The “Doctor Who” website has revealed the synopsis for “Deep Breath“. It reads as follows:
When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.
I’ve been sceptical of synopses ever since “The Day Of The Doctor“, which claimed all of reality was at stake, even though there was no indication of that. The Doctor said every moment in time and space was burning, but the Time War was also time-locked. But that’s not what this is about.
This synopsis probably isn’t very misleading given its clichéd nature. All it really tells us is everything we already know: Victorian London, Thames dinosaur, etc. The spontaneous combustions are new, but that’s about it.
And yet, it’s nice to finally see an official synopsis since we now know how to describe the episode, rather than just talking about what it might be like. This is probably the description that will be in Radio Times.
So while it only tells us one thing we didn’t know, we now have an official description to refer people to.