Last night, BBC America hosted an early screening of the first two episodes of the new season, which premieres April 23, and offered up a Q&A with the series’ cast and creators that served as a great reminder of why love for all things “Doctor Who” is at an all-time high. Nowhere was this more evident than in the impressively long line (people had begun lining up the previous night) that greeted cast members Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston, as well as showrunner Steven Moffat and a host of other “Doctor Who” notables when they arrived at the event.
In order to shed some light on what you can look forward to in the two-part season premiere, I’ve come up with a spoiler-free list of five elements from “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day Of The Moon” that had everyone buzzing after the event.
1. THE SCARE IS BACK!
Remember how terrifying the Weeping Angels were when they made their debut in “Blink”? Well, get ready for a new alien menace that rivals the ol’ silent assassins when it comes to sheer, creep-you-out terror. I’m not going to lie to you, folks: I jumped out of my seat more than once during the premiere.
2. TIME FOR LOVE, DOCTOR WHO?
While it’s no surprise that the relationship between Amy and Rory continues to provide some of the series’ most tender, loving moments, it appears as if The Doctor has been working on his flirtation skills since last we saw him. Between trading innuendo-laden asides with River Song and popping up sans clothes in at least one scene, The Doctor appears to have got his groove back… or whatever passes for a “groove” among Time Lords.
3. RIVER SONG’S TALE
If the premiere and accompanying Season 6 preview was any indication, we’ll be learning a lot more about the mysterious past of River Song over the next batch of “Doctor Who” adventures. The shoot-first archeologist from the future plays a big role in the premiere, and manages to drop quite a few more hints about her connection with everyone’s favorite time- and space-traveler.
4. TIMEY-WIMEY, WIBBLY-WOBBILY FUN
If I can give you one tip for watching the season premiere, it’s to just sit back and enjoy the adventure — especially when the cast starts hopping through time. The “Doctor Who” team has always had fun with the notion of jumping back and forth through characters’ timelines, and they take it to the extreme in “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day Of The Moon.” How Steven Moffat keeps track of what’s going on in each timeline, I’ll never know — but I enjoyed every minute of what he did with ’em.
5. HANG ON, THERE BE CLIFFS AHEAD!
I won’t surprised when April 23 rolls around and the sound of millions of “Doctor Who” fans screaming “WHAT?!” is heard ’round the world. That’s all I can say about that.
Season 6 of “Doctor Who” premieres April 23 at 9 PM Eastern on BBC America. As always, keep it locked to Splash Page for more “Doctor Who” news as it develops…