HE’S one of Manchester’s finest exports – even if he was born in Wales.
Now Doctor Who writer and executive producer Russell T Davies wants to come home.
But not just yet.
There’s an interview with Russell in today’s edition of trade magazine Broadcast, in which he again says he’s fully committed to the Cardiff-based BBC1 show.
But he confirms that he will eventually be moving on and has been talking to Manchester-based Red Production Company.
“I’ve certainly got things lined up – I want to work with Nicola Shindler again, and I want to live in Manchester again. My house is in Manchester.
“I’ve got a list of about 10 programmes in my head that I want to make. One of the stories will be about gay men because I want to go back and write about them again in some shape or form.”
He has worked with Nicola and Red before on productions like Queer As Folk, The Second Coming, Bob & Rose, Mine All Mine and Casanova.
Russell also told Broadcast he’d has several offers to make feature films – but turned them down.
I found myself nodding in agreement with his comment: “If I have an evening off, would I rather watch a film or watch telly? I’ll watch telly. That’s the truth of it.
“I’ve had the DVD of Little Miss Sunshine sitting on my DVD player for two months and I haven’t got round to it – I am much happier watching Prison Break or Corrie.”
He also describes ITV1’s Primeval as “excellent” – even though most critics regard it as a Doctor Who copycat.
But there’s still room for some good old fashioned Russell T Davies controversy.
“Its ethnic casting is shameful. I’ve never seen such a white show in all my born days.”
The third Doctor Who series starts on BBC1 at 7pm this Saturday, with the introduction of the Time Lord’s new companion Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman.
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