With an evil cackle, throwing back his head in “super villain” style, Russell T Davies has declared that Doctor Who will be here for the next 20 to 30 years.
How, I hear you ask, has such a turn of events materialised?
And why did he say such a thing?
As reported in Digital Spy:
Russell T Davies has said that Doctor Who is set up so it “should be around for 20-30 years”.
The writer, who revived the series, said it could continue with year-long gaps to keep it fresh.
He explained: “I don’t have any big ambitions except to carry on writing stories for telly. We’ve set [Doctor Who] up in such a way that it should be around for 20-30 years yet.
“Within that timeframe there will be year-long hiatuses to give it a chance to get its momentum back.”
Of course that is a prediction made on the current broadcasting climate – but it’s very nice to hear, isn’t it?
With a 3 episode “hiatus” in 2009, it seems increasingly likely that the “year out” is for remounting the series under a new production team, and that RTD will be moving on from control of the series. This offers new direction, new ideas; a regeneration, something that the series was often exposed to in the old days of the 1960s and 1970s, and never in the 1980s.
They say that change is as good as a rest; this is the clearest indication yet of the BBC’s plans for Doctor Who over the coming years.