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Former showrunner Russell T Davies thinks Doctor Who should be a whole shared universe of shows

January 29th, 2021 by Marc Comments

We reported last week that Big  Finish was making an unused Russell T Davies script into a Doctor Who audio adventure (here) and now we have more news about the former Doctor Who showrunner’s time on the iconic sci-fi series.

Davies, who resurrected the series in 2005 when he brought in Christopher Eccleston, was showrunner between 2005 – 2010 – arguably the golden years of so-called New Who – and during that time he began opening the world of Doctor Who out beyond the core show.

“I was in the middle of running an empire!” Davies said in the new interview. “And my God I did that 10 years too soon, didn’t I?”

The empire he’s referring to is the one which saw Doctor Who become a massive show again and spawned the more child-friendly Sarah-Jane Adventures and the adult-skewed Torchwood. But he feels that that was something that should have been capitalised on and expanded.

“There should be a Doctor Who channel now. You look at those Disney announcements, of all those new Star Wars and Marvel shows, you think ‘we should be sitting here announcing The Nyssa Adventures or The Return of Donna Noble, and you should have the 10th and 11th Doctors together in a 10-part series’.”

I have to say, I agree with this wholeheartedly – Doctor Who is a doorway to another universe and there’s literally hundreds of characters and groups who would be a cracking choice for a spinoff… the Paternoster Gang, left, for example, are a cracking addition to the Whoniverse and I know there was a plan to give them a series a while ago, but they’d be a cracking show to develop.

Even now, there’s plenty of opportunities to have two Doctor Who shows running – one with Jo Martin who was introduced as an older regeneration of the character and another for the current Doctor. Or, recently, we talked about how a Paul McGann series was envisioned (here), so we could still get that series – I’d imagine a McGann series would be massive for fans

But what say you all? Would you like to see a Doctor Who universe being created? I know I would.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….