Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will debut on Saturday 23 August 2014 in a feature-length episode scripted by showrunner Steven Moffat entitled Deep Breath. What a dull title. And the news is accompanied by a truly insipid picture and trailer…
Deep Breath may be the worst Doctor Who story title ever. It’s, well…just bloody dull. Whatever happened to attention-grabbing titles such as The Web of Fear, Carnival of Monsters, The Robots of Death. You were left waiting for a fearful web, a collection of monsters, and many deadly robots. Here you will be waiting for someone to breath? Possibly deeply?
More and more I can’t help but feel that Peter Capaldi, a massive Doctor Who fan since childhood, has inherited seriously damaged goods as his era begins. Controversy about misogynistic attitudes in recent scripts continues to dog Moffat, the quality of stories has declined over the course of the 2012/2013 series and 2013 specials, and the current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) is one of the most underdeveloped and just plain uninterestingly wooden in the 51 year history of the series.
Even the publicity that’s supposed to get the blood pumping in excitement for the imminent adventures of the Twelfth Doctor is pretty poor. The just-released picture of the new Doctor and Clara seems to suffering from Photoshop overload with the Doctor seemingly about to launch into The Time Warp given his hands on his hips like that. And the accompanying trailer “Am I a good man?” leaves one cold.
As a Doctor Who fan since the Jon Pertwee era (my first memory is of the Third Doctor pulling the face off the policeman Auton at the end of episode one of Terror of the Autons) I’m seriously worried about just how absent my anticipation is for the arrival of Series 8. The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor were unmitigated disasters and nothing about Moffat’s continuing involvement into the Twelfth Doctor’s era leaves me hugely concerned about the continuing decline of the greatest science fiction series in the world.
And don’t get me started on the idiotic reasons behind having to call the Twelfth Doctor the fourteenth incarnation rather than the twelfth incarnation…
Here’s the naff, nay bloody awful, trailer.
And then compare with the trailer that built anticipation for the arrival of Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor, The Trip of a Life Time. In just 50 seconds Russell T Davies had fans screaming for 21st century Doctor Who to begin. Nine years later we’re getting a whimper, not a bloody big bang.