If you look at brands such as DC and Marvel they have both created a universe of their own not only in their comics but on the big screen and television. Marvel have been able to establish a series of films based on individuals and groups such as ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. DC have followed in their rivals footsteps and realised you don’t need to pack everything into a 2 hour film but also they have been able to expand this over a TV series of many episodes such as their programmes ‘Arrow’ and the ‘Flash’. As a Whovian I believe that ‘Doctor Who’ has the potential to expand it’s brand like Marvel and DC have.In this article I will be speculating the options for their own ‘Whoniverse’ how it could advantage the much-loved sic-fi programme. Doctor Who have scratched the surface of a Universe by creating groups such as UNIT,The Paternoster Gang and the ‘War Doctor’. Although these haven’t had the opportunity to expand or for fans to delve deeper into there adventures or history. The Paternoster Gang
Since there first official outing as the Paternoster Gang in The Snowmen fans have been anticipating a spin-off programme to learn more about their origins and companionship. They have been involved in a couple of off-screen stories such as ‘Silhouette’ and ‘Devil in the Smoke’ both written by Justin Richards. He is possibly the main contender to pen a series of their own. Considering Strax’s appeal to children ,a spin-off series may be better suited for children’s channel CBBC. Despite Peter Capaldi’s darker tone this is a way for the fans of Matt Smith’s child-like nature to interact with the programme once again. Without a doubt this programme will have a great following like it’s CBBC predecessor,’The Sarah Jane Adventures’. U.N.I.T Certainly since U.N.I.T’s first appearance with the Second Doctor,Patrick Troughton, it has been a major part in the show. Since it’s revival,U.N.I.T has been a great help for the Doctor especially since ‘The Sontaran Stratagem/Poison Sky’. Despite this one of the main recurring characters is Kate Stewart,played by Jemma Redgrave,daughter of U.N.I.T’s Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.
‘The Day of the Doctor’ saw the introduction of fan favourite Osgood. She complimented Matt’s humour in the episode proving that she is a strong character. Yet I don’t feel that U.N.I.T is as serious as it was in classic episodes or ‘The Sontaran Stratagem/Poison Sky’ which may be a problem considering Capaldi’s darker tone. Although there appearance did offer many epic scenes in ‘Dark Water/Death in Heaven’, it din’t feel that they were needed. If U.N.I.T would get their own programme I believe it might be better to take a more adult based approach such as ‘Torchwood’. U.N.I.T has been confirmed for series 9 therefore we will get another chance to see if Moffat may adapt U.N.I.T to fit the 12th Doctor’s personality.
The War Doctor Last year a superb prequel book to the ‘Day of the Doctor’ was released starring the War Doctor (John Hurt). This book certainly shows the potential for a spin-off series or big-screen adaption. Moffat recently ruled out the idea of a Doctor Who Movie: “I don’t think there is one. No one has ever squared the circle on that. How do we do this? How do we do it without leaching from the television series – which we’re not allowed to do, because Doctor Who is public funded? “If it’s going to be a different Doctor, are we going to try and sell two Doctors at the same time? “I know there’s been loads of Doctors, but there’s only been one at a time. You don’t have a James Bond on television and one in the cinema. If he’s the same guy, then when are we going to make that?” Moffat rules out the idea of having a multi-doctor series yet he hasn’t once considered using a past Doctor. The success of the novel certainly shows the demand for this type of series.
Sir John Hurt has already secured a successful acting career on the Big-Screen and on television and performed outstandingly as the Doctor in the 50th Anniversary episode, ‘The Day of the Doctor’. We will also get an insight into more of the Time War and it’s beginning. Certainly the ground set by Russell T Davies,Steven Moffat and George Mann creates an endless opportunities for a Blockbuster series of films. Honourable Mentions The (other) Doctor and Rose The idea of a spin-off with the clone Doctor and Rose (first seen at the end of ‘Stolen Earth’) has caused a great deal of controversy between fans ,some claiming it’s a brilliant ides and others arguing it’s a terrible one. In my opinion I believe that it is important that the clone is still the Doctor and may be working with Rose in the parallel world fighting aliens. On the other hand the fans that are against this idea worry that it might turn into more of a soap with the love story between the Doctor and Rose instead of sticking to it’s routes as a sci-fi show. If it were to stay with being a sci-fi show it would still need a love story element to it, to further the undeveloped relationship between them. This could expand the ‘Whoniverse’ on a much greater scale by intertwining the parallel world with the real world yet it may not have as much of a following as the other options. Smith & Jones This programme could follow the lives of newly wed couple Mickey Smith and Martha Jones. During David Tennant’s exit in ‘The End of Time’ we saw the pair tracking down a rogue Sontaran, presumably on behalf of U.N.I.T.
Mickey Smith is loved for Noel Clarke’s comedic performance as Rose’s boyfriend. He became a useful sidekick to the Doctor in both of his 9th and 10th incarnation. Freema Agyeman played the Doctor’s second companion since it’s revival in 2005. Despite having mixed-reviews from fans her character improved and developed as the series progressed and formed the unlikely alliance of Captain Jack Harkness which allowed her to star in ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off ‘Torchwood’. Although it could be aimed for Adult viewers the pair also appeal to children, therefore meaning that it could be a great Saturday night programme enjoyable for the whole family.
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