Can The Paternoster Gang get their own spin-off series?
After the debut of Strax, Madame Vastra, and Jenny as the Paternoster Gang, fans have been wanting them to get their own show. After watching Deep Breath, it seems like they are able to continue on without the Doctor. Steven Moffat was asked about it on their World Tour and he replied with:
"Who knows? We’ll see!"
What could happen in the show?
Just like how Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, they could have a different story every episode, but have a main plot for the season. It seems like the gang will be living in the Victorian era for a while so they could have many adventures there, maybe with a Sherlock detective vibe to it as Vastra is basically the Sherlock of the gang.
They could have new members come along too, as they have people in the Victorian era who help the gang sometimes. They could even have a former companion of the Doctor join them, just like what happened with Martha Jones as she helped out Captain Jack with Torchwood. Depending on how Clara Oswald and Danny Pink go, they could join the gang once in a while.
For the Doctor, it doesn’t seem like he could join them. He’s busy doing his own thing (and his own show) but he can help the gang just like he did during The Sarah Jane Adventures. Both David Tennant & Matt Smith helped her out. Like I said earlier, Deep Breath showed us that they can carry on without the Doctor, and I can still be the most entertaining thing ever.
What audience can they target? What genre would the show be?
With the comedy tone for them it would look like it’s a great show for kids, such as putting it on CBBC. But unfortunately some parents would probably not be okay with a lesbian relationship especially if one half of the couple is a lizard. I support the LGBT community and I’d be okay to see their relationship grow, but for some parents sadly they wouldn’t be very happy with it.
Personally I think the show should go in a Torchwood direction; more darker, serious, and can deal with stuff Doctor Who can’t. But maybe have no sex or gore. It can take a darker tone, still be funny, and have a detective drama vibe. But right now it seems like the gang is still in the Doctor Who area. A kids show for adults and an adult show for kids.
A Paternoster Gang spin-offf has great potential, but it will be hard trying to target an audience and have a certain tone to the show. It’s not a bad thing, it’s actually a good thing. Meaning that they can take the show in any direction, and it would still be okay. It would be nice for the fans to have something else to watch maybe during the hiatus we’ll be getting again at the end of series 8. It’s really up to the actors and Steven Moffat to make it happen.
So what do you think? Should there be a spin-off? Feel free to add to this, these are just my opinions and it would be great to start a conversation!
I would give a lot for a CBBC spinoff. I loved The Sarah Jane Adventures hard, and thought the kid restrictions actually made it a stronger show than Torchwood. Moffat has already put in the idea of the Irregulars, and “Devil in the Smoke” introduced one plucky kid character. Give them a couple of lovable urchins to appear in every other episode, and go to town with the interspecies detective agency.