After an entire year of being off-air, Doctor Who has certianly returned with a bang with our first look at Jodie Whittaker's second series as The Doctor, in Series 12. Here we discuss everything that was shown in the trailer and what it could mean for the series' release in the New Year.
The trailer opens on a stunning Vineyard setting, presumably from the premiere episode. This episode has been rumoured to be a two part special, that feeds into Episode 2 which is a historical spy piece set in 1943 Paris. The Doctor and her team are all dressed for the occasion, with Whittaker's Doctor making reference to the Bond-esque tone of the story. We also get to see the Tardis team interact with Stephen Fry's currently under-wraps character, as he asks "Can we rely upon you?". Presumably Fry's character is setting them on a task to take on Lenny Henry's antagonistic character who we see shooting at the Doctor and co. as they are chased down on motorbikes.
We also see some brief references to Episode 2, which as mentioned before, is set in France- more specifically 1940s Paris. This episode is supposedly centred around Noor Inyat Khan, a British heroine of World War II renowned for her service in the Special Operations Executive.
The opening story is the most we know about, but between all that, we also get some good looks at some returning and brand new monsters coming to the series next year. We get our first look at the Cybermen, which could perhaps lead into a finale featuring an army of newly designed silver soldiers. However, what's interesting is that we have already been teased another cyberman story with Mary Shelley, which these stills look like they could be from, especially considering the almost zombie/Frankenstein-esque look of the lone ranger. Made up of spare parts, we can see this cyberman features an amalgamation of the RTD era Cybus cyberman armour, Nightmare in Silver (Series 7-10) cyberman head, and a Mondasian cyberman arm.
We also see the return of the Judoon, which was announced at the top end of this year in a promotional still. Where their story fits and what's going on remains to be seen, but we sure are excited to see them intergalactic rhino's back!
The Doctor in voiceover also claims she feels 'something's coming', which hints at a series arc that was much amiss in the prior series, could it be another returning foe? Would it be too early to bring back the Master? The Timeless Child? Who knows.
We also as mentioned see some new monsters and creatures, and frankly we have no idea what any of them are, but here they are anyway! The third image shows what looks to be some sort of knight, phasing into the TARDIS, which was something discussed in an interview with companions Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill in a recent magazine article.
We also finally get to see our Tardis team in full form, with Ryan, Graham and Yaz all getting their own shots, as they talk about their close bond as a "family"- could this hint at a family fallout between the Doctor and her friends? This could be interesting, as the companions may want to stay despite the risk of danger, putting the Doctor to blame if anything goes wrong.
Doctor Who is set to return in early 2020.
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This review does not contain spoilers for Doctor Sleep (2019)
Stanley Kubrick's 1980 interpretation of Stephen King's supernatural classic The Shining is my all-time favourite movie, and so when I heard about Doctor Sleep, from director Mike Flannagan, it's safe to say I had mixed feelings. On one hand I was super excited to learn more about the life of Dan Torrance after the events at the Overlook Hotel, yet I was also incredibly sceptical and nervous that whatever they produced would taint the legacy and artistic integrity that Kubrick, Nicholson, Duvall and the team created some 39 years earlier. I was right to be excited, because Doctor Sleep, feautring Ewan McGregor in the title role, is a stellar continuation of the story that we know and love, shining a whole new light and perspective on the characters we know so well.
Doctor Sleep is wholeheartedly a worthy 'sequel' to the cult classic that is The Shining, giving us both more of the supernatural elements that were knowingly omitted from the 1980 Kubrick movie, whilst also of course giving us some phenomenal call-backs. The supernatural elements that featured heavily in Stephen King's original books never feel out of place in this film, with fantastic visual effects work of Marc Kolbe and the team at Method Studios, along with superb acting on behalf of all the cast- in particular the antagonistic True Knot group led by Rebecca Ferguson's Rose the Hat. The supernatural elements also help to flesh out the original story of The Shining in a respectful and exciting way, that in no way taints its ambiguity.
Meanwhile, Flannagan also pays homage to its predecessor as we of course return back to the Overlook Hotel (predominantly in the third act of the film), as we see a showdown between our major protagonists and antagonists. My only complaint is that some flashbacks were perhaps not necessary and would have been better as mere audio cues in the background rather than fully-blown scene recreations.
The cast is outstanding, with Ewan McGregor portraying Dan Torrance, a man struggling with his alcoholism and repressive shining abilities, and Kyliegh Curran as Abra Stone is a wonderful child-actor, that unlike most, comes across as competent and a joy to watch on screen. But personally, the stand-out is Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, a fantastic antagonist for the sequel to The Shining, giving a chilling performance that is so skin-crawlingly enthralling you can't help but love her and hate her at the same time.
As seen in the trailers, we do get re-casted versions of Dick Hallorann- played by Carl Lumbly, Wendy Torrance portrayed by Alex Essoe and Roger Dale Floyd as a young Dan Torrance. All three of these cast members do a fantastic job, with Essoe in partiuclar truly capturing the likeness of Shelley Duvall, even down to the voice (I was almost certain that they used actual recordings of Duvall from The Shining in places, it was that good!).
Overall, Doctor Sleep is a fantastic movie, and more importantly a wonderful continuation of the story of The Shining, giving us both closure and even more questions (much like its predecessor). If you're even the smallest fan of either Kubrick's 1980 film, or Stephen King's books, this film is for you, harmoniously combining the pair into a stunning distillation of all the things we know and love- and more. With very few issues, Mike Flannagan's Doctor Sleep is a must-watch.
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