The former 'Doctor Who' boss is returning to his children's TV roots
Russell T Davies has announced a new childrens’ TV show, Aliens Vs Wizards.
Davies, who masterminded the 2005 revival of Doctor Who and wrote acclaimed dramas including Queer As Folk, is returning to his roots with a new drama for CBBC.
Blending sci-fi and fantasy genres, the show will tell the story of a 16-year-old boy who is secretly from a family of wizards. When alien race the Nekross arrive from the moon, he and his friend Benny are all that stands in the way of the Earth’s destruction. The show is expected to air in the autumn.
Davies said of the commission: “Writing for children in the biggest challenge of all and I think CBBC stands right at the heart of broadcasting. So I’m delighted to launch this show, a true nationwide collaboration – a Salford commission from a BBC Wales team. We’re joining genres too – the show’s a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.
Wizards have never met aliens before, and when they do, the result is spectacular! The mysterious Nekross know exactly what to do with magicians. Eat them! Let battle be joined!
CBBC controller Danny Kavanagh added: ”This is going to be an incredible rollercoaster ride of an adventure. We believe children deserve the best and we’re delighted to be working again with Russell and the talented teams at BBC Wales and FME to bring the story to life.”
Davies started his career in children’s TV on shows like Why Don’t You?, Children’s Ward and Dark Season.
He also has another drama, Cucumber in development for US channel Showtime, following the lives of a group of gay men. However, production was put on hold when the Davies left Los Angeles to return home after his partner Andrew Smith was diagnosed with cancer of the brain.