Nearly everyone and their mom has seen this fan-made trailer by now, and I personally can’t stop watching it myself, but I think I have to take the time to say why I think this trailer is important, to me at least.
This trailer, to me, represents Doctor Who as it should be, The Doctor, an explorer, a traveler, a lover of the beauty of the universe, traveling through space and time, and sharing that beauty with some brilliant person he’s picked up along the way. I found, in recent years, my love for Doctor Who had been waning, and that made me sad, that made me extremely sad, because I am a lover of the show and mythos. My dog is named Pond for Godsakes. I wondered for a while, why my love and enjoyment of the series had been waning so much in recent months and I think the main reason is because the show changed.
I realize that all shows change, and the key selling point of Doctor Who is in fact change (Being the only show in recent memory that replaces its lead actor-or hopefully someday actress ever few years) but what I mean is the show changed fundamentally. It doesn’t start when 11 takes the helm, Matt Smith is an AMAZING Doctor, and his first series, series Six was such a massively good series. We had The Eleventh Hour, such a great introduction for a new Doctor, Vincent and The Doctor, which is one of my favorite bits of Doctor Who media of all time, and even the season closer, Big Bang Too was a rip roaring good scifi fun.
For me, the problem starts right at the end of that series.The crack in the TARDIS monitor. They kept that plotline going. This is not to say that Doctor Who can never have long running plotlines, it has, and does consistently does them well, but that was the first time it had done them for so long. It fell into a trap a lot of network TV shows fall into of the ‘Overarching mystery’, the 'Thing to keep the audience coming back to find out what happens next’. Suddenly we were trying to 'Figure out the Doctor’s Name’ and 'Just what’s up with River Song’. Almost every episode of the series on up through the most recent ones, had something to do with solving the 'Mysteries’ that really didn’t need to be answer. River Song was better when she wasn’t Amy’s super daughter from the futurepast, the Doctor’s Name should never be a long running mystery, because even if he had the most interesting awesome name in the universe that is a fifty year old question. At this point the answer doesn’t matter, because there can't be a satisfying answer. The best episodes of series six had nothing to do with that storyline. The Doctor’s Wife and The Girl Who Waited were amazing. They were amazing because they were one off stories where The Doctor was traveling, and exploring as he always does and finding some singular problem to be over come.
Series Seven suffered even worse from this because suddenly the companion was the overarching mystery. Suddenly no episode was free of that lingering 'Gotta keep'em watching but we’re not gonna reveal it till the finale’ feeling. There were no one off adventures, no freedom from a multi-episode story-line to just be Doctor Who. I feel that in the haste to change things up and make things fresh and new the show lost something vital. It lost it’s adventurous spirit, and it lost our connection to the companions. Clara was a mystery, she was hardly a character, and Amy suffered from similar problems towards the end.
To me, Doctor Who has at its heart been something that doesn’t really exist on TV much anymore, an anthology show. Every episode was a new, fresh story, with new, fresh characters and two constants, The Doctor and his companions. The episodes could be connected, but at the same time be totally singular. You could sit anyone in front of eight out of ten episodes with no prior knowledge other than 'Madman with a box’ and they could ride along with you for the most part. Now you’d have to explain 'Oh River’s an assassin from the future, and also Amy’s Daughter’ or 'Oh Clara’s this girl who keeps dying, and we’re not sure why, he’s met her like three times now.’
To me, this trailer is just…so wonderful, it made me love Doctor Who again, really love it. When I see Capaldi open those doors, no words, no plot threads attached, no mysteries, and just…take Clara’s hand, and show her something so magnificently beautiful…just because, just because it is there to see…It kinda makes me tear up. It’s like finding an old VHS of a movie you couldn’t stop watching as a kid, and remembering when you dressed up like the characters and bounced around on the couch…only it’s new…it’s fresh, and it’s here…