Russell T Davies Refused Chance To Return To ‘Doctor Who’

"Someone from the [BBC's] branding team sent me a very lovely email saying do you want to do something," he recalled.

Russell T. Davies, who in 2005 brought back ‘Doctor Who’ for a new generation of fans has recently revealed that he turned down the chance on returning to write for the 10th anniversary of the shows revival, which will take place next year.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the writer expressed his opinion that the tenth anniversary of the show’s televised return doesn’t need to be celebrated.

“Someone from the [BBC’s] branding team sent me a very lovely email saying do you want to do something,” he recalled.

“I don’t know what they imagined: a talk or a convention perhaps. I just said no, to be honest. A programme can’t have its 50th and then its 10th. I think that’s just confusing. It’s marvellous and glorious; let it carry on.”

The television writer added that he would not be interested in writing for ‘Doctor Who’ at this particular point in his career.
“Wouldn’t that be nice?” he said initially about returning. “The lovely Steven invites me every year to come and write one. And I love him and I love them and I love watching it, but here I am, moving on.”I love Doctor Who with all my heart but nothing is more important to me than my own stuff.”

At present Davies is working on the much loved CBBC series ‘Wizards vs Aliens,’ in addition to Channel 4’s ‘Cucumber’.

Cucumber will chronicle the lives of a group of middle-aged gay men in Manchester.

The writer also added that he is not ruling out a return for the popular ‘Doctor Who’ spinoff series ‘Torchwood’.

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