September 28th, 2006


K9 and Company 2: Electric Boogaloo

Dear People Who Make Doctor Who:

Long time viewer, first time caller. Love the new series, really really love it, thanks.

So listen, I just read that you're planning on creating a spinoff for Sarah Jane Smith called The Sarah Jane Adventures. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't they try this already with 1981's egregious K9 and Company? How is it you didn't learn the lesson?

Look, no one loves Sarah Jane more than I do. She was on the show when I first started watching as a kid, and she set the bar for each and every concubine, er, companion the Doctor traveled with afterward. And we all know Russell T. Davies is a kajillion times better writer than Terence Dudley and will surely be able to come up with much more compelling storylines than Sarah Jane and K9 taking on a coven of witches who couldn't even pronounce Hecate properly.

But you're already spinning off Captain Jack into his own series, Torchwood. Are you sure you want to do another one too? I have two words for you: Joss Whedon. He became stretched so thin between Buffy, Angel and Firefly that all three shows suffered and became mere shadows of their potential. I'd hate to see the same happen with Doctor Who.

Plus, Captain Jack has built-in adventure potential. Sarah Jane flying solo, less so. She's great, but she's a straight man, a sidekick, and every Abbott needs a Costello. To illustrate this, I have another word for you: Joey.

So here's my remedy: Add Sarah Jane to Torchwood. She's already been schlepped around the universe once before, so it won't come as a surprise to her. Plus, she's kind of a buttoned-up gal, a bit of a prude, while Captain Jack basically wants to steer his rocket into the wormhole of every sentient being he meets. That could make for an amusing dynamic, almost a overprotective mother/reckless son relationship. Sounds better than Sarah Jane fighting off alien invasions of Earth each week, doesn't it?

You're welcome. Email me about where to send my check.