With The Sarah Jane Adventures returning to our screens tomorrow (BBC One, 4.35pm), The Times have chatted with Russell T Davies about the series, and reinvigorating a companion from the 1970s.
The quick Q&A takes in issues such as target audience and darkness (the tone, not the camp rock screamers) as well as the subject of returning friends…
Why bring back the Brigadier, another Doctor Who supporting character from the 1970s?
It works beautifully in Sarah Jane because it’s as if she goes to visit her grandfather – the wise old man who is the keeper of secrets and can help save the day.
We’ve got to limit it. It’s not a pension plan for people who used to be in Doctor Who.
It also seems that the Doctor turning up in The Sarah Jane Adventures hasn’t been ruled out. Meanwhile rumours of "Young Doctor Who" seem to have been actual fact:
Didn’t the BBC originally suggest the idea of “a young Doctor”?
They did, and I threw it out of the window. It would demystify the Doctor having a boy running around saying, “I am the Doctor” with a sonic screwdriver. Just rubbish.
Most interesting – depending on your point of view – is Russell’s answer to the topic of teen drama.
Would you consider writing a show for teenagers?
God no. People keep making shows for teenagers, who aren’t watching television – but they never will. They are too busy snogging and being miserable in their rooms.
…and watching Torchwood, Russell?