The return of Doctor Who was announced 10 years ago today
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.
Who should be next?
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."
Scary’
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.

The return of Doctor Who was announced 10 years ago today

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.

Who should be next?

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."

Scary’

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.

Finally he’s (the Doctor) put in the position again where instead of giving your life for Time Lords and Daleks and great big mythological concepts that are very much offstage…it’s for Rose. It’s for that 19 year old shop girl from Planet Earth who is braver than brave and more loyal than anyone else in the universe. She is dying and he’s giving his life for her. Never mind wars. Never mind epic mythology. Never mind all that grand stand stuff. It’s absolutely personal and he’s at his most human. Right at the end he does a very human thing and gives his life.
Russel T. Davies on the Ninth Doctor - Doctor Who Confidential Series 1 Episode 13 (via thedoctordanceswithrose)

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RTD has donated a signed script for the PMM2 auction. It is also illustrated and full of annotations & drawings.
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RTD has donated a signed script for the PMM2 auction. It is also illustrated and full of annotations & drawings.

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 Russell Tovey: Doctor Who role would have terrified me | Radio Times

In a parallel universe where Matt Smith had turned left, Russell Tovey is the eleventh Doctor that could have been. The former Being Human star, seen last night in new ITV sitcom The Job Lot, has revealed that he auditioned for the role before Smith was cast.
Tovey, who previously featured as sailor Alonso Frame (pictured above) in Doctor Who Christmas special Voyage of the Damned, said he screen-tested for the part of the Time Lord after Russell T Davies suggested him as a replacement for David Tennant’s tenth Doctor.

Russell Tovey: Doctor Who role would have terrified me | Radio Times

In a parallel universe where Matt Smith had turned left, Russell Tovey is the eleventh Doctor that could have been. The former Being Human star, seen last night in new ITV sitcom The Job Lot, has revealed that he auditioned for the role before Smith was cast.

Tovey, who previously featured as sailor Alonso Frame (pictured above) in Doctor Who Christmas special Voyage of the Damned, said he screen-tested for the part of the Time Lord after Russell T Davies suggested him as a replacement for David Tennant’s tenth Doctor.

Happy 50th Birthday, Russell T. Davies!

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“I would rather be confused for 10 minutes than bored for 5 seconds.”  - Russell T. Davies


Happy Birthday Russell T. Davies!

I would rather be confused for 10 minutes than bored for 5 seconds.”
 - Russell T. Davies

Happy Birthday Russell T. Davies!

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Steven Moffat talks Trenzalore, Fem!Doctor, & River Song
It’s a great Q&A. Blogtor Who has audio of the event here.


On March 1, Steven Moffat was a guest of Trinity College, Dublin and took part in an interview and Q & A session - listen to it in the player below. In it he talks about Press Gang, Sherlock, Tintin and, of course, Doctor Who. When asked about the return of River Song in the upcoming series, Moffat said, “Yes. She will certainly be in this series,” whilst also saying, when prompted, “Is there more to come about, as it were, Trenzalore and the battle in the Doctor’s future that led to the attempts on his life in the past? Is that what you’re asking? Yes.”On the possibility of Russell T Davies of writing a story for the show, the current showrunner said, “He won’t write one for me.” The writer also states that he would happily have a Neil Gaiman story every year, discusses the lack of female writers on the show and outlines what he thinks would happen should The Doctor and Sherlock ever meet. The topic of a female Doctor also arises - “more people are saying yes - which I find fascinating.”

Steven Moffat talks Trenzalore, Fem!Doctor, & River Song

It’s a great Q&A. Blogtor Who has audio of the event here.

On March 1, Steven Moffat was a guest of Trinity College, Dublin and took part in an interview and Q & A session - listen to it in the player below. In it he talks about Press Gang, SherlockTintin and, of course, Doctor Who

When asked about the return of River Song in the upcoming series, Moffat said, “Yes. She will certainly be in this series,” whilst also saying, when prompted, “Is there more to come about, as it were, Trenzalore and the battle in the Doctor’s future that led to the attempts on his life in the past? Is that what you’re asking? Yes.”

On the possibility of Russell T Davies of writing a story for the show, the current showrunner said, “He won’t write one for me.” The writer also states that he would happily have a Neil Gaiman story every year, discusses the lack of female writers on the show and outlines what he thinks would happen should The Doctor and Sherlock ever meet. The topic of a female Doctor also arises - “more people are saying yes - which I find fascinating.”

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David and Billie - Rise of the Cybermen BTS

But am I worried that some viewers might find Donna’s departure TOO sad? Not remotely. Not for a single second. I believe, hugely, massively, that TV isn’t there to make you smile. Drama certainly isn’t. That ending is devastating. I hope it’s never forgotten. I hope people cry for years. In 70 years’ time, kids watching it now will be in old folks’ homes, saying, ‘Oh, why couldn’t Donna Noble have remembered just one thing?!’ There’s this great misconception that the Slitheen are for kids, and episodes like ‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Family of Blood’ are for adults. In fact, adults can enjoy daft green monsters, and kids can appreciate emotional, grown-up drama. Pixar understands that perfectly. JK Rowling does. If kids are upset, then they’re feeling something, and kids feel things vividly. The death of a goldfish is like the end of the world. It’s keen, real and powerful for them. But that doesn’t make it something to be avoided. If they can reach that state through fiction, well, they’re actually experiencing something wonderful. And important.

Russell T Davies, The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter

Oh wow amazing RTD doesn’t think TV has to be happy clappy times. I wouldn’t have gotten that impression from his work.

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