DOCTOR WHO First Trailer Promises New Supernatural Threats, Epic Destruction, And Plenty Of Fun

DOCTOR WHO First Trailer Promises New Supernatural Threats, Epic Destruction, And Plenty Of Fun DOCTOR WHO First Trailer Promises New Supernatural Threats, Epic Destruction, And Plenty Of Fun

The first trailer for Doctor Who's new season has been released and, while it largely puts the focus on supernatural threats, there's plenty of epic sci-fi action for fans of the long-running series...

By JoshWilding - Mar 22, 2024 03:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

After first launching on earlier today, we now have a full-length trailer for Doctor Who ahead of its return to our screens this May. Needless to say, that cash injection from Disney+ seems to have served the long-running sci-fi series well. 

We watch as Ncuti Gatwa's Doctor travels the universe with Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson), encountering all manner of supernatural threats. There are some hints about an even greater force putting reality itself at risk, and the trailer ends with the TARDIS having seemingly been abandoned for a very long time. 

There's fun to be had as well, though, and this does look like a return to form for the show after what proved to be a divisive run for Chris Chibnall as showrunner. Russell T Davies, the man who relaunched Doctor Who way back in 2005, returns for this new era and, so far, fans seem to be impressed with what he's brought to the table. 

"At last, it’s my great delight to unleash a whole new season of the Doctor and Ruby’s adventures together," he recently said of this new season. "Monsters! Chases! Villains! Mysteries! And a terrifying secret that’s been spanning time and space for decades. Don’t miss a second!"

Doctor Who follows the Doctor and Ruby Sunday through infinite adventures across time and space in the TARDIS. From the Regency era in England to war-torn futures, the duo champion the forces of good while encountering incredible friends and dangerous foes.

The previously announced guest cast includes Aneurin Barnard, Anita Dobson, Yasmin Finney, Michelle Greenidge, Jonathan Groff, Bonnie Langford, Genesis Lynea, Jemma Redgrave, Lenny Rush, Indira Varma and Angela Wynter.

Doctor Who is produced by Bad Wolf, with BBC Studios for Disney Branded Television and BBC. Under the creative vision of Davies, the additional executive producers include Phil Collinson, Joel Collins, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. The new season features episodes directed by Ben Chessell, Jamie Donoughue, Julie Anne Robinson and Dylan Holmes Williams. 

The first two episodes of Doctor Who will be released internationally on Friday, May 10, at 7pm ET on Disney+ and also the BBC iPlayer in the UK at 12am BST on May 11 (they'll then air as normal on BBC One later that same day).

You can watch the awesome new trailer for the Doctor Who relaunch in the player below. 

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JakeDaSnakkke - 3/22/2024, 3:11 PM
Lol I'll pass
SuperJefe - 3/22/2024, 3:15 PM
I’ve turned off my comments for this article.
h8red - 3/22/2024, 3:30 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I agree. Let’s give this iteration its own feel. I wasn’t sold on Gatwa’s performance in the last special, but like every other actor that’s come before him, I’ll give him a chance. Just give me the cool contrast between joyful and serious. Gotta say though, you put good music into a trailer and I’m hooked. Love me some Bowie.
TheVisionary25 - 3/22/2024, 3:39 PM
@h8red - interesting because I liked Ncuti’s 15 off the bat honestly and the Christmas special cemented it more.

His joyful energy & enthusiasm is infectious , dude has charisma.

Plus while this Doctor is more emotionally free from his past baggage , I like you saw certain moments in the Christmas special where he got serious and even introspective a bit.
h8red - 3/22/2024, 3:41 PM
@TheVisionary25 - great points. I gotta check it out again.
TheVisionary25 - 3/22/2024, 3:45 PM
@h8red - I hope you do and would like to hear then if you feel the same or not.
TheVisionary25 - 3/22/2024, 3:25 PM

The show seems to have this different , youthful energy to it now which is cool…

I like that RTD is not trying to re-emulate the tone of his 1st run (he’s even said the show will lean more into the fantastical now which they seeded in the specials and see in the trailer).

Also , I hope Ruby doesn’t die but the trailer and Millie supposedly leaving after a season or so certainly gives off that vibe.

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h8red - 3/22/2024, 3:40 PM
@TheVisionary25 - weird. Don’t know how my comment to you went to a different person, but if you look at the previous comment, there it is.
McMurdo - 3/22/2024, 3:42 PM
Dead IP
Reginator - 3/22/2024, 4:52 PM
@McMurdo - the iP was destroyed
marvel72 - 3/22/2024, 6:07 PM
@McMurdo - DEI is the problem with a lot of these popular IPs.

