Russell T Davies Thinks Doctor Who Should Have A Shared Universe
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Russell T. Davies Thinks Doctor Who Should Have A Shared Universe

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BY February 11, 2021

Doctor Who is a massive world unto itself, with over a dozen iterations of the titular Time Lord/Lady  traveling through space and time. However, when Russell T. Davies first became showrunner for the rebooted show back in 2005, he had no idea how big the franchise would become. According to Davies, Doctor Who was just a decade too early to take advantage of the shared universe franchise. But is now the right time, after Marvel and Star Wars have popularized the concept?

Doctor Who Shared Universe?

15th anniversary of modern era doctor who Matt Smith David Tennant Day of the Doctor Image via BBC

In an interview with Radio Times, Davies talked about his time as showrunner of Doctor Who. He also made free his opinions on what direction the series should be moving in. Davies seems to think it long past time for Doctor Who to branch out into more spin-off series like they did with Torchwood.

“There should be a Doctor Who channel now,” Davies told Radio Times. “You look at those Disney announcements, of all those new Star Wars and Marvel shows. We should be sitting here announcing The Nyssa Adventures or The Return of Donna Noble, and you should have the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors together in a 10-part series. Genuinely.”

There are plenty of spin-off opportunities that Doctor Who could have capitalized on to create this kind of shared universe. Going beyond Davies’ characters like Donna Noble. Maisie Williams could have her own show, as Ashildr the rogue immortal wandering around space with her own TARDIS and a former companion in Clara to go with it. I’m honestly surprised that spin-off never happened.

Doctor Who Maisie Williams Ashildir Image via BBC

And of course, I would happily watch an entire series dedicated to River Song. That would be a wonderful way for her character to finally get the time and energy she deserves. And with the return of John Barrowman to Doctor Who last season, fans are clamoring for a Torchwood reboot as well.

Time Lord Victorious Has Already Set Up Many Stories to Draw From

None of these ideas are much of a stretch, since Doctor Who has been playing around with alternate stories in various timelines and Doctor incarnations in their print books and audio dramas for years. The recent Time Lord Victorious event is an ongoing multimedia project that brings Doctors together across various timelines and regenerations. So, in a way Doctor Who already does have a shared universe that could transition to screen at any time.

Doctor Who Series 12 Finale River Song Spoilers Image via Reddit

Will it ever happen? Who is to say what the BBC will do these days, but it could certainly work if given the right showrunners. Let’s just start with a River Song series, and a crossover with the Torchwood reboot and see how we fare. There are plenty of stories to draw from in the Doctor Who shared universe of books and audio dramas that already exists. What do you think a shared Doctor Who universe? Join the conversation with Comic Years today on Facebook and Twitter today to share your thoughts.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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