Things are looking pretty dystopian in the trailer for next week’s Doctor Who, with the evil Monks having conquered the world, brainwashed the populace and forced everyone into wearing unflattering grey clothes. The monsters.
And with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) seemingly turned to evil and joining the Monks (apparently tempted by the prospect of his own TV show), it’s up to Bill – the only person not taken in by the new world order – to save the day, even if it means putting a couple of slugs into the Doctor’s chest. Ooh-er.
Frankly, the whole thing is very exciting, but it can’t help but remind us of another Doctor Who episode from almost exactly 10 years ago – Russell T Davies’s Last of the Time Lords, which similarly caught up with a dystopic Earth after it had been under alien rule for a while.
Maybe it’s the similarly drab clothing, maybe it’s the repeated use of mental suppression to keep the populace in line or maybe it’s just the fact that we know Last of the Time Lord’s villain The Master (aka John Simm) is making a comeback this series, but so far everything about this episode is making us nostalgic for those halcyon 2007 evenings.
Ah, those were the days.
It’s enough to make you crank up some Soulja Boy, stick on Knocked Up and, er… eat or drink something that’s also particularly associated with that year, we guess.
Doctor Who continues on BBC1 on Saturday 3rd June at 7:35pm