If Doctor Who was axed now there would be uproar in the streets and Twitter would be set on fire

Former showrunner Russell T Davies celebrates the enduring power of Doctor Who since it was rebooted in the 21st Century


On March 26th 2015 it will be exactly ten years since Doctor Who returned to our television screens, and the man who brought it back believes that the programme is now so strong he can’t imagine it ever ending.


“It’s now impossible for it to ever be axed,” Russell T Davies, who ran Doctor Who between 2005 and 2010, told RadioTimes.com. “It’s certainly heading that way. Could you imagine if it was axed now? There would be uproar in the streets. Twitter would be set on fire.”

Doctor Who, which began in 1963, was effectively axed when production was put on hold by the BBC in 1989 during the tenure of Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor. Despite returning for a one-off TV film with Paul McGann in the lead role in 1996, the adventures in space and time remained absent from British television screens for almost another decade before it was rebooted by Davies with Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler in 2005. 

“Who would have thought? If you look at the last ten years: ten years of rock solid ratings! It’s bizarre to an old-school Doctor Who fan like me; it’s success continues to be extraordinary.

“Also, there is a current generation who will keep it alive in a generation’s time. As long as there’s an audience, that audience will grow up loving it and want to make their own and it’s self-perpetuating.”


Davies’ latest project is Cucumber, Tofu and Banana, a three-pronged series examining gay life in modern Britain. It is due to air on Channel 4, E4 and 4OD in January 2015.