The Official Doctor Who Season 11 Trailer Arrives Sans TARDIS
The Doctor Who trailer is here. I suppose we can forgive the BBC the soundtrack choice.
Doctor Who Season 11 is all about change. New Doctor, new gender, new showrunner, new companions (three of them!), and a new night for airing. Doctor Who traditionally aired on Saturdays since the 1960s, back when there was no such thing as Sunday Night TV. When the show returned in 2005, Davies and the BBC stuck to that tradition, even as the prestige TV landscape made Sundays at 9 p.m. the sexier option, and more and more science fiction/fantasy TV landed on Sundays.
Over the last decade, that “out of step with the times” tradition has only gotten more pointed. It’s not surprising the show has therefore decided to use all this change to move the show more in line with the night it should be on.
The new trailer is trying to modernize the BBC staple in other ways as well, by using the Macklemore “Glorious” song, even if something quite so modern for the trailer’s soundtrack is a little off-kilter. (Also, ugh, Macklemore.) But what it does do is bring the trailer more in line with the sounds of other BBC show trailers, most of which use current pop music. Also, the show has supposedly tweaked the opening theme song and the new version is being kept under wraps until the premiere, so using something completely un-Doctor Who sounding in its stead was probably the inevitable choice.
Also, note the trailer is keeping something else under wraps.
Did you notice? That’s right, the TARDIS is nowhere to be seen. Like the theme song, the old blue box is supposedly undergoing a retooling for the premiere.
Though Whovians are starting to wonder if the Doctor — having fallen out of it at the end of last season, and with the title of the premiere is “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” — might not be searching for her ride for at least a part of the season.
Doctor Who premieres Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. It will air twice in the states, once as part of a global simulcast timed to the BBC One broadcast and then a second time at the regularly scheduled hour of 9 p.m. ET.