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Published on March 18th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

…Or Is He Leaving Later?

Just a week after it was claimed in the Telegraph that Executive Producer Russell T Davies would be leaving after Series 4, a chat with The Observer suggests that he’ll still be running Doctor Who at the turn of the decade…

In an article that does nothing to prevent the lionisation of Davies – worryingly setting him up at some point in the future for a fall (it happens – Ricky Gervaise is on the radar for such things at the moment) – but let’s not get carried away with such things here; this is a Doctor Who site, so let’s see what the Observer wrote:

Davies will not be writing Doctor Who forever, of course, and that is a major headache for the BBC. ‘I’m not going to go on and on,’ he says, from his spacious flat overlooking Cardiff bay, where the series is filmed. ‘I wouldn’t want to do series seven. There are other things I want to do.’

As the third series begins the Saturday after next, Davies won’t be packing up his typewriter until the turn of the decade, a date too far into the future to worry even the most nervy time-traveller, but one that will worry BBC executives

In the opinion of writer James Robinson, however – who has managed to fill an article with very little of substance and certainly nothing new other than the above (pinch of salt recommended) – Russell T Davies is in the wrong place:

ITV boss Michael Grade may be short of a few quid after axing his lucrative quiz show channel, but he should dig deep into ITV’s budget regardless – and make Davies an offer he can’t refuse.

I’m concerned however that someone writing for The Observer should be under the impression that Doctor Who cannot survive without RTD. Firstly this is grossly insulting to Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson; secondly it displays an astonishing lack of understanding of both the BBC’s structure and the popularity of Doctor Who – one which seems to be commonplace in the media.

Doctor Who’s renaissance owes as much to Russell T Davies as its initial birth does to Verity Lambert; any suggestion that Davies is an auteur whose influence on the show keeps it alive is ridiculous. The BBC hired exactly the right man at the right time for their revival of Doctor Who. At some point in the future, probably not 3 years away, a change will be needed, and a new right man or woman will be required to retune the series – a series that since 1965 (at the latest with the first change of companions) has been about change! James Robinson, we hereby declare you unfit to write on Doctor Who related matters…

One thing we missed during Freema Saturday (why couldn’t it have been a Friday…?) was a chat with high-class glossy organ (not) The Star, reports FreemaAgyeman.com, and something that we cann all stop getting concerned about is whether the Doctor is going to be harbouring deep feelings for Martha Jones…

The 27-year-old plays Martha Jones, who falls in lust with the Doctor and ends up joining him on his travels in the Tardis.

She even ends up in bed with him in one episode, but insists she never actually gets her hands on his Sonic Screwdriver!

Freema said: “There are sparks flying. From the moment Martha meets the Doctor it’s ‘bang’ – she fancies him.”

“But the lust is unrequited. They do end up in bed together, but it’s not all it seems.”

Charmingly, Freema doesn’t think she’s all that much to look at, although she is quite happy to accept the role of sex symbol (offered here to you right now, Ms Agyeman!)

“Me? A sex symbol? If it’s a title someone attaches to me, I shall accept it with grace. In other words – bring it on!”

Type PHWOARTY!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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