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->''"Saving it from extinction."''
-->--'''Frank Cottrill 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 ''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 {{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''
* ''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)

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!! Tropes found in his work.
* 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.
* TheUnpronounceable: In ''DoctorWho''.
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