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Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies says ‘the end of the BBC’ is ‘undoubtedly on its way

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The showrunner of the BBC’s hit sci-fi drama Doctor Who has said ‘the end of the BBC’ is ‘undoubtedly on its way’.

Russell T Davies suggested the BBC’s decision to join forces with Disney to produce the series, could potentially help the show outlive the UK broadcaster.

In an embarrassing intervention for the corporation from one of its biggest names, the screenwriter and producer said: ‘You’ve also got to look in the long term at the end of the BBC, which is somehow, surely, undoubtedly, on its way in some shape or form.’

He added: ‘What’s Doctor Who going to die then? No! You’ve got to prepare for that kind of stuff.’ 

Mr Davies said before he agreed to return to the show, he had already said Doctor Who should become a co-production, as the BBC would not be able to fund it to compete with streaming giants.

Russell T Davies suggested the BBC¿s decision to join forces with Disney to produce the series, could potentially help the show outlive the UK broadcaster

Russell T Davies suggested the BBC’s decision to join forces with Disney to produce the series, could potentially help the show outlive the UK broadcaster

He said it would be a ‘real shame’ if Doctor Who was not up there with the ‘big-hitters’ like The Mandalorian and Marvel shows.

Speaking to the podcast series They Like to Watch, Mr Davies said: ‘If Disney collapsed tomorrow and we had to go back to making Doctor Who on a normal BBC budget, you know what? We’d all rally round and make it and suddenly stories would become claustrophobic ghost stories.’

He said: ‘A lot of people would like that very much. So I’m not saying you have to have this happen. But while it’s happening elsewhere, I think it’s unfair that it doesn’t happen to Doctor Who.’

Mr Davies was behind the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston playing the Time Lord before leaving the show in 2010. He returned to take control of the series again last year.

Ncuti Ghani (above) will play the Doctor in season 14 of the iconic show, with the first episode set to hit screens on May 11

Ncuti Ghani (above) will play the Doctor in season 14 of the iconic show, with the first episode set to hit screens on May 11

His other hits include Channel 4’s It’s a Sin and the BBC1 drama Years and Years.

Mr Davies has previously claimed the BBC is ‘doomed’ and heading for extinction.

In 2021 he said while drama is in a ‘golden age’ with streaming giants such as Netflix, the state of traditional broadcasters ‘is not so magnificent.’

The comments by Mr Davies are all the more embarrassing for the BBC as they have emerged the day after director-general laid out his vision for the corporation’s important role in the future. 

Tim Davie’s speech had been called A BBC for the Future and it identified key roles for the BBC to ‘pursue the truth with no agenda’, ‘back British storytelling’ and ‘bring people together’. 



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