Russell T Davies envisions a big future for the Doctor Who universe (Picture: BBC/REX)
It’s A Sin creator Russell T Davies has expressed his belief that the Doctor Who universe could become far more expansive as time goes on, following in the footsteps of other franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars.
In 2005, Doctor Who returned after a 16-year hiatus with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role, a revival largely responsible to Russell as executive producer, showrunner and head writer.
Having remained a part of the production for five years and launched the spin-off series Torchwood, Russell said – when drawing comparisons between the sci-fi series and the success of Disney Plus – there should be a ‘Doctor Who channel’.
After interviewing Russell for Waitrose Weekend magazine, journalist Paul Kirkley shared some of his subject’s comments on Twitter that didn’t make it into the final piece.
Looking back on his time on Doctor Who, the Queer as Folk creator said: ‘I was in the middle of running an empire. And my god I did that 10 years too soon, didn’t I? There should be a Doctor Who channel now.
‘You look at those Disney announcements, all of those new Star Wars and Marvel shows, you think, we should all be sitting here announcing The Nyssa Adventures, or The Return of Donna Noble, and you should have the tenth and eleventh Doctors together in a 10-part series. Genuinely.’
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Russell added that he believes ‘that will happen one day’, although this may depend on ‘if we can just shift Doctor Who up a gear’.
When asked whether he seriously meant the idea of creating a show based on Nyssa, the companion of the fifth Doctor, he replied: ‘Yes! You laugh, but did Star Trek fans ever think they’d be getting a Captain Pike series? Ever. That’s insane.
‘The whole science fiction world is so creative and so money making now, I think your wildest dreams can come true.’
Tonight, Russell’s latest series, It’s A Sin, launches on Channel 4, following a group of young gay men in London set during the time of the AIDs crisis in the 1980s.
The screenwriter recently revealed to Metro.co.uk that one of the characters in the drama, Colin (played by Callum Scott Howells), is loosely based on someone he used to date.
During an interview with Radio Times, Russell explained that he chose to cast gay actors as gay characters in the series in order to ensure their stories had ‘authenticity’.
He later told The One Show: ‘For my one programme, for these five hours, I wanted to create a safe space where gay actors could voluntarily come in and be themselves and I think it’s created a genuine vibe for want of a better word.’
It’s A Sin airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4 and will be available to watch on All 4.
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