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Published on March 12th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

20 Years of Who

In the manner reminiscent of a great leader or religious icon, Russell T Davies has suggested that we could have TWENTY YEARS OF DOCTOR WHO!

He was speaking to SFX (and giving a better speech than the British Chancellor of the Exchequer or the Prime Minister on a terrible Budget Day) and believes that his team have put in place the groundwork for Doctor Who to run and run, if the series is looked after, and also gave his reasoning for the “specials series” in 2009.

Doctor Who is now one of the BBC’s biggest flagship shows and this sort of pattern will guarantee it being on air for twenty years. It’s no good looking at that American pattern of making seven years if you’re lucky – that’s just not going to work. Who wants it to die after seven years? It’s much bigger than that.

It needs looking after, in the sense that it needs pauses, it needs its legend revamping every so often. If you build these pauses in now and say this will always happen, that’s part of the plan now – it’s literally a twenty year plan, which can’t be guaranteed, because different people will be in charge in years to come – but if you present them with something rock solid, that is working, and has a unique transmission pattern that shouldn’t be interfered with, then it will stay.

You know, put in those terms the “gap year” doesn’t half seem a good idea.

Just a shame the BBC press people couldn’t have done their job properly back when it was announced.

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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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