Okay, I admit it: I was a bit underwhelmed by that promotional image for Series 7b, as the back half of the latest DOCTOR WHO season has come to be known. The Doctor (Matt Smith) on a Triumph motorcycle with Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) hanging on for the jaunty ride. Meh.
Then I realized that seemingly blah promotional image was absolutely packed with subtle information. It was practically Whovian steganography!
The most important aspect of this image is the sneak-peak at the new Ice Warriors — and they look great! Better than I had hoped, because the revamp really (really) retained the look and feel of the classic monster! It looks like more money was spent on the Martian reptiles’ armor, and more care was taken to make sure it fits the actors! These are the Ice Warriors that creator Brian Hayles could only dream of. Word is that the full look of the Ice Warriors will be revealed at midnight tonight in Great Britain, so that’s about 7 p.m. here on the East Coast of the colonies…
But while we wait for that, what else — besides the easily identifiable Cybermen — is revealed in those wacky shards of glass?
- Microcephalic robots referred to as Spoonheads.
- A faceless creature wearing a top hat that is believed to appear in “The Crimson Horror.”
- Two unidentified creatures — doubtless new enemies.
DOCTOR WHO returns to U.S. TV screens on March 30.