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Published on June 12th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

“I’m a viewer now”

Former Doctor Who Executive Producer and Head Scriptwriter Russell T Davies has given the thumbs up to the latest series.

Former Doctor Who chief Russell T DaviesSince leaving the show, Davies has been living in LA but has been making sure that he keeps a close eye on his favourite television show. He told the BBC:

“The greatest responsibility the Doctor Who team has now is getting me a disc every single week out to Los Angeles, which I sit and watch every Saturday night and love.”

Does following the exploits of the eleventh Doctor and Amy cause him to yearn for the glory days when he was working on the show? Apparently not, according to Russell:

“I don’t miss it actually. I’m a viewer now. I watch the episodes and, apart from loving them, my overriding thought is, ‘Oh, that’s hard work.’ So part of me is very glad not to be sweating over that TARDIS again.”

It’s extremely difficult to find any major fault when it comes to Doctor Who, but Davies did make one remark on what would improve the show:

“The only thing I’d change is I’d make 20 episodes a year. I’m sure they’ll be glad to hear that. More Doctor Who, that’s what we need.”

Watch the full interview here on Kasterborous.


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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+.

4 Responses to “I’m a viewer now”

  1. avatar johnoed says:

    Wait a second…he gets a disc with the new episodes? So he’s the only one in America that doesn’t have to wait several weeks and play catch up and he also doesn’t have those annoying freakin pop-ups and commercials to deal with. Thank you BBC America!!

  2. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    Several weeks? At least you guys stateside get to see True Blood Series 3 on Monday (if you get HBO). We’ll have to wait at least a year! I understand it’s frustrating for you to have to wait for episodes, and have to wait and then pay for goodies like the Adventure Games. But I would contend that maybe you’re too used to having it good. Here in the UK we’re always having to wait a lot longer for stuff like games consoles, movies, DVDs etc.

  3. avatar Carn says:

    oh come on I think he’s entitled to get it earlier and yeah you’re complaining about a couple weeks and the ads? (ok i hate the ads but I thought americans were used to all that crap in their broadcasts)

  4. avatar Rick714 says:

    A lot of Americans such as myself hate the pop ups and that’s why I don’t watch the BBCA airings. Just because they’re all over the place, doesn’t mean we get used to it.

    If *anyone* deserves to get discs early, it’s RTD and no one should complain about that. We’re envious if anything!

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