Published on May 23rd, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
More Davies/Moffat Reaction
Most notably in the aftermath of the Russell T Davies steps down/Steven Moffatt to take over for season 31 story, The Stage sensibly contents that the changes to the series will be minimal at first.
It’s an opinion that we concur with – after all, look at the difference between Christopher Eccleston’s run as the Doctor and the current series. All under the same producer, its fair to say that significant changes don’t need to be forced. But of course, change is necessary:
Doctor Who stalled in the 1980s because somebody forgot to reinvent the core style of the programme until it was too late. And this is what pleases me about this change over of the man at the top. I’m sad to see Davies going – his work on Doctor Who has been a Herculean feat, toiling to have this creaky, shabby sci-fi show of yore taken seriously as a vibrant, ground-breaking example of what great British TV should be. And entertaining several million people into the bargain with a clever, witty and inventive creative vision. That will never be forgotten.
Caitlin Moran in The Times writes that Russell T Davies emailed her to tell her that his departure from Doctor Who had made headline news in Wales.
"The NEWS!" he boggles, before adding, ruefully, "Though the next headline was, They Still Haven’t Moved That Skip."
A few lines and more information about Russell T Davies that you likely already know, plus an artists impression of the writer and producer fill the quotable bits from Davies email, which goes on:
"But to be honest, every other job in British TV feels so small, after this job," he concluded in his e-mail last night. "I might try running ICI instead. Or KFC. I love KFC.
Meanwhile there is a profile of Moffatt in The Guardian, which also features a rare photo of him with his wife, producer Sue Vertue.
Finally, however, it seems that Kasterborous’ own determination that the year long gap is in order for an entirely new production team to be assembled and a new series mounted was pretty close to the mark, based on this quote from icwales.co.uk:
Elaine Penn, features editor at TV Choice, said there had been industry rumours for some time that Davies’ work on the show would be coming to an end.
"Russell had said in the past that he would go," she said. The whole team had announced they were going to be standing down, including the main producers.
"It seems to be that they’ve all felt that, it’s not necessarily run its course, but they don’t want to continue with it because it might overstep the mark or be too much of a good thing."