We've got less than a week now until the return of Doctor Who to our screens. When we last saw him, back in September, we watched him devastated by the departure of regular companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), who were pushed back in time, where the Doctor could not reach them, by a stray Weeping Angel. It was a horribly sad moment that clearly affected the Doctor deeply. When we join him again next week with "The Snowmen," we're going to be seeing a very different Doctor. And, as it turns out, a very different TARDIS, too.
Earlier today, we posted a sneak peek of the Christmas special that saw an apathetic Doctor angrily explaining why he no longer goes on adventures. Now, we've gotten a new sneak peek entirely -- this one just a photo -- that shows the Doctor standing inside the TARDIS. He looks quite happy this time around -- and the TARDIS looks quite different.
Instead of the familiar orange hues, which have been the main color in the TARDIS console room since the series first began again in 2005, teal and blue are the prominent colors here. The design of the TARDIS is also much cleaner -- there's much more metal here than glass, and the floor is certainly a change from the glass of its predecessor.
It's a darker look to reflect the Doctor's darker mood, but I hope it sticks around. I personally dig the retro vibe -- the center console is really quite reminiscent of the 1980s version (used by the Fifth Doctor). Here's hoping it sticks around longer than this picture indicates that the Doctor's nihilistic outlook does.
Doctor Who will air its Christmas special, "The Snowmen," Christmas day on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.