Doctor Who Season 4: midseries trailer

By Phil Plait | May 26, 2008 1:00 pm

OK, I can’t resist. You knew this would happen.

Here is the mid-season teaser trailer for Doctor Who Series 4.

Spoilers ahoy!

All right! It looks very cool.

I am studiously avoiding reading any spoilers on what will happen, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE think carefully before posting in the comments below. A lot of folks will not be happy — and I include myself among them — if spoilers are wantonly posted.

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  1. Mam?, mira qui?n ha venido | May 28, 2008
  1. Blu-Ray-Ven

    i really haven watched dr. who enough to know anything about it, and i know its a tv show so there has to be drama and cliffhangers and all that. by if the good doctor can travel time. shouldent he know how time will play out.

    one of the episodes i did see was from the first season, the doc and rose went 5 billion year into the future to see the last day of earth. apparently everything for the universe turned our fine then, but now in season 4 the universe is comming to an end?!?, as i said i dont watch mush and its a tv show. but perhaps if i want to know more about it i should pay attention to it

  2. Am I the only one that’s bloody sick of the Daleks? Haven’t they been done to death? It’s kinda like the Borg. In TNG, they were scary and menacing. In Voyager, they showed up every damn week and became rather boring and bland.

    I was willing to forgive it for a few seasons- after all, they had a limited lease from the estate of Terry Nation. But c’mon- they’ve had a big two parter in every damn season.

    Meh.

    Still looking forward to Steven Moffat’s episodes next week.

  3. mark

    Patrick Stewart???

  4. andy

    Goose bumps!

    Can.not.wait.for.Saturday!

  5. BMcP

    So now that you have seen the trailer and know whom the main “baddies” will be for the season finale. What do you think?

  6. Captain Swoop

    It was always Trad to have one dalek story and one cyberman story in each series.

  7. @# t3knomanser

    That’s not a Dalek.. it’s an Ice Warrior with the mumps!
    oh did I blow the no spoilers policy? sorry.

  8. >It was always Trad to have one dalek story and one cyberman story in >each series.

    Nah.
    Tom Baker only got 2 Dalek stories and one cyberman story all the years he played The doctor.

    Jon Pertwee didn’t get ANY cyberman stories.

  9. I don’t want the Daleks. They are perhaps my least favourite of all Doctor Who villains. Perhaps if there was a bit more Dalek lore and mythology included in the episodes…

    Still, can’t wait! :)

    ~Chris
    The Book Swede

  10. Boosterz

    Woot, more Billie Piper goodness. :-)

  11. Is that a certain wheelchair-bound megalomaniac I see at the end of the trailer…?

  12. Cleon as a peer I reviewed your hypothesis and I agree.

  13. Captain Swoop

    Well, he had to turn up sooner or later.

  14. adam

    I dont think its just about the Daleks.

    I know im probably wrong but hasnt it seemed like everything in all 4 of the new seasons has been leading up to………

    The return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords.

  15. adam

    Sorry i hit post too quickly.

    In an old episode the doctor stated that “When the Time Lords were around you could pop into a different dimension and be home in time for tea. That changed when they died, they closed the dimensions off from each other.”

    Just let that clink around your brain, and think, really think, about everything youve seen in these past couple of episodes in this new season.

    I wont spoil anything, but I have been saying this since episode 2 of season 4, and everything ive see just keeps supporting this.

  16. Kimpatsu

    @Cleon: Yes it is, being played by Julian Bleach (the Ringmaster in the spooky episode of Torchwood season 2 when the circus came to town).
    @Blu-Ray-Ven: Some events are in flux, and history can be changed. That’s why the Doctor has to be so careful.

    Phil, didn’t you notice the science howler? For the stars to all seem to be going out one after another from Granmps’s viewpoint on Earth, they must have been extinguished a long time in the past, and at different times because of their different distances from Earth.
    Arthur C Clarke made the same error in his short story, “The Nine Billion Names of God”.

  17. Naomi

    “Phil, didn’t you notice the science howler? For the stars to all seem to be going out one after another from Granmps’s viewpoint on Earth, they must have been extinguished a long time in the past, and at different times because of their different distances from Earth.”

    I saw that! Faintly embarrassing, but let’s face it – actual science has never been Doctor Who’s strong point XD

  18. Kimpatsu

    @Naomi:
    Granted, but what’s Arthur C. Clarke’s excuse?

  19. Pirx

    Hi!
    I am quite a science fiction fan, though I think there are far too few really good SF series or films. Now I came to this blog, and apparently everybody is crazy about this Doctor Who (well, especially the BA, apparently). Now here’s my confession: I don’t know it, I’ve never seen it and had never even heard of it until a couple of months ago. The problem is: it was never really broadcasted in my country. (I won’t reveal the name of the country, but yes, we do nevertheless have electricity – and even supermarkets.) After doing some research, I found that it was actually broadcasted, but only hidden between talk shows, and only a few episodes.
    Here’s my question: When I go the video store to rent a Doctor Who DVD, what do you recommend? Which seasons/episodes are particularly good? Thank you very much in advance.

