A UK press screening of the two-part premiere of the upcoming “Doctor Who” sixth season took place Monday night and early reviews have been stellar – citing it as a far darker, more complex season opener than any before it – one which throws in mysteries and revelations from the get go and quite a few of them won’t be solved until later in the season.
Asked about the new season’s direction, show runner Steven Moffat tells the Beeb that “we’ve done the rollercoaster, now we’re on the ghost train… Last year we reassured you – this year, to hell with that, we’re going to worry the hell out of you.”
The series long thread “will be a bigger player this year. More than hints and whispers – we’re barely 10 minutes into episode one before our heroes face a dilemma that they’ll be staring at months from now. And there will be no easy answers.” Moffat also confirmed ‘The Silence Will Fall’ storyline will cover all thirteen episodes to air this year.
While the mystery of River Song will be resolved this season, a post-screening Q&A session revealed that three possibilities were shot down – she’s not The Doctor, The Doctor’s mother or an older Amy Pond. With the fourth episode of the season called “The Doctor’s Wife” making the likelihood of that commonly assumed possibility remote, one is left to wonder who in hell she really is.
Amongst other new non-spoilery facts garnered from the reviews is that the first couple of episodes contain Matt Smith getting “sort of” naked in the first scene, and the oft-referenced swimming pool in the TARDIS being referenced in a quick but funny way. The first part of the season opener is more character-based, whereas the second part is much more action-oriented. Also the trailer for the remainder of the season confirms that the Cybermen make an appearance again this season, though in what capacity is unknown.
BBC entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba also tweeted that the seventh episode, the mid-season cliffhanger, will be titled “A Good Man Goes To War”. More surprising is that the end of the sixth episode the week before it, the final part of a two-episode story entitled “The Rebel Flesh” and “Gangers”, supposedly ends with an even bigger cliffhanger.
Finally the official synopses for the first two episodes can be found here.