Well, it’s been a long wait. 241 days come this Saturday. That’s 7 months and 29 days all told, counting from last December 25th to this Saturday, August 23rd.
Why am I suddenly so wistful about dates? And looking up date conversion calculators on the internet? Because sometimes, in the life of a fangirl (or fanboy) there’s a lot of waiting for your favorite things to come back. You learn to be patient. Exhaustingly, hanging-on-by-your-fingernails, hyper-aware-of-every-second-that-passes-by patient. It’s a hard life, but a good one.
But the waiting is almost over. THE DOCTOR IS BACK!
Okay, deep breath…which is the name of this Saturdays new episode, the first to kick off season 8 of the relaunched series and the first to officially introduce new Doctor Peter Capaldi (long story, see regeneration for clarification). This is the first taste of Who we’ve had since last December’s Christmas episode, when previous Doctor Matt Smith bowed out of his glorious run and Capaldi stepped in, completing the latest chapter of a long running sci fi tradition. Let’s watch again, ’cause it’s such a moment.
And now we’ll finally see the 12th doctor (13th if you count “The Day of the Doctor”) take the reigns of the TARDIS (provided he remembers how to fly it) and carry on the journey through time and space with companion/impossible girl Clara.
It would be such a weird life for a companion, wouldn’t it? Seeing everything there is to see with a half-mad alien with hearts as big as all outdoors, only to have him change his face on you on occasion. I’ve heard it said that companions aren’t as freaked out by the Doctor as they should be when they first meet him. The more I watch, the more I think that’s true. I’d probably have a heart attack if I saw the inside of the TARDIS.
But still, the Paternoster Gang is back too! Eeeek!
So of course, details are under tight lock and key, as is show runner Steven Moffat’s way, but we do know it’ll be set in Victorian England, one of my favorite time periods ever. Future episodes promise the return of villains the Daleks and the Cybermen. Happy Day!
So if you’re missing previous Doctor Matt Smith, or if you’ve yet to meet the last incarnation of our hero, you can place holds on his three seasons here, here and here. We have some new Whovian friendly books in the collection as well, including a book of quotable quotes, a graphic novel mash-up of two massive sci fi franchises, and a search-and-find that gives Where’s Waldo a run for his money.
So give a grand hurrah fellow Whovians and soon to be Whovians, the Doctor will be back in just a few days!
Now is it too much to hope for that they bring back K9?