With filming of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor firmly underway, Dave finds himself considering what direction Steve Moffatt is heading in next.
There’s no denying that Stephen Moffatt has sent Doctor Who on a completely different heading than the one Russell T Davies was on. Although the TARDIS frequently lands on modern-day Earth, there isn’t the same level of obsession Davies had with plonking Who in the here and now. We’ve seen a few of the old enemies brought back, such as the Silurians, but also a good few new threats such as the Weeping Angels. And of course the whole ongoing River Song and Trenzalore plot lines that frankly kicked Bad Wolf firmly up the bum and pulled its underpants over its head.
But now what? It’s clear that putting the 55-year-old Capaldi into the lead role has reversed the previous trend of finding ever-younger actors to take the role on, but what else? Considering the costume details previously released by the Beeb (looking much like Jon Pertwee going to a Clash gig), I’m fairly confident that a certain degree of abrasiveness will be there. The Doctor as a Grumpy Old Man? Cool, can’t wait to see him comparing notes with Arthur Smith about how sport isn’t as good as it used to be, how terrible traffic is now and the state of modern music (“I once met Mozart, he were a prat an’ all!”).
If I was to hope for six things from the Twelfth Doctor, they would be:
1. The Daleks are either rested or properly brought back as a genocidal race of xenophobic tanks hell-bent on galactic domination. And not the Mighty Morphin’ Skaro Rangers of the New Paradigm.
2. As and when the Time Lords are brought back, a proper resolution to The End of Time is brought up with the Doctor having to answer to Rassilon.
3. The Master. Enough said.
4. The Doctor’s companions stop fancying him. It was refreshing the first time with Rose and the Tenth Doctor but it’s just got tired now.
5. A companion who isn’t a girl from present-day Britain. Future guy, maybe? Someone for Clara to focus on? Or hey, maybe even an alien.
6. Speaking of which, more Commander Strax. There can never be too much Commander Strax. Every show needs its own psychotic potato dwarf.
But we’ll see. Steve, seriously, if you ever need a staff writer…