Yesterday, Doctor Who unleashed its second trailer for the upcoming series six, and we're only just now recovering from all the insanity and awesomeness. But what's really going on in the new trailer? It's time to break this trailer down!

Before we get started, you may want to rewatch the trailer here, and you may also want to check out the earlier analysis we did of the trailer that aired after "A Christmas Carol." We're going to try our best to put all the new shots in this trailer in as much context as we can, including which episode it's from, the actors involved, and any previous spoilers and speculation we can bring to bear on what we're seeing. So yes, if you want to remain completely unspoiled for what lies ahead, turn away now!

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This first image, incidentally, is another shot of the bearded Doctor we saw in the first trailer. He's being held captive at Area 51 and there's a lot of thought that this is "future" Doctor from further ahead in the "current" Doctor's timeline. It's from Steven Moffat's opening two-parter, of which the first episode is definitely called "The Impossible Astronaut" and the second is most likely "Day of the Moon." This is the sixties-set episode, River Song and Mark Sheppard are involved, the mysterious Silence makes its first real appearance after almost destroying reality last season, Richard Nixon is probably up to no good, and the early word is that this story is absolutely incredible, possibly an all-time classic. So, you know, no pressure.

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman

Here we see the Doctor with Suranne Jones's Idris. This episode is thought to be set on an alien planet where lots of spaceships have crashed - a spaceship graveyard, I believe is the term people have been using - and this pretty much confirms that. This is one of the series's most hotly anticipated episodes, what with such an acclaimed writer and a title like "The Doctor's Wife" - which some have guessed is actually a reference to the TARDIS, and Idris is somehow a manifestation of the Doctor's most faithful companion.

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Episodes 5 & 6, "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers" by Matthew Graham?

I'm not sure which episode this comes from - we can't see who is under the cloak, and I don't immediately recognize the location from the other clips. We can say with some certainty which episodes can be included in this trailer: the only episodes that definitely have already been completed to the point that they could be included are Steven Moffat's opening two-parter, Steve Thompson's pirates episode 3, "The Doctor's Wife", Matthew Graham's two-parter that takes up the fifth and sixth slots, Mark Gatiss's episode 9, and maybe Steven Moffat's mid-series cliffhanger. I'm going to guess this comes from Matthew Graham's two-parter, thought to be called "The Rebel Flesh" and "Gangers", and I'll explain why in a little bit.

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Episodes 5 & 6, "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers" by Matthew Graham or Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss?

This is another total guess, I'm afraid. Yes, that does appear to be Matt Smith under that rather horrific make-up. This leads me to think this might tie in with Graham's two-parter, which is thought to involve cloning and has been rumored to introduce a degenerate Doctor clone. Another possibility is Mark Gatiss's episode, which looks to be very strong on the horror elements. But that's just a guess - if anyone has any more concrete ideas, leave them in the comments and I'll update if I see anything particularly convincing.

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Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss

Ah, now this we know is from Mark Gatiss's episode, which had the working title of "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" but will likely go out as either "House Call" or "Night Terrors." Gatiss, whose previous episodes are "The Unquiet Dead", "The Idiot's Lantern", and "Victory of the Daleks", has tended to write relatively low-key episodes with historical elements, but this episode looks to be embracing his more macabre side that he's shown in stuff like The League of Gentlemen.

We know the episode is set in council estates - the same sort of place Rose lived - and features various toys and household objects coming to life and becoming life-size. It was originally slotted in as the third episode, but was moved to the ninth slot because, according to Steven Moffat, a lot of the early episodes were very interior-heavy, and they wanted to vary things up a bit. If nothing else, this suggests the big mid-series cliffhanger can't be that game-changing if an episode could be swapped from one side to the other.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

We saw this same shot in the earlier trailer. So, if you don't mind, I'll just offer the same commentary again, as there isn't much else to add:

Here's one of the possessed astronauts that menaces our heroes in the opening story. He probably was part of the crew of the "Apollo Ten-and-a-Half" that Steven Moffat mentioned a few months back. These scenes were all shot in Troy House back in the UK, although in the story the house is the American orphanage Greystark Hall. This sequence is likely part of episode 2 - a discarded call-sheet reveals lots of details for most of the scenes in Greystark Hall.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat or Episode 7 by Steven Moffat

River doesn't seem to be wearing quite the same thing here as she does in previous clips from the opening two-parter, but then she does change outfits once or twice, so I'm not sure. Either way, we know that River is in both the opening two-parter and episode 7, and my slight intuition is that this is actually from the mid-series cliffhanger.

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Update: Commenter Batmanuel points out this location appears to be the Storm Cage holding facility, which we last saw in "The Pandorica Opens." We know that location is being used in episode 7, so it makes it much more likely that this clip comes from that episode.


Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat or Episode 7 by Steven Moffat

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If nothing else, episode 7's rumored transmission titles, "A Good Man Goes to War" or "His Darkest Hour", definitely fit with River's voiceover: "This is the Doctor's darkest hour. He'll rise higher than ever before, and then fall so much further...This is the day he finds out who I am." Of course, those two do sound like two completely separate lines that were brought together - hence my ellipsis - so it's possible the different parts of the voiceover comes from two separate episodes. The second part, I'm guessing, definitely comes from episode 7, but the opening bit about the darkest hour could be from either the opening two-parter or the mid-series cliffhanger.

Oh, and incidentally, the Doctor looks way more into his kiss with River than he did with Amy back in "Flesh and Stone." Just thought I'd mention it.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat or Episodes 5 & 6, "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers" by Matthew Graham?

I suspect not all of our readers are familiar with the various dialects of northern England, so just to clarify: "Ey by gum" (or however else you want to spell it) is a phrase typically heard in rural Yorkshire and Lancashire that basically conveys surprise. It's roughly analogous to "Oh my god", but honestly it's hard to provide an exact meaning. The extra "by" is probably just the Doctor being the Doctor.

As for which episode this comes from? Honestly, I'm not sure. Amy's shirt seems to be the same plaid red one she wears in the opening two-parter, but I haven't seen the Doctor's apparently solid blue shirt in any other clips, so I'm a bit stumped. I'm tempted to guess "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers", if only because we haven't seen any other clips of the Doctor from that episode, but I welcome any other thoughts people have on this one.

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Thanks to my English expat parents for providing the Yorkshire-to-English translations.


Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman?

I'm guessing "The Doctor's Wife" for this one, if only because that's the only episode we know for sure involves travel off Earth. Really, I just want to revel in how awesome this shot is, a reminder of how far the series's CGI has come in just six years.

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman?

Again I'm guessing Neil Gaiman's episode, mostly just because the exterior light levels seem like a good match for what we've seen in other clips. But really this shot could fit into any of the episodes.

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman

Hey, Rory actually is in this series! You know, I was starting to worry. Anyway, he's wearing the same clothes as he was in the episode 4 clips from the earlier trailer, so this will be "The Doctor's Wife."

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman

That means the "place they've never been" is something in this episode - it might refer to the planet, of course, or a time zone, or something more metaphysical. If this is a world where TARDISes can turn into women in period costumes, it might be metaphysical. I'm guessing, knowing Gaiman and Moffat, that it won't be quite what we expect.

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Episode 7 by Steven Moffat?

This is the Maldovarium, which River Song visited in "The Pandorica Opens" to get a vortex manipulator from a sketchy blue-skinned alien. Intriguingly, it was very brightly lit in its previous appearance, though here it's gone dark. Since Simon Fisher-Becker is known to be reprising his role as Dorium Maldavar in episode 7, I'm guessing that's where this shot comes from.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

Another repeat shot, and why not? Stetsons are cool.

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Episodes 5 & 6, "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers" by Matthew Graham

And here we have our first definite clip from Matthew Graham's two-parter. Graham is best-known as the co-creator of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, and he's best forgotten as the writer of the series two episode "Fear Her", which in slight fairness to him was supposedly written at the last minute after another script fell through. Anyway, Graham's two-parter has some strong positive buzz around it, although we know very little about it - even those titles aren't confirmed, I believe. We've heard it involves cloning and it may take place in some sort of futuristic, dystopian office block, but again these are all guesses.

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Episodes 5 & 6, "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers" by Matthew Graham

This is the zoom-in of the previous shot, which is why we know it's from Matthew Graham's episode. The person on the left is Marshall Lancaster, who played Chris Skelton on Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, and who we know is appearing in his old boss's episode. I'm less certain about the other two, although I suspect they're Sarah Smart and Leon Vickers, who are thought to be the other two key guest characters in the episode. The general look of this clip seems like the best match I've seen for that earlier image with the cloaked figure, which is why I'm guessing they're all from the same episode.

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Incidentally, if you want to know just how hardcore a Doctor Who fan I really am, my first thought on seeing this was how much they look like the Vanir from the Peter Davison story "Terminus." If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry - it just means you actually have a life.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

Judging by the headgear, this seems like it has to be the opening two-parter. And I'll be the first to say it - the Doctor wears a space helmet now. Space helmets are cool.

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman

We saw similar explosion shots in the first trailer, and Rory's outfit matches. Considering they are going to a spaceship graveyard, I suppose it does make sense for the TARDIS to explode a bit - particularly if it's about to transmogrify into Suranne Jones. (Which, I should probably point out, is still just guesswork.)

