It’s only a minute long, but this new trailer for the ninth season of Doctor Who has enough material to keep fans speculating until the show returns September 19. For instance, there are a few new hints as to the mysterious role Maisie Williams will be playing in her highly anticipated guest appearance. Showrunner Steven Moffat claims she’ll be a brand new character in the Doctor Who mythos, and from what this trailer shows, that character will live in (or at least visit) some kind of medieval village:
Whether we’re meant to take that as a sly nod to Game Of Thrones or whether she’s secretly playing Arya Stark in some kind of insane crossover remains to be seen. But it does look like she’ll have some scenes with a fire-breathing lion man, so that’s cool:
Elsewhere, there are a ton of returning villains including the Daleks, the Zygons, and the Doctor’s Time Lord nemesis Missy (Michelle Gomez). The first trailer already showed Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor playing guitar at a rock concert, but in this second one he also rides a horse, jumps out a window, and, of course, does a lot of running with his loyal companion Clara (Jenna Coleman).
On the whole, the trailer highlights just how cinematic the Doctor Who aesthetic has become in the past few years. But a brief shot of a wonky looking CGI dragon serves as a reminder that BBC money only stretches so far: