It is a foregone conclusion, from a television programming and development standpoint, that a series so popular and successful as to run a span of over fifty years is sure to take a swing at tangential or “spin-off” series at one time or another. Doctor Who has had numerous such attempts, most notably the 2006 action-drama Torchwood, the 2007 series The Sarah Jane Adventures, and most recently, Class in 2016. Each had a target audience, a clear intent for what it provided its viewers, and a conscious decision as to how “connected” it would be to the DW series.
This week, the GPR squad each takes on the mantle of one of the Doctor Who spin-off series, and discusses its success as a standalone series, as well as its contributions and connections to the original programme.
Bonus Segment: We play a little round of “Title of My Life”…using Doctor Who story titles, we describe some aspects of our own lives, like ‘high school years’, and ‘first date’ experiences. (It’s…a little TMI.)