Russell T Davies, the man who revitalised Doctor Who in 2005, is to return to the BBC with a children’s drama, Aliens vs Wizards.
The 12-part series – co-created by Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who) – concerns two 16-year-old schoolboys. One is a wizard. The other is a science prodigy. Together they must protect Earth from the Nekross, an alien race who feed on those with magical powers.
"The show's a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction," Davies said. "Wizards have never met aliens before, and when they do, the result is spectacular! The mysterious Nekross know exactly what to do with magicians. Eat them! Let battle be joined!”
Davies's previous work in children’s television includes Dark Season and Children’s Ward. Aliens vs Wizards is expected to air on CBBC in autumn 2012.
In December, Davies called time on his career in American TV, returning to Manchester to care for his partner, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer.