Russell T Davies Will Return As Showrunner For Doctor Who In 2022
Some surprising news today for Whovians around the world as we learn that former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies will return to the TARDIS. Davies will take over showrunner duties from Chris Chibnall who is stepping down after the next season. The upcoming season will also mark the end of Jodie Whitaker’s era as the first female Doctor. Davies will first return for a 60th anniversary special set to air in 2022. And he will regain the reins of the show after Chibnall departs next year.
Russell T Davies Returns To Doctor Who
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Fans are of course familiar with Russell T Davies, as he was responsible for rebooting Doctor Who in 2005. He held the position of showrunner until 2009, when his protege Stephen Moffat took over the role. Davies was the showrunner for some of the most popular seasons of the new Doctor Who, including the reign of David Tennant as the 10th Doctor.
Outgoing showrunner Chris Chibnall made a statement to the BBC about the announcement.
“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. Let’s be honest everyone in the world have so many reasons to be Very Excited Indeed about what lies ahead.’”
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Chibnall has been the showrunner for Doctor Who since 2016, after working on the Whovian spin-off Torchwood. Typically showrunners stick around for multiple iterations of the Doctor. Davies and Moffat both ran the show for the duration of two Doctors. But Chibnall’s Doctor will always be Jodie Whittaker, who made history as the first canonical woman Doctor.
“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.” Said Piers Wenger of the BBC. “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.”
Will Davies Build The Whovian Cinematic Universe Of His Dreams?
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It is interesting that Russell T Davies is set to return to Doctor Who after so many years. Chibnall and Moffat both created excellent characters and and mythology for the Doctor. However, both of them suffered from some weak storytelling across their seasons. Davies is often hailed as the best showrunner for Doctor Who, and his return may be indicative of the BBC’s concern over flagging viewership.
Davies also recently made a statement about how he thinks that Doctor Who should have a shared cinematic universe like the MCU. He made some moves in that direction with the spin-off Torchwood, centered around John Barrowman’s character of Captain Jack. With the surprising return of Captain Jack in the most recent season of Doctor Who, and the return of Davies to the show it is highly possible that we might see a Torchwood revival in the near future.
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Perhaps Davies is returning to build the cinematic Whovian universe of his dreams? Odds are good that we’ll see more spin-offs for popular characters. I know that Moffat created River Song, but I’m begging for a spin-off show starring Alex Kingston.
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With his return to Doctor Who, Davies will be responsible for finding a new Doctor to replace the excellent Jodie Whittaker. There is no casting news for that as of yet, but we’ll definitely be keeping you updated as we learn more. In the meantime, the next season of Doctor Who – and the last for Chibnall and Whittaker – is set to air in 2022.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.