A bright, sunny, Tuesday afternoon in the fall. Time to grab the leash and treats and take your robot pup for a stroll. What?
4.) The Grandfather
Show-runner Steven Moffat has hinted that Capaldi’s Doctor will be a grittier, darker interpretation of the character. Personally - I could do without this change. Television and films, in general, are going through a gritty hero/dark hero/anti-hero phase right now, and I think Doctor Who is a refreshing escape from the Game of Thrones of the world. In fact, there are very few programs out there to feature a main character who tries to redeem or help the bad guys - not chop off their heads.
I would love to see the grandfatherly characteristics of the Doctor make a return. Maybe he’d have much younger companions - teenagers or even children. Don’t get me wrong - I wouldn’t want them to make the show any more “safe for kids” than it already is. And it would certainly be a challenge in tone. Ironically, Neil Gaiman would be a great candidate for this due to his experience with writing young coming of age fiction, even though his last episode - Nightmare in Silver - had kid companions which were, well, terrible.
This design showcases one of the most powerful men in space and time dressed like your elderly next door neighbor. This Doctor still has power and style - he’s a sleeping dragon… kind, calm, polite… but can breathe fire if provoked. Threaten his “grandchildren” and risk papa bear’s wrath. I think his silliness & lust for life should show through a small detail, like red shoes. He wouldn’t be off the wall eccentric, but he would be funny. Think Gandalf. I could see this Doctor providing an axiom for any situation - even if they are half forgotten, utterly confusing, or seemingly unrelated to the current circumstances.
And - of course, K-9!
If they do decide to go down a darker road in Series 8, it might be interesting to see the Doctor dressed like the above design, anyhow. The contrast would likely be very surprising and, indeed, enjoyable.
1. The Alien Gentleman
2.) The Guile Hero
3.) The Chessmaster