The seventh season of the BBC’s popular sci-fi show was a bit of a mixed bag. The promise of a big season-long mystery about the identity of the Doctor’s new companion wasn’t executed as many had expected. It has been confirmed that Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will be back for season eight as well as the 50th Anniversary Special that is set to air this November, along with series favorite David Tenant reprising his role as the Tenth Doctor and Billie Piper reprising her role as Rose Tyler. But even if this one-off episode is a resounding success, there will still be thirteen new episodes that need to be just as good if the series hopes to continue.

Here are a few ideas that might help that to happen…


3. Bring Back Multi-Part Stories

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One of the better aspects of the seventh season was how “cinematic” it felt. From the western that was “A Town Called Mercy” to the almost apocalyptic “Name of the Doctor,” many of the episodes felt like they could have been their own films. The second half of the season had at least three episodes that could have been told as two-part episodes, especially the finale and the episode that came before it, “Nightmare in Silver.”

This led to the issue that these and other episodes got off to a bit of a slower start, as might be expected with a two or even three-part episode, then had to rush in the last ten minutes or so to wrap everything up.

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This article was first posted on May 26, 2013