Screenwriter Davies’ Career On Hold As Partner Battles Brain Cancer

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December 6, 2011 | 7:30am EST

Welsh screenwriter Russell T Davies has put his career on hold after his partner was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Davies, who is best known for his work on British sci-fi series Doctor Who and for creating its spin-off, Torchwood, has returned from Los Angeles to his home in the U.K. as boyfriend Andrew Smith receives treatment in his health battle.

Smith underwent surgery earlier this year and has had months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy – and the sessions will last into 2012.

Davies tells PinkNews.co.uk, “When we got the results they told us he had cancer of the brain. They needed to operate straight away. Three days later he was having surgery. That’s where we are now. He’s had 30 consecutive days of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and we’ve got six months of chemotherapy ahead of us.”

The couple is now living in Manchester, north-west England, close to a specialist cancer hospital, The Christie, and Davies has put all his TV projects on hold.

He adds, “It was a simple decision – he’s more important. Who gives a f**k about writing scripts if I can stay at home with him and make his day a bit happier? I don’t know when I’ll start work again. I’ve got to see how Andrew’s health goes.”

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