With Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) at the helm of Jodie Whittaker's first series of Doctor Who due to air in Autumn 2018, lets discuss what we'd like to see in this groundbreaking new series...
5. Creating modern classics
The Daleks and Cybermen are arguably as famous as Doctor Who itself. There have been monsters and villains that have come close to being as popular with the likes of the Weeping Angels, The Master, Ice Warriors and Autons but nothing that could compete with the above. What the show needs is a new villain that is a bold foe to the Doctor and her team, a recurring one that plays a large role in her tenure as the Doctor. The Silence were undoubtedly a large part of Matt Smiths run as the 11th Doctor, as were the Slitheen for 9- so something along the lines of those would bring an exciting challenge for our new Doctor to face. Or alternatively, something like Gray from Torchwood or the Shadow Kin in Class- if you remember those.
4. New look Doctor Who
One of the things that made Doctor Who Series 5 feel so fresh was the complete revamp of it's appearance. And something like that now would be another great way of making the new series feel brand new and a fantastic jumping on point for fans.
Some of the things ASO would like to see is:
-New Doctor Who logo (We've had the 'DW' logo since 2010)
-New title sequence and theme- If we are to have a new composer for Doctor Who Series 11, this would be a great way for them to show their new take on the sci-fi series straight off the bat. Perhaps something a little more slow, quiet yet sharp akin to that of Netflix's 'Stranger Things'
-New TARDIS interior and exterior- We've already seen the new TARDIS exterior in promotional photos and it's gorgeous! But what really matters is what the interior looks like. For us, a white clinical style much like the classic series would be perfect, it's timeless and refreshing.
3. Companions with personality and backstory
One of the things Doctor Who fans can agree on in terms of the modern series is that Russell T Davies got his companions spot on, Moffat not so much. Each of Russell's companions had a distinctive personality:
Rose- Soft and excitable
Mickey- Humorous and quirky
Martha- Tough and enthusiastic
Donna- Feisty and confrontational
What I hope Chibnall does is give his companions a reason to be there, and something distinctive about them that makes us invested in them. Moffat tried to do this but got tangled up in his plot threads such as The Girl Who Waited and the Impossible Girl. Bill was good though eh? With the likes of Bradley Walsh in the mix along with Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill I think we're in safe hands.
2. No filler episodes/more prevalent story arcs
Since the announcemnt of 10 episodes of 50 minutes rather than 12, 45 minute episodes, it's been rejoiced that we may not have filler episodes such as the recent Eaters of Light escapade and In the Forest of the Night. These were the epitomy of filler episodes. Remove them from the series and they added nothing. With the shorter series, it could improve the series' fluidity and allow for the stories to be more interconnected and likely to keep viewers watching over the 2.5 months it's on air. The story arcs in the past few years have been convuluted to say the least however what Chibnall can do well is create twists and turns that lead the viewers off one way while the action is about to begin somewhere else. Just take a look at Broadchurch. It achieved 3 incredible series of 8 episodes each and in comparison to Doctor Who, each episode felt important, and added something new to the plot that would unravel in the finale.
1. Consistent characters
Here we go, the big one. One of the things that has irritated Doctor Who fans esepcially across the Peter Capadi era of Series 8-10 was his fluctuating personality. Albeit Twelve was probably the most unpredictable and emotional of the last few Doctors, he switched from "100% Rebel Timelord" to "Just a bloke in a box" playing guitar and wearing sunglasses. What happened Moffat. What happened. It confused us all how he had such a drastic character change over the gap between Series 8 and Series 9. Even in Series 10, it felt like some of the lines were written for the 11th Doctor rather than the 12th.
With the 10th Doctor, for example, as the series' progressed, he very rarely changed personality apart from the specials where he became the 'Timelord Victorious'. From Series 2 to 4 he was the same old youthful stick insect in a pin striped suit- something that kept us entertained while the companions came and went.
Chris Chibnall is probably the best choice for showrunner, with experience showrunning perhaps the most successful crime drama of the last 5-10 years and having written for Doctor Who before he knows what to do- not to mention he's a lifelong fan of the show.
Whatever Chibnall, Whittaker, Walsh, Cole and Gill have up their sleeves, I'm sure we're in for one hell of a ride, and we can't wait for it to begin!
Doctor Who Series 11 will air in Autumn 2018
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