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September 24th, 2021 35 comments

Russell T Davies to Return as Doctor Who Showrunner

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Russell T Davies will make an explosive return to screens to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who in 2023, and series beyond.

BBC Studios are partnering with Bad Wolf to produce Doctor Who

Multi award-winning Russell T Davies will take control of the TARDIS once more as the next Doctor Who showrunner, succeeding Chris Chibnall who departs next year.

Russell T Davies will make an explosive return to screens to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who in 2023, and series beyond. BBC Studios are partnering with Bad Wolf to produce.

Responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005, he is credited with propelling the show into a global phenomenon and making it one of TV’s biggest hits. His tenure on the show oversaw a surge in popularity enjoying huge acclaim and success. The Doctor won the nation’s hearts through his masterful relaunch, which led him to create two spin off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures during that time.

Davies left the show in 2009. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, he has most recently achieved huge success with Years and Years, A Very English Scandal and It’s a Sin which won Best New Drama at the National TV Awards this month. Russell T Davies says “I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show. But we’re time-travelling too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm – I’m still a viewer for now.”

Chris Chibnall says “It’s monumentally exciting and fitting that Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary will see one of Britain’s screenwriting diamonds return home. Russell built the baton that is about to be handed back to him – Doctor Who, the BBC, the screen industry in Wales, and let’s be honest everyone in the whole world, have so many reasons to be Very Excited Indeed about what lies ahead.” Piers Wenger, BBC Director of Drama says “As the 13th Doctor prepares to embark on new and extraordinary adventures, the winds of change are blowing… bringing with them news to delight Doctor Who fans across the globe. We are thrilled that Russell is returning to Doctor Who to build on the huge achievements of Chris and Jodie. Thank you to the two of them and the team in Cardiff for all they continue to do for the show and hello Russell, it’s wonderful to have you back.”


  • Jim Allen Johnston

    October 7th, 2021 - 6:33pm

    that had occurred to me too, Ergon…. would be great to have some Moffat scripts! bring back the old gang and restore sanity to the world 🙂

  • the ergon

    October 7th, 2021 - 5:18pm

    I wonder if Davies could persuade steven moffat to write for him again. Some of Moffatts best work was when Russell oversaw the programme. A perfect collaboration of minds.

  • Pats86

    October 6th, 2021 - 5:33pm

    I’m OK with this news, at least we know RTD loves the show. He has said he has enjoyed the Chibnall/Whittaker tenure? I personally don’t believe him, I’m sure he is saddened with how far the show has run itself into the ground.

    Hopefully he will begin with a Capaldi regeneration (Jo Martin, Richard Ayoade, Michael Sheen and plenty of great actors to choose from)
    Jodie as we all know (It’s her fault she is as wooden as a fence post at least in this role) has along with Chibnall destroyed this once great British institution with awful stories, acting and cannon meddling.

    But we have light at the end of the tunnel, they will soon be gone.

    I like many other fans believe the Doctor died at the end of Twice Upon A Time or regenerates into some acceptable.

  • Jim Allen Johnston

    October 1st, 2021 - 3:22pm

    ha ha … that had occurred to me that he was very one note in the IT Crowd… I’m betting he has more range if given a chance to show it, though.

    Most of the other Doctor possibilities that occur to me (and maybe ONLY me!) are comedians as well. like Hugh Laurie. (though surely he’s too ‘big time’ to do it), or David Walliams (hey, he was in it once, so there’s precedence!), or Matt King (Super Hans! he’s been in it too, once…) But of course none of these guys have the diversity angle that I suspect will be sought out… which leads me to Ayoade. Or we could get back to Paterson Joseph, who’d also be awesome. (He was up to be Doctor 11, if I remember correctly…)

    ah well, those are just the ones who have occurred to me over the years!

  • Doctor Stu

    September 30th, 2021 - 4:22pm

    Richard Ayoade is a big no from me. He’s quirky and sarcastically monotone, that’s it. He’s got no range, he’s hardly an exceptional actor, he’s more comedian than anything. I just can’t see him at all giving us bafta winning acting, demonstrating the rage or fury or emotion of a time lord. It would just be pure miserable, blank expression one note performance for the entire run. As much as I love him in the IT Crowd, nowhere does he scream ‘Doctor’ to me

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