One of the more interesting things about Matt Smiths time as the Doctor is the way that it aped the Second Doctors era. This was in part due to Smiths fondness for that time in the series, and it was expressed in several ways. The Eleventh Doctors outfit was at least somewhat reminiscent of the Second Doctor, for quite a while he had one male companion and one female (like Ben/Polly, Jamie/Victoria, Jamie/Zoe), and we even saw the return of one of the more memorable villains from the Second Doctors era, The Great Intelligence, and the long-overdue, much-welcome return of the Ice Warriors. If past is prologue, we can look at Peter Capaldis fondness for Jon Pertwees time as the Third Doctor, and look at his very Third Doctor-style costume, and perhaps start wondering if there might be a move to redirect the series toward some more reminders of the Third Doctors era. With that in mind, Ive decided to knock together a list of the five ways the Twelfth Doctors adventures should become more like the Third Doctors, and one massive way in which they shouldnt.
5 Ways It Should...
5. Get Away From Earth
You know what would be nice? An entire series of stories where we dont see Earth even once. Yes, its a place that looms large in the Doctors personal history, but you know what? So does Trenzalore. We can assume he spent more time there than on Earth and Gallifrey combined, and Ill be you money right now we never see it again. So how nice would it be to not see the Earth for a while? Or, if we must see it, how about seeing future Earth or past Earth a lot more? Better yet, lets get out into space. The Third Doctor had several stories set in the far-off future on various space stations and planets. He dealt with diplomatic disputes between various alien species, and regularly saved planets that werent Earth. It would be nice to see a return to this. Out of 84 stories in the new series, 62 of them have taken place on Earth, most of them in contemporary times, give or take a few years. This includes every single Ninth Doctor story. Lets see an end to this, and return to the Space part of Time and Relative Dimension in Space.