As fans are more than aware, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is set to leave the show after Series 10.
The departure for me, was very expected. If it didn't happen now, it would become one of those things that would never end up happening. As much as I love his work and him as a person, I feel it was a very just decision and a very timely one too.
Thankfully, he’ll be going out with a bang, and if Series 4 and the "Year of Specials" is anything to compete with, Moffat has definitely got his work cut out for him. But I have faith he’ll succeed, and will sweep us all off our feet.
While we have more from Moffat on the way, I'm hoping we see a few awesome things from the writer/producer before he leaves Doctor Who.
1. The Return of Past Moffat Characters
To kick off the list I decided it would be great to see a few Moffat characters make their return to our screens. This could range from the Paternoster Gang, to even Liz Ten. Personally, I’m not entirely fussed, because with the exception of Danny Pink, I have loved and would back the return of almost every single Moffat character we’ve met so far. If there was a way to interpret such an idea into the finale, I really hope Moffat takes the opportunity.
2. Fill in the Plot Holes
Don’t shoot the messenger! This is just the most irritating thing for me to hear fans moan about. So called "plot holes" left right and center, which in my opinion often aren’t problems, or are so minor they can’t even be regarded as actual plot holes. However with a whole 14 episodes (including specials) coming our way I really hope that Moffat takes the opportunity to silence the ‘Plot Hole Brigade’ once and for all for his era, by fixing his ‘mistakes’, if they can even be branded as that, and leaving, knowing no crevice is unfilled without a good explanation or justification.
8. Don’t Backseat the Doctor
So, we know we are getting a new companion for Series 10 in the shape of Bill, played by Pearl Mackie, which I’m equally excited and worried about, to be honest with you. The benefits are just the joy of the Doctor meeting somebody new, which many want to see after three years with Clara.
However the negatives could be that the Doctor finds himself "back-seated" for yet another companion being someone who is more than meets the eye and takes all the focus. As well as this being Moffat’s final series, rumor has it this could be actor Peter Capaldi’s last as the Doctor. If so, like Moffat, Capaldi deserves center stage giving all he’s got before he can’t anymore. However, I would like Bill to make her way into Series 11 with incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall and potentially a new Doctor, because if this show learns anything from past mistakes, it’s that a sense of familiarity from one aspect of the show, for example the Doctor, Head Writer or companion, does the world of good, and makes the transition to a new era much easier for fans.
7. Make A Man Out of Missy
Okay, don’t take the heading for this one seriously! It was just a cheap attempt at making a Mulan pun. Moffat re-invented the Master/Missy and I personally want to see her return under the pen of Moffat once again. Whether this will be Missy’s swan song or not, I’m not overly fussed, but Moffat should at least get the opportunity to finish up with Missy. And if there’s no story for Moffat to finish, you can never see Gomez’s gorgeously evil face too many times anyway. So a return would be justified on those grounds equally as much.
6. Steal RTD’s Beautiful Farewell Idea
This point I told you to hold onto earlier. The return of companions/characters is always a good thing in my opinion when rounding up the end of an era. And nothing will ever give me goosebumps like The End of Time where the 10th Doctor has one last visit to all the characters who were very important to RTD’s era of Doctor Who. This is exactly the type of tribute Moffat’s era deserves, and I really hope they decide to mirror this sort of idea, putting a Moffat spin on it. Then we can say goodbye to Moffat’s era, like with RTD’s era, for (possibly) the last ever time. It’ll be an utter shame to see some of these characters go to waste if they don’t appear in Series 10 somewhere.
5. An Explosive Final Dalek Story
I don’t have the details for this. I don’t know specifically what I want, or what we should see. I just know that a Dalek story is needed from Moffat before he leaves. He’s given us some great ones *cough* The Witch’s Familiar, and some awful ones *cough* Asylum of the Daleks, but he still deserves to, like any show runner would, pen one final Dalek story before they leave. And I reckon if we get one, it will be amazing.
4. A Consideration for Chibnall’s Era
This is hugely important, because a lack of continuity when crossing the borders from one show runner to the next could be a problem. Subtle hints to what Chibnall’s era promises to give, or maybe even just the slight mention of something we’ll see in his era would be a good thing. This allows us to go from Moffat to Chibnall without feeling like we’re watching a new show that we don’t know much about yet, instead of Doctor Who. It’s just a kindness to take Chibnall’s era into consideration when wrapping up, because Moffat has to remember how he leaves Doctor Who is how Chibnall carries it on. And nobody should ever need to clean up after a previous show runners messes.
3. Work Out Where Gallifrey Is Going
I’m thrilled Gallifrey is back, however, I can’t help but feel that for such a build up to its return, it was oddly sidelined in the final episodes of Series 9 to focus on Clara. Which I feel was a stupid move, no matter how much I love Clara. Moffat needs to make a decision as to what’s happening to Gallifrey, because as I said in my previous point, Chibnall shouldn’t have to clean up any of Moffat’s messes. And if Moffat’s going to cause a problem leaving Gallifrey open for future episodes, or by making Gallifrey disappear, then he needs to work out the best method for the long run of the show. Consider Chibnall and what he wants to do with Gallifrey, and then integrate his decision into Series 10. I personally would like Gallifrey to stick around for now and be open to future visits, but I still feel like Gallifrey has been left on the shelf, which is hugely anti-climatic, so an explanation to the fate and future of Gallifrey is majorly needed.
2. A Weeping Angel Story To Top Them All
If there’s anything we can look back on and truly thank Moffat for, it would be the invention of these terrifying, yet brilliant monsters. Sadly, despite being Head Writer, Moffat has barely utilised them since "The Angels Take Manhattan" (cameos aside), which I think is an injustice to such an amazing creation. So before Moffat goes, I hope dearly he’ll think long and hard about making a final Weeping Angel story, because if he doesn’t, somebody else will, and as they are his creation I feel he should be the one to write it. This should be the Weeping Angel story to end all Weeping Angel stories. Whether it be an origin story, or just a scary thriller, I want more Weeping Angels in Series 10. If we don’t get them, I’ll be shocked by Moffat, and I know one day he’ll really regret not bringing them back for his swan song series.
1. The Right to Regenerate Capaldi
Here it is! My number one hope for Moffat’s swan song series, and this is potentially the most controversial request. It’s not something 3 months ago that I would have wanted. But with the announcement of Moffat’s farewell, and the possibility to provide us with 14 more incredible stories (I have no doubt), Capaldi has the opportunity to leave, and if rumours are to be believed, I wouldn’t want anyone but Moffat to write his farewell. If Capaldi stays for Series 11, he runs the risk of a weak ending. This isn’t me lacking faith in Chibnall at all, I promise. Series 5 compared to Series 9 shows a huge growth for Moffat as a writer, and shows that like fine wine, his writing becomes better with age. I just don’t want to see Chibnall in his first year writing Capaldi out, because for a first series, it’s hard to do, especially with such an amazing Doctor as Capaldi.
Moffat would be able to give Capaldi the ending he deserves – explosive and amazing. Whereas hand him over to Chibnall for a series, the timing may never be properly right in Series 11, and then by Series 12, if Capaldi still hasn’t gone, we either find ourselves with a mediocre regeneration for the Doctor, or a few more series overworking and eventually overusing Capaldi. I could be wrong and Chibnall could shock me by giving Capaldi the farewell he needs, but I stand by my decision for now. Moffat would provide an amazing ending for Capaldi, and that’s the least he deserves after what he’s given the show.
Let us know down in the comments what you want to see in Doctor Who Series 10.