Here’s the BBC News article from 2003:
Doctor Who returns to TV
Cult science fiction series Doctor Who is returning to TV, 14 years after it was axed.
The much-awaited comeback will be written by acclaimed TV dramatist Russell T Davies - a self-confessed fan.
Davies’ credits include hit dramas like Bob and Rose, Queer as Folk, The Second Coming, Touching Evil, and The Grand.
He said: “I grew up watching Doctor Who, hiding behind the sofa like so many others.
"Doctor Who is one of the BBC’s most exciting and original characters. He’s had a good rest and now it’s time to bring him back!"
The revival will be produced by BBC Wales, whose head of drama Julie Gardner said: “It will be a thrill to work with him on such a landmark TV series.
"This is very early days and it is unlikely anything will be on screen for at least two years but it is very exciting and I can’t wait to get started."
She praised Davies - who was brought up in Swansea but is now based in Manchester - as one of the “leading writers” to come out of Wales.
The first Doctor Who - played by William Hartnell - was first seen on 23 November, 1963. He was followed by seven more, before the series was axed in 1989.
Although little has so far been revealed about how the new Doctor Who series will look - or who will be given the starring role - Davies has clear ideas of the way he wants it to feel.
"The new series will be fun, exciting, contemporary and scary," he said.
"Although I’m only in the early stages of development, I’m aiming to write a full-blooded drama which embraces the Doctor Who heritage, at the same time as introducing the character to a modern audience."
It’s a fun read.
Fascinating interview with TV Producer Mal Young about what it was like trying to get Doctor Who back on the air in 2004:
So although we felt we had a well-known brand with a history, we also had to create something brand new and not rely at all on that past. Some sections of the audience didn’t remember the show fondly and to them it was a damaged brand. We had to be respectful at the same time as making a brand new show
Day 13: What is your favorite/scariest Moffatism?
I don’t know what is exactly meant by “Moffatism” but I think with every ‘to be continued’ my heart both jumps from happiness (I like longer episodes and more drawn out stories, okay?) and withers away from the wait for more.
And I know plenty of people just downright screamed after seeing this, so…