Doctor Who to take a step into the supernatural

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In Doctor Who Magazine 599, Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies promised that the supernatural, as embodied by the all-powerful, physical-law-defying Toymaker in the Doctor Who 60th anniversary special The Giggle, will be revisited in upcoming episodes.

“For my first time writing Doctor Who, this is an unashamedly supernatural character. That was built in to the original Toymaker. In the 1966 original, he turns people into dolls. He makes them dance on a dance floor. There’s an invisible game. He’s a magician. That is a whole new world for Doctor Who, and that’s a very big step the whole programme is about to take…”

In an interview with IGN, Fifteenth Doctor actor Ncuti Gatwa teased the mythology which is ahead for his first full Doctor Who series.

“There is a whole bunch of mythology that Russell is bringing in, there’s a whole pantheon full of different villains and lore and mythology that he’s bringing into the show. [It’s] just very exciting and very indicative of the new adventures we’ll be going on in Doctor Who.”

In the second Doctor Who 60th anniversary special Wild Blue Yonder, the Fourteenth Doctor introduced the idea of superstition to the Not-things by telling them they couldn’t cross a line of salt. The Doctor worried about invoking a superstition at the edge of the universe, where the walls are thin and all things are possible. This will likely be the reason given that the 2024 Doctor Who series will explore myth and the supernatural.

In SFX magazine, both Ncuti Gatwa and Davies mentioned an actor on set playing the Boogeyman, a terrifying mythical creature which adults tell children will visit them if they misbehave.

Millie Gibson, who plays companion Ruby Sunday, had this to say about the 2024 Doctor Who series in 1883 magazine.

“I think the series, in my opinion, becomes very Black Mirror in a way. I think people will really love this new era.”

In other news in Doctor Who Magazine 599, it was revealed that band in which Ruby Sunday plays keyboard is called the Red Notes.

The new 8-episode Doctor Who series starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson will debut in May 2024.

Doctor Who Magazine 599 is on sale Thursday 4 January from Panini and WH Smith priced £8.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from Pocketmags priced £7.99.