“Doctor Who” is a pop culture icon that may soon be expanded into a larger franchise. According to the latest rumors, a spin-off series about Kate Stewart and the military organization UNIT is coming.
- “Doctor Who” is one of the longest running series ever.
- Changing main actors and always interesting stories ensure that even after 60 years there is no boredom.
- Now, apparently, an even bigger franchise is to be created with a planned spin-off about the military organization UNIT.
According to the latest rumors, “Doctor Who” is to get its own new spin-off. It will be all about the secret military organization Unified Intelligence Taskforce, or UNIT, established in 1968. The third Doctor Jon Pertwee first encountered this organization, and since then UNIT has been an integral part of the “Doctor Who” mythology.
To further expand the Whoniverse on Disney+, several spin-offs are being planned. UNIT is said to revolve around Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), who will lead a modernized version of the organization. In the “Doctor Who” episode “The Power of the Doctor” she was already seen trying to recruit former allies for the new UNIT.
Everything suggests that producer and screenwriter Russell T. Davies will continue to develop Kate Stewart’s character and is planning a series of “Doctor Who” spin-offs. UNIT would also be the perfect candidate for this. With a high budget, the organization and its tasks could be perfectly showcased and its machinations could be shown all over the world.
Plus, Kate Stewart has been around for a long time, 5 Doctors and 10 years, making her a fan favorite and easily recognizable. She could carry the UNIT spin-off and be the center of the new series, around which other stars could be cast for interesting, original characters. The tone could also be expanded, making the spin-off a more dark, mystery-tinged crime sci-fi series.
UNIT could connect the “Doctor Who” spin-offs
Because UNIT has always been a part of the “Doctor Who” world, it could connect the past, present and future of the franchise. The episode special “The Power of the Doctor” could serve as a starting point and let Stewart look for a perfect team first. In this way, numerous characters from the various “Doctor Who” seasons could be drawn upon and reactivated for the series. The series could also function without a “Doctor” and work with several interesting and partly familiar characters.
Thus, through the UNIT spin-off, the Whoniverse would continue to grow in a coherent and cohesive way, bringing along old and new fans alike. Events shown in UNIT could even be seen in the main series or contain references to it. First and foremost, Kate Stewart’s return and an overarching plan for the “Doctor Who” future is positive news. However, we still have to wait for an official confirmation of the UNIT spin-off.