Russell T Davies: I’ll never go back to Doctor Who

The former showrunner says he'd prefer to focus on more personal projects in future

He shepherded Doctor Who back onto our screens in 2005 but Russell T Davies has emphatically stated he won’t be returning to the BBC’s flagship sci-fi series.


“No. You have to move on,” he says in the latest edition of Radio Times magazine. 

The news isn’t surprising given Davies’ recent comments. In fact, he revealed to just last week that current showrunner Steven Moffat invites him back to write an episode every year, but he’s simply not interested.

“The lovely Steven [Moffat] invites me every year to come and write one,” he said, “And I love him and I love them and I love watching it, but here I am, moving on. “

“I love Doctor Who with all my heart but nothing is more important to me than my own stuff.”

That “own stuff” includes new trio of programmes Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, which focus on different areas of gay life and follow on from Davies’ groundbreaking series Queer As Folk.

“As a gay man I think about gayness every day of my life. And I don’t mean that tritely,” he says in the new issue. “I mean about who we are, how we live, what our culture is, how much fun we are, how mad we are.” 

He adds: “I’ve got things to say. It’s as simple and as arrogant as that.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times magazine, on sale from Tuesday 13th January


Cucumber, Banana and Tofu begin on Channel 4, E4 and 4OD on 22nd January