Russell T. Davies returns as showrunner...

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I hope he undoes the idiotic retconning nonsense of Chibnall. The Master being very deceitful is an obvious out.
 

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Whilst at the time it felt like the RTD episodes were a dragging, soapy mess, in hindsight, to me at least, it's still some of the more watchable Who of the revival era. I'd even prefer to re-watch Tenant's Magical Misery Tour farewell year over the newer series.

So, I'm cautiously optimistic. If he can bring back simpler episodes, that manage to be fun for all the family without over-egging the cheesiness, then I'll probably tune in until the end of his run. A bit of RTD Bingo as well won't go amiss!
 

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This is probably controversial, but would it not have been better to have rested Dr Who again for a while. It is no longer very original (which I admit could change with RTD) but my main problem is it's budget. If you see the SFF output of other channels post-Game of Thrones there is now some great SFF being made for TV. New pay-to-view channels like Apple TV and Disney are leading with their new SFF output. The BBC however, spends most of it's SFF drama budget here (and on His Dark Materials), and, as an adult, those aren't the kind of SFF I really want to see. I want them to commission something a little more original too (and by that, I don't mean a female doctor or a different shaped TARDIS).
 

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Perhaps.

Perhaps best to have Peter Capaldi wake up and say "What a weird and implausible dream" then immediately regenerate.
 

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This news has left me with mixed feelings. Although I didn’t think so at the time, the flood of meciocrity that followed Davis’s exit has revealed that he was probably the best at the helm. On one hand, I want Dr Who to be something worth watching (which it hasn’t been for quite a few years). On the other hand, I don’t want to waste my time watching drivel.

After pondering this conundrum, I think I’ll err on the side of safety and continue giving Dr Who a miss.
 

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This is probably controversial, but would it not have been better to have rested Dr Who again for a while. It is no longer very original (which I admit could change with RTD) but my main problem is it's budget. If you see the SFF output of other channels post-Game of Thrones there is now some great SFF being made for TV. New pay-to-view channels like Apple TV and Disney are leading with their new SFF output. The BBC however, spends most of it's SFF drama budget here (and on His Dark Materials), and, as an adult, those aren't the kind of SFF I really want to see. I want them to commission something a little more original too (and by that, I don't mean a female doctor or a different shaped TARDIS).
Dr Who makes a lot of money for BBC Worldwide. If it wasn't for that, I get the impression it would have been given a longer rest.
 

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One thing I disliked about RTD's time, which became worse after he left, was the end of the Doctor as a kindly, not terribly well-known alien, to space Jesus. Likewise the Time War. Sounds cool. But then you have to keep on making excuses for why the daleks are still around. And you lock out Gallifrey for the most part.

And then the previous dingbat had some fascinating and unorthodox ideas* about retconning an origin story dating back to the 1960s.

*sighs*


*Imagine I wanted to swear vehemently but don't want to break the forum rules and used this term instead.
 

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Interestingly not only is RTD returning, production of the series is switching to Bad Wolf Productions, which is Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's production company. They were both producers on the 2005 re-launch. So it seems as though the BBC are employing the original 2005 production team to try and save the show.

I hope he undoes the idiotic retconning nonsense of Chibnall.

They could do, although to me it seems more likely that they'll just start with a 14th doctor, new companions and never mention it again.
 

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There is a difference [and admittedly a lot of overlap] between the two jobs. A Producer is usually more involved towards the beginning of a project with getting and keeping the money flowing. Then a Showrunner is usually more involved in how to spend the money to make the show a reality.
 

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If that is the case why is showrunner only a recent term? Is it an American Import like season instead of series?
 

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I think it must be. The first Showrunner I heard of was Joss Whedon. but that probably has more to do with my age and interest in Buffy. It may also have come to the fore as a way to separate people that actually worked on the show from Executive Producers. EPs are sometime titles given to the lead actors and major backers; just a way to get your name on film credits and maybe an extra slice of the money.
 

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Yes, I was delighted to hear this too. Hopefully now we can have a series that doesn't treat its viewers like complete idiots that need absolutely everything explained to them with incessant exposition dialogue.
Considering I saw him give the most inane speech I've ever seen recently, I'm fairly sure he's now exactly equal to those who took over the show afterwards.

I reckon it's time to put Doctor Who on the backburner for another generation again.
 

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