Its funny if you rearrange the letters of DEI it spells DIE and there is a lot of franchises they are killing off.
dagenspear - 3/22/2024, 4:14 PM
Why is the comments being turned off on some articles but not others? Here it's on but in the things disliked in MCU one it's not?
Kadara - 3/22/2024, 8:04 PM
@dagenspear - By the same poster too 😂
InfraMan - 3/22/2024, 4:51 PM
Cool, here’s hoping this season is a return to form for the series… the specials were promising, and Ncuti Gatwa has charisma to spare!
TheVisionary25 - 3/22/2024, 5:19 PM
@InfraMan - it already has been a return to form for me with the specials but I hope this continues it…

Chibnall’s era had some stuff I liked but wasn’t a big fan overall.
Twenty23Three - 3/22/2024, 5:17 PM
Looks good. Ncuti already seems great. Still not convinced by RTD returning but we shall see
Colton - 3/22/2024, 5:18 PM
Why have comments been turned off for your latest, shitty Marvel list "article"?
MG0019 - 3/22/2024, 5:23 PM
I’m not a Dr Who fan; but I do remember the changing Doctor being a big deal a few years ago. Now it seems like they reboot Doctors every other year. Kinda takes away from the specialness of a new Doctor, no?
braunermegda - 3/22/2024, 7:44 PM
@MG0019 - no, they "reboot" basically every three seasons, which is the time most of the actors stay. Its been like this since the 60s, with a few ones lasting more than this.
MrDandy - 3/23/2024, 3:02 AM
@MG0019 - New Who has set the tradition of 3 seasons per doctor.
Apophis71 - 3/23/2024, 4:06 PM
@MrDandy -
1st Three seasons
2nd Three seasons
3rd Five seasons
4th Seven seasons
5th Three seasons
6th Two seasons (but was initialy planned to be three)
7th Three seasons

8th TV movie only

New Who
War Doctor 50th Anniversary special only
9th One season
10th Three seasons
11th Three seasons
12th Three seasons
13th Three seasons
14th Anniversary specials
15th remains to be seen

So not as straight forward as saying it was just a new Who things as started with the first two ever Doctors with four of the original seven having three (ie most of them). Then when it comes to new Who the first only had a single season before returning to the three season norms.
Scarilian - 3/22/2024, 6:27 PM
Throwing a ton of money at an IP they destroyed won't magically revitalize the show - all it's going to do is just be a financial drain.

Shoving an image of Tennant into the trailer demonstrates that they know the series is not going to stand on its own without baiting the fans. The idea of immediate cause-and-effect in Time Travel is horrifically bad, films like Looper did this and it sucked and now we are seeing it here, it doesn't mesh with the concept of the show.

Nightwing1015 - 3/22/2024, 7:03 PM
@Scarilian - That's probably a throwaway joke - doubt it'll factor into a plotline. And immediate cause and effect is what Dr Who has established already. What about the Christmas Carol episode where Michael Gambon's memories were changing in real time as the Doctor went back to see him?
braunermegda - 3/22/2024, 7:47 PM
@Scarilian - besides what the friend above said, that might not even me a sequence, it's just put together for the trailer. Plus it has been done many manu times before, including with Matt Smith and the beloved Tom Baker. You saying that kinda gives the impression you're just looking for something to complain, to be honest.
Scarilian - 3/22/2024, 8:15 PM
In regard to you both dismissing it as a potential joke, unfortunately we've seen it demonstrated in the specials and prior in the show that the creators are more than willing to do this. You seem to be arguing both that 'its happened before' and 'its not gonna happen/its a joke' at the same time.

In regards to the former, the circumstances occurring before does not change how they devalue the show, if the universe functions in the way depicted then anything the Doctor does is meaningless. He'll save the universe one minute then rewrite the entire universe accidentally because he's so incompetent as to allow him or his companions to actively alter the past knowing it would have consequences.

In regards to the later, even if it's contextualized as a joke that does not erase the fallout of the situation as demonstrated with the entirety of reality alter to fit in with his mistakes such as the 'Mavity' situation. It undermines the Doctor's victories if he can casually alter the whole of history through sheer stupidity/incompetence and not give a crap about doing so or even realize what he's done.

"You saying that kinda gives the impression you're just looking for something to complain, to be honest."

If I'm watching something I will naturally observe what is happening. In this case it's presenting me with a plot element that actively damages the structure of the series and narrative universe as a whole.

It's unappealing to me to take the worst portrayal of time travel, from Looper, and depict that now as something that is the core aspect of the shows universe.
Corruptor - 3/22/2024, 7:52 PM
The TARDIS should always look battered and weather-beaten like that. But never has done in NuWho.
Scarilian - 3/22/2024, 8:18 PM
@Corruptor -
Happens almost all the time, from being left around, burned, damaged in attacks or simply from being abandoned in varying places such as Trenzalore.

I'm fairly sure there was a throwaway line that River repaired the chameleon circuit and prior characterization of the Tardis when the Tardis presented itself as human has been that it is intentionally sticking with the Police Box exterior. As such long lasting battle damage is unlikely to happen, both for the purpose of appearing as a police box while its also a biological creature that repairs itself through its own form of regeneration we've witnessed in the NuWho.
Apophis71 - 3/23/2024, 4:19 PM
@Corruptor - Yes and no, the Tardis has been rebuilt multiple times in various ways and as it can (if the chameleon circuit works which it rarely does) regenerate/change it's appearance more often than the Doctor theoreticaly speaking it easily could always look brand new.

I don't disagree that a weathered look can look better, and in order to look like a REAL police box can argue it should not look like it is fully clean fresh paint as IRL they rarely would have, but zero reason it ever needs to.

In New Who however they have on occassions had it covered with flyers, dirt, snow, graffiti and such like at times (and not always the fresh paint look) but when it activates to move through time such surface stay behind.
NinnesMBC - 3/23/2024, 2:24 AM
I can't wait!
MrDandy - 3/23/2024, 3:00 AM
Looks like a lot of fun and still very excited to see what they do with this next chapter.

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