Davies will also have to deal with even more hostility than initially faced in 2005. There’s a strange group of fans who hope that the ‘agenda up’ of Chibnall’s approach will go away when Davies returns, as if they never read or watch anything he writes. They presumably don’t remember the threads about Davies ’“ gay agenda ”on Outpost Gallifrey, or when the simple act of casting a black man in a recurring role in 2005 led to irate posts on right-wing forums. The ‘correct policy goes mad’ buzzwords in passing now mutate into complaints about ‘waking nonsense’. If you’ve read Davies ’novel‘ Rose ’it’s clear that his approach is Doctor Who Now that will result in headlines about polluting our children’s minds and minds
tolerance, acceptance and compassion leve zelotri. Russell T. Davies is not perfect, of course, but such as Doctor Who his head, tells his story rarely without a political conscience.
One thing is worth highlighting, raised initially by Alex Moreland on his blog, is that the show will be co-produced by Bad Wolf production. This won’t raise many eyebrows as it’s supposed to be part of the package to bring in producers Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. However, as Moreland points out, “changes to the BBC charter mean it has to open up in-house property bids from external companies to produce them – this is the beginning of that.”
Either way, Doctor Who will not be produced entirely at home by the BBC, and it is possible that the same forces that complained about the ‘wokeness’ of the show drove the organization to this point. Under the decisions about who gets to run a TV program are reflections of the current political situation, the endless clutter of Times interesting. Given this, then, it’s perhaps a case of damage limits by the BBC: if they have to choose an external co-producing company, at least Bad Wolf can count on treating the property with respect and Davies has fiercely defended the society in the past.
Davies ’appointment can be interpreted as a conservation measure, both in the broader sphere of politics and regarding the show itself. Fan talk (at least in the circles I’m in) is satisfied with Doctor Who, see it as a show that needs a rest or reinvention. Chibnall’s departure felt like a chance to try someone new, with names like Sally Wainwright and Nida Manzoor mentioned along with old writers like Jamie Mathieson and Sarah Dollard.
The least positive interpretation of RTD’s return is that, for all its talk of diversity and inclusion, British television failed to develop anyone new to a position where they could take over Doctor Who. Or even that they did, but then potentially ignored them for that role.
What we can be positive about, however, is that Russell T. Davies ’writing is better than ever. January It is a sin is widely regarded as her masterpiece, and is clearly always fizzing with ideas and passion. He loves Doctor Who, he will hardly take this job just for the money. The hope is that this is a transition period for the show, the past from an uncertain period to an exciting, unknown future.