7 modern Doctor Who stories that deserve a big screen treatment
Since its inception in 1963, Doctor Who has captivated audiences around the globe with its imaginative storytelling, compelling characters, and thrilling adventures through time and space.
The iconic British BBC television series has earned its place in the hearts of millions, with generations of fans growing up alongside the Doctor and their ever-changing lineup of loyal companions – indeed we all have our Doctor.
Over the years, the show has produced numerous unforgettable storylines that have pushed the boundaries of science fiction, weaving intricate narratives filled with emotion, suspense, and awe-inspiring visuals.
While Doctor Who has primarily been a television phenomenon, the series has occasionally ventured onto the big screen with non canon feature films like “Dr. Who and the Daleks” (1965) and “Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.” (1966), starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor – and of course the canon adventure of the Eight Doctor in the 1996 TV movie.
But in the modern era of Who since 2005, some of the storyline have felt cinematic in their scope and style. Today we explore some of those modern Doctor Who stories that we think deserve the big screen treatment. From epic battles against the Doctor’s most formidable foes to heart-wrenching tales of love, sacrifice, and redemption, these stories represent the very best of Doctor Who and have the potential to captivate moviegoers the world over, introducing a whole new generation to the wonders of the Doctor’s universe.
Regarded as one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time, Steven Moffat’s masterpiece “Blink” introduced the terrifying Weeping Angels. With a clever plot and a unique storytelling structure that placed the Doctor and his companion in the background, this chilling and suspenseful tale would make for a thrilling movie with a strong emphasis on atmosphere and horror elements.
“The Impossible Planet” / “The Satan Pit”
This two-parter combined science fiction with elements of horror, as the Doctor and Rose found themselves on a seemingly impossible planet orbiting a black hole. The claustrophobic setting, eerie atmosphere, and exploration of ancient evil would translate well to the big screen, providing a tense and gripping cinematic experience.
“Human Nature” / “The Family of Blood”
Set in 1913, this two-part story saw the Doctor disguise himself as a human to hide from a dangerous alien family. As the Doctor’s carefully constructed identity unraveled, the story explored themes of love, loss, and sacrifice. This character-driven drama would make for a poignant and emotionally resonant film, with the backdrop of World War I adding to its cinematic scope if it were to hit the silver screens.
“Silence in the Library” / “Forest of the Dead”
Another two-parter, these shows marked the first appearance of River Song and the terrifying Vashta Nerada. Set in a vast, abandoned library, the episodes combined mystery, horror, and time-traveling romance. With its well thought out plot, memorable characters, and haunting atmosphere, this story would make for an engaging and emotional film at the cinema.
“The Waters of Mars”
This standalone episode saw the Doctor confront the dangerous and horrifying Flood on Mars. Exploring themes of destiny, power, and the consequences of altering time, “The Waters of Mars” would make for a thrilling and thought-provoking sci-fi film that pushes the Doctor to his limits. Surely he should be a movie star!
“Vincent and the Doctor”
A heartfelt and moving exploration of the life and struggles of Vincent van Gogh, this episode is both an emotional character study and a captivating adventure. With its blend of art, history, and science fiction, “Vincent and the Doctor” would make a visually stunning and deeply touching film that resonates with audiences. Surely everyone would like to see a two hour adaptation?
This intense and introspective episode found the Doctor trapped in a mysterious castle, forced to confront his own fears and demons. As a showcase for the Doctor’s resilience and determination, “Heaven Sent” would make for a powerful and gripping character-driven film that delves deep into the mind of our beloved Time Lord. There have been far weaker stories and performances that have made it to cinema – imagine what this could become!
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