For a while there during the RTD era, the Tenth Incarnation of the Doctor and his companions were meeting famous English authors almost once a season:
- Charles Dickens
- William Shakespeare
- Agatha Christie
And the Sixth Incarnation met HG Wells.
We haven't seen that happen since (unless you want to count Winston Churchill), but I think it's a theme that should be revisited at least once every season. Spark an interest in reading the same way "Vincent And The Doctor" opened up a world of art to my 7 year old nephew at the time.
So here are a few authors (not all of them English) whose lives and works might lend themselves to a 'Doctor Who' episode:
- J.R.R. Tolkien (perhaps something about the Forest of Cheem being an inspiration?)
- Mary Norton
- Walter Scott
- L. Frank Baum
- Arthur Conan Doyle (although Sherlock Holmes was real and Dr. Watson was the actual author!)
- Mark Twain (a Sea Devil on board a riverboat?)
- Jane Austen
- G.K. Chesterton
- Stephen King (which would link to a 'Quantum Leap' episode - and King could play himself!)
Just some ideas.....