The Wait is Almost Over!
August has special Doctor Who nostalgia to me personally. Not only is this the month where I will be watching my first ever Doctor Who series premiere, but August 3rd of last year is when I watched my first ever episode of Doctor Who, “Rose”. I would say that it’s a bit strange that I remember the exact date, but then again it’s safe to say that I’m officially obsessed with this show, and it’s no surprise that I remember petty details such as the exact date I watched my first episode.
Although I have only been a fan for a short while, I am still overcome with as much excitement for series eight as any other long time fan. My favorite series so far is definitely series two of the revived series, so I am looking forward to there being multiple companions again. Rose, Jack, and The Tenth Doctor were the perfect “Team TARDIS” in my opinion, and I’m looking forward to seeing if Danny, Clara, and The Twelfth Doctor will be just as amazing! (Or maybe better!) I was a bit late to the chase with series seven, but I did manage to catch the worldwide premier of “The Day of the Doctor” and the United States premier of “The Time of The Doctor”. I wouldn’t consider this a “tradition”, but with both premiers I put on my favorite TARDIS shirt and snuck away to the peace and silence of my basement. Being the only Whovian you know can lead to locking yourself in dark rooms in order to escape multiple questions you still aren’t entirely sure how to answer. (Such as any question having anything to do with “The Pandorica Opens”). The premier of “The Clock Strikes Twelve” may be a different experience for me though, as I have successfully gotten one of my closest friends obsessed with the show too. I having been getting midnight texts saying things such as “That did not just happen!” or “Did they really just die!”. Although I’m excited that I’m finally not alone in this amazing obsession, I’m afraid to see how they are going to handle “Journey’s End”. If they are anything like me then I’m going to feel awfully bad for inviting them onto this rollercoaster of emotions.
It is a bit of a challenge to say exactly what I am expecting or hoping for in the upcoming series. Mostly because I am hoping to be surprised. It has been leaked that The Master will be returning, but the question is how is he returning? I am sincerely hoping that his return is completely unexpected like it was in “Utopia” when he turned out to be the scientist who was building the rocket all along. Although, if I am expecting the unexpected, then I will be expecting the unexpected to happen, then it won’t be unexpected. It looks like I’m having a real life paradox right now, but nevermind that. It also is no secret that The Daleks will be returning this series, since they did appear in an official series eight trailer with over one million views on Youtube. I would like to see some traditional Dalek episodes where they basically try to destroy Earth, but I would also like to see an episode where an unexpected turn of events takes place such as “Daleks In Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks” where the current leader of The Daleks, Dalek Sec, turned into a half Dalek, half Human hybrid and tried to change The Dalek race for the better! I also am hoping to see episodes with original storylines and new alien species. Almost everyone loves a good Dalek episode, but the reason why I personally love Doctor Who is because of the creativity and brilliance of the alien races and brand new worlds that the creators come up with. I honestly think that what I am hoping for in the upcoming series is what all whovians are hoping for. It is a well-known fact that current show-runner, Steven Moffat, has been a huge fan of the show since he was young, and I’m hoping that all of his ideas really reflect what fellow whovians want to see. Many whovians are not fans of some of the episodes that he has written such as “The Girl in the Fireplace” or “The Time of the Doctor”, but almost every Whovian who I know in real life and on the blogging website, Tumblr, loved the 50th Anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”. All we can do is hope that all of series eight is just as great as that one episode.
It is becoming strange to think that after over half a year of not having any new episodes, a whole new series is quickly approaching. Since December I have been struggling to fill my craving for new episodes by trying to find new shows to watch, or by becoming a writer for a popular fan website. Although I have been managing to keep myself entertained during the hiatus, I can not even start to explain how excited I am to watch my first full series as it premiers to the rest of the world (Well, at least the United States premier. Those of you who live in the UK are lucky).
Basically what this new series means to me is that for the first time in a while I will be able to escape the stress of everyday life for just a small amount of time every week to watch my favorite show. I admit that my life isn’t all that stressful, but it feels good to be able to sit down and watch brilliant stories come to life on my television screen every once in a while. Although I do have a good amount of hopes and expectations for the upcoming series, whatever the show creators decide to do is fine by me. I am honestly just overcome with joy that my favorite show in this universe is finally returning. Hopefully this will be one of the best series so far, and every whovain young and old will enjoy watching exactly what they waited so long to see.