But time waits for no man, as the Doctor well knows, and work on the next series is already well underway.
It may seem a bit presumptuous of me to suggest ways to develop the show to one of the greatest writers on British television, but after putting my thinking cap on, this is what I’ve come up with.
Feel free to use any of them Steven – on the off-chance you’re reading this. My fee will be a tour of the TARDIS and Upper Boat studios. Do we have a deal?
Here are my top five.
1. An alien companion for Doctor Who
They were our representative in the TARDIS, our everyman or woman for us to identify with as they shared adventures with this extraordinary Time Lord from Gallifrey.
But things have changed now. The show is a massive success and with that success comes familiarity of all the elements that made it a hit.
So shake it up. Alongside the Doctor (and Amy, if she returns next series) throw in an alien companion, and I don’t mean a human-looking alien. I mean a real alien to give life inside the TARDIS a completely different dynamic and broaden the Doctor’s companion range from human girl.
If you really wanted to shake it up, why not have a companion who is one of the Doctor’s enemies? A young Sontaran who is the only survivor of a battle, that the Doctor takes under his wing, and who learns there is more to life than battle.
Or, you know, something good instead.
2. New Who goes old school
DOCTOR Who is matched only by Star Trek in terms of its amazing science fiction longevity and back story to draw upon.
Already this series, Steven Moffat has served up constant reminders that the Doctor is one of 11 and the show has benefitted as a result, while the return of Sarah Jane Smith has also been a treat.
But why not go further than that? What do I mean?
Well, my favourite Star Trek show was Deep Space 9 and one of the best Deep Space 9 episodes was Trials and Tribble-ations. In it, Sisko and his crew travel back in time to foil an assassination attempt on Captain Kirk, where they interact with the Enterprise crew in the original series episode The Trouble With Tribbles.
It is a beautiful, funny and heartfelt episode that uses special effects to have the two shows’ casts interact in several scenes.
Now imagine that with Doctor Who, as 11 has to journey back and interact indirectly with in one or more of his predecessor’s adventures, but without him knowing. So we have Tom Baker or Jon Pertwee fighting the Cybermen or the Ice Warriors, while Matt Smith and co dodge in and out thanks to some judicious editing and special effects.
I’m sure it could even end with a knowing wave from one to the other too. My geek alarm is going off just thinking about it!
3. No Daleks
I think the main problem is the number of times they have been used since Who’s return – at least once in every series and sometimes more.
Of course, lots of people say why wouldn’t you use them. After all, they are the Doctor’s nemesis and iconic villains, going back nearly 50 years.
But to me, familiarity breeds contempt and they could do with having a breather so when they do return (ipod style or not) – the series after next maybe – they have more impact and anticipation behind them.
Their absence would also mean we may get a new big Bad from Moffat’s fertile imagination, someone or something to step in and lighten the load.
4. Kill a companion
It seems a bit churlish of me to ask for this in Who, given that it seems Amy and Rory have both been offed at different points in the present series of Doctor Who.
However I can’t shake the feeling that a reset button is in our immediate future and that is not what I want.
The Doctor’s world is dangerous, as he pits himself again and again against the worst and most evil creatures in the cosmos.
Somehow he and his companions always make it through, as if they are protected from harm by an invisible barrier. Now matter what situation they are in, we know they’ll make it back somehow.
So imagine the shock if a companion was killed off, for real. Not wiped from time or half dead, but all the way croaked just like Adric back in the day.
It has been suggested that Who is not about that, and we should leave the killing to Torchwood, where Ianto’s death was a dramatic highpoint of any television show last year.
But if Who is to continue to grow and develop,I think the show and its audience could accept a companion death, especially one written by the Moff.
5. Longer Who stories
Within that, one or two will feature historical figures, one will probably be Doctor-lite, a few others will be set on an alien world or space station.
All of them to differing degrees will reference the ongoing series arc, like the crack in the wall this time around, leading to sad cases like me writing endless blogs trying to draw meaning from the way the Doctor parted his hair or something like that. In other words, just like the Daleks, the structure has become familiar.
But then a Twitter chat with fellow Who fan Martin Robertson made me think why not change it around and bring in a touch of old Who, which Moffat grew up watching.
Back then in the first series for instance, there were 42 25-minute episodes, with several stories spread over four or even six episodes. The Daleks Masterplan storyline in series three took place over a whopping 12 episodes!
On time alone, that first series is the equivalent of 23 45-minute episodes, which is not going to happen given the budgetary and production constraints on the show nowadays.
However if we are to stick to 13-episode structure, why not have that include a story told over four episodes, leaving nine for the usual doubles and singles? It could even be entirely self-contained, and promoted as event TV – a return to Who’s roots if you like.
If you still want to build to a climax, then the story could be the last four, maybe preceeded by a mini-finale. Or to really shake things up, throw in the four-parter after one or two episodes.
As Moffat has shown this series, Who is at its best when it takes established structures and ideas and messes them up, leaving us unsure what is going on.
A four-episode mini-story arc would be a great way to continue that process.
And there we have it … my five ideas for the future of Who. I’d love to see what you think about them or even some of your own thoughts on where Who could go next – comments welcome, as always.