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

River Song gets some to show off some bad-ass action moves, and it looks like she's in the same time machine that we saw in the first trailer. This, of course, looks just like the proto-TARDIS that the Doctor and Craig Owens (who is coming back in Gareth Roberts's episode 12) encountered in "The Lodger." Intriguingly, there appears to be a figure on the right in the background, and its vague outline resembles that of the Silent aliens that we've glimpsed in the first trailer and the prequel.

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Episode 3 by Steve Thompson

Ah, now we're into the pirate episode that has been filming down in Cornwall. This is probably one of the lighter, breezier episodes - it kinda has to be, if only by comparison to all the craziness going on elsewhere - but the set photos reveal tons of pirates, including Amy doing some serious swashbuckling. (Doctor Who Spoilers has an excellent rundown of all we've seen.) I'm super excited for this one.

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Episode 5 & 6, "The Rebel Flesh"/"Gangers" by Matthew Graham

Update: While I originally thought these were Sirens from episode 3, commenter haydendrewery points out that these are more likely the clones from Matthew Graham's two-parter, and Doctor Who Spoilers notes extras dressed like this were spotting during the filming of those episodes.

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Episode 3 by Steve Thompson

That will be the episode's main guest star, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, who is playing Captain Avery. There's some thought that this is the legendary pirate John Avery (also known as Henry Every), who was technically speaking the most successful pirate in history. The search for his treasure is also a big part of William Hartnell's penultimate adventure, "The Smugglers."

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Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss

Another shot from Gatiss's episode, and make no mistake - he is done playing around. Dickensian wraiths and Churchillian Daleks were all well and good, but now is the time he gets real and just scares the crap out of you. And remember, these dolls are as big as people, in case you think they're not that scary.

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Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss

This again appears to be from Gatiss's episode, particularly because the light from this shot...

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Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss

...appears to be shining into this one. The boy is child actor Jamie Oram, who we know is appearing in this episode.

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"The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman?

Ah, now, this is a big one. First of all, let's just revel in the amazing exchange:

Voice: Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords.
The Doctor: Fear me. I've killed all of them.

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Beyond the fact that this is one of the Eleventh Doctor's few references to the Time War - and further confirmation that he committed genocide against his own people - there's still the question of just where this fits in. The obvious guess is Neil Gaiman's episode, as it features Michael Sheen in a voice-only performance, and that sure sounds like a disembodied voice. Of course, whether that actually sounds anything like Michael Sheen is an open question - I've listened to it a bunch of times, and I think that might well be a pitched-down version of his voice, but it's still just a guess. Frankly, there isn't a lot to go on with this one, but I'm completely OK with being surprised.

As for who the voice is...well, there are plenty of possible guesses from the classic series, and the fact that Time Lords are specifically involved makes it slightly more likely that we're harking back to something we've seen before. (Neil Gaiman did say this episode connects to Patrick Troughton's swansong "The War Games" in some way, although we've probably already seen that with the Time Lord communication hypercube glimpsed in the earlier trailer.) Off the top of my head, some possible candidates from the classic series include Omega, Morbius, and the Black Guardian, but none of those are great fits. Honestly, I'm almost certain it's an entirely new character.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat?

You can see the Stetson in this shot, so I'm guessing it's from the opening two-parter. That said, we known the Stetson is back in episode 12 - which I'm almost sure isn't ready to have clips in this trailer - so it's possible it appears in other episodes. I suppose this might be from something like episode 7, but my gut says it's the opener.

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Episode 3 by Steve Thompson?

I don't recognize Rory or Amy's outfits, and it's hard to make out any details from the backgrounds. My vague suspicion is that this is the pirate episode - we'll soon see a character from that episode who can produce glowing energy from her hands, and it seems like an obvious jump from that to shooting bolts of lightning out of your arm. I mean, I'm pretty sure that's how Emperor Palpatine got started.

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Update: Commenters have pointed out this actually appears to be the same proto-TARDIS set that River is seen aboard (and whose counterpart was seen in "The Lodger"). So that means there's an excellent chance this is from either the opening two-parter or episode 7 instead.


Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss or Episode 11, "The God Complex" by Toby Whithouse?

Considering all the living dolls we already know are in Mark Gatiss's episode, that seems like the obvious guess. That said, we don't know enough about some of the others - I'm thinking Matthew Graham's two-parter in particular - to rule them out.

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Update: Commenter Eleventh Hour Podcast points out this is quite likely from Toby Whithouse's episode, as an interview he gave with Doctor Who Magazine described a strange hotel with a constantly shifting landscape that featured, among other things, a ventriloquist's dummy.


Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss

Ah, now this is definitely from episode 9 - that is one seriously huge doll. Besides the Doctor, who is quite justifiably terrified, we've got what appears to be Rory in the background. The third man is Daniel Mays, who plays Jamie Oram's father in the episode and is another Ashes to Ashes alum (he played Keating in the final series). Seriously, John Simm and these others are all well and good, but I'm still pretty desperate for Gene Hunt to punch his way into the TARDIS...

