It's gonna be a GOAT comfy Graham Williams inspired series.
Series Tennant delayed til 2017 Edit
2015: How everything went to shit Edit
On August 5 2015 rumors began circulating that no full series would air in 2016. Although the BBC had already commissioned a full series for 2016, everyone immediately lost their shit and began prophesying that the end of days had come.
As of this edit, there has still been no official announcement, but /who/ is convinced that we'll only get a year of specials and no full series. There are a couple of possible outcomes here:
- The rumors are just that: rumors. There is some weight to this argument: the BBC commissioned series 10 back in, like, May of this year. If they were planning something different, chances are they simply wouldn't have commissioned a series. As of right right now, officially, Series 10 is happening.
- We get a series of specials next year, not unlike 2009. Supposedly, the reason for this break is so that Moffat can begin searching for a successor (and potentially a new Doctor). This idea is unfounded and based on /who/s own deepest, darkest nightmares. There is little evidence to support this idea
- Doctor Who is rested next year because the Moff has way too much on his plate and really wants to run three shows at once, which is utterly retarded. Surely, if this is the case, the beeb wouldn't let their biggest cash cow suffer to appease one man's childhood dream? Of course, if this is the case, MOFFAT OUT.
- DOCTOR WHO IS PLACED ON PERMANENT HIATUS THIS IS THE END MOFFAT OUT HE KILLED THE SHOW HE FINALLY DID IT. Of course the chances of this are literally 1/100000000000000. Who earns way too much money for the BBC to actually place it on hiatus.
- Confirmed for being pushed back until spring of 2017 because the head of the BBC doesn't want the show to conflict with the olympics or some other British bullshit no one cares about. Moffat to bow out and Chibby Nips will take over on Series 11. Doctor Who officially cancelled by the end of Series 12, screencap this.
2016 hiatus Edit
|Episode Title||Written by||Description|
|Steven Moffat||The Doctor and Nardole hang out with a superhero. It was pretty comfy actually. One of the better christmas specials.|
|The Pilot||Steven Moffat||Very good introduction. RTD style opener done right.
The Doctor, asBill and Nardole get chased around the universe by water... yeah. Oh and Bill is a lesbian or something.
|Smile||Frank Cottrell-Boyce||The emojis are sentient? Oh and they kill a lot of people. Oh and something about a building made of robot bees? Good Visuals though.|
|Thin Ice||Sarah Dollard||Probably GOAT|
|Knock Knock||Mike Bartlett||Probably GOAT despite shitty title|
|Oxygen||Jamie Mathieson||Probably GOAT|
|Extremis||Steven Moffat||Probably GOAT|
|The Pyramid at the End of the World||Peter Harness (and Meven Stoffat because Harness can't write a decent story for toffee)||Probably GOAT|
|The Lie of the Land||Toby Whithouse||E V I L C A P A L D M A N|
|The Empress of Mars||The Devil Himself||Probably shit|
|The Eaters of Light||Rona Munro||Probably GOAT|
|World Enough and Time||Steven Moffat||Probably GOAT|
|The Doctor Falls||Steven Moffat||Probably incredibly disappointing and a completely ruins all of the potential in World Enough and Time|
|Series 9||<- Preceded By - Succeeded By ->|
Half Season Edit
As it turns out, they did release new episodes in 2016. But, other than the usual Christmas special, there were only half as many as usual, and only half length, and they went direct-to-video instead of airing on BBC 1. Also, they were animated, like The Infinite Quest and Dreamland.
Apparently the animators ran out of color ink since Dreamland, because this one's all black and white. They try to make up for it by making everything super-contrasty, which should have looked really cool with the Twelfth Doctor, but that's where the real problems come in. While Ten may have looked a little goofy in Dreamland, Twelve looks like a completely different person here. He's short, with a rumpled suit and a moptop haircut, and he has normal human eyebrows instead of Scottish ones.
Also, the scripts are clearly leftovers from Eleven, and they barely even bothered to rewrite them to fit Twelve. He keeps telling his companions "Come along" and "When I say run, run" and talking about how much he'd like a hat like that, and he fidgets like he just did another bump between scenes, and he doesn't yell "Get the fuck in or fuck the fuck off" even once all season.
Moffat has replaced Clara with two people who together add up to one proper companion—there's the blonde chick with the vacant look in her eyes, but she's not a chav, and there's the chav, but he's not a chick. Surprisingly for the new series, in six episodes, neither one of them tries to have sex with the Doctor.
So, what about the plots? Well, anyone who criticized Moffat in the past for going too far with the season arc plots must have really hated this year. None of the episodes stand alone at all, and the only real story to be found is the arc plot about the Daleks on planet Vulcan. (Seriously, Vulcan. Clearly, Moffat is hoping to get to take over Star Trek now that Abrams and even Orci are sick of doing it.)
Anyway, the story is a total ripoff, but at least it's kind of clever about it.
First, they make you think they're ripping off Dalek. This guy wants to examine the Dalek he found to get some technological advantage, but the Doctor says, "How many people live in that city? All dead." And the Dalek wakes up and recognizes the Doctor, but it can't exterminate him because its weapon doesn't work.
But then you gradually realize they're really ripping off Victory of the Daleks. There's three Daleks, not one, and they wander around serving tea and saying "I am your servant" and giving the scientist guy new science ideas that he can pass off as his own science to help win the war (although they're fighting rebels instead of Nazis, because you can't fight Nazis anymore after you killed Hitler). The Doctor keeps jumping up and down trying to convince everyone it's an evil plot and smashing stuff with a chair and generally looking like an idiot, but of course it turns out he's right, because the three crashed Daleks want to create a new race of Daleks. And they succeed! This is where the black&white really lets them down, because you can't even tell that the new race of Daleks comes in five shiny colors.
But then you suddenly realize they're really ripping off Remembrance of the Daleks. Instead of just letting the Daleks go off to build an empire and exterminate trillions of people like you'd expect from the Doctor, he tricks them into blowing themselves up. And then at the end, we get a hint that maybe the reason he did such a bad job convincing everyone the Daleks were dangerous isn't that he's a dumbass, or that he's played by a bad actor, but that he was planning from the start to give himself a good excuse to blow up the Daleks. So now, when the show gets canceled in another year, Moffat and friends can write a series of novels that explores the darker, manipulative side of the Doctor.
And finally, you realize they're really ripping off John Peel's novel War of the Daleks. In the middle 80% of the book, where the Dalek Supreme is narrating all the significant events in Dalek history to the Doctor for no apparent reason and retconning them all so that Skaro still exists, part of his history is exactly the plot from this season!
I especially like the bit they took from that 70s parody of Doctor Who by the Carry On people, when the first thing the Dalek does after it wakes up is try to grope Janley's boobs.
The "Bad Wolf" on the noticeboard is clearly a nice message from Moffat to RTD saying, "Fuck you, this is how you do a real multi-episode arc". And because this episode takes place in 2020, it confirms that Amy's crack erased Journey's End from history, because nobody remembers the Daleks.
Finally, in episode 5, when the Dalek says "Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy!" it's actually a sample from that song that Daleks did with Rotersand a few years ago, which is a pretty cool easter egg for the hardcore fans that follow the novels, comics, audios, and synthpop music instead of just the TV show.
An unusual experiment for the series, taking the increasing reliance on both CGI and season arcs to their logical ends, but I think most fans prefer standalone episodes with more action, simpler plots, fewer characters, and generally less thinking required, and Capaldi just isn't the same without the eyebrows.