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.
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?