Toby Whithouse Reviving Dormant Genre For Doctor Who

I’m looking for your input on something.

Toby Whithouse is out giving interviews in support of Being Human, his newly evolved supernatural soap opera. As well as discussing the creeping reinvention of that show (hint for those who aren’t up to date with the UK broadcasts: blood out, blood in), Whithouse has inevitably had to face some questioning on the next series of Doctor Who.

This will be Whithouse’s third consecutive year with an episode in the run, and his fourth outing for The Doctor in total.

So, here’s the quote from Anglophenia that has me puzzled:

Well, certainly on this series, the episodes are much more standalone and, in a way, more distinct from each other. You’ll have episodes, but they’ll be much more of a specific genre. And the next week will be a different genre. My genre is in an episode I haven’t written before – frankly, no one has written in that genre for quite a while now. But I absolutely love it.

I’ve put on my thinking cap but, really, it might has well have been a dunce’s hat. I have hardly any ideas which genre he might be referring to.

Pretty much every genre I can think of, or indeed Google up, has been executed recently. The best I can come up with is some kind of sung saga, like an epic poem.

But it’s not going to be that. Is it?

So… what have I missed? Ideas, please.

I guess I may have simply over-estimated what Whithouse means by “quite a while.” Perhaps something from 2005 would be “quite a while” ago on Whitehouse’s clock

Anyway, I like the idea of an episodic Doctor Who, every episode working in standalone, and with a great variety of location, tone and tropes. I’m sure there’s still going to be some kind of overall arc, but I’m looking forward to some neat, tidy narratives front of stage.


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