How Doctor Who Can Be A Better Show
This will be a short list.
I've been a watcher of "Doctor Who" since the fourth doctor, Tom Baker. I fell in love with those episodes. "Genesis of the Daleks", "The Talons of Weng Chiang"...fun stuff.
I've been watching the new shows, and while they sometimes are fun (the "Blink" episode was great), I feel the show has lost its way. It's become silly, too melodramatic (i.e., the relationships between the doctor and his/her companions always devolve into weird, over-the-top sentimental expressions; those who have seen the show of today know that of which I speak).
So, with that in mind, here are some suggestions. If you disagree, I don't mind, please let me know. I am interested in other viewpoints.
1. Make episodes concept-based, not character-based
Don't get me wrong...you need strong characters. But let the episodes communicate characterizations seamlessly within the plots...don't have gut-wrenching stop scenes where the show has to present five minutes of a companion, say, talking about an irrelevant character-building exercise...just do that within the show itself. And start with the concept. Think of "Blink" and the Weeping Angels. The writers should say something like, "What if we made an actual bottle episode (as in the Hollywood-economic definition of the term) inside a bottle? The Doctor is trapped within a bottle and has to get out." Come up with something you hope to be clever and then write the episode around it. (Has the show ever done a bottle episode like that? Perhaps it has, but I don't know.) Or how about this: the Doctor has an episode where he/she goes into the videotaped world of the older seasons, and interacts with those adventures? Or, maybe the show just lenses an episode in that style with no explanation; it would be fun!
2. Increase the stakes
The Doctor always wins. Have the Doctor lose sometimes. Maybe there should be a season where there are guest stars every week for the companion and each week that companion dies. Creates two opportunities: a marketing one where people want to see the star, and an economic one where the one-and-done approach extracts value from the celebrity while at the same time limiting costs because it is only done once.
3. Stop targeting kids
That's the big thing about "Doctor Who"...they say this is a kids' show first. Don't do that any longer; don't create silly creatures. Make more serious ones.
4. Use a more serious tone
Here's a question: what if the show had the tone of "Breaking Bad?" What if it had that type of cinematography? I'm not saying I want to see all-of-a-sudden disturbing violence, all I'm saying is it could be more grave/sober.
5. Create different adversaries
We don't need to see Daleks all the time. There has been some movement on this, but not enough.
6. Allow spec script submissions
You never know, producers/showrunners...you might be surprised.