Russell T. Davies’ Emails

From: Mark
To: Russell T. Davies
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Subject: New Torchwood Episode
Attachments: Ziptw_episode.zip (148 KB)

Russell,

Thanks for agreeing to check out my outline of a story for your Torchwood series. I’ve attached a zip containing the episode in Word format and plain text in case you’re one of those crazy anti-Microsoft people.

The brief summary is: an American family visiting Stonehenge accidentally discover that the circle is a portal to parallel Earths thanks to an old piece of alien technology in their camper van, one ends up kidnapped by druids, and the Torchwood group investigate. Features chase scene and heart-wrenching decision by Captain Jack at the end because I know you like that sort of thing.

Looking forward to hearing how you liked it (or not).

Regards,

Mark

From: Russell T. Davies
To: Mark
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Subject: Re: New Torchwood Episode

Hi Mark

That’s really well done for a first draft. I’m still reading it now because I cannot change the font size down from 72 pixels in my copy of Word and I have to sit twelve feet from the monitor. A techy person from the BBC is coming over tomorrow to look at it.
You have managed to capture most of the personalities really well and I think we’d certainly like to explore fitting your story into the next series. There are a few changes I’d like to suggest if you don’t mind. Some of these changes will be necessary due to other upcoming stories and the surprise in store for the start of season 2 but others are just to flow with the series feel.

  • Can you expand some of the background story around the American family at the start? Try to add some unimportant, real-life sort of scenarios into their trip towards Stonehenge. Perhaps Thomas and Mike could have a lovers quarrel and then make up?
  • Although Gwen and Owen are a couple now they won’t be in the next series (don’t tell anyone ;)). Can you rewrite their scenes as Gwen and Toshiko please. And Toshiko will only have one arm. I think it’s the left one but I’m not sure so try not to be specific. I.e. don’t let her drive or fire catapults.
  • I’m not keen on Jack’s alien contact for details on the device. We’ll be changing his name from Gamma D’Agruz to Omega B’Ahmerz unless you’ve got any objections.

There’ll be more once I get to the end of the second act.

Thanks again, RTD.

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From: Mark
To: Russell T. Davies
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Subject: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode
Attachments: Ziptw_episode2.zip (151 KB)

Russell,

I’ve made a few changes in the newly-attached zip but not quite as you suggested, I hope you don’t mind.

Thomas is Mike’s dad so I’m not sure a lovers’ quarrel is appropriate. However, I’ve added in some general dialogue which helps to prepare the groundwork for Mike and his twin sister Megan’s telepathy at the end of the story.

I’m surprised about Gwen and Toshiko. I know they’ve both kissed other women in the series but I didn’t think they were that way inclined as a general rule. I hope Owen is still in the series though; I know he’s funny-looking but he’s got a good character. Besides, his fighting skills are needed against the druids, of course. I assume you’ve reached that part in the story by now.

By the way – you might want to rethink the alien’s name 🙂 – Omega B’Ahmerz sounds like "Oh Mega Bummers".

Hope to get more feedback soon,

Mark

From: Russell T. Davies
To: Mark
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Subject: Re: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode

Mark was there a virus in the Word document? My email has gone funny now.
From: Russell T. Davies
To: Mark
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Subject: Re: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode

Ignore the last email, thanks. The BBC tech guy has sorted it out. I have a new keyboard.

I understand what you’re saying about the American family but I think we could change them into a group of male friends from a top college. We then don’t have to set up the twins’ telepathy since close friends know what each other is thinking anyway. The audience will spot a setup straight away. Plus you can then keep in the quarrel and the making up afterwards. Keep it tasteful and perhaps cut away from the rocking van to the stone circle slowly.

We’ll want to move from Stonehenge to just a general circle of stones somewhere near Cardiff. It cuts down on production and will fit in better with the druids and allow us to feature their sex-based rituals. You don’t need to worry about that in your story though. I can add that in nearer the time.

