twelve and I realized that the Doctor was now this huge hero-god and not the simple traveller and explorer that I fell in love with back when he first grabbed Rose's hand and whispered, "Run!"
alumfelga
Jul. 16th, 2018 08:39 pm (UTC)
It's a teaser, not a trailer, so it really doesn't show much, but we'll probably get a trailer on Comic Con, so be careful if you want to remain media-free. I'm still surprised - and very happy - about how little we know about the new series. I wouldn't want to know too much, but official materials are fine by me.

Well, Ten had his "god" moments and it didn't turn out well for him, so everything that fed the Doctor's ego later worried me. But Moffat made the Doctor do huge things like restart the universe or change his own history and never wondered how all these things affected him. On the other hand, he made the universe revolve about the Doctor and suddenly, that universe started to feel... small. So, I'd like to see the space of the entire universe back.
shivver13
Jul. 17th, 2018 06:45 pm (UTC)
That's one of the things that made Eleven and Twelve not work for me. I like them, don't get me wrong - but on the "let's watch a fun adventure and see the Doctor be all snarky" level, not on the higher, character development level. Maybe it's just a general problem with the show itself, because it's trying to say that the Doctor is both a single character over the entire course of the show and fourteen different unrelated characters. Thus, we have the Tenth Doctor having his "god" moments, being smacked in the face for them, and learning that he isn't omnipotent, and then Eleven immediately forgetting everything he learned in his previous life and becoming worse. Nothing ever rebuked him, and in fact, we had Amy, Clara, and especially telling him that he's the center of the universe. And this extended into Twelve.

I am aware that the creator of the Doctor has to tell the story that he's envisioning for him, but it just doesn't make a good continuing character if the new version blithely ignores his past and goes on doing the same things that destroyed him earlier. (Note that I'm not saying that Ten was better in any way than Eleven or Twelve - in fact, he was darker, more corrupted, more evil than any Doctor before or since.)

I really like how you phrased that last bit, by the way, that by making the universe revolve around the Doctor, Moffat made the universe feel small. I can think of a lot of examples and corollaries to that, but I won't clutter your journal with them. Maybe I'll write that essay someday as well. :)
alumfelga
Jul. 18th, 2018 08:26 pm (UTC)
I can't tell much about Eleven's or Twelve's character development because it feels random. In The Day of the Doctor, when Moffat needs the Doctor to be in trauma because he destroyed Gallifrey, suddenly he "constantly talks about it". Then, in the end of the episode, he says he's going to find Gallifrey, and never does it - because Matt Smith decided not to do another season (which wasn't that surprising after the three he's done). In s6e12, after he hears that the Brig is dead, he decides it's time to die, or at least to stop running from that moment of his life when he "probably" dies - I really liked that, it felt like a big character development for I-can-do-anything-no-really-anything Eleven. One episode later, it's gone and of course he has a plan. Twelve knows he can't do whathever he likes, and yet decides to save Me, and nothing really comes out of it. Was it good, was it bad? No afterthoughts, just few random remarks about being immortal. I bet Twelve's fear of regeneration only existed bacause Moffat thought "how amazing it would be if David Bradley played One in the show itself!" (good idea, I don't deny) and then wondered: "how to link him to Twelve, and his regeneration?" and it's all he came up with.

And when I compare it to Ten, well, with Ten I just feel it's a coherent story. Even with Nine the story feels complete (too short for sure, though) because what Nine does in the finale corresponds to his development in the entire season. I don't say Ten was a better person than Eleven or Twelve either, but his story was much better done and it was more interesting to me.

I'd love to read your essay!
aletheiafelinea
Jul. 17th, 2018 04:53 pm (UTC)
is mysterious, can play with time and likes to laugh
And likes to grant small wishes? At least sometimes. :)
alumfelga
Jul. 18th, 2018 09:15 pm (UTC)
Apparently :) When she's not too busy restarting the universe or saving whole planets. Who knew?
aletheiafelinea
Jul. 19th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
Everyone needs a hobby. ^^

Wait, actually I've realized it either didn't come up before, or I didn't notice: do Doctors have special powers? And every one different ones? (Which makes sense if they differ also in bodies and personalities.) If she tinkers with time (and who knows what else), what did the previous ones have?
alumfelga
Jul. 20th, 2018 07:25 pm (UTC)
No, they don't have special powers. The Doctor can do what every Time Lord can, although there are few things Time Lords can do and humans can't, like telepathy - some are better in it than others, the Doctor isn't very good at it. When it comes to time and how the Doctor perceives it, it's a bit vague because different writers have different ideas. But surely the Doctor can't stop time by himself or herself, only time machines allow time travel.
aletheiafelinea
Jul. 22nd, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
it's a bit vague because different writers have different ideas.
That rings some bell... XD

But surely the Doctor can't stop time by himself or herself, only time machines allow time travel.
I guess that might mean she's coming with a new gadget, then. :)
alumfelga
Jul. 23rd, 2018 01:28 pm (UTC)
The first thing that comes to my mind is "sensing other Time Lords". Ten said Time Lords can sense each other. He recognized the Master (the Doctor's Moriarty) with a new face. Twelve wouldn't recognize the Master (or that it was a person of his kind) even if he was kissed by one - and he was. Funny thing, he probably never managed to recognize an older version of himself :D

I guess that might mean she's coming with a new gadget, then.
I think the effect might just exist for the teaser's purpose - to indroduce the Doctor - and we won't see it again. The companions's lives have been touched by the Doctor. But it could be done differently, without the 'time freezes' effect, so maybe I'm wrong?
aletheiafelinea
Jul. 25th, 2018 05:04 pm (UTC)
Funny thing, he probably never managed to recognize an older version of himself :D
Would we? ;D

I think the effect might just exist for the teaser's purpose - to indroduce the Doctor - and we won't see it again.
I'd feel cheated. :(
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