If we get it wrong…

Marvellously quoted by io9.com, Russell T Davies spoke to BBC Wales news on Thursday before filming wrapped on the RTD/David Tennant era of Doctor Who, as we reported on Friday.

In the interview, Russell was asked what his concerns were back at the beginning of what was the BBC’s biggest television project for a very long time, and what pressures he felt in bringing back the Doctor…

My main worry, because I’ve been a Doctor Who fan all my life, so my worry was, if we get it wrong, then it’ll disappear, really disappear, and might take another fifty years to come back or something. So, I really was aware that, never mind the forty-year-old men out there who remember it, there’s a whole generation of children out there who didn’t have Doctor Who, didn’t have a Doctor, that they were the ones to reach.

That’s who we targeted, because we wanted everyone to have this British, eccentric, pacifist hero… Such an icon, I think, and such a role model for children. And so, there was a lot at stake for me. I really, really wanted it to work.

And it did, if I can say so myself! I can say it now.

I think it’s fair to say given the audience figures, new websites, merchandise and press profile that yes it did work.

How well it worked however is a matter for discussion once all episodes have been aired, and we have moved on a little into a new era. Give the Eccleston and Tennant eras time to mature, then revisit them and reappraise them.

Christian Cawley

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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