Torchwood: Exit Wounds

exit woundsWriter: Chris Chibnall

Director: Ashley Way

Producer: Richard Stokes

Summary: Captain John comes back and takes Jack to the future for revenge. He also kills Tosh.

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Editorial: How I Would Run Doctor Who

Well, not only do we have a new Doctor, but we also have a new composer and a new executive producer: Chris Chibnall. Chris is actually someone whose history with Doctor Who has been hit or miss. I’ve liked some of his stories, like “42”, and there were some that I didn’t outright hate, but I didn’t rank highly either, like “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”. On the other hand, he also wrote many of Torchwood‘s best episodes.

While I do have faith that Chibnall will do the best he can, I can’t help but think of what I would do if I had the job.  Here’s some ideas I had:

  1. My Doctor would be either Eddie Redmayne, star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or my dream pick Liam Neeson. Both have shown they can do both dramatic and comedic performances, and I’d want a Doctor like characters they’ve portrayed.
  2. One idea that they’ve already addressed is extending the run time. As I said in my overview of the Capaldi era, the pacing was a big problem. Many episodes felt like they didn’t have enough time to flesh out their concepts. Chibnall has decided to add fifteen extra minutes to the run time, which for Americans like myself means the show will probably run about 75 minutes with commercials.
  3. No more leaks! Last season, we had too many things spoiled: Missy’s return, the Mondasian Cybermen, Rona Munro returning to write “Eaters of Light”, and the returns of John Simm and Matt Lucas. True, many of these did become great, but I’d much rather be surprised by their success. (Especially when the hype didn’t work out, as in the case of “Eaters of Light”)
  4. No spin-offs–Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures were fine.  We already have great spin-offs from Big Finish, we don’t really need more, especially when we have what happened with Class, where one of the big problems was that it was placed in a bad timeslot and it was barely promoted.
  5. I have two companion ideas. One is a female android named Ardra. On her planet, androids are forbidden, even though they are programmed with the laws Asimov concocted for his robots: Don’t harm humans, do what humans tell them, and protect themselves. Ardra is also a blank slate, something the Doctor would have to fix. Ardra is looking for her “Father”, her inventor David Nikola, who would be introduced at Christmas. I don’t have preferences for their actors/actresses because I’d rather whoever got picked be relatively unknown and become a success later on, like Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and John Barrowman have.

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Eleventh Doctor: The Power of Three

power of three

Writer: Chris Chibnall

Producer: Marcus Wilson

Director: Douglas McKinnon

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), Kate Stewart (Jenna Redgrave)

Series: 7, ep. 4

Summary: Small cubes are popping up all over the world. UNIT is alerted, and the Doctor meets Kate Stewart, the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The Doctor is curious about the cubes and waits for them to act, but it takes a very long time, causing him to actually stay for a whole year. The cubes eventually start doing random things, sometimes dangerous things like cutting people. He eventually learns that they are an alien invasion.

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Eleventh Doctor: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Dinosaurs_on_a_SpaceshipWriter: Chris Chibnall

Director: Saul Metzstein

Producer: Marcus Wilson

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)

Summary: The Doctor, Amy, Rory, Cleopatra, Rory’s dad, and a game hunter are, well, the title pretty much tells you what to expect.

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