Thursday, 28 June 2012

Idle speculation and uninformed pondering about the title of the first episode of the new Doctor Who series

A while ago, back in April, tv-ooh speculated about what this here picture could possibly, possibly mean - given that it showed the Doctor and Amy from Doctor Who and a dusty old-style Dalek, which may or may not have been the result of some over-keen props kid on work experience going a bit mental with the cobweb aerosol. (You can read that story here. You should - it's good, if you like that type of thing.)

Well, now a little bit more information has been released, and it's as good a reason as any to write a bit more about it all and use the picture again.

So what do we know now? We know that the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, due late August or September (and following its first showing at the BFI Southbank in London on August 14) will be called Asylum of the Daleks. We already know that the episode is to feature every possible type of Dalek we've ever seen on screen, but now we CAN PUT A TITLE TO THE MADNESS.

And, adding further to the madness, the BBC's Doctor Who website has this quote from executive producer Caro Skinner: "This is an epic Dalek adventure that kicks off the new series in explosive style! If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again."

It does, of course, tell us ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL, but the 'explosive style' bit could indicate, y'know, explosions. And note the exclamation mark too which, almost all by itself, does sort of help build a bit of excitement doesn't it. Imagine if there had been more punctuation, perhaps a second exclamation mark, or even a smiley winky? What then?

There's also the question of the interpretation of the word aslyum, but it's likely to be the Doctor visiting a place where there are lots of crazy angry Daleks all having therapy, maybe reflecting on the futility of their endless pursuit of universal domination and their tendencies to fail, rather than a story about Daleks seeking aslyum because, I dunno, their home plant no longer exists. OH MY LORD.

But then, who knows. We're just guessing. And we've really got to stop with this whole writing in capitals thing as well, it's becoming annoying and is not a worthy substitute for real wit or humour in any respect.

Let's watch the trailer again anyway.

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