Doctor Who is probably the most popular science fiction television series worldwide. There are plenty of reasons for that: it's funny at times, has a sense of whimsy, and features some great acting from its well-cast leads. But there's another major component to the show's success: when it needs to be, Doctor Who can be nail-bitingly scary.
Since the show's 2005 revival, the series has worked hard to top the show's original iconic fearmongers: the Daleks. And it's succeeded: largely thanks to now-showrunner Steven Moffat, the series has churned out a few monsters that have become instant cultural icons. The Weeping Angels were introduced in 2005's "Blink," and have only been the main villain on three episodes of the series (with a few cameo appearances here and there). The Weeping Angels are notoriously scary (and will be back for the fifth episode of the show's upcoming seventh series), and they're not the only ones. Moffat's also created the Empty Child, the Vashta Nerada, and the Silence, conceptually simple yet effectively scary monsters. With series 7, it looks like we'll have another monster to add to that list.
In a tweet from June 14, Moffat teased a new creature who would be facing off against the Doctor and new companion Clara in the show's seventh series. "See this new monster I've invented? This is a GOOD one. This will SCARE you. Oh yes," he wrote.
I don't know about you, but I'm already excited.
Doctor Who will premiere its seventh series sometime in the fall.