Other points now:

  • Owen will still be around but he will not be able to fight very well from his wheelchair and his husband Ianto always stays close to care for him. You’ll need to come up with something new there. I’m sure you won’t disappoint.
  • I think everyone realises that Gwen and Toshiko will be drawn togther over the series because of their disappointments with people of the opposite sex. Don’t worry, it will come across totally naturally and won’t look contrived at all in the episode Gwen’s Dangerous Pink Curtains and their relationship will be fully-developed before your story.
  • Thanks for pointing out the alien name 🙂 I’m sure there would have been conspiracy theories abound about me advancing some sort of homosexual agenda in all my TV programmes if that had got out. We’ll just have to give some more thought to that but at the moment I’m liking Menzrodz. How about you?
  • The chase of the druid cavalry by the Torchwood Range Rover is great but could be tricky to get past the producers because of costs. Can you try an alternative with a foot chase? I’ve tried to subtly develop running as a means of action and excitement in the series.

RTD.

From: Russell T. Davies
To: Mark
CC:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode

P.S. Can you change the American college lovers into a Welsh academical rugby team? They’ll be more likely to have an interest in druid fertility cults which will be important for maintaining the realism that keeps people watching the series.

Thanks. RTD.

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From: Mark
To: Russell T. Davies
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Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode

Russell,

I’ll make some changes but I’m not sure I’m too happy about this. I understand that there has to be some leeway when writing a story for an episodic serial but – as I see it – my story about an American family who visit Stonehenge, open up a parallel existence where the druids rule England and steal the girl, and who get help from Torchwood to get her back and close the portal, exploring familial telepathy along the way and including a dramatic chase across the Salisbury plains is now about a gay rugby team investigating some stones in Wales because of their interest in fertility – even though they’re all men. Huh? – and needing the Torchwood team (now consisting of a lesbian couple one of whom has a disability, a gay couple one of whom is confined to a chair, and Christ knows what else) with the aid of an alien with a humorous name to help recover their kidnapped member from the all-male druid cult in another dimension through the awesome power of running.

Are you sure I’m not missing something? End of episode group orgy? Parallel dimension makeover? Inner monologue of Captain Jack critiquing druidic fashion disasters?

Mark.

From: Russell T. Davies
To: Mark
CC:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode

Mark, that’s a fantastic idea about Jack’s inner voice! It’s the sort of characteristic that’s just perfect. The viewers will love that there’s a part of Jack that’s just like them.

Everything else: spot on!

RTD.

From: Mark
To: Russell T. Davies
CC:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Torchwood Episode
Attachments: Ziptw_episode3.zip (159 KB)

Russell,

Final draft attached. Includes cyberman cheating on his cyberpartner subplot.

Can’t wait for your next gritty, realistic drama to hit the screens.

Mark.

Author: Mark

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  1. Again with teh gheyness. WTF exactly is wrong with your brain young man? I hope you enjoyed the pic from afar of D T B’s purple kack attack. It’s the best I could do considering the circumstances. Homo. NOW MAKE WITH THE FUCKIN’ ZIP!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Just wanted to say that this week’s Torchwood was utter shit. I thought it was a scifi program not a faux emo ghost story with a "wow how awe inspiring and original" message at the end. Perhaps they can start inserting the message "Bad Poof" into each episode

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  3. To Mark, how do you email RTD? My wife has been working very hard on possible script idea and have sent him a copy with word cd but no reply. We were wondering if it would be possible for him to view it or at least acknowledge that he got it. Thanks.

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  4. Emma and Al,

    Scroll around this page and you’ll find a link marked "About". That might give you a headstart on where I’m leading but in case it doesn’t …

    Are you mental?

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  5. Hey.

    How did you contact RTD??

    That is very kool.

    Is it possible for you to pass his address on to others?

    If so this would be great as I would really like to contact him.

