Why did Russell T. Davies leave “Doctor Who” in 2010?

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After resigning as Doctor Who2010 showrunner Russell T. Davies returns to oversee the beloved British TV series in 2023. It was Davies who relaunched Doctor Who in 2005, after the popular television series about a time traveler from the planet Gallifrey had been on indefinite hiatus since 1989. Russell initially quit Doctor Who in 2010 after four seasons with two doctors and several specials.

Resurrect Doctor Who could have been a massive failure. After all, the show had not aired for 16 years. The fact that Russell managed to revive Doctor Who and preventing its cancellation once again was an impressive achievement. So why did Russell originally leave Doctor Who back in 2010?

Why did Russell T. Davies leave “Doctor Who” in 2010?

In 2009, David Tennant played the 10th fan favorite doctor in three seasons of Doctor Who. Russell had triumphed in bringing a centuries-old time lord’s story and travels to life, and the show was in no danger of being canceled. However, Russell announced in 2008 that he would be stepping down as showrunner after four seasons.

There was no dramatic story when Russell left. In truth Doctor Who fashion, Russell had simply concluded that the time had come to pass the torch of the showrunner to someone else. Russell chose Scottish writer Steven Moffat to succeed him. Steven had written several Doctor Who episodes during Russell’s tenure as showrunner, including “Blink” and the two-part “Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead”.

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David followed suit and decided to go with Russell. The actor said BBC One in 2008, Russell’s decision to resign influenced his choice to end his tenure as 10th doctor.

I had always thought that the time to leave would be in collaboration with Russell T. Davies and [former Doctor Who executive producer] Julie Gardner, who has been such a big part of it all for me. Steven Moffat is the brightest and most exciting writer, Russell’s only possible successor, and it was very tempting to be a part of his incredible new plans for the series. “

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Russell’s time on the show, or “the RTD era” as fans like to call it, wasn’t popular with everyone. Some episodes have been blasted for poor execution, like the Season 2 episode, “Love and Monsters,” which Russell himself wrote. However, it is to be expected that a long-lasting streak like Doctor Who would have certain episodes that are generally hated by viewers.

Russell started the show off with a bang by making Christopher Eccleston the Ninth Doctor, and kept the momentum going with Tennant as the 10th iteration of the famous character. Not only that, but Russell created some excellent female characters to balance the Doctor, including Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). Russell also created two Doctor Who derived series: Torchwood and The Adventures of Sarah Jane.

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Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor

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