My Doctor Who Season 8 Wishlist

Ever since Matt Smith announced his imminent departure from life in the TARDIS, everyone and their brother has been speculating on who will be chosen to play the next Doctor. I’ve done my fair share of guessing, commenting on blog posts, and  browsing lists of actors who would make a great Doctor—BUT the next Doctor isn’t the only thing we should be talking about.

The last season was RIFE with problems and disappointments for me. Stephen Moffat’s skills as a showrunner have become questionable, and some aspects of his story-telling that were once fresh and fantastic (“Don’t blink! Blink and you’re dead!”) have become stale and overused (“Don’t click! ~~> “I don’t know where I am.”).

So without further ado, here are some things BESIDES new Doctor speculation that I’d like to see in the next season of Who.

1. Diversity

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Quick! Think of something Amy, Rory, River, Clara, and the Doctor have in common. They’re ALL white. Now think back on Doctor 10 and his brood. Still a lot of white people in that group, but look at the variety! Different ages, races, classes, and sexualities. (And no “professional models” like Amy.) What I’d like to see in season 8 is less white faces…and maybe even a non-white Doctor!

2. Varied Ages

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Aside from River (who is just awesome in general), the last few seasons of Who have featured a lot of YOUNG actors. Matt Smith is the youngest actor to the play the Doctor to date, and Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvil made for very youthful companions. Next season, I’m hoping to see a broader scale of ages across the board. Christopher Eccleston was 41 when he played 9 and David Tenant, 35, when he began his journey as 10. I’d like to see a somewhat older-looking and wiser-seeming Doctor, and I’d like to see more variety in the ages of companions. Read more

In Defense of “Does it need saying?”

In defense of "Does it need saying?" An in-depth look at why it was absolutely necessary for the Doctor to refuse to say "I love you" to Rose Tyler

Or does it?

I think there’s a lot of resentment directed at Doctor 10 because of that one little phrase. What I’d like to point out, though, is that it was absolutely necessary for 10 to say those four angering little words.

Okay, imagine yourself as Rose for a moment. You’ve spent the last few YEARS trapped in a parallel universe, never knowing exactly what the Doctor was saying to you when he vanished.  Now your universes have collided again, after ages of planning and experimenting and guiding alternate-reality Donna, and you’ve FINALLY found the Doctor. Your Doctor. Is she even thinking about the 10 meta crisis clone? Probably not. The original Doctor is her only concern. They spend almost the entirity of “Journey’s End” side by side.

After Donna saves the universe and the Doctor drops everyone off in their rightful places, they return to Rose’s parallel universe and Bad Wolf Bay for a final goodbye. I do not think that Rose was expecting this. I think Rose was under the impression that once she found the Doctor, she would never leave him again. Yet here he is, dropping her off in a place already haunted with Rose’s memories of their last farewell.

And not only is the Doctor dropping her off (probably for forever), he’s trying to pawn his cheap knock-off on her too? That’s kind of infuriating! Read more