    Of course, this is if all of the above is true…

    Thanks

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  6. Wasn’t too kean on Ghost Machine my self didn’t seem Torchwood at all. Anyway The X Files did a ghost episode called Shadows. Know Ghosts ain’t Science Fiction. Ghosts are more horror still they did a few ghostly things in Doctor Who such as Ghost Light.

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  7. Should be possible to contact RTD via email he does have the Internet I’ve seen him with one in the background of his lounge near the Windows facing Set Tea on a Documentary about Doctor Who once.

    He must have an Email could be with BT.

    Try btinternet.com

    Or Yahoo.com or co.uk

    Don’t exspect an answer straight away especially if he’s busy working on the New Doctor Who Series Series 3 Season 29.

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  8. From Mic
    To Russell Davies
    Subject: New Doctor Who Episode

    In the TARDIS, there is a calling to THE DOCTOR whilst he is fixing the Console with his Sonic Screwdriver. Console been uncoperative giving the Doctor a hard time fixing it. The Doctor is summoned to someone who is there but not there.

    MARTHA senses the TARDIS been thrown of course and takes desperate measures to put it back on track.

    The TARDIS comes out of time.

    A long lost soul once thought to be from Wales gets out of his Car and encounters Captain Jack.

    DEAN
    He is coming. .

    CAPTAIN JACK
    Who is this one you talk of?

    DEAN
    The Doctor.

    DOCTOR WHO

    DROID CRACKER

    BY
    MIC

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  9. I think there should be a Doctor Who episode where the Doctor’s in trouble, uses the recall signal and one of his past selves appears. It would be interesting to see Martha’s reaction when she discovers the Doctor can change his face!

    PS/ My brother and I think the other Time Lord who survived the War is The Master!

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  10. Russell T Davies.

    Loving the new series of Doctor Who. Would like to see Susan again though and also hope you can re-introduce Kylie Minogue in the same way as you did Freema, a look-alike cousin of Astrid’s called Charlene perhaps?

    Andrew Parsell

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  11. Normally, I’d edit the comment above to remove the email address and prevent it from being harvested by the spambots but, well, there’s only so much you can do for some people and perhaps it’s simply best that this remain as a testament to the old adage that you learn best through your mistakes.

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  12. For Fans Of Doctor Who

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  13. my email address is breedonlad@hotmail.com so post back replies asap, just a thought ran through my head 1 nite wen i was watching doctor who, like a little idea, but i no it would alienate people in the whole mythology of doctor who, but what about an episode featuring god himself appearing in it, i no it seem ridcolous, but it would be really interesting, to see 2 great powerful being bickering with each other, but at the end not actually proving for sure whether it was god or not. i think it would be decent and noble 2 write up an treatment 4 an episode like that, because personally i think thats waht doctor who is missing and thats religion. im not a religious person myself, i mean i do believe that that we didnt just get here by chance, but it would be so fascinating to see russel or whoever play that episode out, plz write bk asap thanks

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  14. Hi Russell I;m Katie & me & my friend Georgina thought you might be running low on ideas for doctor who. Fortuneately we have an idea! As we are only 10 a reply would be most aprecated. So please reply and me & Georgina will be delighted to give you the details of our episode!

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  15. Hi. I was wondering how you could contact Russell. I’m a new(ish) writer, and I have been wrighting a Torchwood book idea for fun (I do these things) and the people I read them to suggested to get in contact with him. Please tell me how to contact him.

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  16. Hi, I’ve been a huge fan of Torchwood since it first aired on BBC three and have watched every single episode without fail. I can’t believe that its only going ot be a five part serious, after all the success its had going from bbc 3 to 3 now to one?
    Why? Why change something that is already brilliant. It sounds good to have a five part story but its not fair on us fans who have been there from the beginning becasue we can only watch five episodes a year now. Why not have two lots of five in a year, or do a five part serial and then normal episodes? Don’t you think the original fans of Torchwood are going to be fed-up or watching the same storyline for five episodes or at least that they won’t be happy that there’s only going to be five episodes.
    I am concerned that, even though it might be a great five episodes, the series is going to suffer and so are the fans because the series is being diminished from a huge series to a mini-series. I think that this is unfair to the fans, we had to loose all those big characters and now we were losing Torchwood as we know it.
    Any chance that we’ll get a proper Torchwood series after this five part mini- series.

