Russell T Davies has always been a man of ambition when it comes to writing his scripts, especially when it comes to the worlds of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Heâ€™s written event episodes with multiple Doctors and companions, millions of returning enemies and laid waste to entire species while heâ€™s been at it.
And yet he never feels like heâ€™s put in enough characters, he has revealed.
With his newest story, Death of the Doctor, heâ€™s returned quite a few familiar faces to the small screen and mentioned some other notable character absences as well. But the writer and creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures wished that he could have included even more in his two parter
â€œ[Jo Grant] wasnâ€™t always there â€“ the idea of the Doctor came first. But the more we explored the idea of seeing his funeral â€“ his real, genuine, proper funeral, come the day he dies â€“ then it just seemed odd that no one from his past came alongâ€¦ believe me, if weâ€™d have had the budget, Iâ€™d have packed the halls with every single ex-companion, Iâ€™d have even found a way to pluck Romana out of E-Space!â€
And in true Davies style, it looks like the appearance of the Doctor wonâ€™t turn into a once a year â€œgimmickâ€ for The Sarah Jane Adventures:
â€œItâ€™ll have to be different next year; youâ€™ve got to keep moving on. I wonderâ€¦Maybe itâ€™s time we really did The Two Ranis.â€
Death of the Doctor Part One is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer, with Part Two airing later today on CBBC; both episodes air on BBC One later in the week.