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->''"Saving it from extinction."''
-->--'''Frank Cottrell-Boyce''', when asked what Davies' greatest contribution to British television was.

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British producer and screenwriter, born in Swansea in 1963. He added the T to his name because [[NamesTheSame there was already a Russell Davies in UK media]].

Known as RTD (or sometimes "Rusty") by Whovians, he has a penchant for naming characters "Tyler" and/or "Smith". He also tends to inject {{Camp}} and {{Technobabble}} in very large doses, and his characters are [[EveryoneIsBi highly likely to be bisexual]].

Originally from a background in children's TV, he wrote and produced a number of adult dramas between the mid 90s and the revival of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in 2005, most notably ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', and soon became one of the most influential and popular TV writers in the UK.

He was one of the executive producers on ''Doctor Who'', along with Mal Young, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson. RTD, however, was in charge of the creative aspect and is the "showrunner" as a US person would think of it. He is responsible for the revival of ''Doctor Who'' in 2005, and he also created its spin-offs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.

Davies has written several ''Doctor Who'' episodes and specials over his tenure as producer, and been responsible for rewrites on many more. He has now stepped down from the position following the conclusion of production on the Creator/DavidTennant era, handing the reins to Creator/StevenMoffat.

Master of the WhamLine and the WhamEpisode: in his five years on ''Doctor Who'', he was infamous for leaving the penultimate episode on a ''massive'' cliffhanger to whet appetite for the finale. He's also critical of [[ExecutiveMeddling TV executives]] using "TonightSomeoneDies" and similar catchlines in commercials and claims that it impacts ratings -- and admittedly, he has a point.

Liberally uses AuthorAppeal, and as a result, placed Wales firmly in the centre of the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} alongside London. Also became famous for finally upgrading all the HoYay subtext in ''Doctor Who'' to proper TV canon, for abolishing NoHuggingNoKissing in the series forever, and for dialing all of the above -- Wales, HoYay and tons of sex -- UpToEleven and beyond in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.

Was awarded an OBE in 2008.

'''Writer on:'''
* ''BreakfastSerials''
* ''Century Falls''
* ''Series/DarkSeason''
* ''Series/{{Chucklevision}}''


'''Writer/Producer on:'''
* ''Children's Ward''
* ''Series/BobAndRose''
* ''Series/{{Casanova}}''
* ''Series/TheSecondComing''
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk''
* The 2005 revival of ''Series/DoctorWho'' (31 episodes, plus one 2005 Children in Need special, written or co-written, 2005-2010)
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', spinoff of ''Doctor Who'' (Six episodes written or co-written)
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', another ''Doctor Who'' spinoff (Three episodes written or co-written)
* ''Series/WizardsVsAliens'' (co-created with PhilFord, two episodes written)
* ''Series/{{Cucumber}}'' and sibling shows ''Banana'' and ''Tofu''

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!! Tropes concerning him and his works
* AuthorAppeal: Wales, HoYay, self-aware campiness (he produced Doctor Who and a show called Wizards Vs. Aliens, for crying out loud!), and, in Doctor Who, the Daleks.
* AuthorTract: In projects where he's served as showrunner, he constitutes a mild case of this (for sufficiently flexible values of 'mild'). While he does tend to harp on about homosexuality and atheism a lot, he rarely cops out, and he makes an effort not to devalue the opposing views of either topic- being straight or religious is just as likely to be explored in one of his stories.
* {{Gayngst}}: While RTD stories are very progressive, even for the era, a major theme in his stories about homosexual love is loss and mourning. His ''Torchwood'' hero, Jack Harkness, is the poster boy for pansexual hedonism, while his lovers (Ianto and Angelo in particular) serve as [[{{Foil}} a cold splash of reality]].
** Of special note: RTD, himself gay, has gone on record about not being the biggest fan of this trope, arguing that it in some ways perpetuates gay shame both as something experienced by homosexuals and how it is viewed by non-homosexuals, and also because it can be a bit boring, cliched and stereotypical to watch and write. As such, while most of his works deal with homosexuality and are not entirely free of angst, the characters usually angst about things other than being homosexual.
* HoYay: As said above, he himself is gay, and includes plenty of gay and lesbian relationships in his works, so this is a given. He also gives plenty of attention to straight relationships, however.
* LyingCreator: It has become well-known in the ''Who'' fandom to never trust anything Davies says.
** For one thing, he once said that he didn't like the Master and wasn't planning on bringing him back. Davies also said he didn't like multi-Doctor stories. This has also caused fans to distrust them when he says something sensible and thankfully true like "It's better not to show the Time War."
** Davies used a phony name, an anagram of ''Series/DoctorWho'', during production of the 2005 series to prevent would-be pirates from spotting the tapes. That phony name would later become [[Series/{{Torchwood}} the name of a spinoff series]].
** After [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]], he told the press Rose was gone for good. He told Creator/BilliePiper, "See you in two years".
** RTD's still lying in regards to ''Doctor Who'' even after stepping down from it. He said he would never write an episode for Creator/MattSmith's Doctor. Guess who guest stars in the RTD-penned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor "Death of the Doctor"]].

%%* TheUnpronounceable: In ''Series/DoctorWho''.
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