Davies on Sarah Jane, Torchwood Series 5

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Russell T Davies has spoken about the two Doctor Who spin-offs he created.

In a radio interview with Graham Norton, he first gave his thoughts on the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures following the tragic and untimely death of Elisabeth Sladen.

He said: “It was an absolute shock to us when Lis passed away. We immediately abandoned the entire series – there was a five second debate about whether we could put someone else in the lead role. Our heart had gone out of it – without Lis the series just ceased to exist because we adored her.

“I’m very sad for children, they loved Sarah Jane. But to see her come back and be adored by a whole new generation was a great solace to me when the bad news came.”

Moving on to Torchwood, Davies made it clear the show hasn’t been officially cancelled, but it remains in limbo.

He said: “I loved making it [in the States], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo for me at the moment.

“I’m not working on it at the moment. I’m only working on Wizards vs Aliens – when I get back to work one day, I don’t know, it’ll be old news to the BBC then! It’s not officially cancelled… It’s in a nice limbo where it can stew for a while – those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.”