    My email is: Jenmail2002uk@yahoo.co.uk

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  17. can i just ask what is Russell’s fan email address?

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  18. From: Pwn Greenland
    To: Retarded Fan Kids
    Subject: You Suck

    Since you are clearly struggling, here are a few handy pointers:

    1. Mark doesn’t have Russell’s email address.
    2. The "emails" are obviously fabricated by Mark.
    3. Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel? 😀

    Thanks.

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  19. To David Tennant

    We are so upset that you are leaving from being the Doctor. Also in the Christmas special 2008 when David Morrissey says the one the only the best. He is wrong because you are the one the only and the best doctor ever.
    Can you try and stay for a bit longer as the Doctor?

    xxxxxxx

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  20. i want russell t davies email adress

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  21. WHATS UR EMAIL RUSSELL CAUSE I WOULD REALLY LIKE 2 TALK TO U ABOUT UR SERIES.

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  22. Russell, have you considerd writing a torchwood story that connects gwen (present day) and gwen from the earlier doc who episode (where the doc takes rose to victorian cardiff and the servent gwen gets trapped in the rift) i think they are the same gwen lol plzzz do an episode with that!!!

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  23. I’m no professional (just an aspiring author) but i think the best and most dramatic episode for a regeneration would be something along the lines of the following;
    Another of the tricksters brigade encounters the doctor and…changes time so the Time Lords won the Time War.

    The doctor has to make a heartbreaking choice; Galifrey…or the Earth.
    Galifrey or Rose.

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  24. A great doctor who special would be the Doctor visiting the small town of Eureka, and while in the town, he regenerates. He and all the residents would fight off an alien attack, and Stark and Carter would come back for the 2 hour special. In the beginning his Tardis stops to refuel, and he comes to check out a time disturbance that happened earlier{ when Stark disappears} , he brings Stark back, and cyberman, impared Daleks, Gorgons, and Beverly attack because the time fracture,small at first, breaks open and brings all these enemies. Sarah Jane, the Torchwood team, and Martha Jones would come. The doctor would be hidding for about 30 min. and then he would come out to face his worst enemies. During the fight he will tell all of Eureka who he is, after he speaks, he is hit, and regenerates into the next Doctor. It will then open new series for every show that was blended into the the special.

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  25. There is a historical mistake on the latest DW ep "Planet of the Dead". Watts is named after my relative who improved the steam locomotive, not the creator of the energy pattern, so you better learn your history, his name was James Watts.

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  26. Hey, what’s RTD’s email address? I want to tell him my thoughts about Torchwood: Children Of Earth.

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  27. What’s the Russell T Davies Email Address? i have written a script for "Doctor who" and i want to email it to him, as he has contacts with the new director.
    Jessica. X

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  28. Can you please e-mail Russel T and tell him that I have become very emotional distressed by the loss of Ianto on Torchwood and that I believe the series will truly suffer if it continues with out. You blew up the hub which in itself was like a character so essentially it’s like they took two characters from us without warning! I can’t take this man! I had an emotional commitment to Ianto and him and Jack were just starting, there’s just a big hole where hope use to be now!

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  29. Hannah: I’m not saying this to be cruel, but rather to try to help you come to terms with something called ‘real life’. Torchwood is fictional. Ianto is fictional. Jack is fictional. The hub is a set. A fictional set. The emails I ‘sent’ to Russell T. Davies are fictional. His ‘replies’ to me were – you guessed it – fictional. Russell T. Davies is, himself, fictional, and the result of the BBC’s Writing Morphotronic Creation Unit based in Shepherd’s Bush. Your emotional commitment may be real. However it is merely the result of chemical reactions within your brain and unless you suffer some neurological accident you will find that the passing of time has a way of reducing the effects.

