The influence of Buffy and Joss on Nu Who

Russell T Davies (X)

Buffy spawned a host of fantasy shows that appealed to young women as much as men. What else is there to learn from Buffy apart from Strong Female Roles Good?

Good Writing Good. That’s the most important thing in that wonderful show. It showed the whole world, and an entire, sprawling industry, that writing monsters and demons and end-of-the-world isn’t hack-work, it can challenge the best. Joss Whedon raised the bar for every writer - not just genre/niche writers, but every single one of us. What a man! I shook his hand once, did you know?  

Paul Cornell (X)

Well everyone made Buffy comparisons when the new Doctor Who started because there was a real sense of a season to the whole thing rather than individual stories.

Oh yes. Russell mixes his enormous love for Buffy… I remember popping into see Julie Gardner (one of the Doctor Who producers) about other projects when she was at London Weekend Television and we would just talk about last night’s Buffy for the first 20 minutes. Russell and she are huge Buffy fans, but that’s tempered with his knowledge of what’s going to work on a Saturday night. Which is something I’ve not got. I’m just going to be throwing the cod-Joss at it and seeing if it works.  

Tony Head (X)

Russell’s a big Buffy fan, isn’t he?

We met at the read-thru. He’s a great writer, Russell. He said how much of a fan he was and how pleased he was that I was doing it. I did the commentary for the Making Of on Radio 2 and there was a bit where they said they’d watched Buffy and modelled storytelling techniques on it.

Julian Simpson (X)

We’re all influenced by movies and big American shows, the Joss Whedon stuff, and action movies.