On Soap and Soapification

Christopher Ecclestone and Billie PIper as the Ninth Doctor and Rose

Getting soapy – the essence of New Who.

Imagine you’re Russell T Davies in 2004.

You’ve won support for the most unlikely of projects – the revival of your favourite TV show from three ignominious sabbaticals – the Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann versions. You’ve got a budget, you’ve got some story ideas, you’re looking at potential Doctors and companions. The question is this: what tone do you take for the show?

Tony argues that bringing in some soap was a stroke of Russell T Davies genius.

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