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  30. Mark: Just commenting to say that the email-saga and the comments it has inspired are brilliant. Epically funny, in fact. This is precisely what I needed to perk myself up after a gruelling fresher’s fortnight. (You think those guys drink? Try being T-total and living with them!)

    The exchange between yourself and ‘Russell’ is very well crafted, and I like the way that you openly satirise Davies’s work, yet do so tastefully. ‘Omega B’Ahmerz’ delighted me.

    I also applaud you for getting so many imbeciles to think you actually had contact with him, and urge anyone who decides to comment first, read the piece later to accept the fact that RTD is a very elusive man. It’s not as easy as looking for an email address and sending off a script to get published. If you’re serious about it, attempt to publish your work online (there are massive online Torchwood/Doctor Who fanfiction communities who would welcome your work with open arms). Alternatively, get an agent. If you want a script to become the next episode of Doctor Who, apply to an agency first, as this gives you more credibility as far as the writers of the show are concerned, and gives you more of an opportunity to make a name for your writing before hand.

    H

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  31. please i have been looking to give rtd an idea of an episode and i havent found anyway of contacting him i’ve been on loads of websites and ask.com and you had i link to this page i’ve been doing this for a while and so far you are the closest thing i have to gettting to him could you send me his email address

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  32. Lucy, I guarantee that this is not the closest thing you’ve found to getting Russell T. Davies’ email address. Do I guarantee this guarantee? I guarantee it.

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  33. …another hopeless net-wanderer falls victim to Mark’s neon-bubbly trap.

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  34. I just heard about the possible Torchwood USA version and am very excited. Is there any way to contact Russell T. Davies? I’m looking for email or address for agent or whatever to get a respectful letter through. Thank you.

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  35. I am a starting Actress and want to find an agent through Mr. Davis if possible i am seeking any help on finding a good and or great agent if any one knows any thing conntact me at ashflanaryable@gmail.com thank you I love your help.

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  36. Are you making the sixth and the seventh series but when

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  37. russel im only 10 i want to say "i love all of the doctor who scripts fab job " mat smith & doctor who are not 1 they are not twined together.by
    P.S i want david tennants email . i love doctor who
    I AM THE NUMBER 1 FAN BY XXXXXXXXX

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  38. please can someone just give me his address, thats what this convisation started with and now look where we are x lovin the angles x
    xxxx
    ‘ ‘
    -TT- LOL X
    T
    T–T

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  39. I’ve thought of a new character. The docters daughter she’s a brand new phychic!!Her name is Sammy and she lives in a care home. I’m perfect for this part I’ve been practising it for almost a year. By the way she’s 11.If you like the idea contact NUMBER REMOVED – IT’S NOT SENSIBLE TO BROADCAST YOUR NUMBER ON THE NET. P.S I’m 11

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  40. So, I’ve read about the upcoming idea for Torchwood, and all in all, I do not like the idea of taking Torchwood to the US. :/
    A part of me was sort of hoping that Ianto would come back, because he seemed a big part in Jack’s life. Perhaps Jack wants to get him back and that’s why he’s in Los Angeles. I’m not sure.
    But I’ve been talking to my mum about Torchwood recently, and I’ve come to the conclusion I would like to have a snap at writing an episode or two. It would probably be in story format, because this way I can explain things easier, and if all else fails I can perhaps publish it as a book with Russell’s permission. I would appreciate it if you could get back to me on this.

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  41. Am i the only person who doesn’t like Dr. Who?

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  42. I would like to know how to contact Russell T. Davies through e-mail. Any ideas how? Urgent.

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  43. Dear Mark,
    What’s RTD Email? He’s my idol and I would love to talk to him 😉 thanks 😀

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