Writer’s Tale Previewed in SFX

Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale – The Final Chapter is the full name of the new edition of Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook’s fascinating discussions on and around the subject of creating a series of Doctor Who.

The Writer's Tale by Russell T Davies and Benjamin CookWith an extra 352 pages added to the original version, the new edition is out this week in paperback – to mark this, SFX magazines website has featured a list of 20 Things We Learnt from The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter.

These include:

Other ideas were considered for the Easter special, including a Star Trek pastiche, an adventure featuring Gareth Robert’s turtle-like Chelonian monsters (from the Virgin novel The Highest Science) while one centred around a deserted hotel with spindly-legged alien creatures with singsong voices.

At one point, RTD planned to feature the Daleks in The End of Time – apparently in an alliance with the Time Lords, there would have been a Dalek Parliament and a Dalek Minister.

Fascinatingly Davies makes the decision to have Wilf Mott be the one to cause the Doctor’s regeneration in the middle of an email conversation with Benjamin Cook, featured in the new book.

There are tonnes more little spoilers like this on the SFX website – head over there now!

Out on January 15th, Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale – The Final Chapter is available from Amazon for an excellent £11.04!

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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