With the Breaking Bad finale behind us, there is only more major television event of the year to get excited about: the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. The Internet has been filled with buzz and speculation based on the few pieces of information that have been released, and the infamous trailer played at San Diego Comic-Con this year. In fact, that trailer was apparently so amazing that the show's head writer, Stephen Moffat, made a big fuss to the fans and press present, imploring them not to leak it online. It was considered a divisive move amongst fans - unsurprising, as Moffat himself causes a great deal of debate between Whovians - but it did guarantee that whatever trailer was next released for the special would need to live up to its legend. Well, the BBC has finally released a teaser for the episode and frankly... it's a little disappointing.
And as that is sure to be a controversial statement, allow us to explain: this is not the Comic-Con trailer, which is our first issue. Instead, it's meant to be a celebration of the show's 50 year history and all of the various incarnations of the Doctor. Set to the classic theme, the teaser flies through time and past the 10 previous doctors, all frozen in various poses in order to arrive at Matt Smith's Eleven, standing atop a mountain. While the audience is reminiscing, he delivers a monologue that is the only real clue as to what fans can expect from the special, and hinting at the supreme importance of November 23, the Day of the Doctor. Three companions also make an appearance: Sarah Jane, Clara, and yes, Rose Tyler. Notably missing, though, is John Hurt as the older, alternate version of the Doctor that Eleven will be forced to face off against in the special.
The teaser is a wonderful celebration of the history of Doctor Who, and hardcore Whovians will surely have fun picking it apart for clues and hidden references. However, it's hard not to wish that instead of hints and history, we got to see some actual footage from the special. It makes sense that the BBC would want to build suspense for the episode, and understandably, they don't want to reveal too much and risk spoiling anything for the fans. But, with the premiere less than a month away, it feels like the ideal time for them to release something juicy about "The Day of the Doctor", and to be honest, it's hard to hype up this episode any more than it already has been - not only is it the 50th anniversary, but it will be simulcast in 75 different countries and it will be available in both 2D and 3D.
It was going to be hard for any trailer to match the extreme expectations set by the secrecy and excitement that surrounded the Comic Con teaser, but without any footage of the special, the teaser feels like a bit of a letdown. It's especially disappointing because the network have confirmed that a special trailer has been filmed and is ready to be released, and so fans were expecting their first look at the event would show a bit more of the action. Hopefully, as the day draws closer, the BBC will give Whovians the trailer they've been waiting for this whole time and finally satisfy everyone's curiosity.
"The Day of the Doctor" will air on November 23.