A first look at the season premiere of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi, from Entertainment Weekly.

A first look at the season premiere of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi, from Entertainment Weekly.

by Nur Hussein, staff writer

Mark your calendars for August 23rd 2014, because that’s when the Doctor returns to our TVs to take us on more adventures across space and time, with his companion Clara Oswald. What’s exciting is that we are welcoming a brand new Doctor on his first full length adventure; we first saw Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in a tiny cameo in the 50th Anniversary Special, and then we saw him properly in the last few minutes of last year’s Christmas special. Anticipation is at an all time high, and judging from the delighted squeals I heard from the entire audience during the cinema screening of the 50th anniversery episode, Whovians ae very excited to see Capaldi in action.

Steven Moffat, who is the series’ current show-runner, has released a number of tidbits of the upcoming show. Moffat wrote the first episode, titled “Deep Breath,” and has commented that his story will “feel a bit like a character piece,” as it introduces a new Doctor. The episode will be set in Victorian times and will feature the return of the Paternoser gang: the Sontaran Strax, the Silurian lady Madame Vastra, and her wife Jenny. Moffat and Capaldi’s biggest challenge of course is getting the audience to accept the new Doctor, and to write a story that lets us get to know a bit of his incarnation’s uniqueness in the space of a 45 minute episode.

From the first released photo of the season premiere, we can see the Doctor isn’t in his “official” costume yet; perhaps he is still in the process of choosing it in the episode. Cast member Jenna Coleman who plays Clara Oswald has said the new Doctor is “a lot fiercer” and “an adrenaline junkie.” The new Doctor is also said to be a lot darker too, perhaps almost an anti-hero like some of the earliest Doctors. We’ll have to wait and see how Capaldi measures up, but an older, darker and more mature Doctor will be an interesting change from the charmingly goofy Matt Smith we’ve seen for the past few years.