RTD: No American Doctor Who

Former Doctor Who boss and Torchwood creator Russell T Davies has recently put worried minds at rest concerning the oft-mooted possibility of an American-produced series.

Following the migration of Torchwood to a pan-Atlantic co-production, the more pessimistic and cynical fans among us have been bemoaning this move as a sign of things to come, a test bed for a future collaborative production of Doctor Who. While such a venture might finally extinguish the memories of what might have been back in 1996, the fallout from the TV Movie – a much loved but nevertheless disappointing failure – is still enough to discourage most fans.

Speaking to Radio Times, Russell T Davies confirms this isn’t something that we need to worry about any time soon.

“No one at BBC Worldwide is looking at an American version of Doctor Who.” “I know everyone thinks we have secret plans.”

“But we do have plans for new dramas, and non-science fiction drama. It’s about time I got back to that sort of material, ’cause I have a lot to say in that world. So our ambitions are endless – but not for that particular one!”

Readers with long memories will recall that an insane rumour concerning an American Doctor Who starring Johnny Depp was doing the rounds last year, so it is good to see an official word coming from someone who would likely be one of the main players in such a production…

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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