Out of a great selection of tantalizing clips, one blip stood out to me more than the rest. We catch a glimpse of Rose doing her glowing Bad Wolf thing. Naturally, this is a trailer, and we can only extrapolate so much from it. But for the first time, I found myself pondering this episode, and what it might mean for the series as a whole.
Let’s start with the assumption that there isn’t a flashback to Rose saving the 9th Doctor. Eccleston has been very vocal about the fact that he isn’t in this special, and I’m inclined to believe him. That means that somehow we either visit some point between when Rose looks in the heart of the Tardis and when she returns to the Doctor, or somehow she’s still manifesting her wolfy powers. As a whole, I’ve liked a lot of the continuity of the new Who. I enjoy seeing the Weeping Angels throughout the seasons, the unfolding tale of River Song, and the ongoing adventures of the Baker Street gang. However, there’s been another elements that’s been creeping into the saga that I don’t enjoy as much.
And that’s seriousness. Oh, it’s always delved into serious topics I admit. The Doctor is an amazingly complex character and episodes can be as heartwrenching as they are funny. However, I’ve felt that lately there’s been a tendency to try and make the show make sense. In the place of “wibbly wobbly timey wimey” we’ve gotten more and more technical explanations. For me, Doctor Who has always seemed rather like Star Wars in the sense that there tends to be as much magic as there is science. We understand that, theoretically, there is no actual magic, that everything has an explanation. But we’re supposed to take it on faith. We supposed to accept the beauty of an “elegant weapon” without needing to pour over schematics of how it works.
What worries me about them bringing Bad Wolf into the Day of the Doctor is that it smacks of them trying to explain something. Rather than introducing us to a “lost” regeneration who immediately goes off on an adventure with Ten and Eleven, we’re going to have to have it all make sense. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I wanted to watch a show for “sense,” I wouldn’t be watching Doctor Who. Yes, the Bad Wolf was an amazing twist, and if there’s legitimately more to that story like there was with River, then I want to see it. But I don’t want them going over old turf simply to try and justify their newest crazy leap. I’m here for the crazy. I accept it. I expect it.
So how about you? Did you enjoy the trailer? Did it change your expectations of the special? And would you be excited to see Bad Wolf again?