With only 15 days until the premiere of the new Doctor Who episode, “The Impossible Astronaut,” (2 WEEKS PEOPLE!) my excitement level has reached ridiculous proportions. I’ve watched all the trailers a kabillion times and it all looks fantastic. Based on speculation and rumor and not much else, I’ve compiled a list of seven things I’d like to see (or not see) this year from our favorite show.
1. NO DALEKS
From all posted reports, there isn’t going to be any classic-era monsters in the series and while I’m always up for seeing Cybermen or Sontarans milling about, I have grown incredibly tired of seeing the garbage cans with eye-stalks year after year. You know, the Daleks showed up in seven separate stories in the show’s first 4 seasons and then only eight times in the remaining 22. Why? Because people realized after a time that they lose their effectiveness the more people see them. I didn’t think they could get any less credible after “Journey’s End,” but then “Victory of the Daleks” happened and I was done. I don’t mind them showing up in little bits here and there, like in “Pandorica Opens/Big Bang,” but maybe a full series without them will restore some of their mystique.
2. WE FIND OUT WHAT THE SILENCE IS
Again, from reports, it seems that this series will deal much more directly with The Silence than did Series 5, which is great. Having a big, mysterious villain instead of all the old guard is a really great idea, but I hope we at least get some idea as to what it is. Maybe not what it wants or where it came from, just what the hell it actually is. I don’t need all the intrigue to be gone, but just a little glimpse is all I ask.
3. RIVER SONG GETS TO KILL A GOOD MAN
There’s been lots of hints throughout S5 that River kills a “good man” and it seems like it’s probably The Doctor, but I’d actually be kind of upset if it is. Part of what I really like about Steven Moffat’s writing is that it isn’t predictable. I believe he’s setting it up so that we all think it’ll be The Doctor that River ices, but is in actuality someone completely different. Hopefully, this “good man” is somebody we haven’t met yet but will have some impact later– Holy Shit! I just had a thought: What if River kills JFK? I now hope that’s the answer.
4. RORY DOESN’T DIE
Rory is a character I really grew to like during the course of last series. He’s an everyman hero, which the Doctor really hasn’t had on the crew since probably Jamie McCrimmon back with the Second Doctor, or Harry Sullivan with the Fourth. Rory started out the series being Amy’s nigh-cuckolded sad sack and turned into her 2000-year-old Auton protector. He definitely earned the hot redhead, I think. He also died a bunch of times. Give the guy a break this year. Let him enjoy being married and just hang out. Let someone else die.
5. THE EIGHTH DOCTOR SHOWS UP
This is pretty damn unlikely, but I have an idea where it could work: People who’ve seen the most recent trailer has noted that for a split second you can see Amy and Rory in what looks like the Ninth/Tenth Doctors’ TARDIS console room. I think it’d be super cool and immensely nerdy if they got transported through the TARDIS’ time stream to see the post-Time War Eighth Doctor regenerate. Why would this happen? Who knows? But I’d like it.
6. AMY POND DEVELOPS A CHARACTER AGAIN
Amy started off so strong last series and was pretty excellent until after “Amy’s Choice.” Then she became shallow and one-dimensional again. Granted, that had something to do with Rory not being around for the latter half, but Moffat making her not make any sense actually diminished the effect that she had on the story. Plus, she literally almost falls asleep while trying to broker peace between the humans and Silurians. Let’s hope marriage does her a world of good.
7. THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR CONTINUES TO KICK ASS
The more I watched Matt Smith last year, the more I liked him. Every choice he made in the role was stellar and he embodied the strangeness and brilliance of the Doctor so effortlessly. He’s said he doesn’t plan to leave the role any time soon and I for one couldn’t be happier about that. He’s quick becoming MY Doctor.
Is it the 23rd yet?
–Kanderson catches you on the flip
Follow me on the TWITTERS