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The path to Russell T. Davies' second tenure as DOCTOR WHO showrunner (an era known herein as "RTD2") has been predictably characterized by oblique comments, and the raising of more questions than answers. One such scenario: Davies' non-specific assertions that the decades-old franchise might feasibly be grown in a number of ways, shaping it into more of a 'universe' akin to STAR TREK, STAR WARS, or Marvel. But...what did that mean, specifically, in terms of DOCTOR WHO?
This trajectory, for better or worse, now appears to be borne out by yesterday's announcement of an imminently-dropping "six part series" called TALES FROM THE TARDIS, which emerges tomorrow (November 1), and represents Davies' first substantial foot forward in his newly re-minted oversight of the show.
Per THIS article at BBC...
From 1 November, The Whoniverse will become the official name, and dedicated home, for all shows within the orbit of Doctor Who
Tales of the TARDIS, a brand new six-part series that reunites beloved classic Doctor Who duos, as they board a very special TARDIS on a nostalgic voyage through space and time.
With new scenes written by Showrunner Russell T Davies, and previous Doctor Who writers Phil Ford and Pete McTighe
brand new scenes woven together with classic episodes to create a feature-length omnibus episode
Appearances include Peter Purves, Sylvester McCoy, Nicola Bryant, Maureen O’Brien, Janet Fielding, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Katy Manning Peter Davison, Sophie Alred, and Daniel Anthony, and Colin Baker.
This is an interesting move: it's a clear and loud message that Davies intends to honor the heritage of the storied show, and is inviting back those who wish to relish it, as opposed to leaning into the sloppy and ill-considered reinvention which has characterized the franchise's recent years. Good news? A good move? A 'mission statement'? Seems like it is, but...we'll see.
This here post represents the first official and full-on, episode-specific discussion forum for the RTD2 era. Expect a more substantive "Road to RTD2" post within days, and ongoing discussion opportunities will continue forward as new episodes drop in the coming months and year(s). As always.
Welcome to RTD2! Let's see what's out there...
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We warmly invite and encourage an open discourse and free exchange of ideas, but will enforce a strict zero tolerance policy regarding trolling, disrespect, or hate speak of any kind.
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"THE ROAD TO ROAD RTD2" GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD
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