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RTD Talks Reasons for His Return

For many years after leaving Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies insisted that he would not return for a second stint on the long-running sci-fi drama, but it now appears the show was never far from his mind.

Davies has previously said he wouldn’t return. And yet, here he is, back again, kicking off the 60th anniversary special in 2023.

“The reason I’ve worked on 34 programmes in my life is because I don’t normally like continuing series. That’s why It’s A Sin came to an end and I just moved on. I like looking at a new set of challenges every time and a blank page – but Doctor Who is always a blank page.

“There are things coming up that are brand new ways of telling the stories that have never been done before, so it just feels new. I wouldn’t go back if it wasn’t feeling new. But that’s the thing about Doctor Who – every episode is new. Every single episode. I’m sitting here now, 10 pages away from a climax thinking, ‘God, I’ve never written in this territory before – this is strange and new’ – so it’s always new. It’s a self-renewing show.”

He went on to elaborate on why Doctor Who has a unique appeal to writers that few other shows can claim to have, as each week brings its own distinct premise and cast of characters. "There are things coming up that are brand new ways of telling stories that have never been done before, so it just feels new – I wouldn't have gone back if it wasn't feeling new," Davies teased. "I'm sitting here now, 10 pages away from a climax thinking, 'God, I've never been in this territory before – this is strange and new and hopefully I'll learn something out of it."

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