Davies – Who is Here to Stay

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.

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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