It often feels as if there’s nothing out there – that news on the Doctor Who specials might just turn up about the same time as the specials themselves – but then along comes Russell T Davies with his wonderfully portentous declarations!
Speaking to SFX, Russell has revealed what many of us hoped and expected – there’s an arc…
“There’s the Easter one and then a big gap, and then the other three are going to go out around Christmas time/end of the year. It ends in a two parter. There’s a very strong link between the last three specials. It’s not a three parter, but there’s a strong connection – as we head towards the ending it gets thematically bigger and bigger."
I’m sad already talking about the departure of the Tenth incarnation of the Doctor – could this be as emotional and heart-rending as the passing of the Fourth Doctor, or the equally drawn-our departure of the Third Doctor?
"It’s not like a giant spider suddenly turns up and kills him out of the blue! But even in Planet Of The Spiders his death was written into it quite properly. So there’s a feel of that to it. Everyone knows where the story is heading, especially with Matt Smith being everywhere. It’s nice actually – we play with that.”
With the final episodes shooting from May, there might be some overlap with the final wrap and the opening shoot of the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who – but on the whole the job is nearly done for RD and David Tennant, save some regeneration promotion before Christmas.
“Mine will end and his will start,” says Russell T. Davies about the transition of his specials into Moffat’s first season “and his is a big, bold, brand new start, and it very much powers under its own steam. It’s simple, really. There’s a new man and off we go.”