Reports of the contents of Russell T Davies’ DWM column have reached the mainstream, with Digital Spy relaying his conclusion that the future of Doctor Who is assured.

Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long to filter through to the mainstream (who in this case have again have failed to credit Doctor Who Magazine), but it’s good to see that the BBC have a commitment to the series beyond RTD’s tenure.

The writer, whose modern version of the classic show has been a smash hit, said: “I reckon the long-term future of Doctor Who is safer now than any other drama on telly.”

There were fears that the programme may not last after rumours that current Doctor David Tennant intended to quit.

But Davies said that “a secret history of phone calls, dinners and face-to-face conversations” had led him to feel sure of its place on British TV.

He added: “For Doctor Who, there are many New Years to come. And that’s a promise.”

Tennant’s future aside, this news also confirms Kasterborous’ own suspicions that the 2009 specials give the new production team – whoever they may be – time to prepare.

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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