Russell T. Davies Still Gets ‘Fanboy Thrill’ As He Visits TARDIS Set

Ever the fanboy Russell T. Davies couldn’t hide his joy as he returned to the TARDIS –  admitting he still gets a little ‘fanboy thrill’ when he stands before the TARDIS console and plays Time Lord.

In a clip from an upcoming South Bank Show profile, the former Doctor Who head writer was back in front of the TARDIS controls, where in a bit of show runner joshing, if you listen carefully, he seems to be about to say that his console was better.

You can distinctly hear him saying:

“It isn’t my Tardis, I had a be… I had a different Tardis, it was absolutely gorgeous, this is Peter Capaldi’s and it’s stunning.”

The special sees Davies look back over his career talking about how he broke through, why he has written the shows he did and what he is working on now (a drama about the 1980s Aids crisis called The Boys).

Davies also takes host Melvyn Bragg back to Manchester’s Canal Street – the locale of his 1999 hit Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk.

The South Bank Show: Russell T Davies is on Sky Arts on Wednesday June 29 at 8pm.

  • Dr. Moo

    Breaking News: RTD is a Doctor Who fan.

    • TimeChaser

      Oh, the complicated feelings one has for Davies. I will always be grateful to him for bringing Doctor Who back to our screens, but I’m also upset at many things he wound up inflicting on it, like Rose and Emo-Doctor.

      • Dr. Moo

        Couldn’t agree more with that sentiment. Also, series 2 is the only season to make season 24 seem passable and that’s definitely NOT a good thing!

        • TimeChaser

          School Reunion is the only truly watchable episode of Series 2, whereas Season 24 has three decent stories – Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, and Dragonfire. None are perfect. but a darn sight better than creatures like The Idiot’s Lantern, Love and Monsters, or Fear Her.

          • Dr. Moo

            Switch out Reunion for Fireplace and Planet/Pit please. And I’ll only back you on Towers, the other two are very lacklustre. Dragonfire at least introduces Ace and has the “crazy paving” bit but otherwise it does very little for me, while Delta is just a bit naff.

          • TimeChaser

            Can’t give up on School Reunion. Despite super-annoying Rose, it has Sarah Jane, and her scene with the Doctor in the cafe is brilliant.

            Delta IS naff, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. 😛

          • Dr. Moo

            The problems I have with SR all lie with Rose because she’s at her worst here. All the good stuff with Sarah is immediately undermined by Rose being a [female canine mammal] towards her. At least it’s nice to see K9 show up and it does serve as a pilot of sorts for The Sarah Jane Adventures so it’s not entirely without merit, but the Rose stuff holds me back from ever being able to truly like it.

          • TimeChaser

            And in my case, though I know we’re trying to appeal to kids here as a major part of the audience, I have problems with Satan Pit just going for the obvious monsters-chasing-people-through-corridors approach rather than the psychological manipulation approach. They teased us with it and then tossed it aside for cheap thrills.

          • bar

            and then RTD gave us Midnight for the real thing…

  • Dr. Moo

    I’m sorry but the 2005-10 TARDIS console is probably my least favourite version. I think it’s a bit empty and the colour is dull and bland. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1bd3d0ad4bacba4462e188ada99d608ba74d7baaa49d74fb0fa783dafbc806a5.jpg

    Compare with the much more interesting ones that followed it.
    11’s first one is exciting and there’s lots going on. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/feec56ee70361965df6e3b20e06a7828e1f92ab5a0515b46ad3c8ebabe1f530b.jpg
    11’s second one is more alien and actually feels like a spaceship, something 12 took further. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/168589fc8dd8291eac0de0861ce51e32cb441536f1cf75e6adb127f03f126708.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a7612bfffaa1bd91cdf1ae9a2ea59f5e7ca22b7524be87eb221f9cd22be4c6c4.jpg
    My favourite though is that of the War Doctor, symbolically all white and clean in contrast to the incarnation using it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a9303819c84c5bceecd0b6a4d91a91a8d948c7ed86aa103bda3d9b4340718aa2.png

    • TheLazyWomble

      My favourite is the War Doctor’s console room

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      Sorry, but 11’s first one was terrible – possible the worst TARDIS interior of all time after 3rd’s kitchen sink roundels version! I think even Moff is on record saying it was a mistake – trying to make an emergency dematerialisation but having to run up those stairs first. There is no coherence or symmetry to it, no character. Just a mess really. And don’t even get me started on the frustration me and my daughter went through trying to build the Character Options lego version!

      • Philip

        The Eleventh’s TARDIS is my favourite. I think it’s a thing of beauty. It’s fun and exciting and huuuuge. I love the different levels, and just how different it really is.

        • Dr. Moo

          I think the Eleventh Doctor’s two TARDIS consoles are very reflective of him in the two main stages of that incarnation’s life. Initially it’s a more whimsical, fun and exciting place to be but after he loses the Ponds and closes himself off it becomes darker and more serious but still retains the excitement if you look for it.

      • bar

        Franco I salute your child-rearing dedication.

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          I should add that we got that Character Options set along with a lot of other wonderful merchandise from this very site in a competition!

  • TimeChaser

    My personal favorite TARDIS console room is the wood-paneled one Tom Baker had from The Masque of Mandragora to The Robots of Death. I wish that one had stuck around a bit longer. Also quite liked the one from the TV Movie (one of the few good bits of that episode).