  20. rebelrebel

    @Kimpatsu:
    God did it.

    No, really…

  21. Matthew J. Barlow

    Talk about spoilers, the identity of this years big bad was revealed months ago, when company Character Options announced a toy of them so that shops could pre-order! They quickly hushed it up again, but too many people had noticed.

    As to the stars going out, we don’t know for sure that they are actually being extinguished. Something occluding them one after another could give that appearance. This is wild speculation on my part, but what if the darkness that has been referenced several times in Who (and also in Torchwood, ‘They Keep Killing Suzie’ for example) were not simply the absence of light, but was a thing/force/entity in it’s own right? Something approaching the Earth? This might fit in with the Moffat episodes where characters are told to stay out of the shadows. Might that be not because their is something lurking in the shadows, but because the shadows themselves are dangerous?
    Again, that’s just my speculation. It could easily be bad science!

    Btw, interesting bit of continuity in the trailer. When one of the spacesuited figures shoots at the Doctor, the effect is exactly the same as Captain Jack’s sonic weapon from his first appearance. Probably no coincidence, as both stories are from the same writer (all hail Steven Moffat!)

  22. Joe

    I like the Daleks, but think they are over used now.

  23. Doc

    @Kimpatsu

    You’re forgetting the time-travel aspect. The light is going out because something caused the stars to disappear in the past.

    Oh, and the reason the Doctor doesn’t know how things will turn out is because the universe is full of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey … stuff.

  24. Allynd Dudnikov

    1) Rose, I don’t like her. The Doctor isn’t supposed to love anyone and she was just annoying to me.
    2) Davros baby! Hizzah!

  25. Nicole

    SQUEE! Oh the suspense is killing me…

  26. Regarding the Daleks:

    What I hear, from people who pay attention to that sort of thing, is that part of the license agreement to resurrect the Daleks was that they had to make an appearance for each of the first four years.

    I can’t state with absolute certainty that this is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me one way or the other. Either way, I have no doubt that Moffat (may the FSM shower His holy garlic upon him) will probably put them on the backburner for a while. His plans are to steer the show in a new creative direction entirely.

  27. Matthew J. Barlow

    Pirx asked: “Here’s my question: When I go the video store to rent a Doctor Who DVD, what do you recommend? Which seasons/episodes are particularly good? Thank you very much in advance.”

    If you are completely new to the series, your very best bet would be the Christopher Ecclestone series from the start. As it was intended for both fans of the original version (which ran from 1963 to 1989, plus a 1996 TVM) and for new viewers who may not have seen the original, the first few episodes make for an excellent introduction to the show. The series is available in seperate volumes with three or four 45 minute episodes on them, so if you start with volume one you should soon get a good idea of what it is like.
    Hope that helps!

  28. i really haven watched dr. who enough to know anything about it, and i know its a tv show so there has to be drama and cliffhangers and all that. by if the good doctor can travel time. shouldent he know how time will play out.

    This has been covered in some of the episodes, for example Pyramids of Mars (a classic Doctor Who episode). The companion (Sarah Jane) says “We know [the bad guy] fails because I’m from the future.” So the Doctor takes her back (to the future) to her own time and finds the earth is a dead planet.

    I believe the current season this was mentioned in the Fires of Pompeii.

    And of course, time is all wibbly wobbly timey whimey. (as someone pointed out earlier).

  29. Erica

    As sick as I am of Dalek episodes (PLEASE stop trying to redeem the unredeemable evil, ok bbc?) I did like the scene where the Daleks and Cybermen were trash-talking… CYBERMEN ARE BETTER AT ONE THING… THEY ARE BETTER AT DYING! [brrzzzap]
    :-D

  30. Kimpatsu

    @Doc:
    That still means that they are all being extinguished at different times relative to Gramps’s viewpoint on Earth.
    @Rebelrebel:
    That means god knew how and when the conundrum would be solved, so he could start turning out the lights at appropriate times in Earth’s past to give the impression of a cascade effect in the present. Kinda defeats the purpose, if all is predestined like that.
    And Alex Kingston next episode! Yay!

  31. Synthus

    “because the universe is full of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey … stuff.”

    Remember, Time is not like one way street. Future events can affect past events.

    Who is to say the stars are going out or if they are blotted out by a shadow or something.

    The Daleks had to comeback in order to find out what just happened in the Time Wars and how the Shadow Proclamation came into being. (Are they related?)

    Last but not least, are there not particles that travel backwards through time?

  32. ultradust

    Hi. Hope you can help, I have 16 questions about this season ender and
    hope you can help answer them here:
    http://youwillbeforever.blogspot.com/2008/07/doctor-who-journeys-end-finale-loose.html

    Thanks!
    Jomar

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