The first episode of Doctor Who‘s eighth series airs in just over a week. And I have HIGH EXPECTATIONS for it. For the whole series. Will any of my wishes come true?
We’ll just have to see, I guess. In the meantime, here are some things I’d like to see during this upcoming series.
Note: There are (very minor!) spoilers in #2 and #5, so maybe don’t read those particular wishes if you don’t want to know what happens.
1. Clever references to the number twelve
Honestly, I wouldn’t care whether these appeared in-show (as part of the dialogue, for example) or as the title of an episode or two. But seriously. If the show’s producers don’t make references to a clock striking twelve (because TIME Lords, get it?), or don’t have a Shakespearean episode titled “Twelfth Night,” I will be quite disappointed.
2. Vastra, Jenny, and Strax
This is confirmed! They’ll be in the first episode!
I just… really love them. Strax cracks me up, and Vastra and Jenny are the cutest couple EVER.
They make me want a sword-fighting, butt-kicking alien girlfriend. I hoped and hoped that they’d return for another appearance, so I was super-happy when I found out that they’ll definitely be in at least the first story!
3. Less romance
Because not every story has to have a romantic subplot all the time.
… all right, so if they have to put romance in, please have many more adorable scenes between Vastra and Jenny instead of between, I don’t know, the Doctor and Clara.
…actually, I believe it’s mentioned in Clara’s very first episode that she had a girlfriend, so I would be all right if that was a thing in this next series. Honestly, I guess I’m just not interested in any more boy-meets-girl stories. I’ve read/watched too many of them lately and I’m kind of sick of them.
4. Clara Oswald leaves…
I don’t like Clara. If I’m completely honest, I think she’s boring. I don’t mind that she’s super-girly – that’s part of the reason I like Rose, Jenny, and, to a lesser degree, River. I just… can’t connect with Clara. I don’t absolutely love every other New Who companion, but I can usually find some aspect of their personality/story arc to enjoy.
But I can’t find that with Clara. I find myself just not caring about her, and that doesn’t make watching the show very interesting.
Also, when she leaves, I’d like to see her end up in one of the situations that her echo was in. Perhaps she’ll end up in the Dalek Asylum once again? I think it would be fascinating if her story arc loops around and Clara ends up back where she started. That’s kind of horror-story-ish, isn’t it? That she’s back with killer aliens and this time, the Doctor can’t rescue her.
I swear I don’t want this to happen just because I dislike Clara. If I DID like her I would still be in favor of this ending because it’s just so weird and scary.
5. …and another companion arrives.
This has been more or less confirmed: The new companion is a guy, and his name is Danny Pink. But it doesn’t seem like he’s replacing Clara, which is what I really want. It seems like he’ll just be an additional companion.
And that could be neat. It’s always fun when there’s more than one companion in the TARDIS. But I’m worried that he’ll be a love interest for Clara, and I already mentioned above that I’m not interested in more romance. I saw an article the other day about how Peter Capaldi has been very adamant that he doesn’t want his Doctor to be flirty.
But I didn’t think that would happen, anyway. I thought the writers would think it was creepy that he’s so old(-looking, anyway) and Clara’s young and blah blah blah. It never even crossed my min that Twelve/Clara could be a thing. But some new guy could totally end up as Clara’s boyfriend, and I don’t want that.
6. What about Victorian stories that aren’t set in England?
No, seriously. Doctor Who LOVES its Victorian episodes (we already know that there’ll be at least one – see #2). Why not have the characters visit Victorian America? Or Victorian Australia? Or Victorian India?
(Note: This is not my original idea – I read it on some blog whose URL I now forget. But I really, really like it. I’d like to see more episodes that are set on Earth but not set in the UK. Yes, yes, I get that this is a British show, but HELLO. Australia and India were still under British rule back then.)
7. I want Steven Moffat to retire.
Hmmm, I’m trying to make this list as positive and fangirly as possible, but that’s not really happening, is it? Because I’m trying to be honest at the same time too. And I really don’t like Steven Moffat’s writing. I don’t like how his great big story arcs fall apart. They always start so well and I’m always super-excited about them and by their end they’re always anti-climatic and he’s lost control of the plot.
And his jokes aren’t funny.
And sometimes they’re just plain offensive.
And basically I would like to see him announce, at the end of this series, that he’s retiring and only working on Sherlock or whatever. I don’t really care who takes over the show after that, as long as they write better than Moffat.
8. MORE FEMALE WRITERS!
I keep hoping that they’ll announce one, just one, at the very last minute. I don’t think I’ll get my wish, though.
It’s pathetic enough that there probably won’t be any this series. But you know what’s even more pathetic? That there haven’t been ANY since series THREE. You know, the series that aired, oh, about seven years ago at this point? Come on, people. I’m really disappointed that they haven’t asked any women to write for the show in such a long time.
They don’t even have to be famous. I’m looking at the Wikipedia pages for Doctor Who‘s fourth, fifth, and sixth series right now, and I don’t recognize any of the male writers’ names except for Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Neil Gaiman. (And that’s only because the first two write a lot of stuff that I watch, and the third is one of my favorite authors.) So they could totally pick some up-and-coming, not-yet-a-household-name woman writer.
9. A darker Doctor
I’ll admit it: I am still not over Nine. And though I know there won’t be another Doctor exactly like him (and I don’t want one, anyway), I would kind of like to see another moodier, serious Doctor. The last two Doctors were both rather… puppy-ish in demeanor. Always really hyper and excitable.
And that was fine for a while, but I’d like to see something different.
(If you’ve only seen New Who, Romana was a Time Lady and companion of the Doctor, beginning with his fourth incarnation.)
I haven’t even seen very many episodes with Romana, but I already like her a lot. For a long time she was thought to be dead, since she was on Gallifrey when the Doctor blew it up during the Time War. Well, now we know that Gallifrey was never actually destroyed – and I still don’t like that development, but I’m determined to make the best of it.
And to me, that means seeing another regeneration of Romana. Ideally, I’d love to have her meet the Doctor in a different body than her last. He wouldn’t recognize her at first, but at some point she’d say something that would clue him in to who she was.
And then he’d be thrilled. And he’d dump Clara!
Oh dear, that wasn’t positive and fangirly at all. Better luck next time.
11. A brilliant new theme song
Well, not a totally new theme song. But I want to see a new variation on it! And a cool intro, maybe something like the one in this amazing fan-made video.
12. A brilliant explanation for Peter Capaldi’s three appearances in the Whoniverse
He played Caecilius in series four of Doctor Who and John Frobisher in series three of Torchwood, and now he’s the Doctor. Naturally, I think some clever in-story explanation for this would be cool… and I think we’ll get one. Moffat keeps saying that it will be explained, and there are all sorts of theories about it.
What would you like to see in the eighth series of Doctor Who? I’d love to hear all about it!
P.S. If you’d like to read more of my thoughts on the upcoming series, you can find my reactions to the trailer here.