Doctor Who and The Mandalorian: How to tie into a larger universe

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The latest episode of The Mandalorian tied into other aspects in a big way. More than that: it showed how to do it right.
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This week’s episode of The Mandalorian tied directly into other aspects of the Star Wars universe. Could Doctor Who do the same with its own mythology in future seasons? And if so, how? (Spoilers for The Mandalorian follow.)

The latest episode of The Mandalorian (i.e. Disney+’s biggest incentive to subscribe) was definitely a fantastic one. It was filled with a considerable amount of action, strong characters, and some major ties to the rest of the Star Wars universe. This last point is a particularly exciting one (and keep in mind, I’ll be discussing spoilers, just in case you’ve been managing to avoid all social media after the episode’s release).

A delightful surprise for Star Wars fans was seeing Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze. For fans who’ve only seen the films and The Mandalorian, she was a great guest character, one with an interesting backstory while also being a force to be reckoned with.

But for fans of the expanded universe – particularly the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels – her inclusion was much more exciting. Not only had Kryze previously been introduced as a key character from those shows. But in The Mandalorian, she had even been played by her original voice actress!

It’s an amazing link between the worlds of live-action and animation, and makes the larger Star Wars universe feel more cohesive. More importantly, her inclusion in this episode had been handled just right – while it was great for fans of the character to see her in non-animated form, the show didn’t make the mistake of assuming that everyone watching the show would know who she is.

This leads me to a key question: could it be possible for Doctor Who to introduce characters from other media into the TV series?

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