RTD On Children of Earth Kids

Russell T Davies is a permanent fixture across the UK media-focussed websites and has spent quiet a bit of time chatting with The Stage.

They get through quite a bit of stuff in the first part of the interview (we’ll come back to it later) and in amongst all of the reformatting, 5 parter with different writers and a a smaller Torchwood team chat RTD deals withe Midwich Cuckoos/Village of the Damned comparisons many have made.

It’s a bit unfortunate that one of the kids is very blond! When they put the trail together for episode one, that kid’s very distinct! You saw that trail and thought, Oh God, it’s like Village of the Damned! It’s not. They’re not getting powers, they’re not going to be psychic and taking over the world. They’re just voices, that’s all.

But there is that marvellous Village of the Damned feel, that when stuff happens to kids it’s freaky. It really unnerves you.

Some are foreground, some you choose specially to stand… some of them pull briliant faces. Some you pick out. It’s an awful lot of work. But good — there’s something so unnerving about it.

They scared the bejeebus out of me…

Some might even suggest that you can’t do freaky children in sci-fi without those comparisons. I would say that they’re wrong, and should gop and read a book instead of thinking too hard…

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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