Doctor Who: Steven Moffat says Russell T Davies turned down show return!

by Anna Howell

Doctor Who top man, Steven Moffat has revealed that, despite several offers, his predecessor Russell T Davies has declined coming back to the show.

Russell T Davies is the genius behind the revival and running of the hugely popular science fiction series Doctor Who after its sixteen year break, with Christopher Eccleston, and later David Tennant, in the title role of the Doctor.

Davies’s influence as executive producer of the show oversaw a surge in popularity that led to the production of two spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
However, despite repeated offers to re-join the crew, it would seem that Davies is simply not interested.

In an interview at the recent LA’s Gallifrey 2013 convention, current show writer, Steven Moffat revealed that Davies had opted out of a return, opting instead for “a nice long rest” from the series.

Speaking at the convention, Moffatt explained:

“I do keep asking him [to write a new episode]. “The offer is continually made and I’m getting nowhere!”

Moffat went on to add that he personally would have Davies, who was the shows head writer from 2005 to 2010, back “like a shot”, describing the writer as “the best writer breathing”, whilst acknowledging:

“I think he probably did his duty… for Doctor Who so he’s maybe wanting a nice long rest from it.”

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Davies had previously ruled himself out of a return to help with the current Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, though admitted that he would still watch the celebrations as a keen fan, saying:

“I have asked current boss Steven Moffat not to tell me what they are planning,”
Watch an interview with Russell T Davies from last year in the clip below:

Doctor Who will return to BBC One with a new eight-episode series on Saturday, March 30.


  1. Morgan on February 23, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Thank god he doesn’t want to come back. Moffat can make things twisty enough on his own w/o RTD’s particular talent for huge-build-up-then-fizzle style of writing. I’ll be eternally grateful that RTD spearheaded the return of DW but I wasn’t really sad to see the back of him. By the time he got finished w/ him Ten was more of an annoyance than being enjoyable to watch.

  2. Jo on February 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    A two parter as good as Midnight? Who would honestly have said no to that? People have issues with RTD which make them ignore the fact that he is an absolutely brilliant writer. Wish he would come back.

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