It may not be surprising to learn that — at least initially — series eight of DOCTOR WHO is taking a decidedly darker turn; after all, the first two, template-setting episodes are being directed by Ben Wheatley, who is probably best known for the black-and-white horror film A Field in England.
However, the change in tone is not his fault; the darkness was always there, he insists, telling io9:
“DOCTOR WHO is pretty dark, I think. Generally it’s dark; it’s always been dark, even in the more modern ones. If you look at the Tom Baker stuff, it’s especially dark. When he leaves Leela — who’s a very beloved assistant — he just laughs after it. There’s none of the [breaking down and crying]. He just laughs, and “on to the next one,” you know. It’s a bonkers show. It’s a monster. To have a unity that runs eight years [of the new series]… it’s pretty crazy. They’ve done everything, they’ve tried all sorts of stuff. It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who. We’re going back to that style.”