BF have done it again. First they convinced the BBC to let them do Benny stories, then stories with 5/6/7, then they managed to convince the self-described "George Lazenby of Time Lords" to return to the role. They got Daleks and Ice Warriors Cybermen and the Master, and eventually Sontarans too. They not only dragged Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse back to the fold, they managed to get Tom Baker and Lalla Ward to do stories together (this is seriously so fistworthy it really is). They even briefly brought Jon Pertwee back from the dead but decided some bloke called Tim Treolar would do as a replacement.
It says so much that the only Classic Series elements that BF haven't succeeded in returning are Jackie Lane and the Movellans. Which is a story just begging to be told! Dodo's sneezes give the Movellans the clue to wiping out the Daleks, mwahahaha!
Of course, there has always been one big freaking line BF have not been able to cross and that's the new series. Everything prior to the TV movie is their domain, but of course in recent years Nick Briggs has tinkered with the boxsets of Gallifrey, Dalek Empire and Dark Eyes to rapidly plug the gap up to the opening scene of Night of the Doctor but they can't go any further, can they? OK, Joseph Lidster throws bits of the Time War into past Doctor stories and Nev Fountain committed The Kingmaker a story where not one but three Doctors were abused (being 4, 5 and 9) but apart from that...
And then we had a UNIT boxset - with Kate Stewart and Osgood.
And from this trickle has come the flood!
And then Torchwood Chronicles with John Barrowman.
Churchill's missing adventures with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (particulary Victory of the Daleks and A Christmas Carol).
A boxset where -
- the Fifth Doctor meets the Weeping Angels (on audio, just think about that)
- the Sixth Doctor versus the Judoon (could be good, given the idea is Gene Hunt as a space rhino)
- the Seventh Doctor against the Sycorax (is anyone surprised by this pairing? Anyone?)
- and the Eighth Doctor meets the Sontarans in the Time War (again, but this time they go "Sontar-Ha!" and presumably the Ood considered themselves too good for this)
But then... then...
RIVAH SONG MEETS THE EIGHTH DOCTOR!!!
|No bullshit. This is genuinely happening.|
I know! The very idea, if I suggested it to your face, would rightly get me a smack in the mouth! Does she not, on screen, make it clear the youngest Doctor she ever met was David Tennant? That she keeps photos of all Doctor faces to know which ones she could risk talking to? Even given given Eight's notorious predelicition for amnesia (he was still forgetting everything in Dark Eyes 4!) could anyone really scrub away the memories of that curly-haired harridan?!?
(Quick reminder: huge fan of Alex Kingston herself, really am)
But come on! And then we get the River Song Diaries with all those stories that Steven Moffat himself abruptly decided he couldn't be arsed to tell. The Bone Meadows, Easter Island, Bill the Fish, Singing Towers... nope, he cut to the chase and effectively killed off the character off-screen!
Still, if BF think The Android Invasion was worth an epic sequel, one line of dialogue from Moffat is good enough - but given even he didn't want to go into the pornographic details beyond such innocent phrases as "Picnic at Asguard" conjure up...
Where will it end? Will the Tenth Doctor finally meet Galanar in Dalek Empire? Can we get more Donna stories? Are there 11/Jack tales to be told? And given Eccleston said he was always willing to do DW on audio and the entire production team is different, will he prove he's actually up for it? If he doesn't, that means it'll just be another job for Nick Briggs - he's already tried it in Night of the Whisperer or something.
Anyway, BF's wholesale absorption of NuWho (and logically now only actor availability prevents them doing stories with War/9/10/10.5/11 and their respective companions) will piss off those vast majority of fans who run facebook groups saying DW died in 1989. Yes, Gabriel Chase, Kyron Mallet, Monsieur Cookson (subsitute "79") and many more can now suffer in shame and humiliation!
And, like we always said, BF would do stories with River Song before they did them with Ben Chatham...