Russell T Davies rules out Doctor Who kids spin-off
Russell T Davies has ruled out plans for a 'Doctor Who' spin-off for kids.
The 59-year-old writer and producer revealed he would love to create a children-focused show but admitted that finances were preventing it.
Speaking in the latest issue of SFX, he said: "It’s an ideal, but we’re coming back to a world in which money in children’s [TV] is in even shorter supply. Even with all the good will in the world, we’d find it very hard to do now, unfortunately. There are fantasy shows – they do stuff. But our stuff is expensive.
"You also have to keep the spin-offs looking as good as the main show, in order to maintain the entire brand – that’s part of the problem as well. So it’s genuinely tricky. There is no plan at the moment for children’s, and I’m sad about that, but just affording it would be hard."
However, he hasn't ruled it out entirely, adding: "Hopefully! We’ll get there, give us time."
And, he is planning some other spin-offs from the series.
Davies previously explained his return to the show, saying: "So I thought – with no criticism whatsoever towards the people who were running it at the time, because they were running it within the BBC's measures – it was time for the next stage for 'Doctor Who'.
"I thought the streaming platforms are ready, the spin-offs are ready; I always believed in spin-offs when I was there. I did 'Torchwood' as a spin-off, 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' as a spin-off.
"Those spin-offs declined when I left, and I can see why. And I very much left after 2008, when the money became scarce. I think that's fair enough for the public service broadcaster that the money is spent on other things."