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.
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
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