The fictional universe of Doctor Who is just huge. What do you expect from from a show that's been going for over half a century? Episode upon episode, and series upon series have built one of the largest science fiction mythologies in history. Yet, Doctor Who barely ever exploits this wealth of lore and detail that it has accumulated. Compare the BBC's poster show with the likes of Star Wars, Marvel or Star Trek, and you realize that, for a show all about going through time, Doctor Who very rarely turns back on itself.
Doctor Who is no stranger to spin-offs. There was the largely successful, adult oriented Torchwood in the Russell T Davis days. There was the extra kid-friendly Sarah Jane Adventures, and then there was a half-licensed show about K9 but we don't talk about that. Despite all this, since the Steven Moffat takeover, the Doctor Who universe has gone quiet. This might be because Moffat's style of show running is like a speeding train rapidly laying its own tracks, or it might be down to no one knowing what to do with the character's the show has been churning out.
So, before Season 9, let's take a look at what the show has produced that would make for spin-offs to please fans and wider audiences alike.
I understand that Steven Moffat really, really wants to make River Song happen. Her entire presence in Seasons 5 and 6 seem as if she's making a rush to become the next big thing in just a few episodes. To say her character is divisive is a huge understatement, and with rumors that she could return to Doctor Who Season 9, why not give her a show of her own? That way, she's compartmentalized for fans who don't like her, and laser-focused for her own specific fan-base.
This would also give Doctor Who a chance to explore and expand it's own logic. It was always confusing why River was able to travel through time and space with almost as much freedom as the Doctor himself. While Torchwood gave us a show about the grounded normals of this universe, and Doctor Who deals with the main man himself, a show about River Song could explore that in-between space of characters who are savvy enough with working the laws of time and space, but just aren't quite Time Lord level.
A shadowy intelligence organization that operates with military precession, investigating paranormal happenings, and following the heroes of the primary story around. Give this organization it's own spin-off show with a capitalized title and does this sound familiar? Yes I'm almost surprised that UNIT hasn't followed in the footsteps of [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) It seems Torchwood took up that mantle, as Russell T Davis didn't wish to tread on established Doctor Who canon in an effort to expand his story. Torchwood is now long passed, and the prominence of UNIT has been increasing in the lead up to Doctor Who Season 9.
Think about it this way. Who else was really upset when Osgood was cruelly killed by Missy in the Season 8 finale? Wouldn't it be cool if she returned to head up a separate show about UNIT? Who cares how final her initial death seemed? It would be just like that show, Agents of... god damn it's exactly the same!
I have forever failed to understand Steven Moffat's compulsion to keep brining Vastra, Jenny and Strax back each season. They're posited in the show like they're some stroke of genius characterization, yet they barely stick around for more than one episode. It always feels like people you met just yesterday suddenly acting like they were your childhood friends. Rather than bringing these characters back for another awkward, fleeting appearance in Doctor Who Season 9, why not give them their own show that allows organic characters to grow? That way, any appearance they make in Doctor Who will automatically have more weight to it.
Steven Moffat has exhibited his deftness in crafting a detective show in the form of Sherlock, and given that Vastra is also a consulting detective, albeit a Silurian one, why not take that angle? It would also be set in Victorian London, which everyone is happy to fetishize forever. This kind of spin-off surely would upset no one, except perhaps actress Neve McIntosh, who I'm guessing wouldn't be too thrilled having to don all that make up for every episode.
Could Doctor Who Season 9 make space for all these spin-offs? Would these spin-off ideas work, or is there an even better one hiding in the Doctor Who universe? Let us know with a post here on MoviePilot, or leave a comment below!