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Steven Moffatt praises Russell T Davies for regenerating the Doctor

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

Russell T Davies has been praised for bringing Doctor Who back to our screens - initially with Christopher Ecclestone and Billie Piper.

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DOCTOR Who head writer Steven Moffatt has praised the way Swansea's Russell T Davies brought the sci-fi series back to our screens and made it relevant to today's audience.

Mr Moffatt told an audience at the Hay Festival in Wales that he enjoyed working alongside the former Olchfa Comprehensive pupil and said he was instrumental in the success of the BBC prime time series.

The writer, who is also behind the TV adaptation of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch, explained how he was delighted to see the series make a comeback as he was a huge fan of Doctor Who as a boy.

Mr Moffatt said: "I was going to apply to write Dr Who but they axed it that day and I didn't realise Russell T Davies was doing exactly the same thing. What Russell did so right was he didn't change it at all, except in so far as it had to fit into modern television. It was unsentimental.

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"Russell thought 'I am planning it for Saturday night and want a family audience'. He also has a profound view of TV and he seems to watch several channels at once.

"He knows exactly how to fit Dr Who into the modern landscape."

Mr Moffatt was also full of praise for Christopher Ecclestone who played the title role when the series returned and Billie Piper who was cat as his assistant. He said she became "the darling of the nation".

He said Doctor Who was very much based around putting domestic items at the heart of the fantasy, including finding a space ship in a fireplace.

"I really loved working with Russell and Julie (Gardner) on Doctor Who — I adored it," he added.

"Your watching your favourite show and then they give you a go on it.

"Russell is so amazing, I have seen the workload and what it's like."

Mr Moffatt, during the hour-long talk at the festival, joked that Cardiff had been chosen as the location for Doctor Who as "it's the area which most resembles the future in location."

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