15 non-spoilery facts from the 1st episodes of Doctor Who season 6

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Dec 14, 2012

Seriously can't wait for the return of Doctor Who? The last two trailers didn't manage to fix your Who craving? In need of more? Then here are some very enticing teasers that will help make the wait more bearable ... or a bit more difficult.

At last night's special premiere of Doctor Who's season-six opening two-parter at London's Olympia, some lucky people (mostly journalists) got to see "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon," written by showrunner Steven Moffat.

SFX , who was in attendance, decided to share some appetizing teasers (which we don't THINK reveal enough to be considered spoilers) in order to get everyone's adrenaline pumping for the upcoming season.

Below are some of the ones we thought were the most fun, thrilling or just simply mysterious.

♦ Neither episode starts as you'd expect

♦ The gay agenda is back!

♦ The monsters (whose mere name would be a spoiler) are brilliant, with a truly chilling MO. They should rate up there with the Weeping Angels as one of the new series' greatest creations. They look great, but it's the idea behind them that is truly chilling

♦ It's very, very dark and spooky at times. Wait till you see the scene in the Whitehouse toilets...

♦ At least three Moffat tropes are put into action again

♦ There is the curious return of a familiar prop

♦ Amy reveals a secret

♦ Matt Smith takes his portrayal of the Doctor up a gear

♦ The first time we see the Doctor, he's naked. Sort of...

♦ The monsters have some important dialogue, so it's a bit of a shame their voices are not terribly clear at times

♦ The first episode is a little talky and surprisingly character-led when you'd expect a barnstorming opening; the second episode kicks off storming that barn and keeps storming it

♦ It's funny, it's wildly inventive, it's fiendishly clever, it's surprising, it's audacious, it's uncompromising and it's quite unlike anything else on television

♦ There's lots of timey whimey stuff, and not just in terms of the science fiction -- more so, we're referring to some of the storytelling techniques involved, with lots of flashbacks, sudden jumps and montages

♦ You may suffer from revelation fatigue by the end of it. And a lot of things - perhaps a couple too many - are not wrapped up in the story itself, but are ongoing mysteries to be sorted out later. This show is getting like Lost, designed to be picked over on the internet! Let's hope it doesn't take seven years to get some answers

♦ The final, final, final scene, though, will ensure you'll carry on tuning in to find out what happens next... or maybe in the story after next. Or maybe next season...

What do you think? Any speculations or ideas?

Doctor Who premieres April 23 on BBC America (U.S.), BBC One (U.K.) and Space (Canada).

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