Who­vians get their fix

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TELEVISION - TIM MARTAIN

AL­MOST a year since the end of the last sea­son, the new Doc­tor Who se­ries is fi­nally back on ABC1 this Satur­day night.

The seventh sea­son prom­ises to in­clude Daleks, a space­ship full of di­nosaurs and ad­ven­tures in the old wild west.

Each episode will screen here one week af­ter its pre­miere in the UK, which is still a bit of a wait but among the shorter ones in terms of free- to- air TV, which is to be ap­plauded.

Be­cause Who­vians don’t like to wait.

Eleventh Doc­tor Matt Smith ( pic­tured) re­turns in the iconic role, along with Karen Gil­lan and Arthur Darvill as companions Amy and Rory.

Last sea­son saw the Doc­tor con­front his own mor­tal­ity and the in­her­ent re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of time- travel, as well as re­veal­ing the truth about River Song ( or as much of it as we’ve been al­lowed to see so far).

The trailer for the new sea­son of­fers some tan­ta­lis­ing hints of what is to come, in­clud­ing the Doc­tor be­ing forced to deal with the con­se­quences of his paci­fism, which has seen him pass up nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to rid the uni­verse of var­i­ous alien threats.

Did he do the right thing by in­sist­ing on mercy?

And what bet­ter way to kick off a new sea­son than by res­ur­rect­ing one of the Doc­tor’s old­est foes: the Daleks.

Episode one, Asy­lum of the Daleks, brings these ter­ri­fy­ing tin cans back en masse, which can only ever mean bad news.

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