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The Lonely God

Russell T Davies’ recent chat with NJ.com’s Alan Sepinwall has revealed his thinking and the reasoning behind pitching the Tenth Doctor against enemies with no companion by his side – as a way to echo the dynamic of 1976’s The Deadly Assassin and line up for a big change in Doctor Who.

Russell T Davies and SlitheenIt seems that there is little question as to the reason that the Doctor travels alone – he’s heartbroken, and tired of losing his friends.

This is an arc over these last few specials, gradually, especially in “Waters of Mars,” which comes up in November, we discover that he travels with a human because he needs a human. He’s too powerful, and without that (human with him), he can become a dangerous man.

We’re sort of all heading towards series 5 and the new Doctor and the new companion, played by Karen Gillan. I think it’s a nice set-up for her, in that The Doctor needs a companion and we’re going to understand why.

Fascinating. Of course if the conclusion to the Tenth Doctor’s life is anywhere as dramatic as we’re being lead to believe, adding the element of “he couldn’t stop himself” is an interesting extra layer to the events of the final three specials.

They’re just 5 months away. I can feel the excitement building.

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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