We have a new ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ teaser to whet our appetites! Last week, the BBC inundated us with two photographs and a synopsis to prepare us for this year’s festive special (I say “festive” because we still don’t know when this new Doctor Who episode will air!)
Now, we’ve previously speculated that ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ could see the return of a certain Captain Jack Harkness played by the estimable John Barrowman. And in fact, this rumour is now so ubiquitous that (hopefully) we haven’t spoiled anything by mentioning it(!) However, until anything’s officially confirmed, we must plant that one firmly on the Maybe pile.
Anyway, here’s how the BBC describes the upcoming Dalek tale…
The Doctor is locked away in a high-security alien prison. Isolated, alone, with no hope of escape. Far away, on Earth, her best friends, Yaz, Ryan and Graham have to pick up their lives without her.
But it’s not easy. Old habits die hard. Especially when they discover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which involves a Dalek.
How can you fight a Dalek, without the Doctor?
So, are you suitably intrigued? Certainly, this ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ synopsis doesn’t give much away. Indeed, anyone who saw ‘The Timeless Children’ will know already that the Doctor is in prison, and that the fam are far away on Earth, and that the Daleks are on their way. So the only real take-away from this tidbit is the formation of a disturbing plan. But is this, alone, enough to melt the internet?
I have similar reservations about the ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ teaser images. Whilst the first picture is quite intriguing (depicting the Doctor in prison garb, in a welcome nod to ‘Deep Breath’) the other photo simply shows Graham, Ryan and Yaz sitting around a table, looking at each other.
Is this enough? Do we need a little bit more, to be sufficiently teased? Is it beautiful simplicity, or PR blandness?
On the one hand, I appreciate the BBC’s position. Nobody wants to be spoiled before seeing ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ (or at least, a fair number don’t.) So there’s a difficult balance to strike. The PR team has to plant enough tantalising seeds to encourage people to stay tuned for more details, without giving too much away.
But on the other hand, I am a little baffled by some of these choices – particularly the photo of the companions. Not only does it fail to whet my appetite, but it actually runs the risk of putting me off completely. It doesn’t exactly scream high-stakes, must-see TV, especially when coupled with a synopsis which is basically a fancily-worded summary of everything I already know.
To be fair though, I can’t pin all this on ‘Revolution of the Daleks.’ The BBC’s Doctor Who promotion has been iffy for a while, in my opinion (with the exception of Time Lord Victorious, which has been excellently publicised.) There seems to be this pervasive belief that all the corporation needs to do is release a picture of the regular cast have fans salivating like The Destroyer.
I remember feeling the same way when Series Nine premiered. Never mind Davros, and Missy, and the Daleks – here’s a picture of the Doctor and Clara! And an innocuous episode title (‘The Magician’s Apprentice.’) And a trailer in which the Doctor literally says, “Same old, same old! Just the Doctor and Clara Oswald in the TARDIS!”
Hardly the boldest statement in the universe.
What does all this mean for Doctor Who? Is someone at the BBC out of touch with the core audience? Do they believe that a photo of Yaz, Ryan and Graham is enough to whip its fanbase into a delirious frenzy?
Or is it me? Am I expecting too much of this initial ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ promo? Am I proving too hard to please? Do I need to sit tight and remember that this could be part of a much bolder advertising campaign – and one that will truly leave me excited for this year’s festive special?
I’m curious to know your thoughts. Leave me a comment down below, and tell me – are you looking forward to ‘Revolution of the Daleks’?
And for more Dalek action, don’t forget that the new Daleks! animated series is on its way in November. Now that I am really looking forward to!
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