Blogtor Who takes a closer look at the official trailer for Doctor Who: Flux ahead of the upcoming series’ premiere later this month

With just over two weeks until Doctor Who returns to our screens, we’ve finally got our first full trailer for the thirteenth series, which has been given the title Doctor Who: Flux. Now, Blogtor Who is here to break down everything from this jam-packed new trailer, and analyse what might be in store for the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan as they embark on this latest adventure.

If you haven’t yet seen the latest trailer for Doctor Who: Flux, make sure to watch it first, and read on below for Blogtor Who‘s analysis and breakdown:

The Flux is Coming – Be Ready!

Following last weekend’s announcement of the new series’ premiere date and subtitle, it’s clear that the story that will span across these six episodes will centre around a phenomenon known as the Flux. Last Saturday’s teaser trailer saw the Doctor warn that the Flux was bringing with it ‘enemies from across the universe’, and this latest trailer gives us a glimpse of the scale and magnitude of monsters we can expect to see in Series 13.

Throughout the trailer, we catch glimpses of both familiar and unfamiliar creatures, all summoned by the Flux. Blink and you’ll miss SontaransOod, Cybermen and Weeping Angels. One moment seems to show a Sontaran army charging into battle against a fleet of human soldiers from Earth’s history. Does this mean that the Flux is causing different alien species to appear and different points in history?

One of the new look Sontarans from Flux - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon Doctor Who Series 13 Thirteenth Doctor
One of the new look Sontarans from Flux – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon
Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Screenshot #1

The trailer also introduces a number of brand-new aliens. We see a few brief shots of an as-yet-unnamed alien with blue, skull-like features. Elsewhere, we’re introduced to a dog-like creature, which has been named as Karvanista.

Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Screenshot #2
Doctor Who -S13 Ep1 Karvanista - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
Doctor Who -S13 Ep1 Karvanista – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

A Closer Look at Doctor Who: Flux‘s Guest Stars

As well as introducing us to the myriad of alien creatures the Doctor and her companions are set to encounter across the new series, this trailer also affords us a closer look at some of its other guest stars.

In this trailer, we see more of Jacob Anderson as Vinder, a recurring character whose casting was announced back in July of this year. We see Vinder ask, ‘What is that?’, as well as him encountering six mysterious figures materialising. The latter shot suggests that the Flux is not only bringing alien creatures to Earth, but other planets as well.

Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Screenshot #4
Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Screenshot #3

Elsewhere, we’re given a few brief looks at some of the series’ previously unannounced guest stars. Throughout the trailer, you’ll be able to spot each of the guest actors confirmed yesterday by the BBC to be appearing throughout Series 13:

  • Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Toast Of London, Downton Abbey)
  • Thaddea Graham (The Irregulars, Us)
  • Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners, A Very English Scandal, World On Fire)
  • Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean, Designated Survivor, Downton Abbey)
  • Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Intergalactic, The English Game)
  • Sara Powell (Unforgotten, Damned)
  • Annabel Scholey (The Split, Britannia)
  • Gerald Kyd (Cold Feet, Britannia)
  • Penelope Ann McGhie (The Crown, Harry Potter)
Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Guest Stars – Clockwise: Penelope Ann McGhie, Sara Powell, Craig Parkinson, Annabel Scholey
Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Guest Stars – L: Robert Bathurst, Blake Harrison, R: Gerald Kyd, Thaddea Graham, Kevin McNally

It’s clear from the wide variety of costumes and settings in which we find each of these guest stars that this adventure will take the Doctor and her companions to various different points across Earth’s history, and perhaps to other planets beyond.

Penelope Ann McGhie‘s appearance suggests a 1940’s setting, with Kevin McNally‘s look suggesting a similar time period. Sara Powell and Gerald Kyd‘s costumes point to part of the story being set even earlier, perhaps circa the early 1800s, with Powell‘s outfit looking not unlike the one Sylvie Briggs wore as Ada Lovelace in last year’s Spyfall: Part TwoRobert Bathurst‘s military uniform, meanwhile, bares some resemblance to the one worn by UNIT, perhaps hinting at the organisation’s long-awaited return to the show?

The ‘Fam’ 2.0

In amongst all the new and old aliens and humans they’re set to encounter across the series, we also get to see the newly-formed TARDIS crew themselves. Following the departure of Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole as Graham O’Brien and Ryan Sinclair at the beginning of the year, the Doctor and Yaz are now joined by John Bishop as new companion Dan Lewis. Whilst this trailer doesn’t tell us all that much about his character, Dan certainly looks to be fully involved in the action. We see him stuck behind bars, as well as falling down some kind of dark tunnel.

Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Dan

Elsewhere, we see Yaz (Mandip Gill) most often side-by-side with the Doctor, with the two of them hanging upside down in captivity at one point! We also see her in what looks to be period costume, further suggesting a historical setting for at least some part of the story.

Doctor Who: Flux – Trailer – Yaz

All in all, the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan look to be caught up in the whirlwind of danger and peril brought about by the Flux and the alien creatures it carries with it. Let’s hope they get a moment or two to breathe at some point in between all that running!

An Action-Packed Adventure Across Time and Space — but What of the Timeless Child?

This latest trailer for Doctor Who: Flux tells us that we’re in for a wild ride that’ll take us across several different times and places, encountering a wealth of different creatures and characters along the way.

One particularly notable absence from this trailer, however, is any mention of the Timeless Child. As fans will no doubt remember, Series 12’s finale shocked us with the revelation that the Doctor is in fact not from Gallifrey, but in fact the mysterious Timeless Child, a being from whom the people who would become the Time Lords took the power of regeneration. This, along with Jo Martin‘s surprise appearance as the Fugitive Doctor, revealed that the Doctor lived a whole separate life before that of the First Doctor.

Doctor Who - S12E10 - The Timeless Children - Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Sacha Dhawan as The Master- Photo Credit: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America
Doctor Who – S12E10 – The Timeless Children – Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Sacha Dhawan as The Master- Photo Credit: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America

However, any mention of this storyline is curiously missing from this trailer. Nevertheless, it seems unlikely that Chibnall wouldn’t picked it up again in this new series, so we’ll have to wait and see how it fits in with the rest of the story he has planned out for Doctor Who: Flux, as well as next year’s specials.

Doctor Who: Flux will premiere on Sunday 31st October, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, alongside Mandip Gill as Yaz, John Bishop as Dan, plus Jacob Anderson as Vinder.

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