The eighth season of the British sci-fi series about the Time Lord who travels in a blue police box begins this Saturday, and there’s a new man at the TARDIS controls: Scottish actor Peter Capaldi.
Accompanied by co-star Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald, and showrunner Steven Moffat, the trio embarked on a TARDIS-worthy world tour to promote the show, visiting five continents in 12 days.
We caught up with them ahead of the New York City premiere to find out what’s in store.
Expect a proper introduction:
Moffat, who also wrote the season’s first episode, said he wanted to keep the plot secondary. “I didn’t want it to be wildly complicated as it were because obviously the grandstanding at the center of it is a new Doctor and a new relationship with a companion, so you really just want the villains to be lurching around offing people now and then with quite a simple backstory.”
But not references:
Capaldi guest-starred in a previous episode, as well as being known for his recent role on “The Thick of It.” But Moffat said there won’t be any nudge-nudge nods in the series. “Frankly the reason the Doctor looks like another character in 'Doctor Who' is because he’s played by the same actor, and everybody knows that. If you go down that path I’ll be explaining why John Watson looks like Bilbo.”