Could Doctor Who Boldly Go?

So it appears that Russell T Davies was seriously considering a Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover for the 2009 Easter special.

Can you just imagine how dreadful it would have been? How could the two universes possibly have been reconciled using only Russell T Davies second rate writing skills? It would mean the Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils, Sontarans and Time Lords sharing the same story telling space with Q, Borg, Klingons, Ferrengi and Vulcans.

It would have been a hot mess right off the bat. Doctor Who’s own canon is already muddied and confused, introducing further complex interactions would have been a recipe for disaster.

It is possible, just slightly, that it would make for an interesting show but why stop at just Star Trek Russell? Why don’t you look to get Aliens, Predators, ET and the creatures from Signs in on the act? Balls to it, let’s keep going! Get Jabba the Hutt, the Blues Brothers and James Bond in on the act!

As per usual, Russell – not being a sci-fi fan – doesn’t realise that it takes great skill to write for long running and respected franchises. The BBC might have been happy to let him piss all over Doctor Who but we can’t see Paramount being that keen on letting him trample clumsily all over Star Trek with his usual bluster, or as he puts it.

I would have loved to have done a Star Trek crossover. The very first year, we talked about it. Then Star Trek finally went off air. Landing the Tardis on board the Enterprise would have been magnificent. Can you imagine what their script department would have wanted, and what I would have wanted? It would have been the biggest battle!

Er, no, no it wouldn’t Russell. Paramount would have told you that you were going to do and you could either accept that or go home, taking your amateur ideas with you. There would be no battle.

Paramount work hard to protect their franchises and as a consequence the sci-fi universe Star Trek inhabits is coherent and thoughtfully planned. Star Trek is in fact one of the better examples of coherence in sci-fi and even the new film – which resets practically everything within Star Trek history – maintains canon with clever use of a time travel.

The only reason the Russell T Davies would ever have thought that a Star Trek and Doctor Who crossover would have worked is because he has no series bible and no sense of what it takes to form a coherent and believable space for his characters to inhabit. He has – or rather had – no idea from one day to the next where the Doctor was going or what he was going to do.

Ironically, given Doctor Who’s premise, he quite literally had no clue where the Doctor’s future lay. This is clear from the fact that he even considered this crossover. If he was any kind of decent writer, the outline for his entire tenure would have been written within months of him signing on to the project.

2 comments

    1. Yes they did and believe you me, it doesn’t make me feel any more kindly to this idea.

      Well, as long as Russell T Davies was in charge of it. Look what happened to Torchwood when RTD ‘took it to the states’.

      The man can’t leave it alone, he’d have destroyed both franchises.

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