Russell T Davies Reveals "Gridlock" Is His Favourite David Tennant Era Doctor Who Episode

Whilst taking part in a podcast to promote his new book, Now We Are Six Hundred, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies was asked by a fan what his favourite Doctor Who episode to write and make was, he replied:

“That’s the tricky one because, of course, they are all my children and you can’t have favourite children – yes, you can!

The one I have a particularly sentimental fondness for is an episode called Gridlock. Simply because it’s the first script I wrote entirely in Cardiff. I used to shuttle to and fro between Manchester and Cardiff and that one I was entirely in Cardiff when I finished and love it for that reason.

Making it was mad and brilliant and very, very difficult for the team.

It’s about a 23 year old traffic jam, only Doctor Who could do that – you wouldn’t get that on Star Trek! It’s a purely Doctor Who idea.”

The episode, which premiered in 2007, saw The Doctor take Martha to New Earth, where he must battle a powerful old enemy and have a fateful meeting with the Face of Boe...

It starred David Tennant as the Doctor and Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones. It also guest starred Ardal O'Hanlon and Lenora Crichlow.

Now We Are Six Hundred is a charming, funny and whimsical collection of poems that celebrate the joys and pitfalls of getting older. Much, much older. Time-Lord older. And sometimes, in space.

Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator.

James Goss says ‘BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell’s beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there’s ever been (and I’m including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child). The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?’

Russell T Davies says ‘I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!’

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