Creator: Russell T Davies
"Saving it from extinction."
—Frank Cottrill Boyce, when asked what Davies' greatest contribution to British television was.
British producer and screenwriter, born in Swansea in 1963. He added the T to his name because 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
in very large doses, and his characters are 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 Doctor Who
in 2005, most notably Queer as Folk
, 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 Torchwood
and The Sarah Jane Adventures
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 David Tennant
era, handing the reins to Steven Moffat
Master of the Wham Line
and the Wham Episode
: 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 TV executives
using "Tonight Someone Dies
" and similar catchlines in commercials and claims that it impacts ratings — and admittedly, he has a point.
Liberally uses Author Appeal
, and as a result, placed Wales firmly in the centre of the Whoniverse
alongside London. Also became famous for finally upgrading all the Ho Yay
subtext in Doctor Who
to proper TV canon, for abolishing No Hugging, No Kissing
in the series forever, and for dialing all of the above — Wales, Ho Yay
and tons of sex — Up to Eleven
and beyond in Torchwood
Was awarded an OBE in 2008.Writer on:Writer/Producer on:
Tropes found in his work.
- Author Tract: 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.
- The Unpronounceable: In Doctor Who.