Doctor Who? More like Doctor Woo-hoo! Um, sorry, but I’m really excited because the folks over at the BBC were lovely enough to just put the new Doctor Who minisode “The Great Detective” online for U.S. viewers. This originally aired overseas during today’s Children in Need charity special, and it gives us a taste of what we can expect from the upcoming Christmas episode. After an adorable introduction in which Matt Smith is joined by new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, we learn that Madame Vastra, her companion Jenny, and the (apparently Moon-hating) Strax have contacted the Doctor for assistance. Unfortunately, he is still too wounded from the loss of Amy and Rory during the events of “The Angels Take Manhattan” to be interested in anyone else’s problems. Refusing to help, he announces that he has retired and sulks away — presumably back to the Tardis so that he can listen to Joy Division and have a Gallifreyan crying session. While his retirement will probably last about five minutes, it’s still nice to know that we can expect some humbugging from the good Doc once December 25th rolls around.
But wait, there’s more! Here’s the new trailer for the episode, called “The Snowmen.” Chilling!:
Even with the Ponds gone, this brief look makes it clear that the storytale motif of the Steven Moffat era will continue on…albeit with a lot more silly snow monsters. The highlight for me of this was Richard E. Grant’s scenery chewing. That’s my two cents. Are you guys feeling this?