Thursday, July 10, 2008


On the morning before the season finale of 'Doctor Who' aired, producer/writer Russell T. Davies appeared on a morning talk show in the UK to promote what would be his swan song with the series.

He was asked by one of the hosts if he would be making an appearance in the program and RTD laughed off the suggestion; adding that he hates writers who appear in the TV shows they write.

So here is a partial list of writers that Russell T. Davies hates:

Douglas Adams
- 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy'
(Thanks, Sean!)

Neil Simon
- 'The Odd Couple'
(Toobnote: Actually, Simon wrote the original play. But he got to meet his creations in the TV adaptation.)

David E. Kelley
- 'Snoops'

Steve Franks
- 'Psych'

Tim Minear
- 'Wonderfalls'

Aaron Sorkin
- 'The West Wing'
- 'SportsNight'

J. Michael Straczynski
- 'Babylon 5'

Joss Whedon
- 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'
- 'Angel'
- 'Firefly'
And although he didn't write it:
- 'Veronica Mars'

And if what RTD claimed is true, here is the writer whom he probably hates the most:
Stephen King
- 'Kingdom Hospital'
- 'Rose Red'
- 'Storm Of The Century'
- 'The Shining'
- 'The Langoliers'
- 'The Stand'
- 'Golden Years'

Toby OB

Here's another writer (and producer/director) who's appeared in shows he was producing and/or writing:

Ken Levine
- 'Frasier'
- 'The Marshall Chronicles'
But also in:
- 'The Simpsons'
- 'Brooklyn Bridge'

And thanks to my buddy Michael (Sean's brother), I'm wondering now if RTD hates writers who host presentations of their work, like Rod Serling or Ray Bradbury......?



MediumRob said...

What do you think he feels about writers who put themselves into episodes but get actors to play their part. I'm thinking in particular of Rockne S O'Bannon getting played by Martin Balsam in the Twilight Zone episode "Personal Demons" – written by Rockne S O'Bannon:

Toby said...

And then there are those episodes of 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' which were set in the present day and had the show's regular actors playing the writers and producers.

And it turned out that Kevin Sorbo really was Hercules!