5:08 pm EDT, September 24, 2021

Russell T. Davies returning as ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner

Russell T. Davies is officially returning to the world of Doctor Who!

According to Variety, Russell T. Davies is officially returning to serve as showrunner for Doctor Who.

Davis is set to take over the duties of showrunner from current showrunner Chris Chibnall, who has been spearheading the long running sci-fi series since 2016 when Steven Moffat.

Both Chibnall and current Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, announced back at the end of July 2021 that they would be leaving the series after three seasons. Their last stint together on the beloved series will come in the form of a trio of specials set to air in the fall of 2022.

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As for Russell T. Davies, he’ll return to assume the role of Doctor Who showrunner beginning in 2023— just in time for the series’s 60th anniversary.

As Whovians know all too well, Davies’ first stint with the series came 16 years ago. During his five years working on Doctor Who he oversaw arcs for Doctors Nine (Christopher Eccleston) and Ten (David Tennant).

In a statement announcing his return to Doctor Who, Davies said: “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.”

Added exiting showrunner Chris Chibnall: “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.”

We’re sure Doctor Who fans will be excited to see what exciting stories Russell T. Davies is cooking up for them come 2023.

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