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Russell T Davies: 'I did Doctor Who 10 years too early'

Russell T Davies: 'I did Doctor Who 10 years too early'
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Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies says that he wishes he had revived the series more recently.

Former Doctor Who executive producer Russell T Davies has suggested that he may have been better suited to running the show more recently.

The screenwriter successfully revived the series for the BBC in 2005 and remained as showrunner until 2010, also developing the spinoffs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

During his tenure Davies introduced the popular characters Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) - and brought in Doctor Who's biggest ratings since the early 1980s - but in a new interview he has lamented making the show so long ago.

"I think I did the Doctor Who side of things 10 years too early. I think I did that genre too early," he told Empire.

"Imagine doing it now with a streaming budget, like a Stranger Things or a Good Omens type of budget.

"Doctor Who was very cheap. Still is, really. What we did with it is still a miracle, and I had a glorious time working on that show.

"I worked myself to death, mind you. It was a mad time. It was successful beyond my wildest dreams, but I try not to look back on that time because success teaches us nothing."

Davies's new series It's A Sin, set during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, begins on Channel 4 on Friday night.

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