Stephen Russell Davies, OBE (born 27 April 1963), better known by his pen name Russell T Davies, is a Welsh television producer andscreenwriter whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, TheSecond Coming, Casanova, and the 2005 revival of the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who.
Born in Swansea, Davies aspired to work as a comic artist in his adult life, until a careersadvisor at his school suggested that he study English literature; he consequently focused on a career of play- and screen-writing. After he graduated from Oxford University, Davies joined the BBC'schildren's department on a part-time basis in 1985 and worked in varying positions, including writing and producing two series, Dark Season andCentury Falls. He left the BBC in the early 1990s to workfor Granada Television and later became a freelance writer.
Davies moved into writing adult television dramas in 1994. His early scripts generally explored concepts of religion and sexuality amongvarious backdrops: Revelations was a soap opera about organised religion and featured a lesbian vicar; Springhill was a soap drama about a Catholic family in contemporary Liverpool; The Grand exploredsociety's opinion of subjects such as prostitution, abortion, and homosexuality during the interwar period; and Queer as Folk, his first prolific series, recreated his experiences in the Manchester gayscene. His later series include Bob & Rose, which portrayed a gay man who fell in love with a woman, The Second Coming, which focused on the second coming and deicide of Jesus Christ, Mine All Mine,a comedy about a family who discover they owned the entire city of Swansea, and Casanova, an adaptation of the Venetian lover's complete memoirs.
His most notable achievement is reviving and runningthe science fiction series Doctor Who after a sixteen-year hiatus, with Christopher Eccleston, and later David Tennant, in the title role of the Doctor. Davies's tenure as executive producer of the...
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