5 potential Doctor Who spin-offs

The BBC have tried multiple times over the years to launch a long running spin-off to Doctor Who, each of these have had varying degrees of success. For every Torchwood, there’s a Class. For every K-9 and company, there’s a Sarah Jane Adventures.

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know I’ve been predicting for a while that the BBC will launch a new Doctor Who spin-off, within the next 5 years.

Well, a source within the BBC has told me the organisation is in fact looking to make “a sci-fi show, set within an established universe”. No, I won’t tell you who. Yes, I understand how cryptic and frustrating “a source” can be to read. Logically speaking, that “established universe” can only be Doctor Who. The BBC doesn’t really have any other sci-fi shows and with the success of series 11, it would make sense to capitalise soon.



I don’t know quite what the BBC are looking for, but I’ve made a list of 5 potential spin-offs I think they should consider. I’ve left off any characters and spin-offs that are currently with Big Finish such as; Torchwood, River Song, Eighth Doctor etc. Because if they’re with Big Finish, it means the BBC have no plans for them.

5, The Ghost Chronicles.

Personally, I didn’t enjoy the Return of Doctor Mysterio. However, I do enjoy the core idea. Given the success of DC’s Arrowverse, there is clearly a market for fun/slightly camp superhero adventures and if I’m entirely honest, I’m always jealous when the Arrowverse does a huge ambitious cross-over, because Doctor Who could be doing that. Imagine the Journeys End/Stolen Earth storyline spread across Doctor Who, Torchwood and, The Sarah Jane Adventures. It’d be epic.

One of the problems with Class, is it didn’t feature any pre-established characters. The Ghost wouldn’t have this problem. Also, the character already has a comic book range, with Titan comics. So there’s clearly a market for it.

4, Time Agents.

When Captain Jack first appeared in Doctor Who, he was a loveable rogue on the run from “the time agency”. They mention the time agency has been disbanded in Torchwood and, Big Finish touch upon the organisation in ‘The Lives of Captain Jack’ but aside from that, we know very little about them. My head-canon has always included the time lord’s outsourcing to the Time Agency, when The Time War happened.

This show could have same basic principal as Doctor Who, but with a very different possibly darker dynamic. Think Torchwood, in space. Maybe even a guest appearance from a Doctor or two.

3, UNIT.

UNIT have been a major part of Doctor Who lore, ever since their debut in the ‘60s er 70’s er, 60’s. Now, I know you’re thinking ‘But Mart, you said you wouldn’t include spin-off’s that are with Big Finish’. I’m not, this would be a 70’s set X-Files type show, in the vein of Sapphire and Steel.

This idea would even lend itself to cameos from modern Doctors, as well as voice cameos from former Doctors and companions, imagine hearing Jo Grant’s voice from another room.

2, LINDA.

Alright, I know. Love and monsters sucks. But, the core idea is golden. The idea that people affected by The Doctor, would seek each other out and form a support group is genuinely fascinating. Why not expand on it?

This would also lend itself to modern and classic companions appearing, maybe LINDA (London Investigation ‘N’ Detective Agency) track down Ace, or Martha and Mickey, or Yaz, Ryan and Graham. The possibilities are endless.

1, Bannerman Road.

To many people, myself included, The Sarah Jane Adventures is still the best Doctor Who spin-off of all time. It was primarily aimed at the child audience. But some how, managed to simultaneously capture the spirit of the parent series, whilst being multilayered and enjoyable for all ages. A lot of the shows charm is down to the legendary, Elisabeth Sladen. Arguably, the true icon of the Whoniverse.

I knew who Sarah Jane Smith was, long before I’d ever seen an episode of Doctor Who. Fandom was left devastated in 2011, by Sladen’s untimely death. Not only did we lose an icon, we lost one of our favourite shows.

It’s been 12 years since SJA’s debut, so it would be a welcome treat for fans if the BBC brought the show back.

