The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1997-2003

October 1997
3 Adrienne Hill (Katarina) dies Katarina

December 1998
8 Michael Craze (Ben Jackson) dies Ben Jackson

October 2001
At a Manchester press event for Linda Green, the idea of relaunching Doctor Who as a BBC production is briefly discussed by Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, and Russell T Davies, whose short-lived 1999 development of a new Doctor Who series was scuppered by BBC Films' attempt to transform the property into a movie The Ninth Doctor

August 2003
21 An article researched for the BBC Doctor Who website conclusively demonstrates that there is no legal barrier to the BBC producing a new series of Doctor Who, providing new impetus for Jane Tranter's discussions with Russell T Davies, BBC1 Controller Lorraine Heggessey, and Julie Gardner, BBC Wales Head of Drama The Ninth Doctor

September 2003
Jane Tranter, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner begin to formally develop plans for a 13-episode season -- Season Twenty-Seven -- of Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor
26 The BBC confirms that Doctor Who is coming back to television as a BBC Wales production; it will be showrun by Russell T Davies, alongside fellow executive producers Julie Gardner and Mal Young, BBC Controller of Continuing Drama Series The Ninth Doctor