Russell t Davies was brought in as English co writer on Buffy the Vampire Spinoff called Ripper, starring Anthony Head. The production faltered and the Beeb had all this money for a programme. RTD then managed to convince the been to release Dr Who in its present form.
Had the Series Ripper taken off, it would have been based on the watchers in Oxfordshire with "Giles" headlining the show, Buffy was cancelled and the spin off never went ahead. There are a lot of striking similarities to the Buffy brand in the first series off Dr Who, characters and monsters format throughout the first series seem very buffy esque in in its appearance. Lots of rewrites of scripts, but the themes are very close and similar.
The series was to be set in Oxford,
The irony was Americas cancelling of the buffy series and losing its lead writer has come full circle. Torchwood is gritty and more cerebal asking tough questions and self sacrifice. Not like the comic crap with the current Dr Who, the pretty red head in her police costume was the best 5 seconds of the drama.
Armadillo, buffy fan much to my wifes displeasure, refuses to wear the cheerleader costume...