Doctor Who: Steven Moffat on "getting nowhere" asking Russell T.Davies to return

News Louisa Mellor 22 Feb 2013 - 07:53

Despite making him continual offers, Steven Moffat says that Russell T.Davies is unlikely to return to writing Doctor Who...

In the wonderful Ed Stradling interview with Steven Moffat that did the rounds yesterday, a number of interesting questions were posed to the Doctor Who showrunner. How long is Matt Smith's tenure likely to be? Answer: until the end of time. What's your least favourite self-penned episode? Answer: The Beast Below. And your favourite? Answer: Not Blink, not The Empty Child, but The Big Bang...

One of the most interesting though, was the question of how likely it was that Russell T. Davies would ever return to writing on Who, and this is what Moffat said:

"I do keep asking him, seriously, could you imagine I don't? I get really resentful if I hear that he's written anything that is even vaguely around the Doctor Who area because I'm saying 'Bring it over here!' Are you kidding? Like a shot. Like a shot. He's the best writer breathing I think in terms of television, he's absolutely superb and oh my God, I'd book a holiday, that would be brilliant. So, believe me, the offer is continually made and I'm getting nowhere. I think he did his duty, my God did that man do his duty for Doctor Who, so he's maybe wanting a nice long rest from it - not a rest from being a fan, by the way, just a rest from being a writer."

Fair dos. If ever a man deserved a chance to relax back into fandom after doing extraordinary work on a show, it's Russell T. Davies. We wish him and his family all the best.

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