You can count the number of days left until the "Doctor Who" season 8 premiere, "Deep Breath," airs on one hand, and on Monday, Aug. 18, BBC America released more promotional photos from the episode and interviews with series stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman about their characters.
In the "Doctor Who" season 8 premiere, the Doctor arrives in Victorian London and finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. But there's a more important matter to deal with than an alien conspiracy because the Doctor has changed. Who is the new Doctor? How will this change his and Clara's friendship? Before the episode airs, there's a 15-minute live pre-show on BBC America.
The "Deep Breath" photos in the slideshow offer a look at Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as the Doctor and Clara dressed for Victorian London and on the TARDIS. Plus, get a look at an old friend of the Doctor's, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and the episode's posters.
We've only had a couple of glimpses at the new Doctor, first of his eyes in the 50th anniversary special and then after the regeneration at the end of the Christmas special. Those brief looks haven't really revealed much about what to expect and how things will be different, but now with these interviews from BBC America, we do get a tease.
How is the Doctor going to be different? Coleman described him as "much more removed and not as accessible to humans" and someone who "can't quite accept he's a hero" as he, Clara and the audience get to know him again. Meanwhile, Capaldi called the Doctor someone "who is difficult to keep up with, and who is more alien than perhaps we've seen for a while."
So far, we've only seen Clara's relationship with Matt Smith's Doctor, but how will that change with Capaldi's? According to Coleman, this new Doctor leaves Clara unbalanced and "throws everything up in the air. "She has gone from feeling safe – in moments of danger the Doctor would catch her – and thinking she had it all sussed, then suddenly this new guy has come along who she can't quite access in the same way," she explained. "He's removed, he's not as patient, and he's much more alien and enigmatic. It’s really hard for her. Her best friend is a changed person, and it is a very difficult for her to accept that and move forward."
Expect to see "a really changed dynamic" and "a lot of bickering" and to "see the control freak in her really ramp up" because of that. "Even if she wanted to leave she can't, because she's bonded to him," Coleman admitted. "He absolutely infuriates her. He annoys her. No one else can wind her up quite like it – but she just loves him. The friendship is strange and charming."
There is more to Clara than being the Doctor's companion, and we'll be seeing more of that this season. "We see how she lives her life, and how she lives a double life," Coleman previewed. "Spending time at home, being a teacher and living a normal life, and then very separately sneaking off and having these mad, wonderful, magical adventures with the Doctor." She tries to keep her Doctor life separate from her home life, which is going to mean explaining things like showing up "soaking wet with seaweed on her shoulder." In fact, that's where the theme of the series comes in – "lying and why we lie, lying to protect someone you love," Coleman teased.
Part of Clara's life at the school includes Samuel Anderson's character, Danny Pink, a fellow teacher. Coleman described Danny as "charming and lovely" and "that perfect boyfriend" who "is very supportive" but he's kept in the dark about her double life. "She tries to hide it from him while at the same time falling in love. She becomes very torn between the two. It’s almost as if she’s having an affair, without having an affair, but the lying becomes more and more," the actress said. Clara is going to be "totally torn between the two" men in her life and "trying to have both at once without being able to do it successfully." What will that mean for Clara's relationship with Danny and perhaps even with the Doctor?
"Doctor Who" season 8 premieres Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. on BBC America.