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Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

Russell Tea Lady: Ex-Showrunner Prepares for 50th

You can always count on Russell T Davies to do something fun and exciting with his television shows. Queer as Folk, Bob and Rose, The Second Coming, all were intelligently crafted dramas to appeal to a wide audience.

Former Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies

Obviously he did the same thing with Doctor Who and off the back of that created a more adult science fiction show with Torchwood and one aimed more for kids with The Sarah Jane Adventures.

His newest show for CBBC, Wizards and Aliens looks like it will once again draw in a wide variety of viewers with its incredibly bold mix of sci-fi and wizardry. Doctor Who meets Harry Potter if you will. But that’s about the only connection that you’re likely to be able to make between the two mighty franchises as Davies has sworn that he won’t have any Doctor Who references in his new show. Talking about Wizards and Aliens recently, he discussed some of the references to other films that appear:

“The dialogue would be quite odd if they didn’t mention…Narnia or Tim Burton. We throw in a Hogwarts reference… I drew the line at [mentioning] Doctor Who – it would feel like the most awful in-joke! Even though I’d love the Daleks to turn up one day, we couldn’t do it. They are separate universes.”

So unfortunately, for those of you hoping for the odd appearance of a Zygon or Sontaran warrior, there may be a slight sigh of disappointment from some Doctor Who fans.

Whilst speaking with What’s On TV magazine, the former Doctor Who show runner commented on whether he would be having any involvement with the shows fiftieth Anniversary bash but it looks like he won’t be doing anything but enjoying it:

“I think I’d be like the ghost at the feast, what would I do – turn up and make the tea? I have asked current boss Steven Moffat not to tell me what they are planning.”

Whilst you may be disappointed by these comments remember that Davies has sometimes downright fibbed about his plans and what he’s up to. Remember when Doctor Who first came back and he said he wouldn’t be doing a story involving the Master?

Just look how that turned out…


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3 Responses to Russell Tea Lady: Ex-Showrunner Prepares for 50th

  1. avatar daniel says:

    I think on this RTD is telling the truth.

    Hes written a lot of Who…and i think is happy with his lot.

    By the by…a lot of people slag off RTD…i won’t because he brought back the show i love…and made it more succesful than its been before…and people should remember that…

    If people dont like his stories…thats fine…even he doesnt like the long game! But i would challenge them to do better!

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Agreed. I can’t believe that anyone would dis RTD, considering all he’s done to bring back the show and turn it into a phenomenon once again. There are idiots out there that have nothing better to do than gripe and complain and basically tear things down. You get the same type of haters that want nothing to do with Moffat–also stupid. It’s as I say:

    “You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time…
    but you can never please an internet fan”

    Russell deserves to go into the 50th as a fan and simply enjoy what happens like the rest of us. He’s more than earned it. Thanks RTD!

  3. avatar francis cave says:

    That is a real shame.

    RTD could bring a lot to the 50th.

    A joint script with Moffat would be an absolute dream.

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