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Published on April 6th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

No Tears for Russell

What would you do if you killed the Doctor? How would you cope with being the man in charge of Doctor Who, whose job it is to oversee close shaves for mankind, the Doctor and his friends week-in and week-out only to find yourself killing him?

Scotland on Sunday’s chat with Russell T Davies reveals that the end has been written – and there’s been no party, no remorse, just RTD moving on to the next job, knowing that he has killed the Tenth Doctor, and written the final words to be spoken by David Tennant in Doctor Who.

I’d like to give him a piece of my mind, playing down the death of the Doctor in such a manner.  How could he be so cruel and heartless?

“I’m absolutely unsentimental about this sort of thing,” he says, talking in his Cardiff flat. “I would have thought that when I handed in the last script I might have burst into tears or got drunk or partied with 20 naked men, but when these great moments happen you find that real life just carries on.

“The emotion goes into the scripts. That’s why I do the job. I find the emotional scenes emotional, the exciting scenes exciting. I laugh at the funny stuff and cry at the sad stuff. If you had a camera on me, sitting here at this computer, it would be like Diary Of A Nutter. They could show it on BBC3.”

Don’t they already do that and call it Freaky Eaters…?

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About the Author

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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