Russell’s Turn…

And the media build up contiues! Russell T Davies speaks to Metro and the Independent, nearly wholly about Doctor Who!

So starting at the top – everyone wants to chat to RTD, Freema and Bonnie Prince David at the moment, and after a few days of Martha Jones-tastic exploration, RTD is the focus today. In Metro, the 60 Seconds interview (which seems to take longer than 60 seconds) reveals that RTD’s favourite Doctor is Tom Baker, and that he has a least favourite companion, but refuses to reveal who it is…

- Who is your least favourite companion?

Oh, I’m not going to say. I’ll be at some convention in the future and she’ll run over and beat me up if I did. I love them all.

So it’s not Adric then. Or Ben. Or Jamie. Or Turlough…

Davies also talsk about how Daleks are better than Cybermen, refusing to accept a proposal for Doctor Who yoghurt and how his merchandise-filled flat resembles a paedophiles den. Yes, he really said that.

Most interesting however is the revelation (well, to some) that the “T” doesn’t actually stand for anything, and Davies opinion of online fandom…

I’m suspicious of any focus group. If the BBC said, ‘we’ve done a focus group of 200 people from Ipswich and asked their opinions’, I’d say: ‘F*** off, Ipswich.’ It’s no way to work properly. It’s the same as an online forum, it’s like a focus group. If you worked in advertising and used that as a way of doing your research, your boss would sack you because it’s not representative of the general public. It seems that they’re becoming more powerful, particularly in American sci-fi shows, who seem to imagine those groups are the general public. They are all people of a similar background, similar philosophy and similar take on Dr Who – that’s fandom.

You know he’s got a point… until that last line, anyway.

Meanwhile in the Independent, we find out more about Davies the person – he listens to BBC Radio One, doesn’t like the Daily Express and how he feels when writing…

I write something, then 200 people go out into the cold and wind and rain and make it. Beautifully. It really is team work. My favourite part is getting the finished episode, at home, and watching it. For all its faults.

I’ve only got myself. For all the support and help and trust, it’s just me, sitting here, writing in the dark, and dredging the best and the worst of people out of my head. Though I don’t want to blather on about the loneliness of writers – I think we love being alone. And I’ve got an infinitely patient boyfriend.

I wish he had blathered on about the lonlines of writers.

I wouldn’t have felt so alone…

Christian Cawley


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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