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman

This is another big one. We've got what appears to be the old console room making a return appearance, and plenty of people have already sworn that David Tennant is in this shot. Well, I'm sorry to say this, but it's just Rory, albeit with a shadow that happens to give him what looks like Tenth Doctor sideburns and a blue vest that looks a bit like the old Doctor's suit. Still, it's pretty clear in these shots though that that is definitely Rory. Though I suspect the production team knew damn well that Rory looked a bit Tennant-ish in these shots...

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Episode 4, "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman

Now we've got that sorted, which episode is this from? "The Doctor's Wife" is the probable answer, as Rory is wearing the same blue vest as in the other clips, and we already know the TARDIS seriously malfunctions in that episode. I'm not sure, but there appears to be a figure - probably the Doctor - at the center of that fireball, although it's too indistinct a shape to be really certain.

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Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss or Episode 11, "The God Complex" by Toby Whithouse?

A shot like this seems a good fit with Gatiss's horror-driven episode, but that's strictly a wild stab in the dark.

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Update: Peepholes are thought to figure into Toby Whithouse's episode - and the strange minotaur-like creature we're about to see appears to be shot through a peephole - so episode 11 is actually the most likely choice.


Episode 11, "The God Complex" by Toby Whithouse

I...I don't even want to guess for this one. (And seriously, I really have no idea which episode this might be from.) I just want to revel in its utter insanity. It's like they're importing imagery straight from the last twenty minutes of The Shining...and I couldn't be happier about it.

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Update: Thanks to several commenters for pointing out that this is almost certainly from Toby Whithouse's episode. Whithouse, who is best known for creating the original Being Human, previously wrote "School Reunion" and "Vampires of Venice" for the series. As with Mark Gatiss, he seems to be moving far more heavily in the horror direction with this latest episode. "The God Complex" also features a guest turn from Little Britain's David Walliams as an alien called Gibbis.


Episode 3 by Steve Thompson

This is model-turned-actress Lily Cole, who is playing some sea creature - most likely the lead Siren - in the pirate episode. Note the light coming out of her hand - could she be the same person shooting energy bolts at Amy and Rory in the earlier shot?

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Episode 3 by Steve Thompson

I suppose this is a bit obvious, but yes, she does appear to be underwater. Mostly I just want to focus on how cool an image this is. Indeed, the whole trailer is bursting at the seams with potentially iconic imagery.

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Episode 11, "The God Complex by Toby Whitehouse

Update: As with the ventriloquist's dummy and the clown, this is almost certainly from Toby Whithouse's episode. I will stand by my original observation that, as the carpet seems to match that of the clown's room, it's probably all the same episode. But yeah, there were probably easier ways to know that.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

Hey, you think that's Utah?

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

Yeah...that's Utah all right. Here's hoping the Doctor has learned how to pronounce it a bit better since the time his ninth incarnation visited the state in "Dalek."

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

We've seen the set photos of Amy running before. It's a bit hard to see clearly, but the black marks that she and River both sport in this episode are definitely visible. What exactly the marks mean is still an open question.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat?

You can see what appears to be Amy in the background. The location also appears to be the one from this story that was glimpsed in the earlier trailer, which we're pretty sure is from the opening story.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat?

It's hard to say what exactly the Doctor is wielding here. My first reaction was that it's just a flashlight (or a torch, as the Brits would call it), but it does look like it might be some form of energy weapon. I've also gone through each frame to see if there's anything interesting reflected in the green light, but I think all that can be seen is the Doctor's blurred outline.

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Update: As multiple commenters have pointed out, it's quite likely just the sonic screwdriver. Not quite sure how I forgot that possibility...


Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss?

Pretty sure that's a close-up of Jamie Oram, so that means this is Mark Gatiss's episode.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

And now we come to the endgame of this trailer. It's possible this is from the mid-series cliffhanger, but Amy's shirt is the one she wears in the opening two-parter, so that's what I'm going with for now. The location also looks like the same one we were just looking at.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

Anyway, the important thing is that she has a gun, and it certainly looks like she doesn't want to fire.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

The Doctor screams "No!" Amy is actually in the background of this shot, and the positioning makes it look pretty unlikely that Amy is firing at the Doctor, although I think that's what the trailer is trying to imply.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that Amy isn't firing that gun completely of her own free will. The obvious guess is that those black marks on her arms are somehow controlling her, but that's all just speculation on my part.

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

Whatever she did, she clearly regrets it instantly...

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Episodes 1 & 2, "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" by Steven Moffat

...while the Doctor is somewhere between scared and bewildered. I'd say more, but I think this is one of those places where whatever guess I make, it's going to be wrong.

And so we come to the end of the line. But fear not! Doctor Who premieres April 23...I just have no idea how I'm going to manage to wait that long.

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