Doctor Who was in a very different place when Russell T Davies was in charge. Not only did he relaunch the long-running science-fiction series and make it one of TV’s biggest shows, he launched two spin-off shows in Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures (and don’t forget Confidential, Totally Doctor Who and the animated specials).
In a sense, it wasn’t too dissimilar to what the big franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are doing now with their interconnected shows. But rather than continue expanding on the franchise, the Whoniverse tried launching a spin-off called Class in 2016 to a muted response, and that was it.
While the expanded universe is absolutely thriving with Big Finish’s audio dramas and their constant fan-pleasing castings, Davies thinks the franchise should absolutely be joining its peers in having multiple shows on our screens.
“I was in the middle of running an empire. And my god I did that 10 years too soon, didn’t I?” he said in extended excerpts from an interview with Waitrose Weekend.
“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’. Genuinely. And I think that will happen one day. If we can just shift Doctor Who up a gear…”
Although he mentioned a spin-off for Nyssa jokingly, he did add that Star Trek fans never ever thought they’d get a Captain Pike series, yet it’s actually happening.
“The whole science fiction world is so creative and so money making right now,” he added. “I think your wildest dreams can come true.”
Davies’ latest show, It’s a Sin, launched last night (January 22) on Channel 4, with every episode available now on All4. It’s a return to LGBTQ+ drama after Cucumber and Queer as Folk, and viewers think it’s another excellent show.
Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Series 13 is due to premiere later this year.
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