There has been a great deal written in response to the new series of Doctor Who in recent weeks, some of which you will have read in our Feedback pages. But whether you’re an avid fan or a casual viewer, how the show is received is very important to its future, and to the future of the BBC.


This latest incarnation of Doctor Who is “a canary down the coal mine”. As much as I might wish that the TV world was stuck back in the time when I was hiding behind the sofa, watching on our 19-inch black-and-white Pye TV as Patrick Troughton battled the Ice Warriors, things have moved on.

The BBC brought back Russell T Davies to take the Whoniverse to a new global audience – and also handed over the streaming rights of the show to the Walt Disney Company. This seems to be leading the way for the BBC to create and fund shows that have worldwide appeal, and that keep up with the streaming companies and their megamillion-dollar budgets. While, in the case of Doctor Who, it’s keeping the values and principles of a show that has been part of British culture since 1963.

It’s a gamble, but in terms of the viewing figures and critical response, it’s one that appears to be paying off. Russell T Davies is to be commended for once again making Who more accessible to younger viewers, the people who were always awed and inspired by it from day one.

We talk to Davies in this week's issue of Radio Times magazine about the two-part finale to a series that has been full of energy and vigour, thanks in no small part to the new Doctor, played by the immensely talented Ncuti Gatwa.

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Also in this week's Radio Times

  • Nick Ross on 40 years of BBC Crimewatch and why we shouldn't let politicians give us nightmares
  • Lena Dunham on drinking before the legal age, the success of TV series Girls and finding younger audiences
  • ITV News' Robert Peston, Sky News' Beth Rigby and BBC News' Chris Mason on the challenges of covering an election in 2024
  • House of the Dragon's Tom Glynn-Carney on the lack of training in drama school, the responsibility of being the leading man and maintaining his anonymity
  • Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on dealing with fame after Changing Rooms and being content with life

Doctor Who continues on Saturday 15th June on BBC iPlayer and BBC One. Previous seasons are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.


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