David Tennant is one of the contributors to imagine…Russell T Davies: The Doctor and Me, Alan Yentob's profile of one of Britain’s most celebrated TV writers, who has made a celebrated return as showrunner of Doctor Who. The documentary is due to premiere on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK and Ireland from 10.40pm on Monday 18th December.
Back in 2005 Davies was responsible for relaunching the
action-adventure series after many years away from TV screens, few could have
imagined the phenomenon it became. And now, in the programme’s 60th anniversary
year, he’s back - with two Doctors and bigger ambitions.
imagine… goes behind the scenes at Cardiff’s Bad Wolf
Studios to see the adventures of the time-travelling hero being filmed, touring
the enormous sound stages and meeting Ncuti Gatwa, the Fifteenth Doctor, ahead
of his eagerly anticipated tenure as the Time Lord, after the unexpected
regeneration of David Tennant.
Doctor Who is just one of Russell T Davies’ many TV
successes, and imagine… traces the evolution of his writing, from his
beginnings at Granada, writing soaps such as Coronation Street, to finding his
voice as a queer writer on Channel 4’s landmark gay series Queer As Folk and to
more recent successes, including 2021’s critically acclaimed AIDS drama, It’s A
Sin. The film will also feature interviews with David Tennant, Helena Bonham
Carter, Olly Alexander, Sally Wainwright and Caitlin Moran.
imagine… is a BBC Studios Specialist Factual Production for
BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Alan Yentob is the Series Editor; Executive Producer
is Tanya Hudson, the producer/directors is Alex Harding. It was commissioned
for BBC Arts by Mark Bell.