Russell T. Davies To Return to ‘Doctor Who’

The adventures of Jodie Whittaker’s thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who will be coming to a close in 2022 along with Whittaker and current showrunner Chris Chibnall leaving (a pact that was set between them prior to their beginning on the show about time and space traveling). While there are still plenty of adventures left for Whittaker’s Doctor with a six-episode thirteenth series followed by three specials, fans have also been looking to the future. We may not know who the next Doctor will be, but we do know who will be taking over the reins of the show next. And let’s just say that he is well acquainted with our favorite Timelord. This is the kind of news that really gets both hearts pumping! Dare I say, Fantastic! It was just announced today that Russell T. Davies will be returning to Doctor Who as showrunner in 2023!

Davies is set to return, beginning with the show’s 60th anniversary, a monumental occasion to celebrate for such a long-running and impactful television show. The report from the BBC indicated that he will continue on with the show not just for the 60th year, but for “series beyond”. It seems fitting to have him return for such a big year for the science fiction classic show, as he is the father of “NuWho.” Russell T. Davies helped usher in the revival of Doctor Who back onto the screen after it had sat in a hiatus after the 1996 made-for-tv movie garnered little success and made the distribution of the show very complicated. 

He was pivotal in securing Christopher Eccleston in the portrayal of the Ninth Doctor and as we recall, his single-season led to accelerated regeneration of having David Tennant playing the Tenth. While Davies initially left the show along in 2009 with Tennant, it seemed impossible that he would be gone for too long, seeing that he himself is a self-proclaimed fan and nerd of the program. Davies brought excitement and life back into a show that some believed to be stale and forgotten. After passing the show along to Stephen Moffat, Davies went on to showrunner and writer other hugely successful series such as Years and Years, Cucumber, Banana, and Tofu. Each show serving as a testament to the passion and dedication that he brings to every project he’s involved with. While we don’t know where the adventures of the Doctor and his companions will go in the next two years, it’s comforting to know that the show’s future is in good hands.

Doctor Who will return sometime this Fall.

Source: Doctor Who News

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