British Writer and Showrunner Russell T. Davies Jumping into the Kiddie Pool With ‘Aliens Vs. Wizards’

Yes genre fans, you read that correctly! Former ‘Doctor Who’ and T’he Sarah Jane Adventures’ showrunner (and writer extraordinaire) Russell T. Davies is jumping back into the kiddie pool (he started his career in children’s television on such shows as Dark Season and Children’s Ward) in the form of signing on with the BBC kid channel, CBBC, to create a 12-episode series called Aliens Vs. Wizards.

‘Aliens Vs. Wizards’ is being described as “Doctor Who meets Harry Potter,” but judge for yourself. Here is a run-down on the series:

From the dark side of the moon, aliens are scanning the Earth searching for magic and are prepared to destroy everything in their path to get it. All that stands in the way of Earth’s imminent destruction are two 16-year old schoolboys, Tom and Benny. It is Ray Guns vs. Wands, Science vs. Magic and Aliens vs. Wizards.

Tom Clarke lives a seemingly ordinary life with his dad and grandmother, but he hides a deep secret. Tom’s family are wizards and when the Nekross arrive, hungry for magic, they find themselves on the menu.

The Nekross may be equipped with ray guns, teleports and high-tech robots but they haven’t reckoned on Tom and his friend, science super-brain Benny. They form an extraordinary duo, using Tom’s magic and Benny’s science to battle the Nekross and save the Earth.

Davies will not be the only member of the creative team of the ‘Doctor Who’ universe who will be involved in this new project. Phil Ford, who served as a writer for ‘Doctor Who’ and the head writer for ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ will serve as co-creator while The Sarah Jane Adventures writers Gareth Roberts and Joseph Lidster are on board as well. The new series will be produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises.

Given the proven track record of Davies, there is reason to be optimistic about the new series. It also doesn’t hurt that the BBC has already ordered a second season (or series as they are called in the UK) of ‘Aliens Vs. Wizards’ before the first season has even been written.