It’s getting close to over a month now since it was announced that Jodie Whittaker would be the 13th actor to take on the role of Doctor Who and the first woman to play the part.
With that said. As fans we all have certain things we’d like to see happen with the series and here is a wish list made up of ideas that Raissa and I have discussed on past episodes of the SFP-NOW podcast, which you can find on scifipulseradio.com
This list is not in any particular order.
Let us see A Time Lady Regenerate Into A Time Lord
This one goes without saying.
For the last 5 years, the series has slowly but surely set things up for there to be a first female Doctor by placing tidbits of information into the mythology of the show. In these episodes, it has often been stated that a Time Lord or Time Lady can take on either male or female form, but thus far we’ve only seen two instances and both have been from male Time Lord to female.
So how about we have a well known classic Time Lady come back to the show and regenerate into male form to show the audience that it can happen both ways. It’s not like there is a shortage of female characters that they could bring back.
With Gallifrey having not being wiped off the map. It means that it is possible that Romana survived from the classic show. Or even the Rani.
It would be fun to see the male version of The Rani facing off against Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor. Or Romana changing sex and getting re-acquainted. Some of the best Fourth Doctor adventures featured Romana and The Doctor bickering. It is fun to see that again, but with the new twist of both characters have changed their sex.
Let’s Learn More About Gallifrey
Throughout Doctor Who’s history. Gallifrey has always featured as somewhat of an authoritarian style world, which has always been trying to lure the Doctor back to it.
But we still know very little about the world as it has been depicted in the series.
Now that the Doctor has returned to Gallifrey. I think it would be a good time for the writers to fill in some of the blanks about this world.
For example, how does one achieve the status of Time Lord or Time Lady?
Do all the people of this world have the ability to regenerate?
There are questions like this that have never really been looked at in the television incarnation of the series.
Enough of these 21st Century Companions
Since Doctor Who returned back in 2005 we have seen a shed load of companions from 21st Century Earth.
Obviously, this was done in order to make the Doctor relatable to the modern day audience and those that have never seen the show before, but it has become too much of the norm.
So we’d like to see the Doctor’s traveling companions be people from different eras throughout earth history as well as from alien worlds.
We think that having the Doctor’s companions be always from the 21st century is limiting the potential of the show for interesting stories and character studies.
Dominic Walsh who did the Doctor Who reviews for this year’s television series came up with the interesting idea of the new Doctor picking up a Nazi from World War II who is against the Nazi party. This would be an interesting idea. In fact someone from any era. A Viking, a maid from the Elizabethan era or somebody from the future of Earth or a cave man or woman could be fun.
We think having companions from different historic eras would be a breath of fresh air and make for some fun story telling possibilities.
Bring Back The Meddling Monk
During the early days of Doctor Who. William Hartnell’s first Doctor came into contact with a time meddler who became known to us as the Meddling Monk.
In the show. He was played brilliantly by Peter Butterworth and appeared in two stories. ‘The Time Meddler’ and ‘The Daleks Master Plan’.
Although it was never officially confirmed that he was a time lord. He has kind of become one via the route of comic books, prose and the various Big Finish adventures that he has featured in.
He’s a character that was never killed off in the series. So it is safe to assume that he is still out there somewhere.
We think it would be a lot of fun to have Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor have a run in with The Monk and have to use her wits to outsmart him.
Bring Back A Few Of The Doctor’s Family Members
The fact that we have had the Doctor regenerate across the sexes makes for some interesting and dramatic situations.
Like for example. How would Susan? The Doctor’s Granddaughter reacts to finding out that her Grandad is now a woman. How would the two get on with each other and what has Susan been up to since we last saw her in The Five Doctor’s.
Additionally, we also have The Doctor’s Daughter. What has she been up to since we last seen her? Will she have regenerated by now? How would she react to meeting the Doctor again given that he pretty much left her to her own devices when the episode ended.
These are just a few of our ideas. If you have any you’d like to add in the comments please feel free to do so.