Russell T Davies has been very chatty of late, largely relaxing it seems in between trips to the USA and occasional chats about Torchwood: Children of Earth and the obligatory Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures coverage.
Chatting with Radio 4’s Mark Lawson this week (available via BBC iPlayer), Russell T Davies revealed that only 4 weeks into filming of The Sarah Jane Adventures third series, a fourth is in development!
Following discussion of Doctor Who as the central hub of the three series, RTD considered how the two secondary shows have developed.
“All this support stuff keeps Doctor Who afloat, keeps it at the front of everyone’s agenda, keeps it funded. So actually, it’s very very healthy for the mothership. But it’s the way we work now. Sarah Jane’s the highest-rated programme on CBBC, Torchwood was the highest-rated drama on BBC3 and it’s now the highest-rated drama on BBC America. I’ve turned into this digital man! Dunno how that happened!
“I’m moving on from Doctor Who now, but I’m not from The Sarah Jane Adventures or Torchwood. We’ve just started working on series four of Sarah Jane yesterday, actually.”
This is of course great news for fans of the Doctor Who spinoff that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and with the presence of David Tennant in the next series of The Sarah Jane Adventures giving the third run a boost, planning for a fourth series seems a wise move.
While the fourth series is by no means definite, RTD seems to be looking beyong even that!