By now most Whovians are aware that Russell T. Davies is returning as showrunner in 2023. A recent Radio Times article mentioned one of Davies’ ideas for the show. Which is to create an MCU style shared universe comprising many different Spin-offs. RTD himself pointed out that he had already done this with Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures. What Doctor Who spinoff would be good in the 2020s though? Grab your long scarf and bow tie as we list 5 of our favourites.
An 8th Doctor Series
Everyone wants this to happen. Paul McGann himself signed a petition for the BBC to make an 8th Doctor spinoff. This reviewer thinks an animated series, perhaps in like vein to The Infinite Quest, would be good for McGann’s Doctor. The storyline could focus on the further adventures of 8 and Josie from the 8th Doctor Titan Comics. This would provide fans with new 8th Doctor content whilst avoiding any continuity snarls. This could possibly be a way to engage younger viewers as well. With a pre-Time War Doctor devoid of the angst that plagued his successors.
A Fugitive Doctor Series
It has been reported that Jo Martin, the Fugitive Doctor, is in the running to become Jodie Whittaker‘s replacement. Indeed, Martin inhabited the role of the Doctor brilliantly during the brief period we got to see her. If she does not end up becoming the 14th Doctor. Then a Fugitive Doctor spinoff could provide this incarnation of the Time Lord with the screen time and character development that she absolutely deserves. Moreover, a series focusing on the Fugitive Doctor could be great for representation, both on-screen and in the writers’ room.
A Paternoster Gang Series
Fans have been calling for this for a while now. There is great potential for a Vastra, Jenny and Strax spinoff. Maybe a Paternoster show could play up the 19th century’s prejudice, with Vastra having to take utmost care to conceal her true identity? We could possibly see more Silurians, who shun Vastra as a traitor and plan to wipe out Victorian London. Likewise with Strax and other Sontarans. Perhaps this show could feature Jack the Ripper or Mr. Hyde as the big bad? Who turn out to be aliens living amongst humanity. Notably, the Paternoster gang could be part of a vast Masquerade of non-humans attempting to keep their identities secret.
An Ace Series
I’m aware that there was an aborted plan for Sophie Aldred to appear in The Sarah Jane Adventures. A spinoff that focuses on Ace would make a lot of fans really happy. What if Perivale is being gentrified by property developers? Who turn out to be the Slitheen? Dorothy McShane could dust off her baseball bat and take the fight to the bad guys. We could see other former companions return and help Ace fight off the threat to her hometown. If RTD was overseeing this it’s entirely possible that we could get some great portrayals of ordinary working-class people struggling to survive in a world hostile to them.
A Sally Sparrow Series
Carey Mulligan is probably too huge a star to reprise her role of Sally Sparrow. But we can dream, right? Maybe Sally discovers a malfunctioning vortex manipulator? Which catapults her into a universe where she never existed or was a famous celebrity. This could be a way of riffing off Mulligan’s own stardom. Ms. Sparrow could attempt to understand her newfound time travel ability. And possibly face the temptation to meddle with history for her own personal gain. It’s possible that this could cross over with the Fugitive Doctor spinoff, as Sally’s interference with the timestream draws the Doctor’s attention.
What would you like to see from Russell T Davies’ second run as showrunner? Do you agree with my spinoff suggestions? Please leave a comment and remember; things don’t always happen to me in quite the right order. Gets a bit confusing at times.
Check out our Why Sally Sparrow should have been a full-time companion article here
Check out our Big Finish 8th Doctor “Stranded” review here