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X-Files revival 'like the old days', says creator Chris Carter

Published 06/02/2016 | 07:06

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back for another six-episode series of The X-Files (Fox/PA)
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back for another six-episode series of The X-Files (Fox/PA)

X-Files writer and creator Chris Carter has said it was "like the old days" when the cult TV show's stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny returned to filming.

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FBI special agents Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) are back for another six-episode series, nearly 23 years after the sci-fi series first aired.

The screenwriter said: "It was like the old days, and we all hit the ground running.

People want to know what that first day was like, getting back together - you would imagine that it would be a lot of smiles and back-slapping.

"I'm telling you, we had so much work to do on that first day, that no one had a chance to even, I think, recognise that personal, 'We're back together after eight years apart'."

The X-Files originally ran for nine seasons until it ended in 2002, and led to two feature films - with the last one in 2008.

Since the end of The X-Files, Anderson has gone on to star in The Fall, while Duchovny has been in Californication and Aquarius.

But the paranormal drama has been revived with a special "event series", due to air on Channel 5 from this week.

Carter said he had kept Mulder and Scully in mind over the years.

He explained: " I think about it all the time. I've been doing this now for nearly 25 years, so these characters are in my blood.

"When I pick up the newspaper, I almost always see something that could work as an X-Files episode."

The mini-series opens with Mulder and Scully no longer in a relationship.

"I'm honest to where I believe they would be in their lives, based on all that we have established in the mythology," Carter said.

"And in the second movie, where they were together, I thought naturally they would arrive at a bump in the road, based on what their characters are, and their individual pursuits."

The return of The X-Files has stirred up hope among fans of the show, who are keen for more than a six-episode comeback.

Carter said: " It's funny, it's not, like, not enough that you're coming back. It's like, are you coming back for even more?

"I think it's a natural thing, it's like - are we going to go on a first date, are we going to go on a second date?"

He added: " Fox did ask me a question about more, but it was sort of like an off-the-cuff thing, and they were wondering if there were going to be more, when that could be.

"I had no good answer for them because I don't know. But I think that everyone is waiting to see how we do in the ratings."

The "abbreviated season" will end with a cliffhanger.

Carter explained: " We don't want to tie up all the loose ends, it might suggest that we're done with the show.

"But I'll leave it as a question: are we done, are we not?"

:: The X-Files will air on Mondays at 9pm on Channel 5, from February 8.

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