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Russell T. Davies' show previously known as Aliens vs Wizards...

Russell T. Davies getting to work on 'Wizards Vs. Aliens'?

The BBC had a gap in their schedule following the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures due to the untimely death of Elisabeth Sladen. However, the popular Doctor Who spin-off is to be replaced by a show from many of the same writers, Wizards vs Aliens, a show which reportedly does exactly what it says on the tin.

Writer and co-creator Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who, Torchwood, the new Captain Scarlet) has just tweeted:

“Principal photography on Wizards vs Aliens has just begun!! Hooray! Best of luck to everyone involved!”

Only a few days before, he tweeted:

“Just done the first full cast read-through for Wizards vs Aliens. So excited. Very happy!”

Ford's enthusiasm is infectious, though no doubt completely warranted based on the high-concept title alone.

As his co-creator Russell T. Davies says, "it was called Aliens vs Wizards until a lawyer stepped in, but there we go." Bleeding Cool goes on to suggest that the show should "feature a lawyer as a villain, sooner or later, judging from the tone of Davies' voice." Hey, it worked for Angel...

At any rate, Wizards vs Aliens is just as awesome a title as Aliens vs Wizards, bringing to mind a sense of sheer, unpretentious coolness. Battles, wizards, and aliens are all awesome, so Wizards vs Aliens, being a show where wizards do battle with aliens, should be triply awesome. Hopefully it won't take itself quite as seriously as the similary titled film Cowboys & Aliens.

Script editor Derek Ritchie says: "It's going to be similar to The Sarah Jane Adventures only in the respect of being an adventure show with strong character-driven narratives, and big moral themes. But this is a new universe, and the conflict between science and magic, ray guns and spell books, is already inspiring very different stories from SJA, and giving us a lot of scope in a very, very rich fictional universe! So expect thrills and adventure, some incredible new creatures, and an introduction to the wizardly world of magic on Earth!"

Russell T. Davies, who brought back Doctor Who in 2005 and created the spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, calls Wizards vs Aliens "a really geeky idea, the cleverest of the lot", going on to say that "Magic and science fiction are never combined. For example, the only thing that could make Harry Potter better, in my view, would be if a big spaceship arrives at the door of Hogwarts, but it never does. It does in ours, in episode one."

Of course, now there'll probably be plenty of headlines loudly proclaiming things like: 'Russell T. Davies claims new show better than Harry Potter!'...

On that note, if J.K. Rowling decides to incorporate science fiction into her next series of books, the results could be awesome.

The Sarah Jane Adventures writers Gareth Roberts, Joseph Lidster, and Clayton Hickman are all slated to be part of Wizards vs Aliens.

The first 12-part series will be broadcast on CBBC sometime in Autumn 2012, but 26 episodes have been ordered in total.

See also:

Ben 10 set for a cinematic transformation

Jedi vs Aliens - A War of the Worlds insight

Liz Sladen: "Don't forget me"

Elisabeth Sladen: 1948-2011

The Doctor Who Column: Did Harry Potter save 'Doctor Who'?


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