Russell T Davies dusts off 1985 Doctor Who script for Big Finish

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In a guest appearance on BBC’s The One Show, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies revealed that the very first Doctor Who script he ever wrote will be adapted into a Big Finish audio adventure.

“It’s a strange thing. I reached into one of those boxes I have at home full of old paper and old bills and I found this which is a Doctor Who script I wrote in 1985 on an electric typewriter in a bedsit in Cardiff and I think someone’s going to make it! They’re going to make it and my friend Scott Handcock is going to make an audio version of this with a company called Big Finish.”

He tweeted some pages of his script during a watch-along of The Runaway Bride.

Davies successfully brought back Doctor Who two decades later starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper with the premiere of Rose but before that, he sent an untitled script, a sixth Doctor adventure he now calls Mind of the Hodiac, to the Doctor Who production office.

But it wasn’t to be.

“When the show closed down in 1989, I had a letter from Andrew Cartmel saying ‘Thank you for your idea, I liked it and put it to one side for consideration but now we’ve closed down…’,” Davies stated in a tweet which contained a page for the script.

That’s the end of the script pages Russell T Davies tweeted. For the rest of the story, we’ll need to wait until Big Finish records, produces and distributes Mind of the Hodiac.