Well we have a long wait until series 10, Moffat’s last series as showrunner. There are beloved characters we want learn more about, mad situations that would be thrilling, and of course, we have a gap to fill – a new companion. So here’s what I am hoping to see in series 10. (And yes it is my list. Feel free to disagree.)
We obviously need more of River Song (Alex Kingston). She’s brilliant in every episode and her chemistry with Peter Capaldi is undeniable. They bring out a playful, sexy side to their marriage that had not been in place with other Doctors. This aspect of the relationship should be explored. I hope we see these two paired in some time besides their extremely long night by the singing towers.
We need more of Missy (Michelle Gomez). I’d love to know how Missy reacts to Clara’s death, since it was Missy who paired them in the first place. Is she cruel? Will she care? Her predictably cold and blunt reaction may be just what the Doctor needs to get back in the TARDIS.
Series 10 would be a good time to see more of Petronella Osgood (Ingrid Oliver). She’s practical, smart, and funny. I like her even better as a twin. Perhaps Osgood could be convinced to go on just one journey with the Doctor. We’ve seen her in Series 8 and in Series 9.
Let’s see her again! Make sure she’s wearing that cool pin on her lapel.
There’s an area of the Doctor’s life that has been left ignored and unexplored, and that is his past. The Doctor has faced the loss of Clara, and the consequences of four billion years of exhausting regeneration. (Yes we know it rebooted each time.) With the Doctor wounded in solitude, he should look for family.
Imagine if the Doctor decided to feel more connected to the worlds around him by looking those he loved. He arrived on Earth with his granddaughter, Susan. We’ve not seen her since the very first series. The Doctor’s life with his family on Gallifrey has always been shrouded in mystery, but the writers opened the door to it with “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”. The Doctor’s been back to Gallifrey now, and I suspect we’ve even met his mother, or at least a blood relative. It’s time to meet the others. I hope we meet Susan again. I hope the Doctor confronts his past.
There’s also Jenny (Georgia Moffett). She’s blood, and technically the Doctor’s daughter, although she started out life as a scraping of skin. When we last see Jenny, she’s describing what her life will be like: “planets to save, civilisations to rescue, creatures to defeat — and an awful lot of running to do.” That was six seasons ago. Can we see the results?
Series 9 was chock full of two-part episodes that were brilliant. This time I’m looking for some standalones, full of action. Could the new sonic screwdriver play a role? Is there any other wearable technology that could be used in a good old-fashioned fight?
Oh and definitely bring back the guitar!!
Finally, there is the question of the Doctor’s new companion. Please let it be a woman. Peter Capaldi had this to say about the casting in an interview with Radio Times: “I just think that combo of the slightly strange and alien Time Lord with the intelligent, enthusiastic, and inquisitive girl is a good combo. I don’t know why – but it just seems to work. ” Agreed. And from this side of the Atlantic, perhaps she could be … American?
What do you want for Series 10?