Russell T Davies set to return as Doctor Who showrunner

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Doctor Who has announced the return of Russell T. Davies as showrunner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved BBC show.

Davies will take on the role in 2023 after Chris Chibnalls stint in the job is over and Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor regenerates.

Jodie Whitaker will be leaving the show in 2022. Image credit: BBC/Variety

Speaking in a press release by the BBC, Davis spoke about his excitement to come back to his old stomping ground:

“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.”

The writer previously revamped the franchise in 2005 with the help of collaborator and producer Julie Gardner.

Davies rebooted the franchise in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. Image credit: Syfy wire

The pair is largely credited with introducing the iconic British show to younger audiences and spawning multiple spin-off series, including Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Davies left the show in 2009 and has since gone on to create critically acclaimed shows including Cucumber (2015), A Very English Scandal (2018) and It’s a Sin (2021)

The project will be produced by the BBC and Bad Wolf Studios, who have found success in the last five years with His Dark Materials (2019), The Night Of (2016) and I Hate Suzie (2020).

Sadly we can’t time travel to Davies’ second debut for Doctor Who, so until then don’t Blink.

Featured Image Credit: CBR.com

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