It was a bit surprising when Russell T. Davies – the man who resuscitated Doctor Who and created it’s sexed-up adult cousin Torchwood – decided to make a The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2007, but it also made a lot of sense. The Doctor Who world is extremely popular and expanding into the children’s market with one of the Who-verse’s most beloved characters could capitalize on that. With the death of star Elisabeth Sladen and the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2011, it would have been understandable if that had been the end of Davies’s childrens’ television career. It seems that Davies has a taste for it, though, as he’s now working on a new children’s show he’s created with Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures writer Phil Ford, Aliens Vs Wizards.
Davies describes Aliens vs Wizards as “a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.” The protagonists of the show are two teenaged boys – one wizard and one “science super-brain”. An alien race called the Nekross comes to Earth in a destructive search for magic, and the two boys have to join together their talents to fight the aliens and protect their planet. I’m curious as to what kind of restrictions or limits they will put on magic and how they’ll blend it together with science, since the two concepts don’t always sit well together. Then again, it is a children’s show, so maybe resolving conflicting ontologies isn’t a big concern.
None of the releases from Davies’s agent or the BBC have mentioned other writers who would be joining the venture aside from Ford, but Bleeding Cool‘s inside sources say The Sarah Jane Adventures writers Gareth Roberts and Joseph Lidster are a part of the project. Both have also written for either Doctor Who or Torchwood, with Roberts penning episodes including “The Unicorn and the Wasp”, “The Lodger”, and “Closing Time” and Lidster writing Torchwood‘s “A Day in the Death”.
The BBC says the show will air in twelve 30-minute episodes on CBBC – the children’s television branch of the BBC – in the fall of this year.