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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dr. Who season four (well, actually season 30) scripts - post author Don

Thanks Tom for the heads up on six teleplays from Season 30 (season 4 of the ‘new’ series) of Dr. Who. These come from the promotional site The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies (showrunner for the first four new seasons of Dr. Who) and Benjamin Cook. The book explores Russell’s work on Series Four, revealing how he plans the series and works with the show’s writers, where he gets his ideas for plot, character and scenes and how actors are cast and other creative decisions are made. The book is available from

Check them out over on the TV Scripts and Transcripts page.

Edit: Thanks Peter for the clarification. This is Season 4 of the new series. Counted from the beginning of the original series, it would be Season 30. However, it is the 11th Doctor (canonical). – Don

Edit again: David Tennant, again as corrected by Peter, plays the 10th Doctor.

5 Comments so far


Peter Breuls
November 5th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

It is season 4 of the new series, but if you count from the beginning of the show, it’s season 30. The original series ended its 26th season in 1989.


Peter Breuls
November 6th, 2008 at 5:21 am

I feel like the geek in front of the class correcting the teacher, but David Tennant is the 10th Doctor. 😉


Peter Breuls
November 6th, 2008 at 5:25 am

To be ontopic though; if you’re interested in scripts (and why wouldn’t you be), read that book. It’s brilliant. Some of the scripts on the website are actually developed in the book. Russel T Davies corresponds with Benjamin Cook and sends pieces of scripts, which later change, and again. And all this with context: RTD indicates why he changes things, why scenes had to be cut, etcetera.

And make sure to read the script for Midnight: it’s a brilliant script and even more so from the pure textual point of view.


November 9th, 2008 at 3:37 am

although David is the 10th TV doctor, there have been a few films. . . . even Peter Cushing has been a doctor once!!


Tom Murphy
February 5th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hi – me again!

Just to let you know that an updated edition of The Writer’s Tale is now out, covering the writing of the final RTD/David Tennant episodes, and the accompanying scripts have also been published on the book’s promotional website –


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