Though, obviously Sarah Jane could not feature. Fans would love to see what happened to her teenage friends and family. Maybe Rani is now a journalist, Luke a scientist, Skye might’ve just returned from university, perhaps Clyde is a teacher at Coal Hill. This show would also lend itself to appearances from classic and Nu-Who companions. Yaz, Ryan and Graham could also slot easily in, should any of them leave the TARDIS.

Obviously, in a universe as rich as Doctor Who, there are many different ideas that could be put forward for a Doctor Who spin-off.

But I feel the most logical is Bannerman Road. It’s modern day Earth and the characters all look human, so it would be relatively cheap to produce and I genuinely think there’s a story to be told here.

With Doctor Who having another gap year, there needs to be something to fill it. Especially, if this trend continues.

Tom Baker makes a surprise reveal

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Tom Baker attended the launch party for ‘who on horror’ today and made a surprise reveal.
He was actually due to appear in the Doctor Who spin-off ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’. But, the sad passing of Elisabeth Sladen stopped this from becoming a reality.
Baker didn’t say who he would have played, but it really is a shame that the pair didn’t have one more on-screen adventure.

Elisabeth Sladen famously played Sarah Jane alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. She left the role in 1976 but reprised it four times, before being given her own spin-off in 2007.
Sladen lost her secret battle with cancer in 2011.

Who on horror launches on the horror channel on Good Friday.

Episode 48: The legacy of Sarah Jane

Martyn is joined by David Montieth from Geeksyndicate, they discuss the legacy of the Sarah Jane Adventures.

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RIP Lis Sladen 1948-2011

It’s with great sadness that we announce the tragic death of Elisabeth Sladen. Lis had secretly been fighting cancer for quite some time. She died on 19th April.
She is survived by her husband Brian Miller, and daughter Sadie.

Lis was born in Liverpool in 1948, Elisabeth Sladen showed an interest in acting from an early age; she joined the Liverpool Playhouse repertory company.

In 1973 she was cast as the replacement companion Jon Pertwee’s, 3rd Doctor. Following in the footsteps of popular companion Jo Grant played by Katy Manning.
Her debut story was The Time Warrior and stayed for a further 3 golden years of Doctor Who alongside Tom Baker, an era including the story that always tops fan polls, Genesis of the Daleks.

Despite choosing to leaving the show in 1976, she returned to the role for the 1981 pilot, K9 and Company.

Sladen was re-united with “her” Doctor, Jon Pertwee, in the 1983 20th anniversary celebration The Five Doctors, and again during the early 90s for the two radio stories The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space, written and produced by Barry Letts – the two would also be joined by another, Who legend, Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier.
In 2005, a discussion with the revived Doctor Who’s head writer and long-term fan of hers, Russell T Davies, led to a guest appearance in the second series adventure School Reunion, which re-united Sarah and K9 with the 10th Doctor.
The character, and Sladen’s performance, was popular  and led to her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures; the CBBC series continued on from her re-introduction in Doctor Who as an independent investigator of alien activity. The series won over  a whole new generation of fans, It is also a testament to the strength of the show that it has been graced by the appearance of the both the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney), and the Doctor himself in both his Tenth incarnation in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (and David Tennant’s final performance as the Doctor), and Eleventh in the form of Matt Smith in Death of the Doctor – where Sladen performed with the actress she had taken over from, back in 1973, Katy Manning, aka Jo Jones

The series itself has gone on to win awards, including the Royal Television Society award for Children’s Drama last month.

At the time of her death there are still three stories of The Sarah Jane Adventures to be aired.

Her autobiography, Who’s That Girl is due out later in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 14: Sarah Jane Series Four

A Sarah Jane filled episode in which Martyn looks at the vault of secrets, then Martyn and Gerrod look at Death of The Doctor.

Due to technobumble the review for The Empty Planet went missing, so we skip straight to Martyn and David Montieth from Geek Syndicate talking about Lost in Time.

Geek Syndicate: geeksyndicate.blogspot.com

 

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